While cheerleading’s traditional roots are seeded in cheering for other sports teams, such as football or basketball; there is another side of cheerleading that is purely competitive. A person will still find megaphones, pom poms and “crowd-leading” on the cheerleading competition mat, however competition cheerleading involves performing and being judged on a routine.
The routines are two minutes and 30 seconds and consist of tumbling, dancing, motions, stunting and jumping.
The cheerleading program at Maple Grove Senior High provides opportunities for athletes to experience the competition side of the sport. This new opportunity has created tremendous growth in the competition program from an average of 30 athletes a season to almost 65 this winter. This created two Varsity teams.
The Maple Grove Senior High Cheerleaders competed the first weekend in November at the 10,000 Lakes Regional Competition, which is a National High School Cheerleading Championship qualifier.
The cheerleaders found out both of their Varsity teams received bids to compete at the National High School Cheerleading Championship in February. They will be traveling to Orlando, Fla., Feb. 7 to 11, with 28 cheerleaders, two coaches and six chaperones to represent Maple Grove Senior High School.
Their goal is to take at least one of the teams into finals and place as one of the best teams in the country.
The National High School Cheerleading Championship is the most prestigious cheerleading championship in the country. The National High School Cheerleading Championship is held at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., and nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN2 to over 100 million homes and 32 countries nationwide each year.
By receiving a bid at the regional competition, the girls have been given an opportunity to compete alongside the best in the country. They will be able to learn what the best teams look like, build their cheerleading IQ and compete at the national level. This experience has the potential to be life changing for all participants.