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Competitive Cheerleading Skills Classes

The Competitive Cheerleading Skills Classes have been created for the cheerleader that wants to learn and grow in their skills of competitive cheerleading. This encompasses running and standing tumbling, jumps, stunts and other skills that will get them one step closer to making their competitive team of choice. If you are trying out for or currently on a non competitive cheer team, such as sideline cheer teams, then Performance Cheerleading Classes are not for you. Oconee Gymnastics and Cheer has classes that will better suit you. Please go to oconeegymnasticsandcheer.com and locate your desired class. If your athlete has their eyes set on competing on a blue mat, rather All Star, High School, or College then PCA has the classes for your athlete. Our coaches are highly experienced former competitive cheerleaders. We have class levels 1-5 for boys and girls, flyer classes and co-ed stunt classes. The class cost will pend your athletes level of skill or choice of class. There is a $30 enrollment fee to begin. If you have previously trained in or with Performance Cheerleading Academy class or team, you are not responsible for this enrollment fee. A one time assessment does not qualify for the above discount.  To know what class your athlete should attend please refer to the Competitive Cheerleading Skills Class levels or cheer@oconeegymnastics.com.

 

 

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Competitive Cheerleading Level 1

Competitive Cheerleading Level 1 is the first step young Cheerleaders take in the sport. Most Cheerleaders competing at this level have never cheered before or have not cheered for long. While the tumbling passes are simple in Competitive Cheerleading Level 1, they lay the right foundation for more advanced tumbling.  It’s very important to teach good conditioning habits at this stage because those habits are the framework for the increasingly difficult skills to follow as Athletes progress to more advanced levels of Cheerleading. The following lists the skills each Level 1 Cheerleader should be familiar with and able to perform.

MUST HAVE: Willingness to learn

Level 1 Tumbling Skills

Standing-

Forward Roll, Straddle Roll, Hand Stand, Hand Stand Forward Roll, Front Limber, Front Walk Over, Cartwheel, Backward Roll, Back Extension Roll, Push Up to Back Bend, Standing Backbend, Backbend Kickover, Back Walkover, Connected Skills-Cartwheel Cartwheel Backwalkover, Beginning Standing Back Hand Spring Drills

Running-

Round Off, Cartwheel Back Walkover, Front Walkover to Cartwheel/Round Off, Cartwheel 1/2 Turn Front Walkover, Beginning Round Off Back Hand Spring Drills

Competitive Cheerleading Level 2 Intermediate/Advanced

Competitive Cheerleading Level 2 is the next level for advancing cheerleaders. Cheerleaders in this level generally have more than one year of Cheerleading experience, usually with a Youth Sports, Middle School, or High School Team. Athletes will need to be working on the back hand spring. This is why this class is seperated into Intermediate and Advanced. The energy level required to execute this level skills is starting to increase so conditioning is key. Intermediate will compose of learning excellant technique to be able to attempt the more complex tumble passes. If a Back Handspring is not technically sound the athlete will not be able to acheive those complex passes. Advanced athletes have acheived the technique and can rebound with power from either a running or standing Back Hand Spring which will allow their tumbling abilities to expand. Cheerleaders at this level can perform all of the Level 1 Tumbling and Jump skills. The following lists the skills each Level 2 Cheerleader should be familiar with and able to perform.

MUST HAVE: Basic Cheer Jumps, All Level 1 skills

Level 2 Tumbling Skills

Standing-
Standing Back Hand Spring, Back Hand Spring Step Out, Back Extension Roll Back Hand Spring, Back Walkover Back Hand Spring, Hand Stand Longer than 5 Seconds. 

Running-
Cartwheel Back Handspring, Round Off Back HAnd Spring, Round Off BAck Hand Spring Step Out, Round Off Back Hand Spring Series, Front Walkover To Round Off Back Hand Spring Series, Beginning Round Off Tuck and Round Off Back Hand Spring Tuck Drills

Level 2 Jumps Skills
Toe Touch, Pike, Hurdler, Combination Jumps (i.e. Double Toe Touch, Hurdler / Pike, Toe Touch / Pike)

Competitive Cheerleading Level 3

Competitive Level 3 Cheerleading is the intermediate level for advancing Cheerleaders and the first level on the road to Elite Cheerleading. This is where great Cheerleaders separate themselves from recreational Cheerleaders. The Cheerleaders in this level normally have had several years of Cheerleading, including All Star experience and they have started incorporating the back tuck. Cheerleaders at this level are expected to perform all of the Level 1 and Level 2 Tumbling and Jumps. This Level demands greater strength, flexibility, and endurance than Level 1 and Level 2. The following lists the skills each Level 3 Cheerleader should be familiar with and able to perform.

