Discussion in 'Allstar Cheerleading' started by Cheer Dad, Jul 28, 2014.
I think you answered your own question.
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Yes but it also happens in baseball where if too many kids are missing you are forced to forfeit the game or take an out every inning. Also if you only have 1-2 good pitchers who also play a second position and one misses a game you may be without the kids you need for key positions. It's every sport.
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I didn't think about that.
I was talking about things that athletes and parents have some control over and can usually relatively easily fix and meant like a long term chronic attendance issue.
I understand. I just felt like adding that because I know a lot gyms are critical of lateness no matter who's fault it is.
As someone who is not a coach or a parent, my one contribution to this is a quote from Elaine Pascale in the Twinkles Chasing Perfection documentary, "we're responsible for their emotional development as well, as coaches we have to take that into consideration."
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There are mega gyms out there with few if any crossovers. Stingrays, Md Twisters, World Cup, Cheer Athletics, Woodlands....My understanding is CEA only has around 150 kids at the main gym talking to people that have gone there. Do they use crossovers to make them seem like a larger gym similar to the top gyms they compete against? I understand they have several locations, but I don't think they are as large as what most consider the top gyms.
* misread your post
The other mega gyms mentioned are from suburbs of big cities? Or in population dense areas (NJ). But Kernersville is just a small town not really close to any big city. (Correct me if I'm wrong, I'm not an expert on mega gyms.) So I guess they are an unusual mega gym in several ways.
I would like to point out that this is in front of cameras. It isn't a low pressure environment. Don't forget many people don't see the behind the scenes. I don't want to use any specific examples but I will say there is a tremendous amount of pressure on these young athletes, both then and now.
Your question made me curious so I got on google. Some quick numbers (I'm not super familiar with any of these areas besides NC and GA so this is not gospel) ETA I can't speak on how many kids are at each gym, I have no idea. I believe there are around 250 in kville.
Freehold pop 36,000- 50 mi to NYC pop 8 mil, 60 mi to Philadelphia pop 1.5 mil
Kernersville pop 23,000- 15 mi to Winston Salem pop 236,000, 5 mi to Greensboro pop 279,000, 87 mi to Charlotte pop 800,000
Plano pop 269,000- 20 mi to Dallas pop 1.2 mil
Marietta pop 59,000, 20 mi to Atlanta pop 447,000 ETA metro Atlanta is about 5 mil
Good research! But metro Atlanta is way bigger than the actual city of Atlanta.
There's also Top Gun in Miami.
True, I would guess the same to be true for Dallas and possibly the Freehold area too.
I was going to mention that too. That number looked super low. Most everyone lives right outside the city.
I agree at that level there is a lot of pressure. CP was a twinkle and struggled with a "MB" and I will tell you first hand it was NEVER made a big deal of by Chrissy or anyone at WC. She took her out of tumble and never mentioned it again. The last comp she was tumbling again and it went back in. She performed it both days. I definitely expected my CP to be removed from parts she was struggling with. If she cant hit she has to come out. CP beat herself up enough and the coaches knew that. I don't disagree with removing a child that hasn't held up their end. I would however have a huge problem with removing my child when they were on deck.
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