SA Premier Cheerleading

SA Premier cheerleading teams compete at a higher level against other special needs cheer teams. Participants will learn a routine composed of jumps, tumbling, stunts and dance choreographed to music. Depending upon skill level, athletes will be placed on the SA Premier team or our Development team. Training begins in August and the SA Premier team competes in 4-5 traditional cheer competitions through March, while the Developmental team competes at one local competition. Learn more about scholarships here.

Division Info

Appropriate for children who walk independently.
Appropriate for children who use an assistive device.
Appropriate for children who use a wheelchair.

SA Premier

Division Requirements

  • Athlete may have a physical or intellectual disability
  • Successful tryout or recommendation by staff
  • Possess the skill and desire to compete at a higher level
  • Must be able to comprehend and retain rules and skills, and then build upon them from week to week
  • 1:1 support is not provided, so must be able to train, compete, function in a group setting and follow the coach’s directions without volunteer assistance
Typically offered
Winter Spring Summer Fall
SA Premier Team: 2x week for 8 mos | Development Team: 1x week for 5 mos
Program Fee
Monthly fee based on practices and competitions

Sport Requirements

  • Children who use assistive devices such as walkers or wheelchairs must be able to propel themselves at least 15 feet across the mat independently in a reasonable time for independent participation
  • Must be independent (including feminine hygiene), able to communicate needs and able to retain most skills week to week including multiple formations
  • Must commit to being present and on time each week
  • Responsible for uniform, shoes and bow

Premier Team Requirements

  • Must commit to 4-5 competitions, including NCA competition in Dallas and Florida if the team qualifies
  • Forward roll/side roll within 8 sec counts
  • Able to perform 2 jumps in a row
  • Recall multiple formations – able to go to correct spot
  • Willingness to participate in stunt activity (flyer/base/back spot)

Developmental Team Requirements

  • Must commit to a local competition
  • Must be able to perform a forward roll or side roll
  • Able to perform one jump with instruction
  • Willingness to participate in stunt activity with assistance (flyer/base/back spot)
  • Able to follow instructor to perform a dance routine