One of the newest additions to the Peak Family are our Competitive Prep teams. Due to the large amount of talent in our previous pre-teams (exhibition only), Peak wanted to give all teams the chance to compete locally and get an authentic competitive cheerleading experience. These teams receive instruction from Peak’s highly qualified coaches, many of whom also coach some of our competitive teams. These coaches have gone through extensive training and credentialing into order to form and maintain their teams as well as possible. On top of that, the athletes will receive a fun, entertaining and challenging routine just like our competitive teams. All ability levels are welcomed and athletes up to age 15 can participate in the Prep Program. This program is designed to provide cheerleading teams for beginners, and for the athletes who are not yet ready to commit to the rigor of the competitive program.
The competitive prep cheer teams are a good starting place for athletes interested in trying out the sport, as well as for athletes and families who have a busier schedule or want to diversify their athletic interests. The season runs from August to March, during which time the athletes will compete in three to four local competitions, at times, alongside our competitive cheer teams. They will be judged by the same judging panel as the competitive teams during the competitions, and place in the competition in categories with other prep teams from around the state. During the 2015-16 season, our prep teams competed in the Coliseum in Denver, the First Bank Center in BroomField, and the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland. Our prep cheer teams wear a newly designed and personalized uniform and bow, and have specific expectations for their hair and make up as the competitive teams do.
There are many similarities between the competitive cheerleading teams and the prep cheerleading teams in terms of what will be taught. The prep teams will receive choreography and instruction in all aspects of cheerleading. They will be taught proper technique for all of their stunting, tumbling, jumping and motions no matter what skill level they enter the program at. However, prep teams will not be taught baskets due to safety restrictions put in place by the USASF, nor will they have routines lasting over two minutes, as opposed to our competitive cheer teams who preform routines two and a half minutes long. For more information on All Star prep teams, please visit the official USASF website HERE.
The USASF is the governing body of all competitive cheerleading. They create the rules and regulations that gyms must follow, in order to promote correct technique and ensure safety for all cheer teams. Peak’s coaches have attended multiple conferences put on by the USASF in order to enhance their knowledge of these rules and regulations, in order to improve our our athletes training, technique base and overall skill level. All of our coaches have received official credentialing from the USASF. To do this, they had to complete and pass an online test as well as a verbal test with a qualified USASF official.