Why Dreamz Elite?
Dreamz Elite will provide a fun, safe and family oriented cheer environment and a positive experience for our cheerleaders and parents. We want our cheerleaders to experience training as elite athletes while learning to set and achieve goals- both as an individual and as a team.
What Is All Star Cheerleading?
All Star cheerleading is a competitive team sport incorporating skills from several other
disciplines such as gymnastics, dance, stunting, and cheer. All Star cheerleading squads do not cheer for other sports teams. They are the team!
All Star cheerleading teams differ from other teams by training year-round for competitions. They also differ from most other sports in that every team member is vital to the team and the performance. There are no benchwarmers. Everyone plays an integral role. Each member of the squad is trained in all aspects of the sport in order to maximize their skills to reach their potential.
All Star teams typically consist of between 12 and 30 athletes. Squads can be either coed or all female. Teams are carefully constructed to include all the elements needed to perform the complex routines. Every team needs a combination of bases, flyers, tumblers, and dancers. Most of these well rounded athletes are capable of performing all of these skills.
Competition routines are typically 2 1⁄2 minutes in length. They are packed with stunts, dances, cheers, chants and tumbling. Each element is perfectly choreographed to music and most teams have their music custom made for their routines. At competitions, the teams are divided by age and ability level. The routines are judged based on difficulty, execution, creativity and showmanship.
All Star cheerleading has allowed the world to see inside the sport in a way never before possible. With competitions being covered on ESPN, no one can deny that cheerleading is indeed, a sport!
Isn't Cheerleading Expensive?
The costs of competitive cheerleading are comparable to other select and travel sports (select soccer, baseball, gymnastics, etc.). Gym time and specialized equipment, custom designed music, professional choreography, competition fees and uniforms all are necessary elements of our sport.
We do make every effort to choose competitions and vendors that provide a good value, and we firmly believe that Dreamz Elite is the best value in the Chicagoland area. In addition, our parent’s association spirit club helps to offset the costs of competitive cheerleading. Finally, we offer payment options that allow families to plan and budget for the costs associated with competitive cheerleading.
How is Competitive Cheer Different From Cheering For My School?
All Star cheerleading differs from school cheerleading in that athletes do not "cheer on" another sports team. They are strictly practicing and perfecting skills for competitions. What this means is that All Star athletes don't learn sideline cheers, perform at pep rallies or cheer at games. They focus exclusively on improving their competitions skills, which typically leads to a faster skill progression. In addition, All Star routines tend to have more transitional stunt and pyramid work, and more variety in basket tosses and tumbling pass combinations. All Star athletes also practice on a 42x54 spring floor to tightly choreographed musical routines.
How Do I Join A Team?
Cheerleading requires a lot of commitment, because unlike other sports, we have no "bench," -- everyone plays all the time! The first step in joining a team is to review the tryout information packet and make sure a program is a good fit for your athlete and family.
Next, submit a completed tryout registration form, along with a copy of your child’s birth certificate and insurance card, and tryout fee. Athletes must attend an evaluation to be placed on one of our teams. Team rosters will be posted shortly after evaluations. Finally, a parent or guardian must attend a welcome/information meeting prior to the first practice.
If you have any questions, please give us a call.
Why Is Traveling Important?
Traveling allows a higher level of competition for our teams beyond the limited number of All Star programs in our immediate area. If we did not travel, we would compete repeatedly against the same handful of teams all year.
Also, cheerleading is much more developed in other regions of the country than here in the Midwest, (i.e. Texas and Georgia often have 12 -18 teams sponsored by a single gym).
It is important to the development of our athletes and our program to compete against a wide variety of teams and to compete against teams with highly developed skills. Although we may not beat the "power house" teams, we can certainly compete aggressively, which also motivates and encourages our athletes.
Are There Fundraisers to Help With the Cost?
Yes there will be numerous fundraisers that will be available to help offset the cost of competitive allstar cheer. As a gym we will have two mandatory fundraisers to help the parents association with the costs of parties and team gifts and the end of the year banquet. You will be able to get as many sponsors as you like to personally help with the cost and do as many of the fundraisers as you wish. You may also choose not do any of the fundraisers and buy out the mandatory all gym fundraisers as an option.