Wednesday, January 27, 2016
We have had three practices since we competed at Super Nationals. Our first practice, we worked a lot on tumbling. We practiced setting more on our tumbling passes. We also did a few full outs and a lot of marking routines. After each full out, if we didn't throw a tumbling pass, we had to do six of that pass. If we touched down, we had to do three. At our next practice, we worked on everything in the routine. We want to be perfect for our competition next week. At practice on Monday, we warmed up tumbling and stunts, then went full out. If an entire stunt group was not there, you had to do some type of conditioning during stunts. I can not wait to see what our next competition has in store for us.
Friday, January 22, 2016
This past weekend, we competed at Super Nationals. I woke up at 4 in the morning to begin getting ready. My team competed at 7:45 am for our Day 1 performance. We hit everything perfect in the warm ups. There was no doubt in our minds that we wouldn't be great. As we were walking towards the hall we were competing in, the boy on our team realized his pants had ripped in a small spot. We agreed that we would worry about it after we performed. They finally called our name to go on the stage. The lights were shining on us and we were ready to give it our all. Our music kept messing up. We stood on the stage for around five minutes until they finally got it to work. We were doing great, but then two people on our team got sick. We had to exist the floor. The JamBrands were nice enough to let us perform again, but one of our flyers had to go cheer at a basketball game. We pulled a girl from a lower level and taught her the stunts. We went out there and tried our best. Once we were done, the Special Needs team that I help with, Pride, had to go warm up. They did extremely well. Watching how excited they were, made me realize that it didn't matter how we placed. These girls were so proud of themselves and that's all that matters. On our Day 2 performance, we did a lot better than the day before. Super Nationals taught me that you should always be proud of yourself and your team, even if mistakes are made.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
This week is at cheer, we are making last minute changes to our routines before Super Nationals. On Sunday, our practice did not go as well as it could have. We started with a full out, and it just didn't work. We were not hitting stunts or tumbling. Towards the end of practice, we started to hit our stunts. On Mondays practice, we did a lot better than we did on Sunday. We started practice as if we were at a competition. We warmed up each stunt first. After that, we warmed up tumbling as a team. When we were finished we did a full out. Everything was great until the end of the routine when we got to baskets and pyramid. I can not wait for this weekend!
Thursday, January 7, 2016
This week at Wabash Valley Tumbling and Gymnastics, we are preparing for Super Nationals. JAMFEST Super Nationals are held in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is a two day competition that begins on January 16, 2016. We will be scored on many different parts of our routine. Some of the things each team is scored on is the difficulty of stunts, pyramids, tosses, and tumbling. There are many rules to making each teams routine. Based on what type of skills you do, you are placed on a level that best suits you. For example, I am on a Senior Level 4 team. We have a certain limit on the skills we can do. I can't wait for Super Nationals!