Training once per week | 2-5 COMPETITIONS PER YEAR
City All-Stars offer recreationally, semi competitive and fully competitive cheerleading, acrobatics gymnastics, women's artistic gymnastics, and dance classes. Competitive cheerleading is very team orientated, where each member uniquely contributes to creating a sensational competitive routine. Competitive cheerleading is for the motivated and determined athlete.
Our rural clubs competitive squads (YP Mid North All Stars) have been extremely successful since their establishment in 2018. In 2022-2023, we still have many original athletes who during their All Star journey with us have all increased in their self-confidence, performance ability, stunt, jump, tumble and dance abilities. It has been wonderful during the past six seasons to watch our athletes congratulating and participating in the success of their teammates and enjoying their team successes together.
Cheerleading is a fun, fast-paced, dynamic sport that encompasses stunt, tumbling, tosses, and dance (and within a routine totaling two and a half minutes) and requires dedication and a strong work ethic from the male and female athletes that participate. It is as physically demanding as any other mainstream sport and is one of the fastest-growing team-based athletic sports in the USA and Australia. We hold classes for those aged 4 years through to young adults, giving athletes the opportunity to showcase their skills at a state level, as well as nationally and internationally.
Introducing the Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation:
(AASCF 2014, 'Become a Cheerleader with the Australian All-Star Cheerleading Federation!', <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voEWxAMs3j0>)
What are cheerleaders taught within a professional club environment?
Cheerleaders are taught to tumble, jumps, stunt, dance, and are taught to safely increase flexibility, strength, and coordination.
Stunting - Stunting is very unique to the sports cheerleading and acrobatics, stunting involves the lifting and throwing of athletes during routines. There are usually 4-5 athletes to a lifting group, this is called a stunt group. The stunt group's athletes work extremely hard all year to build their lifting and flying (the athlete being lifted is known as a flyer) skills. Initially, stunting involves building body strength and conditioning in preparation to safely perform the lifts involved in stunting. Athletes are then taught lifting techniques in a controlled environment with professional instructors, these lifts are performed close to the ground. The trust, confidence, and connections built between athletes during cheer and especially stunting are like nothing else. As the group stunts athlete's gain in experience and optimizes their teamwork timing and technique, the stunts learned will increase in difficulty always keeping athletes excited and eager to learn more!
Tumble - Tumbling refers to flips, roundoffs, cartwheels, rolls, handsprings, etc that you see in cheerleading routines, similar to the floor skills in gymnastics. Cheerleading puts all these skills together during the cheerleading routine. Excitingly athletes perform choreographed tumble all at the same time to some fast-paced and exciting music.
WOMEN'S ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
Women’s Artistic Gymnastics is for girls and women of all ages, that have learnt the basics of gymnastics and are looking to develop their skills further in a more challenging and competitive environment. Gymnasts are invited into this stream once the talent has been identified. If a parent believes their child has the talent for this stream, an assessment can be organized with the Program Supervisor.
The four competitive apparatus in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics are:
Vault – a 20m sprint to the vaulting table followed by springing onto and off the hands and landing perfectly on the other side. Extra rotations at any point increase the difficulty.
Uneven Bars – requiring strength, precision, rhythm, concentration and courage; the gymnast moves from one bar to the other, alternating grip changes, regrasps, swings and changes of direction.
Beam – balance at its most extreme, adding an extra element to the acrobatic sequences, gymnastic jumps and turns. It is an exercise not only of flexibility, but also of balance, concentration, rhythm and expression.
Floor – a creative combination of expressive dance, acrobatic skills and powerful gymnastics performed to music, where each gymnast communicates her own personality and style.
This program forms the basis of the WAG Australian Levels Program. It is a skill-based program that includes the opportunity for every WAG gymnast to commence at the same starting point. The competitions held at these levels are skill-based with an emphasis being placed on participation. No scores will be shown at these competitions as the emphasis is on enjoyment and team participation. Levels 1 and 2 have one training session a week.
The focus of this program is on the gymnasts developing the correct skills and techniques for continuous improvement. As part of the compulsory format, each gymnast is required to complete the same skills and routines providing an even playing field for all gymnasts.
Level 3 has 2 training sessions a week; while Level 4 trains up to 3 sessions a week.