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This classic CheerMAD post, one of our first from the summer of 2011,  reminds us that it's not the number following the level of the team, but the number of hearts within it.

Gorgeous Senior Level 2, The Headliners of ProAthletics 2010-2011, CHEERSPORT Champs

"Please refrain from approaching an athlete if they are with their team" was a comment Tweeted by a coach from a nationally renowned gym at NCA. It could have been Th...

Rachel's first of three NCA jackets in levels  Y2, Y3 and Jr. R5 became part of NCA's "MY NCA Jacket" campaign

This will be Rachel's fifth National Cheerleaders Association Allstar competition. As a cheer mom, I've seen the highs, the lows and the "no-nos."

We actually started out with a "low."

The first year we traveled to Dallas was in 2012 when Rachel was on a Youth 2 team called the PRO Athletics Showstoppers. They had just w...

As I look over this week's schedule, I see it isn’t a particular busy one.

Of course there are three, two-and-a-half-hour practices to get Rachel to and from (add another half-hour commute to this time-slot) as well as the preparation that goes into it: practice sports bra, shorts and t-shirt-check; bow-check; two-hair elastics- check; cheer shoes- check; healthy snack-check; two water bottles-check. Just one item missing...

                                Rachel, Angie and Abbi; 2010-11 Fierce Kidz of Proathletics, Mini Level 1

This  TBT picture stopped me in my tracks. I looked at the picture of these babies: (left to right) my daughter Rachel, Angie and Abbi, and unexpectedly teared up.

I love these kids and their families, especially their moms (Angie’s is Kerri, Abb...

It’s hard to imagine now, but four years ago there was no such thing as cheerUPDATES.

 

Today is the four year anniversary of what started out as an opportunity for a coach to share his take on some big comp routines for his athletes back home. Four years later, it has become a window into immediate consumption, almost addiction, of cheer for the rest of us.

 

Well at least 1.7 billion of us who checked its Tweets last year.

 

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Some people might glance at this picture taken at the last practice at Disney before The Summit and think nothing of it but I look at it and see so much...

I see a 13-year old who: stands "clean" even when the rest are relaxing; gave up her summer (trips to the beach, amusement parks, camping out) to cheer on two teams; gave up middle school sleepovers and parties so she could compete for the gym that's been her secon...

 

Welcome to the relaunch, redesign and rejuvenation of www.CheerMAD.com

 

 

And what better time to celebrate than on the eve of Allstars' most remembered performances of the year: WORLDS!

 

For the most part, CheerMAD remain the same: an authentic, upbeat, informative and positive reflection of cheer as seen through the eyes of cheer moms and dads: CheerMADs. We're the ones paying for this $4 Billion industry, not to mention drivi...

Last weekend I once again had the honor of traveling to Dallas to watch my daughter compete at the coveted NCA All Star Competition.

Brenna is a member of East Celebrity Elite’s J5 in Massachusetts. She has been cheering for the past six years. She’s worked her way up from a Level 1 half-year team, to a Junior 3 team, spent two seasons on Youth 5 and has been on J5 for the past two years. 

In the past when I have written for CHE...

Depending on who you are talking to, cheerleading is and is not a sport. I’ve been having these conversations for 17 years.

I remember one conversation very clearly that I had at the supermarket with Mrs. B. ~the mother of one of Becky’s former elementary school classmates~ left me feeling both amused and redeemed.

Our daughters had been in the same homeroom, went to the same birthday parties, attended the same church groups and...

With the reality of team placements kicking in at cheer camps, a reminder that it's not the number  following the  level of the team, but the number of hearts within it.

Gorgeous Senior Level 2, The Headliners of ProAthletics 2010-2011, CHEERSPORT Champs

"Please refrain from approaching an athlete if they are with their team" was a comment Tweeted by a coach from a nationally renowned gym. The MAJORS, Champions League and o...

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