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They're called the Louisiana Rebel All-stars competitive cheerleading team and they're from right here in the ArkLaTex.  These girls  may only be 9, 10, 11 years old, but they are seasoned veterans of competition.
Competitive cheerleading involves daring routines that combine tumbling, tossing, and flying.  These girls have been winning competitions left and right and it has landed them a trip to Disney World.

This is not your average cheerleading squad.  Competitive cheer is just that, very competitive.  Amber O'Glee is the owner and director of Louisiana Cheernastics in Shreveport where these girls have been training, relentlessly. "This team practices a total of four hour a week.  We practice Wednesdays and Fridays."  And Amber says it doesn't stop there. "They definitely have to keep up their skills at home. They need to be stretching and working on their jumps and tumbling there also."  

Practice makes perfect they say, and these girls have been practicing, competing, and placing for almost a year now. "Our youth level one team has gotten 1st place of honors at every competition we've done. Except for one. We've had one second place competition. But we've won first in every other competition in about 8 competitions we've done.  It's a huge honor that we won the bid. And we get to go. So now we're trying to raise the funds for travel expenses and get our parents there."

And what better way to raise money than go right for the belly, according to one of those Rebel All-Stars, Morgan McCarty.  "We're selling chicken plates and raffle tickets. And we're trying to get people in to raise money to go to The Summit."

After raising all the money they needed for the trip, the Rebel All-Stars were back on the mats focusing on being the best and getting those routines down pat. O'Glee says the judges have a keen eye.  "There's certain tumbling skills that they're judging us on. There are certain stunt skills they're judging us on. But they also want to see how we put it together. How creatively we put it together."

This youth level one team knows what a big deal it is to get an invite from the National Cheerleading Association to compete at The Summit.  And Rebel All-Star Member Taylor Beavers is no exception.  "Not everyone gets to go. They pick certain people. You have to be pretty good. Then they'll pick you. And then you get to go."

Seems like cheerleading is pretty easy stuff, so a few of the girls coached me on the basics.  Very basics like the most basic of basics.  I even showed my tumbling technique to Amber.  After a few somersaults I'm not sure that Amber was too impressed.  "That's it right? On a scale of one to ten, I'd give you about a six. About a six? So I can go to Disney World with you guys I guess. You might need a little more practice. Just a little? Just a little. Maybe a couple times a day? Then I'll be there?  Yes. Four hours a week."  Thanks for letting me down easy, Amber.  Maybe cheerleading isn't my cup of tea but it sure is for these girls.  And hopefully with all that work they'll be doing down there in Orlando, they'll be able to break out those park hoppers and  fit in some time at Disney World.

Amber's husband, Jason O'Glee is also a Cheer Coach and Owner/Director of Louisiana Cheernastics and says they approach the competition in a strategic way with goals in mind to win but they're also thinking ahead to the fun.  "That's how we kinda attack all of our competitions. We try to get the work done in the gym. And when we get there just have a good time. They're definitely going to have plenty of time in the parks."

The National Cheerleading Association invited just 10% of the country's total All-Star Cheerleaders to compete at The Summit, starting May 3rd.  While there they will get four fun filled days in Walt Disney World Resorts, four day park hoppers, plus their entry fees into the competitions taken care of by the NCA.  By the way, they will only get two and a half minutes on the mat to show their stuff when they head out there in May.  

Louisiana cheernastics is a full service cheerleading training center for guys and girls alike. They help athletes develop and sharpen skills needed to cheer for their school cheer team.  But on the competitive side they prepare their own Louisiana Rebels All-Star Cheer teams for competition.  If you or someone you know is interested in competitive cheer, they are having try outs from ages 7 to 11, May 2nd and 3rd. And for older kids on May 9th & 10th..  You can get all the information on cheernastics and their competitive cheer teams the Louisiana Rebel All-Stars at http://www.lcncheer.com/.
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