Full season cheer teams compete against other All Star teams both locally and nationally. The regular competition season runs December through March each year with teams attending between eight and ten events. During this time, some teams may earn a bid to various post-season competitions extending the season into April.
Full season All Star Cheer practices 2 nights per week May to September along with an additional team tumbling session. Beginning in October, teams will add an additional practice each week until the close of the season. Additional classes and clinics are available for those athletes wanting additional instruction on specific skills.
All Star tiny cheer is for athletes ages 3-5 who are interested in learning the fundamentals of All Star cheerleading. Tiny cheer participants get the competition experience through exhibition opportunities at the same events as their older gym mates. The Tiny season runs May through March with weekly team practices that include basic jumps, dance, tumbling and stunting instruction.
The GymTyme Illinois All Star Dance program is designed for individuals that enjoy Hip Hop and other styles of dance. At tryouts, participants will be evaluated for technique, flexibility, strength, core movement, tricks and performance ability.
All Star Dance teams compete 3 to 6 times per season depending on style of dance. Some travel may be required. Practices begin in June and the season runs until the end of March.
Solo, duet and small group opportunities are also available.
We are very excited to offer a program for our friends in the special needs community. Participation on a Special Abilities team will provide the opportunity for challenged individuals to be physically active, set goals and make friends. Our regular season runs from June to March. Practices are held once a week and led by USASF certified coaches as well as coaches specializing in the special needs population.
Special Abilities teams are co-ed and are comprised of athletes ages 5 and above with any type of disability. Special needs are defined as a disability characterized by impairment of skills and overall intelligence in areas such as cognition, language, motor and social abilities. We welcome athletes on the entire spectrum of their disability. Athletes in wheelchairs/walkers are also welcome.
In the special abilities program, we utilize Buddies. Buddies are athletes from other teams within the GymTyme program that are assigned to special abilities athletes to assist in teaching routines. Buddies attend all Special Abilities team practices and participate in all performances and competitions. In order to qualify as a Buddy, an athlete must be 11 years of age and have the maturity to handle the added commitment.
For more information on our special abilities program, email firstname.lastname@example.org.