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HYPE (Half-Year Performance & Education) Team is a unique program at Pride! HYPE Teams are geared towards girls and boys ages 3-14 and provide an introduction into competitive cheerleading without all the expense, travel or time commitment of our full year competitive teams. HYPE teams participate in mostly local, St. Louis area performances and competitions. It is our intention to provide HYPE Teams in three age brackets; 3-5 year olds, 6-8 year olds, and 9-14 year olds. Athletes will be placed on teams according to their birth year. Teams may be combined or added if enrollment warrants.
The primary goal for our HYPE Team athletes is to learn new skills while having fun and building confidence! HYPE Teams are set up to be stepping stone style teams whose primary purpose is to enable the cheerleader to gain the necessary skills to move to the next level in their cheerleading career – be that middle school, high school, or competitive all-star cheerleading. Our goal for all these athletes is to advance one step up from where they start the team by the end of season. For example: If your child starts of the season having never tumbled before, our goal is that she/he develops tumbling fundamentals by the end of season. If your child has never stunted before, our goal is to teach basic to intermediate stunts. If your child has never done cheer jumps or motions, our goal is to teach jumps and motions that are often used in all types of cheerleading.
HYPE Program Requirements
HYPE program fees include AAU registration (approx. $17 paid directly to AAU), monthly tuition, HYPE team fee, and HYPE uniform.
Team Training & Monthly Tuition
Pride HYPE Teams practice one day per week. Practices will consist of learning and working on jumps, stunts, dance, motions, tumbling, proper technique, and learning a routine that incorporates all of those skills. While learning their routine, HYPE Team athletes will also be learning how to count music, perform skills together as a synchronized group, and begin to work on performing in front of a crowd. Extra practices may be added to prepare for competitions and events. Performances & events will be in the spring, and a calendar of tentative dates will be provided in October.
HYPE Team Fee
For the convenience of our families, a variety of expenses are grouped together and paid in one “team fee” during the season. The HYPE Team Fee covers team t-shirt, choreography, music, competition entry fees, and competition coaches’ fees. There are no discounts on the program fee for multiple siblings from the same family; this amount is to be paid per athlete. For 20-21, the HYPE Team Fee will be $199. A non-refundable deposit of $49 is due upon registering. Future payments for HYPE Team Fee and are set up upon registration.
For the 20-21 Season, we will be using the same uniform as we had for 19-20 (leo or tank with capri pants). Returning HYPE athletes will not need to purchase a new HYPE uniform. New athletes will need to purchase a HYPE uniform and bow in order to compete. Cost for HYPE uniform is $125, and will be due when uniforms are ordered, typically in October.
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