Our mission at Texas Power Athletics is to teach our athletes valuable life lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship, while instilling a life-long love for health and fitness. This sport creates long-lasting friendships and teaches kids the importance of a great work ethic and accountability; for themselves and others. While winning is great, our goal at Texas Power Athletics is to help mold our athletes into positive, strong minded individuals as they progress through our program and in life. We promise to make the tryout process as stress free as possible for our athletes. Consider it to be more of an evaluation; our goal is to place each member on a team where they can be an asset to their squad.
Our philosophy on team placement is one that supports an athlete solidifying their skills with multiple years at the same level. This will do two things: 1. Strengthen our teams for the competition season and 2. More importantly, strengthen your athlete in her skills and provide them with a strong foundation for future success. This is not an hard and stead fast rule. There are exceptions to the rule at the coaching staff’s discretion.
We do understand that ultimately, progression is desired by the athlete and the parent, but as an experience coaching staff, we know what it takes to be successful in the athlete role, their skills and overall performance confidence. We will work with your athlete to grow all areas of their cheer skills throughout the year.
TxPA starts their Tryout process with a 3-week in-house clinic starting on April 17, 2017 thru May 4, 2017. The cost for this is included in your tryout fees.
During these clinics, we will drill skills, teach and practices their tryout routine, work stunts (flyers and bases) and evaluate tumbling skills. This is also a great opportunity for the athlete and the coaching staff to get to know each other and build a comfortable working relationship. Beginning April 17th and going through May 4th.
Level 1 & 2 Clinic Days are Mondays & Wednesdays from 4:30 – 6:30pm
Level 3 & 4 Clinic Days are Tuesday & Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30pm
Please attend the level training that you would like to be placed on for season 6.
Athletes should attend clinic workouts with their hair in a ponytail, wearing spanx/shorts (black, blue), a sports bra/t-shirt/or tank (black, blue, white), their cheer shoes (if you do not have cheer shoes, we recommend a lightweight pair of shoes) and a cute bow wouldn’t hurt (black, gold, blue or white)! If you are an current TxPA athlete, you may wear your practice wear to the clinic.
WHAT TO EXPECT FOR TRYOUTS
Tryouts will be held on Friday, May 5th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. We will provide your athlete with a tryout time and a number on Wednesday, May 3rd or Thursday, May 4th depending on which day is their last day of practice.
Athletes should arrive at least 20 mins prior to their scheduled tryout time so they can check in, stretch, and warm-up. When the athlete is called, he/she will be required to perform 3 different jumps, and both standing and running tumbling. Athletes should attend tryouts with their hair in a ponytail, wearing spanx/shorts (black), a sports bra/t-shirt/or tank (white), their cheer shoes (if you do not have cheer shoes, we recommend a lightweight pair of shoes) and a cute bow wouldn’t hurt (black, gold, blue or white).
All accounts must be paid in full in order to register for a tryout time.
*NO ATHLETE WILL BE ALLOWED TO REGISTER WITH A BALANCE*
Level placement results, including practice days and times, will be posted no later than Saturday, May 6th @ noon. Practices for the new season will begin the week of 06/01/2017. We will have skills training classes through May by level. If you are a current team member and paid your 2016-2017 fees, there is no further cost. If you are an new member to our team, the fee for May workouts is $140 for the month.
If you are placed on a team at TxPA and choose to decline the position there will be NO REFUNDS given. All athletes should find a home on one of our teams, but in the off chance TxPA determines there is not a good fit on one of our teams for your athlete, TxPA will provide the family with a full refund of their tryout fee paid.
TRYOUT TEAM BUILDING PARTY
Saturday, May 6th, TxPA will host a Team Building Lock-in Party for all the athletes. The Party will be from 7pm – 10:30pm. We will lock doors at 7:30pm. The party will focus on all team orientation on our values, expectations and goals for the year, in addition, we will have team name reveal and participate in team building activities.
TEAM PLACEMENT DETAILS
The biggest misconception is that most people think placement is based solely on one skill set. In order to remain competitive, we try to build successful teams that score well in all areas of the score sheet.
On an ordinary cheerleading score sheet, there are 7 main areas that must be covered: Group Stunting/Partner Stunts, Basket Tosses, Pyramids, Running Tumbling, Standing Tumbling, Jumps, and Motions/Dance. The more areas we max out skill difficulty and execution, the higher the score we will receive; the higher the score, the better our chances at placing well.
