Wednesday, May 4, 2016
San Diego State University is located in San Diego, California. Their colors are black and red and they have the Aztecs as their mascot. SDSU has both an All-Girl and a Co-Ed team. However, this past year, their All-Girl team placed 4th place at the UCA College Nationals. Their girl team consists of twenty hard-working cheerleaders each and every year. Their Co-Ed team consists of eighteen members. Surprisingly, only four of those eighteen cheerleaders are boys. SDSU did exceptionally well this year compared to their previous years. They qualify every year, but this year they pushed to get into the top five against many talented girls. SDSU All-Girl is a team that is making their way to the top.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The University of Maryland is red and yellow and their mascot is the Testudo. The team consists of both All-Girl and Co-Ed teams. These teams travel and attend all basketball games, football games, and some volleyball games. Along with this, they also attend the UCA College Nationals every year. The University of Maryland is unique in the fact of where they are located. Most of the top cheerleading colleges are located in the south. However, the University of Maryland is located far north, making them the best in the area, and one of the best on the mats overall. While their Co-Ed team is exceptional, their All-Girl team is what makes them so great. These girls work hard and place top 10 almost every single year at the UCA College Nationals. While they have only won first one year, they are always near the top and expect to take home gold in the near future. The University of Maryland is definitely a cheer team that you would want to look into, especially if you live north.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Western Kentucky University, also known as WKU has the colors of red and white. Their mascot is the Hilltoppers. They are division IA and contain both a co-ed and allgirl. This past year, their all-girl team placed third place at the UCA College Nationals. They placed behind Indiana University and the University of Alabama. The Co-ed team also did very well by placing eighth out of the 23 schools they competed against for the UCA College Nationals. Because of this, each team did reciebe a $5,000 prize that will go towards their fund to return and place better next year. Kentucky is what is now referred to as the "cheer state." This is because Morehead State, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, and, of course, the University of Kentucky all slayed this year at each competition they competed in. Every cheerleader in the cheer world dreams of attending one of these schools in Kentucky because of the exceptional job they do each year. Western Kentucky University is a huge part of the cheer programs in Kentucky. There are big things to be expected out of this school in the future.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Mississippi State Cheerleading has taken cheer to a whole new level. Their colors are crimson and white and their mascot is the Bully. Their cheer program consists of both and co-ed squad and an all-girl squad. The co-ed contains around eight to ten couples. This team cheers at nearly all football games and men's home basketball games. On the other hand, the all-girl team has about twenty cheerleaders total. They cheer at home football games, as well as women's games and volleyball. Both teams go to nationals each year and place well. This past year, the co-ed team left their mark by placing really well at the UCA College Nationals. They placed fourth just behind UK, UCF, and the University of Alabama. This division that they placed in was the 1A Division, which is known as the toughest division because of the extreme competitive nature of the large schools.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
The University of Mississippi is located in Oxford, Mississippi. They are also known as "Ole Miss" and have a cheer program that excels every year. Their mascot is the Rebels and their colors are red, white, and navy blue. Ole Miss has a Co-Ed team that consists of around 30 teammates. Half of the cheerleaders are on the blue squad and half of them are on the red squad. Which team you are on is determined by your skill level and capabilities. They are division 1A Coed, which means they are up against teams like UK, UCF, University of Alabama, and Ohio State. This past year, they placed fourth. They are bumping up their score sheet and getting higher and higher every year. Ole Miss is improving every year and show extreme potential.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Oklahoma State University is also known as OSU. Their colors are orange and black and their mascot is the Cowboys. The Cowboys consist of one team, which is CoEd. Each year they take approximately 24 cheerleaders. Like the University of Louisville, they compete NCA instead of UCA. Within UCA, they are in the Division 1A. They took home the championship 2013 through 2015. They also won in 2010, 1991, and 1988. Within the NCA category, they are truly amazing. Each year, everyone is looking to see how Oklahoma State University is doing and if they have what it takes to beat them. OSU also gained a very valuable cheerleader this year in the 2015-2016 season. Carly Manning, being one of the most loved girls in the cheer world, committed to Oklahoma State University and has brought many Cowboy fans. Carly Manning was a member of the CA Cheetahs All-Star cheer. She is mainly known for her amazing basket-toss that shows extreme skill and difficulty. She is the barbie doll of cheerleading and has brought much fame to the Oklahoma State University. That should not fool anyone though because the entire team is a team to look out for each year at NCA Nationals.
Friday, March 11, 2016
University of Central Florida is also known as UCF. They are one of the huge, main powerhouses of UCA College. Their colors are black and gold and they are the Knights. They have a Co-Ed team that placed second this year at nationals. They finished as runner-up to the University of Kentucky. This is a big deal because the fight for first is usually between the University of Alabama and the University of Kentucky. This team consists of 18 men and 16 women. One of the main advantages of being on the UCF cheerleading team is the scholarships that are offered. The scholarships range from $500 to $4,000 every year. These are given to 16-20 new cheerleaders and the returning ones. This team is very involved in games as well as their excellence on the competition floor. They attend every home game and close to all away games for their boys. Being "game ready" is vital to this cheer team because they value appearance and organization. If looking into colleges to strive for, UCF is one to look out for.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Louisiana State University is also known as LSU. They are home to the tigers and have one of the top cheerleading squads in the nation. This team, like the University of Kentucky, is strictly Co-Ed. This means that there is two teams, each consisting of both boys and girls. The "JV" team is called the purple team and the "Varsity" is the yellow team. LSU is known for being the best "game ready" cheerleaders. They perform like it is their last game, every game. At UCA's 2015 College Cheerleading Camp, the cheerleaders were awarded first overall in gameday material, the most collegiate award, and the leadership award. The LSU Tigers pump up every game by giving it their all and getting the crowd involved. They are always "wow"ing the crowed with their difficulty in stunts and overall peppy attitude.
