To say these little ones are irresistibly adorable is an understatement. Our 3 to 6 year old exhibition teams Cheerubs and Darlings began back in 2011, basically as a small class that involved motor skills, and a fun introduction to cheerleading. We had about 5-7 kids when we started.
I had always taught older athletes, mostly at the middle school age. So when I was thrown into this role to teach children at the ages of 1-3, it was a whole new experience for me. I had to put the competitive side to rest for 30-45 min. and dig deep into "the land of make believe."
We had a small room in the gym that echoed like crazy, but it worked! Our "helpers" (which is now our buddy system) were athletes who volunteered their time and who either had some special bond with a Cheerub already or were a sister in the Allstar program.
Our early performances consisted of children trying to run up to the front of the mat to smile for their parents so they could take a picture, or some would refuse to perform the routine they had learned and stand there and cry the full 1:00 minute we were on the floor.
So out of the 5-7 kids, there were maybe 3 who actually performed what we had been working on for months in our little room. But the crowd went nuts! Fast forward to present day, we now have a THREE teams and a program of over 50 kids!
Many of our highest level competitive athlete STARTED their journey in the Performance Cheer Program. It has become a pivotal part of our developmental program! It is so special to see the young athletes they have grown into and more importantly see the lifelong friendships they have created in our program