My CP cheered with a 'longer' skirt for the past season and a half, and I hated it, the coaches hated it, the kids hated it. For our last two competitions, we had them perform in their shorts and took out the skirts all together. As far as the tops go, I'd rather see appropriate sized tops than anything else. If they ride up because it's a size too small, will it be much different? I don't think so.