Discussion in 'Competitions' started by dat.jpp, Dec 30, 2018.
Who else is competing?
This is the first competition TGAZ's teams will be attending for the season so we're pretty stoked. I'm an official Old Lady Allstar competing so anyone who has advice for how to survive or what Indy will be like, feel free to pass it on haha.
I live close to Indy and I’ve been competing at Jamfest for forever. Here’s my basic rundown of the event:
-several hotels are connected by skywalk (which is SUPER nice), but in some cases it is shorter to walk outside if the weather is nice.
-food in the convention center isn’t the best (not a ton of options), but if you take the skywalk to the mall, there are several options in the mall food court. beware though, it gets very crowded. also, last year the nfinity pop up was in the mall.
-all 4 halls are right next to each other, so while you’re there, there’s not a lot of walking back and forth. however, since they’re so close to each other, it gets really loud. i don’t think there is a lot of times where you can hear another team’s music from another hall at least.
-seating availability depends very much on what hall you’re in. the main hall with worlds teams and most level 4/5r has the best seating, as most of it is left up after majors. the smaller halls with level 1 teams is where there is less seating, but almost all seats have a good view of the stage. I can’t think of a time when it’s been completely full, though.
-participant gifts are blankets. they’re nice for a participant gift and i can’t say much about the room to pick it up because they change it each year. they are really good about signage pointing you in the right direction though. also, sometimes there is no line, and sometimes the line can be 30 people long. if they put it close to the competition halls this year, i recommend just keeping an eye on it and going when the line is short.
for athletes competing:
-warm ups can feel a little crowded sometimes (not always) because of the multitude of teams and mats. the warmup schedule pretty much always is 6 minutes on a dead stunt mat, 12 minutes on a long tumble strip, and 6 minutes on a full spring floor. so pretty nice, but don’t wear yourself out.
-i believe i’ve competed on every floor except for the main big one, and when you’re competing, with the way they do the lights, it’s like you’re in a black hole and all you can see is the floor and the parents/ coaches in front of the floor. i personally find this really nice for nerves.
also, here is a map of the skywalk system: Google Image Result for http://www.theguidetotheus.com/indianapolis/skywalkmap.gif
and here is a map of the inside:
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let me know if you have any other questions!
Platinum Athletics in St. Louis is taking all of their teams. We can't wait this is one of our favorite comps of the year.
Wish I could shimmy this a thousand times, awesome job explaining everything! Being a 25 year old competing allstar for the first time is a bit of a whirlwind (high school/college cheer was wayyyy different), so this sort of makes me feel better about the whole thing.
yay! so happy I could help!
Just to add to ^^^ in the past there has been a quiet parent room with a cash bar.
Such a fun event! My favorite every year. I competed there in the early 2000's when I cheered and I've been back the past few years as a coach. Lots of walking as a coach/athlete but it's a great atmosphere.
A lot of things to do at the competition prior the 2-days. Such as MAJORS is the night before & your team has an option(?) to look around the warm-ups the night before the comp as well.
Watch out for the marchers that Saturday. I might make an appearance to it as well if I got the time.
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