Once we have evaluated everyone’s tumbling we will look at their stunt skills. Your tumbling will dictate where you start and your stunting will dictate where you end. We build each team like a baseball team, with each person filling a particular stunt position. The stunt positions are flyer, main base, side base, and back spot. We do not consider front spot as a stunt position.
Each team has a set number of cheerleaders for each position depending on the size of the team. If we are trying to fill a team with 5 flyers, we will look at all of the age eligible flyers and then evaluate their skill set on the various areas of the score sheet to select the top 5 for that team.
Skills must be performed at a high level of execution to be considered for placement. This means ALL SKILLS must be performance ready. Athletes are divided into teams based on two factors: age and skill level. Both factors are outlined below to give you a better understanding of placement. All skill must be maintained in order to remain on any given level/team. Texas Power Athletics reserves the right to move an athlete from one team to another at any point in the season (up OR down) based on performance, ability, necessity, or for any other reason we deem fit.
To register and sign up for tryout time, each athlete must:
- Complete & submit the 2017-2018 All-Star Registration Form/Contract, Program Rules & Regulations Form, Athlete/Parent Code of Conduct Agreement. We will email you a link once you enroll online through our parent portal. Look under camps.
- Turn in a copy of the athlete’s birth certificate
- Submit the non-refundable $35 USASF fee by check
- Request a tryout time slot if you need a preferred time, otherwise a time will be determined for your athlete by our staff.
- Enroll Online at TxPA Parent Portal
If you would like to be considered for a flyers position you will need to attend the age appropriate flyer session in addition to your regular session. Attending one of these sessions does not guarantee a flying position but it allows the staff to evaluate the athletes flying abilities. You must also register for Flyer Try-outs. Try-out dates will be posted soon.
Flyer Evaluations will take place Saturday, May 20th. Registration will open on May 7th.
Enroll Online on May 7th at TxPA Parent Portal
All chosen flyers, will be required to sign up for and attend flyer practices the entire season. Stretch classes will be offered and is highly recommended, but not required.
Practice wear, warm up, and shoe fitting will take place during our designated tryout dates and only during tryouts. If for some reason you cannot make it during that time you will need to fill out the sizing form at the end of this packet.
We will communicate the dates for this once we confirm with our Varsity representative.
ALL registration must be paid in full and all forms must be completed online or in person. Registration is $40/ Returning Athlete & $125/ New Athlete. New Athlete price includes the 3-week clinic cost. Returning Athletes have paid for the clinic cost in their current year’s tuition payment.
Flyer evaluation is $25
TEAM PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Practices begin in June. June through August practices will be held for all of our all-star teams 2 days a week. Youth/Junior/Senior teams will practice on a Mon/Wed, or Tues/Thurs. During the summer, all teams will be required to attend Saturday conditioning classes for 1 hour.
During the season, Youth/Junior teams will have an additional practice 2 Saturday’s a month beginning in September. Senior teams will move their practices to 1 day during the week and Sunday’s. In addition, they may be required to attend an additional practice 2 Saturday’s a month.
Please keep in mind that attendance is vital to the success of our teams and is mandatory.
Other additional practices may sometimes be necessary during the season as we close in on key competitions, but we will provide plenty of notice when this is required of the athlete.
Athlete Attendance and Injury and Illness Policy will be provided upon final team selection with the contract.
TEXAS POWER ATHLETICS ESTIMATED COMPETITIVE PROGRAM COST
Texas Power Athletics wants to ensure that each family understands the time and financial commitment involved in being a Texas Power Athletics Athlete. Our prices include everything with the exception of travel cost and Uniform/Practice Wear/Travel Wear cost.
Some of our squads will travel to a number of out of town competitions. Athletes will travel with their parents. We will secure room blocks under “Texas Power Athletics” and parents can book their room within the block or they can work directly with Connection Housing to find an hotel that suits their needs. Parents may choose not to stay in the room blocks with the team and coaching staff, but it is encouraged. These events are governed by Varsity Stay and Play rules and all athletes must book and stay in a Connection Housing Hotel Partner. If all team members do not, we could be in jeopardy of being disqualified. Connection Housing does make exceptions, but you must work with them prior to the competition, complete and turn in their forms to a Connection Housing Representative and receive approval.
Each athlete is charged with a monthly tuition fees for 12 months of the season (June – May). Additional clothing items for the season will be purchased separately. There is also competitive cheer fees that are paid monthly for months (June – December). The competitive cheer fees must be paid by December 31st to be able to compete in the last half of our season.
