Coon Rapids High School will host its second annual Cardinal Cheer Classic cheerleading competition Saturday, Jan. 19.
There will be 23 teams performing/competing at the event including an adaptive team from Rochester, called the Shining Stars, according to Jaclyn Schuldt, CRHS head cheerleading coach.
It is the first adaptive cheer team in the state and was organized in 2005, comprising individuals with special skills and abilities who perform a two-minute choreographed routine incorporating dance, cheer, gymnastics and stunting, Schuldt said.
In addition, the Coon Rapids Sideline, Middle School and Varsity Competition Cheer teams will be performing, she said.
“Our undefeated varsity competition squad will not be competing since our goal of the day is to be dedicated to the teams that are there to compete,” Schuldt said in an email.
“We have been planning this competition for about the last four-five months where a group of parents have met every Monday.
“They are great parents and have really created a fun day.”
Team registration begins at 8 a.m., doors open to spectators at 10 a.m. and competition starts at 11 a.m.
According to Schuldt, there will be a parade of teams at 10:40 a.m. before the competition begins followed by the national anthem.
Competition divisions include Junior/Middle School, JV, Small Varsity (maximum 12), Medium Varsity (13-16), Large Varsity (17-20), Super Large Varsity (21-30) and Coed (one or more males).
Besides the cheerleading routine judging, there will also be a lib-off with three stunt groups per team and a maximum of five cheerleaders in each group, as well as a jump-off, with the best jumper receiving an award, Schuldt said.
All teams will earn an award and there will also be a grand champion award for the team that scores the most points overall, not just in their division, she said.
The cost is $15 per participant, with $6 per adult spectator and $3 for students and seniors age 55 and over.
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