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Discussion in 'Allstar Cheerleading' started by Jenniferg482, Dec 10, 2020.

  1. Jenniferg482

    Jenniferg482 Last Pass... on International Open 1

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    Has anyone competed at one of the CheerMatch virtual competition series? Would love some feedback on the events.
     
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    Jenniferg482 Last Pass... on International Open 1

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    I am actually enjoying CheerMatch. We watch Friday night with music! So glad we get to see some “live” cheer action- with all our comps being virtual these days.
    And I do like their leaderboard. Very easy to view rankings.

     
  3. Knowcheering

    Knowcheering Somewhere... some one.... is giving me a slow clap

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    I really like Cheer Match, especially because they maintain some of the "real" competition feel by only allowing you to film once or twice before submitting. And it's free to watch live, which to me shows they genuinely care about their customers. The production quality of the broadcasts is also good.

    I do wish their website was a bit easier to navigate. The Overall Leaderboard is cool, but I'd like to see results for each competition week separately. As much as we would like to believe it's possible to compare scores across competitions/different judging panels/different weeks, it really isn't that simple, so I'd like to have the option of viewing each week's results separate. Also, I wish they'd post each week's competition schedule sooner (I think it gets posted the day the event is aired) so that people who are planning to watch live on Friday night can plan their night around the schedule lol.

    It's nice that a lot of top gyms are participating in CheerMatch (instead of spreading out to a bunch of different virtual competitions and having nobody compete against each other). It looks like a lot of Level 6 teams are signed up to compete in a special CheerMatch in February, which is nice since there are very few opportunities this season for teams to compete against teams from across the country. I just hope virtual competitions can end soon. If you see some of the camera angles some of these gyms are filming at (in some cases cutting off chunks of the routine), you realize there's no way to make virtual events 100% fair or like a true competition.

    Plus, as much as Varsity gets hammered for being a monopoly, cheer does operate better when all its competitions fall under one umbrella and lead to an end goal (ie. Worlds). CheerMatch is great, but it's also making an already highly saturated competition market even more saturated. There has been a lot of "compete against yourselves" this season-- completely understandable during Covid times, but it's also partly a result of there being too many competitions to choose from. At least some events have been combining D1 and D2 divisions to generate some competition. There are way too many divisions but that's an entirely different story.
     
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  4. Jenniferg482

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    I agree with a lot of what you said.

    The camera angles are at time are problematic- our gym is small and has a beam that can be distracting when filming straight on.

    And I do agree that for a regular season having 1 large overseeing company is the way to go i.e varsity. But honestly their website / scores are problematic for me. Really every Monday the event producers should be uploading scores to varsity for tracking. With how many data tools their are available these days it should not be difficult. I do like that varsity is trying with the Leaderboard this year- but that is also problematic- there is no way to filter D1/D2 or view overall rank - you can only sort by your region. Anything else is manual. Hard to get a good view of who your actual competitors are.

    But hopefully we are moving in the right direction.

     
  5. CLynn

    CLynn When all else fails.... I shimmy

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    FYI, starting tonight and for the next few nights CheerMatch will have worlds team matches. Free to watch live, I am looking forward to it!
     
  6. oncecoolcoachnowmom

    oncecoolcoachnowmom Bestest Newbie '14

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    I feel like this may need to become a permanent thing in cheer. I like it.

    I coached HS for awhile and I would have loved to be able to put a routine in front of judges BEFORE we actually traveled to an event.

    I also feel like this would be great for prep, limited travel, novice, half year, etc.

    Your kids can compete multiple times without making parents feel like they're teetering on full on all star travel territory. (Which I've seen people say on here that it happens.) Keeps the experience reasonable but still fun.
     
  7. CLynn

    CLynn When all else fails.... I shimmy

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    Absolutely! We often have “local” comps to preview our routines/before nationals but those can still be an hour or so away and take all day. So throwing this in the mix in place of 1 or 2 of those or even in addition works for me!

    I also have found it fun to see inside other gyms and find myself watching more from other programs than I generally see at live competitions where I am more focused on following our gym.
     
  8. CLynn

    CLynn When all else fails.... I shimmy

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    Tonight is shorter, starts at 8:05 with Blue Crew and last performance is TGLC at 8:45! So many good teams in between...
     
  9. icequeen

    icequeen Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    I actually really like this whole cheer match live stream. It’s well run and on time.
     
  10. luv2cheer92

    luv2cheer92 Moderator Staff Member Bracket Winner Video Curator

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    I'm sure having pre-recorded videos helps it run on time, but I agree, I've enjoyed it.
     
  11. CLynn

    CLynn When all else fails.... I shimmy

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    I wonder when the coaches receive scoresheets after submitting a video? They said during the broadcast that judges review it a few times/spend time with it which I also find interesting. I also really enjoy the idea of watching something during the week, I mean it doesn't have to air on the weekend, lol. I continue to be so impressed with teams overcoming challenges etc this year. So far BSB is my pick for "grand". I also always love Swoosh, they weren't perfect but there is something fun about them.

    Question, how many floors does Cheer Athletics have? It looks enormous!
     
  12. BlueCat

    BlueCat Roses are red, cats are blue National Champion

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    CA Plano has 6 "main" oversized spring floors and an additional non-spring-floor full mat in another room. (Technically, there is just 1 giant spring floor with different color mats making 6+ performance areas.)
     
  13. CLynn

    CLynn When all else fails.... I shimmy

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    Wow, that is impressive. Would be tough to find that space in NNJ I imagine! We have one of those gyms where nothing else can be going on if a team is filming so it is more of a challenge scheduling/timing filming than I would have thought going into the season.
     
  14. icequeen

    icequeen Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    I really wish something could be done regarding flocheer. They copyrighted TGLC routine that Top Gun posted on their gym YouTube channel. Not sure how you copyright a routine that was recorded by the gym, posted on their personal channel for an event that has nothing to do with their company. Fortunately TG took noticed and flocheer reversed the decision.
     
  15. cheermomforever

    cheermomforever Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    Agree... here in Ct the gym has great overall space for multiple floors but ceilings could definitely be higher! One for not 100 % perfect filming...But it works!