I must confess I feel the need to tell some people to just keep their opinions to themselves. Unless someone asks you for their opinion, don't give it. Why does everyone have to put in their two cents?
I have heard so many negative statements about cheer programs in the South Florida area and most of these statement were made by people who were never part of those cheer programs to begin with. Everyone is looking for something different in a cheer program. Some girls want to win Worlds and some just want to win UCA. Let people formulate their own opinion. In addition, cheer programs grow and change and learn from their mistakes.
Some people may say I am a gym hopper but it takes time for all of us to find a place to call home.
What do you look for in a cheer gym? Well, it all depends on who you are and what your cheerleader wants.
1. Location - If you have other children in other sports you may want to stay close to home.
2. Car Pool - If you decide you want to go to a gym far from home, is there a car pool available?
3. Coaching Style - Some athletes do well with firm coaches and some do better with more easy going coaches.
4. Practice Times - Does it fit in your schedule? Are they too late? Can you get out of work and get your chid their on time?
5. Competition Schedule - Do you like to travel? or Do you like more local competitions?
6. Cost - In this economy cost is a factor in everything we do.
7. Fundraising Opportunities - some gyms make it easy for you to raise money for competition fees and some don't.
8. Uniform - Does your child feel comfortable in a crop top uniform?
Let people formulate their own opinion. You may have had a bad experience with that gym but someone else may love it. Don't ruin it for someone especially if they are already there. Personally, I have been in the cheer world so long that it doesn't bother me in anyway so don't even bother.