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Pre-Register for Senior 3.2 Tryouts

Your Birth year must be between 2004-2012

If you’re new to the all star cheerleading world, allow us to the first ones to say, “Welcome!” We understand that entering a new sport can be challenging, but you are going to do amazing things with your team. One of the top questions we hear floating around competitions is “What’s the difference between prep teams and elite teams?” While the coaches know, oftentimes, the younger athletes and their parents don’t understand what sets one apart from the other. 

Prep Teams

USASF designed all star prep teams for athletes who have a little experience with cheer and are searching for a more competitive way to perform. For some gyms, a prep team is a prerequisite for an elite team. For others, prep teams were designed to challenge athletes who have their skills but may need a little assistance with their technique and confidence. However, many athletes choose this option, regardless of their skill level, because it’s less of a financial and time commitment than elite teams. While they typically practice the same number of nights per week, the prep season usually starts later in the year and doesn’t require too much travel. In order to keep costs affordable, most gyms choose local competitions only for their prep teams.

One of the changes made this year to prep teams is the way the levels are divided:

  • Level 1.1

  • Level 2.1

  • Level 3.1

  • Level 3.2

The first number refers to the level of stunts that can be performed, while the second number refers to the level of tumbling. As you can see, prep is a great option for those who do not have quite the same tumbling ability as the elite athletes. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t stunt! Level 3.1 and 3.2 will likely be popular with older athletes who are just now beginning to understand the basics of tumbling. 

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