Monthly Archives: December 2012

“Ready? 5, 6, 7, 8, COED! Music’s on!”

“Ready? 5, 6, 7, 8, COED! Music’s on!”

Some teams have their own rituals before full outs, that’s ours. Hi, I’m 18 year old Dustin Reed and this is my second year on Cali Coed. We were the last team in the Large Coed division to find out if we got invited to the Majors. I will never forget the moment when Tannaz, our owner, pulled us over and told us the news. “So kids, I have something really important to share with you all…” I don’t think any of us expected what came out of her mouth next, “we have been invited to the 2013 Majors competition in Indy!” You could just see all of our faces light up with Imageexcitement and joy, but with that we all knew that we were going to have to work harder than ever to be even more prepared that early in the season. Being a west coast team, we only get to see our competitors a couple times a season, so this is the perfect opportunity for us!

A typical Cali Coed practice is a lot of hard work, but we have fun while doing it. We warm up with a couple laps around the building and then condition so our bodies stay strong, especially in these upcoming winter months. After we’re warm, we start marking through our routine and warm up each section 2 times, starting from the end and working backwards. The gym rule is “no less than 5, no more than 10” full outs. It may seem like a lot, but once you do it enough times, it becomes second Imagenature and not even a big deal. When competition day comes, we’re all extremely happy that we only have to go out there and only do it once!

Attendance is key to our success. Being that I am considered one of the “local” kids (within a 45 minute radius of the gym), my second home is California Allstars, San Marcos. Actually, I’m pretty sure I spend more time there than at my house. I live for working out with my 35 other brothers and sisters. Lately, our practices have been on fire. I’ve never felt more confident with a team so early in the season. We had our first showing on October 13th, and since then, it feels like a completely different team all focused on the same goal of doing our absolute best at every competition we go to. I have never been around so many motivated individuals that not only want the best for themselves, but the best for you as well. We sometimes have our little disputes, but at the end of the day, we’re always going to be the Bullet Family representing Bullet Country.

Thank you for reading!

Dustin Reed – California Allstars – Cali Coed

Welcome to the Most Selective Competition in the World

“I’m not in competition with anybody but myself. My goal is to beat my last performance.” –Celine Dion

To say that it’s an honor to be on a team like Coed Elite is an understatement. ImageThrough eleven years of cheering, I have yet to be a part of a team with as much heart, determination, talent, and dedication as Coed Elite. There isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not in the Cheer Extreme gym, or wishing I was. Being a senior on such an extraordinary team can be bittersweet, but I couldn’t imagine finishing my allstar career with anyone but my 35 amazing teammates.

It takes a lot of dedication to be on a team like Coed Elite. Juggling senior year of high Imageschool, applying to colleges, taking 3 AP classes, cheering at school, and taking the two hour drive to get to Kernersville can be hard. But the struggle only makes me want to work towards my dreams and goals even harder. Over everything else in my hectic life, Coed Elite is my top priority, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. To be on a team with so much passion and hunger like Coed is a one in a million opportunity. With our motivational team captains and World Champion coaches, we will stop at nothing to turn our dreams into realities.

CE is so excited that we’ve kicked off the 2012-2013 season with such a great start: winning the grand champion title at a national competition in October and receiving the first paid bid to The Cheerleading Worlds. But most of all, we’re so excited to be a part of The Majors 2013. Since our first summer practice, Coed has been focused and worked incredibly hard to prepare for The Majors.  
An amazing feeling came over me when I realized my team would be attending The Majors again. Since it’s my first year on the team, I haven’t been able to experience The Majors in the way that a lot of the veterans on Coed have. Going to The Majors for the first time with the reigning champs is a lot to handle, but an incredible opportunity all at the same time.  It’s an indescribable feeling to be a part of something so selective with some of the most talented athletes in the world. And the fact that I can take this journey with my team makes it even better.

Coed Elite is not only a family, but an army: Ashley’s Army. Ashley Fritts is the most inspirational woman in my life, and my team and I are so blessed to have her as our team mom this season. After a few short weeks into the summer, Ashley was diagnosed with Imagebreast cancer. Her diagnosis has been hard on the Fritts family and the Cheer Extreme family as a whole, but we are all here to support her, just as she has always supported us. We promote our team and our gym as Ashley’s Army- probably one of the largest support groups you will ever encounter. Our music and routines are all dedicated to her, and we are with her every step of the way, just as she is taking the journey with us this season.

With The Majors being right around the corner, I am more anxious and eager than ever to get in the gym with my team and work hard and prepare to compete against the top teams in the World. I wish everyone an amazing season, and I can’t wait to see you all on January 18th, 2013!

 Lauren West – Cheer Extreme Allstars – Coed Elite