So you’ve scanned our blog and gotten a rough frame of what we’re about but you still have certain specific questions that you’d like answered. Well thats what this page is for, Everything else not covered in the other sections! We’ve answered a list of questions that you might have at this point, hopefully it will give you the full picture of our team and help you to decide if this is indeed for you.
Q1) How often do you train?
A1: We train thrice a week. Tuesdays and Fridays from 7.30pm-10.00pm and Saturdays from 1.00pm-7.00pm.
Q2) Wah! 3 days a week!? I am not sure I can commit leh….
A2: Everyone has to make some sacrifices so that we can build a team capable of winning the National Cheerleading Competition. It may seem like a heavy commitment on the first glance but what we have developed is a training programme which allows you to train almost all aspects of cheer from day one, including flexibility, gymnastics and of course, stunts. We have spaced it out over the week so that you would still have some time to train at your own pace without having to be pressured to achieve a set of skills with lesser guidance and lack of proper training. Besides, after a while, you’ll realize that training becomes your leisure time, a break away from the headache of work, school and everything else from which you need to come out from every now and then. You’ll find that you look forward to training and enjoy it even as you push yourself to the limits at every training. Thats how our members generally feel and we’re confident you will too! We know you’re interested in cheerleading and may even have a passion for it( you wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t) and as long as you keep that fire burning, training will never be a burden to you!
Q3) Where are your trainings held?
A3: Our trainings are usually held in Ang Mo Kio Secondary School (AMKSS ) and sometimes in Potong Pasir Community Club (PPCC).
Q4) When is the Singapore National Cheerleading Competition?
A4: It is usually held in March every year.
Q5) Do I need to have any prior experience if I want to join your team?
A5: Nope. In fact, half of last season’s competitive team were new members competing in Nationals for the first time. Here at Denvers, we believe in potential more than current ability. We give everyone a chance to learn new skills, without the pressure of an immediate assessment. You will be given some time, a probationary period, typically 1-2 months, to train with us and acquire a pre-determined set of skills that we feel is necessary for a competitive routine. As long as you come to training with an open mindset and constantly push yourself beyond your limitations, we will never give up on you.
Q6) Who do you consider to be an experienced cheerleader?
A6: Someone who has competed in at least one Nationals and participated in one other public performance.
Q7) So when is the “right time” to join you guys for training?
A7: For new cheerleaders, we suggest you come down for our Open House, shortly after Nationals every year. The month of April is usually open for anyone to come down for our trainings. However, we will not be able to accept any new cheerleaders beyond the 2nd week of May as we have a very tight timeline in place to get the team ready for Nationals.
For experienced cheerleaders, you may contact us and subsequently come down for our training at any point in the year but to be fair to our current members who have been training hard together since April, we will close recruitment for the team at the end of November. Assessment may be immediate or a shorter probation period may be allowed. As such, in both cases of new and experienced cheerleaders, please indicate your interest early as it will benefit both the team as well as yourselves.
Q8) I have exams in April so I won’t be able to make it for most of the trainings during the probation period. Does that mean I will not be able to join?
A8: If you are having exams, please do inform us. There are also university students amongst us and we understand that you need time to study. We would still recommend that you come down for our Open House and if possible, for training once a week. However, if you feel that you need more time to study, then do stretch and condition yourselves at your own time, so that when you return after your exams, you will be in the best mental and physical state to learn quickly. As you would have lesser trainings compared to those who were able to come for all the trainings, you would have to work hard to hit the aims set for you quickly. It is not impossible, many of us have done it before and with perseverance, I’m sure you will too!
Q9) What are the future plans for Denvers Cheerleading Team?
A9: Currently, we’re looking at the possibility of having an exchange with overseas cheerleading teams, as well as competing overseas. We also have a cheer camp being planned for one of our friends, the Avengers Cheerleading Team from AMKSS.
Q10) Wow this is so cool! This is a sport for all ages huh?
A10) As a recreational activity, age is never a barrier. However, when it comes to competitions, certain safety rules apply and in our case, we are unable to accept anyone below the age of 16 into our team as per open team regulations. There is a time for everything so for those of you young ones out there who are really interested to join us, don’t worry, we’ll still be here when you turn 16! 🙂
We hope we have answered the questions to which you need the answers most but if for some reason, you still do have queries, please do feel free to contact our Team Manager, Victor.
Its been more than 10 years since the inception of the Denvers Cheerleading Team, stay tuned for a new look team, new cheers, new slogans and especially, new thrills! 😀