Central Mississippi Cheerleading has just completed the most successful season in our history and by far the most successful season of all programs around this area. That means it is time for tryouts and placements so that we can repeat and build on that success for the next year. In order to better inform you about CMC we have worked on a list of questions you might have as well as information you need to know.
1. Do you have to be great to try out for CMC?
No! We are here to make you great. Many people see the success of CMC teams on a national level and think they are not good enough to be part of the program. The fact is, most of our success is due to hard work and dedication of kids over many seasons. Everyone is a beginner at some point. CMC has programs for all ages and levels regardless of experience.
2. Is CMC expensive?
Yes and no. All star cheerleading is expensive. CMC is one of if not THE lowest priced programs of its caliber in the country. We make every effort to make it affordable for everyone, but we are highly competitive. We understand that the parents work hard to make an investment in their kids, and we want that investment to have as much value as possible.
3. Are CMC coaches and All Stars mean?
NO! This is a silly rumor. Our kids are competitive and our coaches demand excellence, but that is part of our success. CMC does not tolerate anyone being mean, and we are very lucky to have some of the best kids and parents in the world. The CMC program and teams are family.
4. Can we cheer at school and at CMC?
Yes! Most of our cheerleaders do. School rarely offers the experiences, training, or opportunities for athletes like all stars but many choose to do both. We work very well with sponsors and coaches that value the athletes and their opportunities that school and all star can provide. We only ask that you stay diligent in your scheduling and communication. A football game will go on if they miss a cheerleader, but an all star routine typically can not.
4. If I have a certain skill will I be on that level team? For example, if I have my tuck, will I be level 3?
No. Not necessarily. Kids typically equate the levels with certain individual skills, but cheerleading is a team sport. There are many other factors in determining squad placement.
5. Who will be my coach?
CMC has the 5 highest credentialed coaches in the state. They are also the most successful. Carlos Stokes is our all star director. Every team will be under his instruction. He will have the assistance of one of the best staff groups in the country to make sure every team also has a team of coaches behind them.
6. How often do we practice?
Typically twice a week. We will add practices on weekends if we have lots of absences or if we need it. Our goal is to reduce the number of extra practices, but we will do what we must to remain the most competitive program in the area. We also have other programs that only meet once a week.
7. I have trips planned this summer. Can I still be on the team?
Yes! The summer is a time when we work on a lot of skills we will have in the routines. It is very important to be at practices, but we also understand that many church and family trips happen during this time. Just try to be there as much as you can and let us know when you are out of town.
8. Can parents come watch practices? Yes most of the time. We have room for spectators. As long as you follow the rules and are not a distraction, you are free to come. We will have certain times when practices are closed.
9. Are practices mandatory?
Yes! Of course! Anyone that has played a team sport knows that success of the team depends on participation and dedication. We have a very descriptive attendance policy you can read in the rules and regulations.
10. What do we wear to practice?
We will give you practice clothes. Until then wear shorts and t shirts, tanks, or athletic tops. Please do not wear baggy clothes! Also, make sure you always train in your shoes! CMC only requires that you wear white cheerleading shoes. We will order Nfinity shoes for those that want them.
11. Do we have to fundraise?
No! We have required fundraising that helps keep prices as low as possible, but you can opt out at the beginning of the year by paying a fee to do so.
12. Are there scholarships available?
CMC offers work scholarships for a very limited number of families and students. They will require you to work at the gym to reduce or remove only tuition expenses.
13. What is the difference between CMC and other all star programs in the area?
CMC is the oldest program in the area and one of the most respected in the country. With countless awards and titles, CMC stands out as a very competitive and serious program for serious athletes. When choosing a gym, choose one that you feel the most comfortable with and one that you will progress in. All the gyms compete at the same or similar events, but some require different levels of dedication. Let us know if you have any questions.
We will be adding more questions to these as we get them! Check the News section of the website at www.centralmisscheer.com for more info. CMC can not wait to see you at tryouts!