Sunday, February 21, 2016
So far, all the teams I have talked about have been strictly collegiate teams in either the NCA or UCA division. The Cheer Athletics Program is a cheer problem that is too good to not be recognized as one of the best cheerleading teams. Cheer Athletics is an All-Star program that competes at NCA competitions. Cheer Athletics, like most all-star programs have a series of division, starting at a Youth 1 level, all the way up to the Senior 5 level. While most to all teams that compete in all-stars are outstanding, the Cheer Athletics "Cheetahs" are the girls that everyone fangirls over. Many famous cheerleaders that come to mind when talking about All-Stars are Jamie Andries and Carly Manning. These two are the Barbie dolls of cheer that seem perfect in every way. However, do not let their cute looks fool you: they are absolute beasts when they hit the blue mat. Cheer Athletics "Cheetahs" never fail to be the team that everyone dreams to be a part of, or even get the opportunity to see in person.
Monday, February 8, 2016
Purdue University is not only a good school to attend, but an amazing school to cheer at as well. Purdue University consists of both an All-Girl team and a Co-Ed team. This year, the Co-Ed team took home second place at the UCA Nationals. They are in Division I small Co-Ed. They also qualified for the Co-Ed partner stunt and the All-Girl stunt group. They All-Girl group placed ninth and the Co-Ed partner stunt took home seventh place. Purdue University is not known for being one of the best cheerleading teams in the nation. However, every year, they have massive amounts of fans because they tend to make up new partner stunts and All-Girl stunts that have never been done before. The only downfall with that is that they cannot put it in a routine because not every group can demonstrate the new skills. However, they are a very unique and clean squad. Purdue Univesity is getting better and better each year and will continue to improve until they get the title that they want most.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
So far, I have only discussed teams in the category of UCA. However, there are also amazing, talented teams in the NCA part of cheerleading, too. UCA differs from NCA is many ways. NCA allows for double fulls and double down, competitions on spring floor, and uses more flexibility, rather than just basic skills with a lib. The best team to compete for the NCA nationals is the University of Louisville in Kentucky. There is both a Co-Ed and an All-Girl team for this school. Both the teams excel each year, but I personally like to watch the All-Girl team preform more. These girls go out every year and throw skills that makes your jaw drop. The All-Girl team has won nine National Cheerleading Association Championships. The large Co-Ed team has won 15 Nation Cheerleading Association Championships, as well.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Cheerleading colleges are always known for being better down south, however, this year the trend was broken. As I earlier explained, the University of Alabama has always had the best all girl team in the nation. This year, though, Indiana University pulled up on top, taking home the first place trophy at the UCA Nationals. Indiana University is more laid back then the teams I have blogged about before, but it seems to really be working for them this year. This college has both a Co-Ed team and an All Girl. However, they are known for having a more well-built All Girl team. Within their program, they have names for each team, too. The Co-Ed team is referred to as the "Cream Squad," while the All Girl team is referred to as the "Crimson Squad." I did actually attend a cheer camp here, and made many observations about the teams and the program as a whole. They were all very talented and present a vast knowledge of cheer and the physics of it. This was different than other schools and might be more beneficial to some to explain cheerleading in a more scientific way. It appeared to have worked on just enough people to pull a first place title this year.
Monday, January 25, 2016
For the longest time, Morehead State University has always been exceptional, but nothing compared to the University of Alabama or the University of Kentucky. However, this year, Morehead decided to come out of the cracks at the UCA Nationals. In their D1 division, they won all the trophies possible. They have an all girl team, Co-Ed, and stunt group competition. As a result, they won all three trophies- taking home first place. Because Morehead is in Kentucky, they usually get overlooked because they are in the shadow of the University of Kentucky, but this year was definitely different as they made a mark by showing who they are and what talents they posses. Their all-girl team is what is really who to watch out for, however. They are known for "wowing" the audience with new skills demonstrated during UCA competitions that other teams did not even know was possible. They demonstrate extreme difficulty while executing the entire routine perfectly. Their performances always appear so clean that they look like robots. Morehead State University is definitely a team to watch.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
The University of Alabama is the second best cheer program in the nation. This cheer program consists of two different teams: an All-Girl team and a Coed Team. We already know that UK has only coed, so I will explain more about All-Girl. Because coed teams are so strict about having girls who are very small in size, All-Girl teams allow girls of all sizes to be a Main Base, Secondary Base, Backspot, and a Flyer. Alabama has an amazing All-Girl squad who won the UCA Nationals last year, alongside their Coed team. Last year, the University of Kentucky was going for their twenty-first national title. However, the University of Alabama's Coed team ended up winning the title. Therefore, created huge rivalry between UK and Alabama, making this year's UCA Nationals one to definitely watch.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
The University of Kentucky is the number one cheer team in the nation. This cheer team is in a Large Coed division, which means that there are boys and girls on the team. University of Kentucky cheer teams has won 20 UCA National Cheerleading Titles, starting from 1985 up until 2014. The cheer is very strict and organized. It is extremely necessary to have everyone's hair look the same, identical outfits, and even similar body types. While observing the cheerleaders, it is obvious that every girl is around five feet and little inches. It also is clear that each of them has a set of abs that they deem necessary to show off. Moreover, the men are all relatively tall and are extremely muscular. Not only does this cheer team preform like the best, but they look like it, too. To even try out for this squad, you have to be personally invited by the coach himself after attending at least 4 of the camps they hold. Dedication is an understatement when talking about the University of Kentucky Cheerleading Team.