• 2018-2019 All Star Cheer Squad | Photo by Shelly Kraemer

Gem City’s all star cheer squad competes under the rules of the U.S. All Star Federation (USASF). Cheer competitions consist of a 2 minute and 30 second routine in which squad members tumble, stunt, dance, and jump. This complicated by the fact that this is often done in unison. Because of this all of competitions and practices are mandatory for Gem City all star squad members.

We hold tryouts to form our all-star cheer squad here at Gem City around May. The tryout is judged by at least three people, who score a jump series, two tumbling passes, and a dance. Full information on tryouts is posted on our website and social media months ahead of time, and we offer an information meeting before tryouts each year.

We are often asked, “Do you need a back handspring to tryout?” Nope. Again, routines are packed with stunts, dances, cheers, chants, and tumbling. Tumbling is only one element of forming a strong, competitive squad. Every team needs a combination of bases, flyers, tumblers, and dancers.  Most of our well rounded athletes are capable of performing all of these skills to some degree, but no one is perfect.

Athletes without a back handspring can and should tryout. We look for potential beyond that one skill. Plus, we’re confident in our coaching abilities to get our athletes to the level they need to be!


Workout Schedule

School Year 2018-2019
Saturday from 8:30 – 10:30 am

Summer 2019
Tuesday from 6:30-8:30

Squad members are required to practice at minimum twice a week. Along with our mandatory weekly practice, members must be enrolled in a cheer tumbling class or take a private lesson each week. (Please note that athletes may also meet the tumbling class requirement by being a member of the gymnastics or tumbling team.)


2018-2019 Meet Schedule

  • November 4 – Springfield, IL
  • January 13 – Peoria, IL
  • February 9-10 – Schaumburg, IL
  • April 7 – St. Louis, MO
  • May 4-5 – Nationals in Virginia Beach, VA

News from the All Star Cheer Squad

All Star Squad Wraps Up Regular Season

Gem City’s All Star Cheer Squad earned a second place finish at the Mardi Gras Super Nationals competition in St. Louis on April 7 at the Chaifetz Arena.

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Gem City Competes with 250+ All Star Squads

Our All-Star Cheer Squad competed at the two-day CSG Super Nationals in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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All Star Squad Heading to Virginia Beach for Nationals

Gem City’s All Star Squad will compete at Nationals in Virginia Beach, Virginia in May 2019.

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