Frequently Asked Questions
"Can I just try a class?"
Yes! Anyone is welcome to come and try one class for free before deciding whether cheerleading is the right sport for you. Please contact us to book in for your free trial class.
"Do I have to be flexible?"
Absolutely not. Being flexible and pulling lines is a great skill, but it is also something that can be taught and improved over time.
"Do I train every week?"
Yes. If you enrol in a competitive team you will be expected to be at every training session throughout the school term. Cheerleading is a team sport so if one member of the team is absent, the team will not be able to practise as everyone is necessary in each stunt of a routine. We do not train during school holidays (excluding the July school holidays which we do continue training).
"How much does it cost?"
Shire Elite aims to provide affordable training for our athletes and their families. For a full list of yearly costs, download our information pack.
"Am I going to be a flyer?"
The coach will put you in a flyer position, if you are ready/ there is a spot/it will benefit the team. No one is put on a team to specifically be a flyer. You may begin in one position at the start of the year and change to another position throughout the year.
"Do I need a uniform?"
Competitive athletes are required to purchase a competition uniform (second-hand uniforms are sometimes available from past athletes). We do not have a compulsory training uniform, however we do have training gear available to purchase for those who wish to.
"Do I need to have experience?"
No you don’t! At Shire Elite we have teams for beginner’s through to advanced. You will be taught everything you need to know at training.
"What level will I be in?"
That will depend on a number of factors. When we recommend a squad for someone the decision is usually based on past cheerleading or gymnastics experience as well as what skills you currently have. Eg: a back handspring is usually required for a level 2 team.
"Do I need insurance?"
Part of the enrolment fee covers your annual registration to the Australian All Star Cheer Federation (AASCF) who provide insurance to all cheer athletes with Shire Elite. We don’t provide Ambulance cover, so that is something we highly recommend athletes get before they begin.
"Am I too old to join?"
No way! We have open teams at Shire Elite that cater for ages 14+. That means there is no age too old to cheer. We have multiple athletes that started cheer for the first time in their twenties. There is no better way to keep you fit, active and feeling as young as ever!
"When do I compete?"
Our teams normally compete 5-6 times per year in Sydney from July – November. All Sydney competitions are compulsory. You may have special consideration to miss one with coach’s approval. We also give the option to travel interstate for the National Championships.