The latest news and announcements from the CA Staff.
SPRING BREAK - PLANO NO All-Star team practices - Sunday, March 9 - Saturday, March 15. All-Star team practices will resume regular practices on Sunday, March 16.
Plano All-Star Prep teams please check with your Team Reps/Coaches.
Tumbling classes and open gyms WILL BE in session and the gym WILL BE OPEN for private lessons (athletes please check with your coach regarding their private lesson schedule for "spring break.").
SPRING BREAK - FRISCO – WILL BE CLOSED - NO All-Star Prep team practices, classes or private lessons - Monday, March 9 – Thursday, March 13.
Frisco All-Star Prep, classes and privates will resume on Monday, March 17.
Enjoy the time off!
All spring break workshops will be in session at both Plano and Frisco locations.
The upcoming issue of D Magazine has a cover story on the 2011-12 Cheer Athletics Panthers.
Our feelings on the article are mixed. It isn't entirely bad, but there are definitely things in there that we would never have approved if we had any editorial control over what was being said.
The reporter had followed Panthers throughout the season last year and was given behind-the-scenes access to practices and performances. After the season, and in talking to him, we were really excited about the possibilities of the article. He had been given the opportunity to follow a team from arguably the best program in the world through an undefeated and historical season. Unfortunately, this is not the type of article that we (or the cheer world) would want to see.
The biggest disappointment we have is that there was the potential for such a great story about the athleticism and grace of the sport. He could have spent time talking about the teamwork it takes to get to the highest level of the sport. It could have talked about the sportsmanship exhibited between our teams and the teams they compete with. He could have discussed how it is possible for our coaches and athletes to have so many different teams that are able to reach incredible heights in the cheer world. It is simply sad to me that he chose instead to spend 12 paragraphs discussing a teenage slumber party and 1 sentence on the team actually winning the World Championship. That was not at all what we were led to believe the story would be about.
There was also some crude language that makes it inappropriate for many of our younger athletes. I don't envy the parents of the youngsters having to explain what some of the words mean. That is not language that we allow in our facility for the precise reason that we don't want the younger athletes to hear that.
On a positive note: the pictures were fantastic.
There are several flat-out factual errors, and several misleading things taken out of context that give you a false impression about the team and some of the athletes. They did send Brad a fact-check sheet that listed several items to confirm and he made corrections. Some of the those corrections did not get changed in the final article.
As of now, we are not able to offer public WiFi at the gym. We do have internet for the staff, but with limited bandwidth. Until we can come up with a better solution (and a faster connection), we need to reserve the existing bandwidth for running business transactions. It is VERY slow at times as it is.
With a stunning 6 medals from 2012 Worlds, CA/DA jumps even further ahead of all other programs in the total medal count.
Top 10 Programs:
(Total, Program, State, Golds, Silvers, Bronzes)
Special Note: Since Worlds started in 2004, there has never been a single season when a program took home more Worlds medals than Cheer Athletics.
There are several pictures of our current (or former) CA athletes when they were competing in Daytona for NCA College Nationals. Check out the photo album here: cheerathletics.com/index.php