Monthly Archives: January 2013

“We Have A Lot To Prove On That Stage”

My name is Ashley Hobbs and I am 14 years old.  This is my third year on Senior Elite and we are thrilled to be returning to the The Majors this year.  I feel like we are coming with the mind set that we bd3e70cabb5d6d659371f29d7a52f1bchave a lot to prove on that stage, for we did not have our best performance at The Majors last year.

Even though the outcome at The Majors was not what we had hoped for, the overall experience was absolutely incredible.  The red carpet and banquet the night before was so much fun because we got to see all our friends from other teams and watch their videos and see their journeys’ leading up to The Majors.  The actual competition was so unique because we were individually introduced along with our coaches before our video was played. This really allowed spectators a glimpse into how we train.

The 2012-2013 season has started out great for Senior Elite.  We spent our summer working out different stunt sequences and pyramid ideas and of course working on tumbling, which is my favorite part!  In August, we had our routine camp and put all our hard work together.  Now that the actual competition season has started, it is just understood that as a member of Senior Elite, you are to be readily available to practice when needed. We practice regularly twice a week, but a

s the season gets going, often times extra practices are called at moments notice.  This of course can be frustrating at times, especially since approximately half our team travels 1 ½ to 2 hours each way, including myself, but each member of our team is totally committed and honored to be a part of such a special team.A7qg15jCUAAJzS8

Not one of our practices is ever the same.  Of course we do the usual warming up, working sections, and tumbling, but Courtney always keeps things interesting!  Full outs are always video taped and we sit down and critique them when we are done.  This allows us to see what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong! To keep things really interesting in practices are Courtney’s games.  She knows we thrive on competition and this includes competing with each other.  One of our most recent games we played was “Teal or no Teal”….  Just imagine the game show Deal or no Deal.  Never a dull moment at CEA!

Ashley Hobbs- Cheer Extreme- Senior Elite

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“I HAVE NEWS OF THE CENTURY!”

“ALL ACES MUST ARRIVE 15 MINUTES EARLY TO PRACTICE TONIGHT, I HAVE NEWS OF THE CENTURY!”

Naturally, after reading this mysterious Facebook post from our coach on our group page, all the Aces became curious about what exactly this “news of the century” could be.  As requested by our coach, all the Aces arrived at practice 15 minutes early. When it was determined that we were all present, everyone spread out into a circle and held hands like we do when we pray at the end of each practice. Our coach, practically shaking, announces that the Aces have been invited to The Majors!  Immediately, every girl on the team became screaming jumping beans, bursting with excitement. Ever since that day, our focus has been preparing for The Majors.

ImageHey there! My name is Samantha! I am 17 years old and am currently a senior in High School! I am on The California Allstars, ACES! I’ve been cheering for about 10 years, and I am more excited for this competition season than I have been for any season in the past.

Majors 2013 will be the first time any of the Aces participate in this prestigious competition, and we are all raging with excitement. The drive that the Aces have this season is unmatched. Ever since we got the news that we were invited to The Majors our already difficult practices became even more challenging. Aces practice 4 times a week on a normal week, and we always get a lot accomplished. Going full out about 5 times per practice, we are extremely motivated and determined.

Since our practices are so rigorous, I have to mentally prepare myself ahead of time in order to endure an entire Aces practice. This can be difficult at times because I have an extra challenge. I have type 1 diabetes. Normally I don’t have any problem getting through practice without any complications.  I usually test my blood sugar mid-practice to make sure that I am okay, and if I’m not, I act accordingly to correct my glucose levels. I am as normal as any other cheerleader; I just wear an insulin pump. People tell me all the time that they had no idea, or that they completely forget that I am diabetic at all. I’ve been diabetic since I was 14 years old, and while it took some time to adjust to a diabetic lifestyle, it has never slowed me down.

My life is a complicated piece of artwork, having moved across the country 3 times for various Imagereasons in the past 4 years, and through the financial hardships, and some extreme health challenges that my family has faced recently, cheerleading has always been a constant in my life. My team means more to me than anyone could guess.  Each girl motivates me to be a better cheerleader, and person. I am so thankful to have this opportunity to compete at The Majors with my 29 sisters, and I wouldn’t trade the memories that we have, or the memories to come for the world. It is truly humbling to even be considered to compete in such a prestigious competition, and I it is very difficult to capture my excitement in words.

Thank you for reading, and I will see you at The Majors! (:

Samantha Foor- California All Stars- Aces

This will be a fight to the finish, a contest of CHAMPIONS.

WOW! Is all I have to say about Coed Elite’s season so far. It’s been a great start to our season: being the FIRST team in the World with a paid bid to the Cheerleading Worlds. This year we have a dream team coached by more than only Courtney. I want to thank Ben, Sarah, Darnell, Justin, Kathy, John, Cameron, Caitlyn, Caleigh, Dalton and Twist who have each had a hand in creating Coed Elite 2012-2013.

A65CYaOCUAA6N--.jpg-largeNow on to the thing you are all wondering about…the MAJORS, for those of you who don’t know Coed Elite is the first and reigning MAJORS champion and it takes a lot to earn that title.  We worked hard to make sure that we were prepared to take on the best in the world and we defeated them.  A little fun fact about Coed Elite at the MAJORS 2012: going into the competition we knew that we had the best routine in the competition, but just to make sure, in the arena at practice on Friday before MAJORS 2012 we decided to add an unassisted toss hands heel stretch liberty to boost our difficulty score, putting us another step above the rest.

