Where are you located?
The bulk of our programming, like classes and team practices, is currently run out of St. Giles Presbyterian Church at 205 Linwell Rd in St. Catharines! Our Day Camp locations vary depending on the YMCA of Niagara. Classes with the Boys & Girls Club of Niagara are run out of their facility in Niagara Falls.
How do I contact your company if my question isn’t answered here?
You can reach us at whatever method is most convenient to you. Live chat on our website, write us an email, send us a Facebook or Instagram message, or call or text (289) 968-4646. Please note that due to the nature of our organization, you can usually expect a response within three business days.
Is cheerleading a sport?
Yes, this question is still asked a lot. By the definition alone, yes cheerleading is a sport. A sport is ‘an activity involving physical exertion and often in a competitive nature.’ Cheerleading is recognized Sport Accord and the International Olympic Committee. Because cheerleading has changed drastically over the years, there are still many people that don’t quite understand the intensity of what it is now. If you’re one of these people, we highly encourage you to give it a shot!
When can I register for classes and teams?
The answer to this is different for each program.
We have developed our recreational program so that athletes can join at any time. It’s recommended that athletes start with our 4-Week Class Trial and then move into our 3-Month Class Membership.
Our All Star Cheer teams work a little bit differently. Due to the nature of this program, these teams need time together to build relationships, individual skills and a routine. Because of this, joining time varies. Typically, you can expect the following timelines:
- Novice Teams – Summer, Fall and Winter session start
- Prep & All Abilities Teams – September
- Elite Teams – end of Spring/beginning of Summer
You’re encouraged to inquire though because we may have a spot to fill on any of our teams at any time.
What's the difference between tumbling and gymnastics?
Tumbling — also known as floor gymnastics — is a form of gymnastics performed without any equipment. Skills like flips, handsprings, somersaults, and tucks are shown on the floor using mats for added cushion. Tumbling is seen in gymnastics, in elements such as the floor routines in the Olympics, but tumbling does not feature the same dancing elements like in floor routines. Cheerleading is a sport that requires experience in tumbling, as many of the routines involve backflips and other floor tricks.
Are your coaches and instructors qualified?
Yes, of course. All of our Head Coaches have a Criminal Reference Check (VSC), First Aid & CPR-C, Heads Up! Concussion training and are certified up to at least the level that they are coaching at.
Additionally, we have a combination of different qualifications for physical and mental health. These include: SafeTALK, Mental Health First Aid, Healthy Child Development and more.
We are always looking for ways to add value to our families and enhance the quality of what we offer.
Is tumbling on non-sprung floor bad for you?
No. This is a rumour. It is more challenging to tumble on a dead (non-sprung) floor when it comes to higher level skills, however there are benefits. We’ve found in our experience that those who learn tumbling skills on a non-sprung floor perform better on a sprung-floor. Additionally, we make sure athletes are prepared for tumbling on a non-sprung floor by always having a dynamic warm up and conditioning. “Dead” floor tumbling will always be a part of our program.
Fun Fact: Team Canada Cheerleading performs on a non-sprung floor and the team is selected based on this.
What are the spectator costs for All Star events?
Spectator fees vary depending on event. Events range from $15-40 per day for spectators. This information will be sent out with all information prior to the event.
Are All Star team practices mandatory?
Yes. The only acceptable reasons to miss an All Star practice is a death in the family or serious illness. It is important to note that regardless of reason for absence, an athlete may be taken out of, repositioned or replaced in a routine in order to set the team up for success.