We understand that All-Star Cheer is an expensive sport. Our booster club, Paws-Up Booster Club, does offer different fundraising opportunities that can help to offset the cost if you choose to participate in them. However, we expect all fees to be paid on by the 5th of each month. The booster club will contact everyone at the beginning of the season and during the season for membership and participation. The ability to receive fundraising money is all dependent upon you the parents. The gym by law can not have any say so or decision making in the club. We can help fundraiser and pass along opportunities to the club.
A down payment of $500 ($250 for mini, show teams or prep) is due on June 1st with your signed contract. USASF payment is due by June 1st for $35. Your athlete can not attend practices without this being turned in to the office. Uniform payments are due no later than July 1st. We offer auto-payment for your monthly fees and we highly encourage our parents to take advantage of this option.
Please carefully consider the financial responsibility required before committing to the season. To help families with the expense of All-Star cheer, the Paws-Up Booster Club can provide a sponsorship letter upon request for financial assistance from local businesses and/or friends and family.
The fees listed below are estimates but are very close to what your child’s fees will be for the season. Once teams are announced, parents will receive information packets by teams with the exact fees for the season. This will help parents budget for the season with no additional fees. Annual Registration fee of $50 for all athletes. Not per family, but rather, per athlete.
TEXAS POWER ATHLETICS EST TUITION AND EXPENSE COST BREAKDOWN
Note: These are estimated cost. TxPA use uniform and practice wear for two years. If you already have them, this cost will be required of you for 2017 – 2018 season. We will have one additional new practice outfit that will be required by all.
Monthly Tuition Cost
|PREP TEAMS||CLUB TEAMS
|MINI TEAM||PREP TEAMS||CLUB TEAMS (1-5)||
CLUB TEAMS HS
|Competitive Cheer Fee**||
|Uniform & Bow||
|$400||$400 – $500||
$400 – $500
|Practice Wear (Mandatory)||
$65 – $250
|$65 – $250||$65 – $250||
$65 – $250
Est. Total Cost
1 free tumbling class included in tuition for ALL All-Star teams and is mandatory for the athlete to sign up*
Please understand that tuition pays for training, it does not pay for the right to be a member of a team of your choice.
**Competitive Cheer Fees are non-refundable if your athlete chooses to leave our program. These funds are primary pass through cost to the business with our vendors. We plan and register for these cost at the beginning of the season and they expect payment upfront and ahead of time.
Tumbling Skills Check
|Level Appropriate||Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5 Restricted||Level 5|
|Standing||Forward Roll Backward Roll Cartwheel||Back Handspring (BHS)||Standing 3 BHS Jump connected to 1 BHS||Standing Back Tuck Standing BHS Tuck Jumps connected to a BHS Tuck||Jump Tuck combination Standing BHS(s) to Full||Jumps to Tuck combination Jumps to BHS Full|
|Running||Round-off||Round-off BHS(s)||Round-off Back Tuck Round-off BHS Tuck||Round-off Layout Round-off BHS Layout||Round-off BHS Full Front Walkover Round-off BHS Full||Punch Front Round- off BHS Full Round-off BHS Whip to Full|
|Standing||Handstand Forward Roll
Back Walkover Front Walkover Valdez Front Walkover
Multiple Back Walkovers
|Back Walkover BHS Valdez Back Walkover BHS||Standing BHS Step out Roundoff BHS Tuck
Jumps to multiple BHS
|Standing BHS(s) to Layout
Standing BHS(s) to Whip to Layout Jump BHS(s) to Layout
Jumps BHS(s) to Whip to Layout
|Jumps BHS(s) to Full
Standing BHS to Whip to Full
|Standing BHS(s) to Double Full
Jump Standing BHS(s) to Double Full
|Running||Cartwheel Back Walkover
Front Walkover to Cartwheel Cartwheel half turn to Front Walkover
|Front Walkover to Round-off BHS(s)||Front Walkover to Round-off BHS Tuck Aerial
Aerial pause Round- off BHS Tuck
|Punch Front connected to Round- off BHS Layout Whip to Layout Roundoff BHS Whip Punch Layout
Front Handspring Punch Front to Round-off BHS Layout
|Front Walkover Round-off BHS Full Punch Front Round- off BHS Full
Whip to Full Round-off Arabian pause Round-off BHS Full
|Round-off BHS Double Full
Punch Front Round- off BHS to Double Full
Whip to Double Full
|These are the suggested tumbling skills for each level. We do look at athletes’ potential and their overall abilities (stunting, jumps, etc.) but nearly every athlete will have all of the appropriate skills for their level and some of the advanced skills. They will be able to preform them with consistency and with good technique.|