MUST HAVE: Intermediate Cheer Jump Skills, All level 1 and 2 skills

Standing-
Back Hand Spring Series, Jumo To BAck Hand Spring, Jump To Back Hand Spring Series, Back Hand Spring Series Jump Back Hand Spring Series, Back Hand Spring Step Out Back Hand Spring Combo, Beginning Back Hand Spring Series Layout Drills, Beginning Series Back Hand Spring Tuck Drills and Beginning Back Tuck Drills

Running-
Ariel, Punch Front, Round Off Tuck, Round Off Back Hand Spring Tuck, Round Off BAck Hand Spring Series To Back Tuck, Front Walk Over To Round Off Back Hand Spring Back Tuck, Front Walk Over To Round Off Back Hand Spring Series Back Tuck, Beginning Round Off Back Hand Spring Layout drills

Level 3 Jumps Skills
Double Toe Touch, Pike, Hurdler, Combination Jumps (i.e., Toe Touch / Back Handspring, Double Toe Touch / Back Handspring, Multiple Jump Series)

Competitive Cheerleading Level 4

Competitive Cheerleading Level 4 is the first of the Advanced levels for All Star Cheerleaders. The Cheerleaders in this have significant experience in Cheerleading in both All Star and High School level. The Athletes have invested a lot of time practicing and have had advanced tumbling training, as well. The demands by coaches and instructors at Level 4 are more complex and require hours of training, conditioning, and practice. This level requires even greater commitment and focus. The Athletes at this level are older usually High School age. The following lists the skills each Level 4 Cheerleader should be familiar with and able to perform.

MUST HAVE: Advanced Cheer Jump Skills, Back Tuck/Layout Knowledge
  
Standing-
Standing Back Tuck, Back Hand Spring Back Tuck, Back Hand Spring Series To BAck Tuck, Jump Back Hand Spring Back Tuck, Back Walkover Back Hand Spring Back Tuck, BAck Hand Spring Series To Layout, Back Hand Spring Back Tuck Back Hand Spring Back Tuck, Back Hand Spring Back Tuck Back Hand Spring Layout, Jump To Back Hand Spring Series To Back Tuck/Layout, Back Hand Spring Whip To Back Hand Spring Series To Back Tuck/Layout, Basic Full Twisting Drills

Running-
Cartwheel Back Tuck, Round Off Layout, Round Off Back Hand Spring Layout/Layout Step Out/X Out, Round Off Back Hand Spring Series To Layout, Front Walkover Through To Layout, Punch Front Step Out To Layout, Round Off Back Hand Spring Series To Layout, Round Off Back Hand Spring Whip Back Hand Spring To Layout, Punch Front Step OutBach Hand Spring Whip Back Hand Spring To Back Tuck, Punch Front Step Out Back Hand Spring Whip Back Hand Spring To Layout, Front Hand Spring To Punch Front, Front Hand Spring Punch Front Through To Round Off Back Hand Spring Back Tuck/Layout, Basic Full Twisting Drills

Level 4 Jumps Skills
Double Toe Touch, Pike, Hurdler, Combination Jumps: Toe Touch / Back Handspring, Double Toe Touch / Back handspring, Multiple Jump Series / Back Hand Tuck

Competitive Cheerleading Level 5

Competitive Cheerleading Level 5 is one of the most exciting competition levels for Cheerleaders. It is also one of the most demanding competition levels of any sport! Cheerleaders in this level generally have been All Star Cheerleaders with more than four years of experience and have mastered, tumbling and jumps. These Athletes are fierce, committed, focused, and disciplined. They are able to perform at a high level with incredible precision and at an intensity level that is off the charts. What does it take to be a Level 5 Cheerleader? The following lists the skills each Level
5 Cheerleader should be familiar with and able to perform.

MUST HAVE SKILLS: Advanced Cheer Jump, Whips, Full Twist Knowledge

Standing-
Standing Full, Jump Full, Back Hand Spring Full, Jump Back Hand Spring Full, Back Hand Spring Series To Full, Jump Back Hand Spring Series To Full, Back Hand Spring Whip To Series To Full, Back Hand Spring Series To Double Full, Jump Back Hand Spring Series To Double Full, Back Hand Spring Whip To Back Hand Spring Series To Double Full

Running-
Punch Front Step Out To Full, Round Off Back Hand Spring Whip To Full, Round Off Arabian Round Off Back Hand Spring Full, Round Off Back Hand Spring Series To Full Round Off Double Full, Round Off Back Hand Spring Double Full, Front Walk Over Through To Double Full, Punch Front Step Out To Double Full, Round Off Back Hand Spring Whip To Double Full, Round Off Arabian Round Off Back Hand Spring Double Full, Round Off Back Hand SPring FullBack Hand Spring Series To Double Full, Round Off Back Hand Spring Double Full Back Hand Spring Series To Double Full

Level 5 Jumps Skills
Triple Toe Touch, Pike, Hurdler, Combination Jumps: Triple Toe Touch / Back Tuck, Multiple Jump Series / Back Handspring / Full Twist