UPDATE (11:30PM): I can’t believe I’m even about to write this right now. The girls got 3rd place. They will not be going to Disney as expected.
Now some of you may want to stop reading here. You may not understand Cheerleading very much, or like it, or think it’s that big of a deal or think that winning in general just isn’t that important. See I’m on of those people. You know the ones going crazy for the people they’re rooting for, the one who KNOWS when the refs or umps or judges have made a BAD call. And I really don’t care what you think. NO winning isn’t EVERYTHING. But it sure isn’t fun. Therefore we prefer to win. DUH.
I felt that the girls did amazing. We knew right off the bat that we were getting a .5 deduction. After watching the video would knew it would be at least a 1 point deduction. Not that big of a deal right? WRONG! In a competition that brings you to NATIONALS it IS a BIG DEAL. We did end up getting a 1 point deduction which put us into 3rd place therefore not qualifying for Nationals in Disney. Now what we don’t know is if that 1 point deduction made the difference. If it’s what cost us 1st or 2nd place thereby essentially beating ourselves. Here’s some things we do know. The team that came in 2nd was good. They were VERY clean and Tight but their difficulty stunt wise was nothing compared to ours. But they’re tumbling was amazing. And as for the team that came in 1st, let’s just say it was very Bring it On. My Mom talked to one of their coaches he ADMITTED to taking numerous components of our routine after they saw us at Qualifiers. Is this cheating, NO not necessarily. But in my opinion I would want to win with my OWN routine. Therefore I wouldn’t want to use someone else’s 360s (not us in this video) with the same formation. Or add two Pike Tosses (also not us in this video) after seeing ours. Nor would I want to take a move in a cheer. Especially when we were the ONLY ones to do it!
Look it’s not against the rules to take things from other routines. I know this. But it’s incredibly frustrating to see it being used exactly the way we use it! Think of it as plagiarism in a sense.
Either way we can’t know for sure if those deductions cost us 1st or 2nd at least not yet. When I find out I’ll be sure to let you guys know. In the meantime as MEAN as this may sound I hope that first place team LOSES at nationals because they don’t deserve to be there with elements of our routine. Not when they wouldn’t have gotten there if it weren’t for us!
12:00 PM We’re at the girls competition right now! Everyone send good vibes our way. I want them to go to FL so bad. They deserve it. I’ll let you know. GO BIG RED!