Cheer FAQ’s

Why should my athlete choose Fire House Gym?
We love kids, enjoying coaching, encourage our athlete in more aspects than just performance and believe in having fun while working hard.

Does every athlete make a team?
Yes! Fire House Gym prides itself on finding a fit for every athlete.

How does age factor into team placements?
Below is the age breakdown provided from USASF:

Tiny: ages 6 and under

Mini: ages 8 and under

Youth: ages 11 and under

Junior: ages 14 and under

Senior: ages 12-18

What tumbling is needed for each level?
Below is a guide of what level requests what tumbling, however, often just because an athlete has a level’s specific tumbling does not mean that athlete will be placed on that team, many factors play in to team placements. Also, Fire House Gym highly encourages that all athletes enroll in a tumbling class to increase the athletes knowledge, safety and progression.

Level 1

Standing: Forward/backward roll, front walkover/back walkover- toe touch forward roll- back walkover-toe touch, cartwheels

Running: cartwheels, round offs, round offs back walkover, front walkover

Level 2

Standing: Single back handspring, back walkover-back handspring combo

Running: Round off- back handspring, round off- back handspring series, front walkover-round off-back handspring

Level 3

Standing: Series back handspring, jump back handspring combo

Running: round off–back handspring-tuck, round off-tuck, front walkover through to round off-back handspring-tucks, punch fronts

Level 4

Standing: back tucks, back handspring-tucks, back handspring-layout, jump-back handspring-tuck combo

Running: whips, layouts, specialty pass to layout

Level 5 Restricted:

Standing: jump-tuck combo, standing pass that ends in a full twist

Running: fulls, specialty passes to full

Level 5

Standing: jump-tuck combo, standing passes that in a full or double full twist

Running: specialty passes to fulls, double fulls, specialty passes to double fulls


Besides team practice are there any other obligations that my athlete needs to make?
Team practice that occurs two times per week are mandatory.  However, we highly encourage that athletes enroll in additional classes to increase their knowledge that will ultimately result in a safety benefactor, increase their strength, ability and progression.  Majority of cheer athletes are found in a tumble class, stunt class and flexibility class along side team practice.

What is my athlete expected to wear and bring to practice?
All cheer athletes should wear Fire House practice gear (day specific attire will be addressed to individual teams per the coach), cheer shoes, hair MUST be in a high ponytail with all hair away from the athlete’s face and completed with a bow.  No jewelry is to be worn at any time, including earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and belly rings.

At competitions athletes are expected to be in full uniform with hair completely done with bows in at all times! Athletes may wear Fire House Gym warm-ups over their uniforms.  However, nothing besides the uniform, Fire House Gym warm-ups and cheer shoes are to be worn while at the competition.

What is the attendance policy?
Any Fire House Gym Athlete who misses 2 or more practices within two weeks of a competition will not compete at that competition.  If an absence is planned an absence form must be filled out 2 weeks prior to the missed date.

What is the injury policy?
Any injury that requires more than 2 missed practices requires a doctor’s note to be considered excused.  Athletes must attend practice while injured, however, will need an additional doctors note to allow the athlete to return to practice.  ( The same policy applies for illnesses, however, excluding athletes who are high contagious or have a high fever)

What are the preferred mediums of communication between coaches and families?
All communication is done through Team Snap our communication APP. All athletes and parents are asked to download this APP on their phone and they will receive an invite to join their team. There is the capability to text your coaches and email them as well. You may also contact the front desk at 815-759-1400.

Will my athlete be asked to travel?
The majority of our competitions are locally based, with a few needing to travel.