The MAJORS 2013 will be no different. We are working even harder to keep the title of MAJORS champion because like most of us know it is harder to stay at the top then it is to get there.  Coed Elite has very intense practices where we read and re-read the JAMbrands score sheet to make sure we hit each element to receive the maximum amount of points possible to raise our raw score.  As a team we take pride in knowing that we are the reigning champs. We are very excited that we were invited, once again, to take part in this wonderful event for a second year. We are even more excited about the division that we get to compete in this year; Cheer Athletics Cheetahs and California Allstars Coed bring unique and A-IlUJqCQAA3c1X.jpg-largejam packed routines to the floor just like ours, and in order to be the best you have to beat the best.  The MAJORS this year will really be a fight to see who can take the top spot.  If you didn’t know, our division this year is made up of the reigning MAJORS champions (Cheer Extreme Coed Elite), the reigning silver world medalists (California Allstars Coed) and the reigning gold medalists (Cheer Athletics Cheetahs).  So if you don’t believe that this event will be an all out fight to the finish, rethink that and get ready to witness one of the greatest competitions in history!

I know most of you have probably already seen one of our routines somewhere in the vast land of the Internet; but have you taken the time to listen to our music and really understand the message behind it?  This season we have been blessed to have Ashley Fritts take over Coed Elite as our team mom, but a few short weeks after she found out that she would get to take this journey with us she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  It’s been hard on Cheer Extreme as a family but it has been especially hard on the Fritts family.  Ashley is one of the most active members of the Cheer Extreme staff and her job is one that benefits us all as athletes.  A quick update on Ashley, she is doing well and told us last night after practice that she “felt like a normal person,” which is great because the chemotherapy that is done for cancer can really take a lot out of a person physically. We are glad to have Ashley slowly but surely getting better and we can’t wait to see what this season has in store for her.  It’s going to be a great one.image

I am so excited that the MAJORS is only a few short weeks away and I know that we will work hard to repeat the title of MAJORS champions.  To keep up on Coed Elite updates as we go into the MAJORS make sure that you follow my MAJORS twitter @MAJORStyler.  The season is really starting up, so expect a lot of pictures and posts.  Can’t wait to see you guys decked out in pink and teal on January 18th, 2013.  And, to our competitors…so let this be known that this will be a fight to the finish, a contest of champions.

Whether We Win or Lose, We Have Applied the Best of Ourselves to the Task at Hand.

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” – Vince Lombardi

Hello, my name is Hailey Davis. I am seventeen years old, beginning my third and final year on Cheer Extreme Senior Elite. I would like to start off by saying how honored and incredibly excited we are to be invited to the Majors again. Last years’ experience was eye opening and humbling to say the least. Being selected amongst many of the top competitors in our division was an Imagehonor. At the banquet, it was refreshing to see inside our competitor’s gyms and the atmosphere they practice in. I think each team realized how similar we all are and gained a huge amount of respect for one another. We all want the same things and try are hardest to achieve them. Being able to interact with our fans is always a humbling experience. We are inspired by the effects we have on cheerleader’s lives and loved the opportunity we were given to connect and communicate with our biggest supporters. Although our performance did not best reflect our capabilities, there was nothing like watching our teammates take home the first Majors title in the coed division. One of my favorite things about Cheer Extreme is the family aspect of our program. We genuinely love and support each other during practice and on the mat. The pride and joy we feel when our teammates succeed just can’t be faked.  We cannot wait to redeem ourselves at the 2013 Majors and hopefully claim a title of our own.

With that said, what has Senior Elite been up too? After taking home a World Championship title in April, we barely had time to celebrate before the new season rolled around.  We are proud of Imageour season last year, but it was LAST year. We like to think of each season as a fresh start, having to prove ourselves once again. With new faces and new skills we had enough ideas to fill three routines start to finish. We settled on sequences that pushed us as a team while showcasing the individual talents of each athlete. Our team and routine are unique this year. Everyone is needed and everyone has a special touch that makes our routine a “visual overload” as some would say.

We have been blessed with so many opportunities in such a small span of time as well. One of our first team outings besides our summer camp in Myrtle Beach, SC happened to be the Democratic National Convention…the weekend after routine camp. We used this as an opportunity to bond and test out our newly formed pyramid and stunt sequences. We can honestly say we never experienced anything like it and enjoyed every minute of it. Shortly after, a former team mom of Senior Elite, Ashley Fritts, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Our program has made breast cancer awareness a priority while supporting Ashley on her road to recovery.  Forming “Ashley’s Army” drew Cheer Extreme closer than ever, providing extra motivation to try our hardest, and giving every performance a very special meaning. Most recently, all Cheer Extreme Athletes were offered the opportunity to participate in a music video with Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, Jordyn Weiber, and Gabby Douglas. It is amazing the people cheerleading can allow you to meet. Tonight we also had a guest speaker. Geno Segers, former Broadway star and current Disney Channel actor, spoke to us about turning our dreams into goals that are attainable. His speech really helped Senior Elite define the season we want to have.Image

A season can never be defined by one competition, one placement, or even one moment. It is made up of all the little things combined, and the journey over the course of the season. With that said, Senior Elite is focusing on performing our best and continually improving one practice at a time. Our first goal is to perform our entire routine (dance included) at a competition, which we will be doing this weekend! We cannot wait for the Majors and will continue pushing ourselves to be the best we can!

Hailey Davis- Cheer Extreme- Senior Elite