Cheer First

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  1. tjbettin

    tjbettin I'm new. Don't Hurt Me

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    Does anyone know the name of any teams that compete UCA that begin their routine with a cheer? I can't find any. Also, want to make sure that there are no point deductions for beginning routine this way before I fully commit to it.

     
  2. OldskoolKYcheercoach

    OldskoolKYcheercoach There are Cheeropedia articles about me!

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    No point deductions.

    It’s not typically done, but wouldn’t affect your score in any way,

    You might consider it to give the judges a slightly different look.

    If you do this, though, consider the ramifications from a conditioning standpoint. 1:30 of music straight is HARD.

    From a purely personal perspective. My initial reaction as a spectator when I see a team do this is to go to the concession stand and just assume they’re clueless. It’s not fair, but it’s that rare.
     
  3. ScottyB

    ScottyB I have my own cheer message board

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    Someone had to correct me a couple months ago on this same topic. I could have sworn it was a rule, but I guess it was just hammered into the culture that much for me.
     
  4. retiredl5cheer

    retiredl5cheer Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    Do NCA HS teams typically do cheer first? Anyone know? I know they do at NCA College Nationals.
     
  5. tjbettin

    tjbettin I'm new. Don't Hurt Me

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    Interesting! I’m at the point though where if a team started with a cheer, I’d probably be so much more interested because no one does that anymore. That’s why the thought to start this way came to my mind.
     
  6. OldskoolKYcheercoach

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    I’m not faulting you. I was just trying to give you reason to really think about it. Judges may tell you it’s a great idea. I’m speaking only as a spectator who’s a bit of a traditionalist.
     
  7. tojofasho

    tojofasho I'm an announcer on CBS for Worlds (or should be)

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    The team I coach doesn't compete UCA regularly, but we do a UCA critique every year and have always started with the cheer. The judges' general consensus is: "It's different which can be the best or worst thing depending on how it goes." Basically, if your cheer is amazing, starting with it is fine - we always score really well on our cheer but our music section takes a hit.

    Weigh the pros and cons and make a decision, let us all know how it turns out though!
     
  8. Summer Yael

    Summer Yael I'm new. Don't Hurt Me

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    Yes they do. if you watch them that is how it is usually done because the rigor of the music section just isnt as intense as college
     
  9. ScottyB

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    That's just NCA's style. NCA college teams do the cheer first during prelims. No cheer during finals.
     
  10. dhubbz

    dhubbz Cheer Stalker

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    North Little Rock High School, in Arkansas, has competed with their Cheer first. The coach prefers it that way.