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2018 Competition Squad

The AH Cowboys Competition team is for children that want to take cheering to the next level.  Our focus is on fine tuning cheers, jumps, stunts, dance skills and learning how to perform in front of a large audience. 
The competition team will compete in a minimum of two competitions held by the IRCA during their fall season.  These teams will learn a specific routine that combines cheer, dance, jumps, tumbling, and stunting to be performed at the competitions. Stunting for these teams is more advanced (in line with guidelines established by the IRCA) than what is learned in sideline cheer.   Other skills that will be focused on for the competitions are transitions, consistency, smiles and volume, synchronization, and jumps. 
This season we will be welcoming cheerleaders in 2nd – 8th grade for our competition teams.   A team is made up of a minimum of 6 children to compete.   We will be starting the competition season at the end of July with a three day camp to focus on basics.  We will be able to provide the dates of the competitions by the end of June. 
Practices for competition cheer are mandatory.  If more than 3 practices are missed, your child may not be able to compete in the next competition. 
If a team is awarded a bid to the State competition, there will be additional fees required to cover the competition.  The State competition is the first weekend December.
The cost of the competition program is $290 per child without a uniform; however we provide a discount sign up for both sideline and competition cheer.   The uniforms are the same as the sideline cheer uniforms and the uniform fee is $90.  Additional costs for the competition program are shoes, track suit (if your child does not already have one), and costs for the bid to state (if your team receives one).  We do not require children to come in with specific tumbling ability and we do not require tumbling classes for our teams, however if you would like suggestions on local gyms that offer cheer tumbling, please let us know. 
 
Eligibility: Co-ed sideline cheerleaders in the AHYAA Cheer Program in grades 2-8. No tryouts. 

Competition Dates:   TBD - As soon as we are confirmed we will update dates here.

Cost:   The cost includes competitions and facility, season tank, parades, banquet.   

Additional costs:  Competitive cheer shoes, warm up jacket, state competition fees.

Camp:  Monday - Wednesday July 23 - 25th.  We will focus on basics:  competition rules, jumps, stunts, and team building.

Practices Practices will be included on the calendar to ensure that reminders are sent via text to parents.  Please ensure when you sign up that you choose the option to receive text alerts.  Competition team practices will be Wednesday nights starting in late July through end of November.  We practice at Play Ball in Mount Prospect.  

The uniform used for the competition squads is the same as our sideline uniform.  See the uniform tab for pictures of the girls uniform (pics of boys uniform will be added). 

**We are a proud member of the Illinois Recreational Cheer Association***