What is Power Tumbling?
Power tumbling consists of high energy tumbling passes where each progressive skill performed is faster than the previous skill. A Power tumbler gains speed as he/she tumbles down the rod floor flipping and twisting but has to stick the landing at the end of the pass for maximum points. Power Tumbling is fun, addictive and the average tumbler commits to 4-6 hours in the gym leaving lots of time for other sports, homework, family time, etc. In the world of recreational, high school and all-star cheer, power tumbling is a great compliment to cheerleading as the power tumblers are usually the best, most confident tumblers on the cheer floor. Power Tumbling is also a great alternative for a gymnast that is no longer interested in competing on bars, beam and vault, but is only interested in competing tumbling, trampoline or double mini.
At the highest level, Power Tumblers compete at world championships, while trampoline competes at the Olympics. Tumbling is done on the rod floor which is made of fiberglass rods covered by 2 rolls of foam and is super bouncy and tumbler does between 3-8 skills per pass. Trampoline can compete at all levels from beginner to elite and is great at trampoline increases air awareness and makes better tumblers. The double mini is our newest piece of equipment and athlete does one skill set onto surface and one skill set off and lands on mat.
What skills do I need to Join Power Tumbling?
DCA's Power Tumbling & Trampoline Team has a spot for everyone interested in learning and competing skills from back handsprings to double twisting layouts and more! If someone is interested in being on the power tumbling team, we'll place you at your level for competition for tumbling, trampoline or double mini (or all 3!) but will continue to work with athlete to advance their skills for all events.
What is the typical practice and competition schedule for team?
Our team kids are in the gym between 2-5 times a week with 2 hour practices per day covering all three events: double mini trampoline, trampoline and rod floor. Coaches work very hard to come up with proper drills and curriculum for each athlete to best accommodate their skill level and their competition goals. Team is fun, but a lot of work and we welcome all hard working and dedicated athletes who are interested in the sport of tumbling and trampoline. As far as competitions, our athletes are required to compete at our in-house competition, 3 local Illinois competitions and then USTA state meet in April. We highly encourage all our team athletes to compete at as many competitions as they can and if they make it to nationals, we encourage all to attend as it is an amazing experience and not everyone gets a chance to go to nationals. Team practices year round including summer.
DCA has a special needs team called BLITZ and they are awesome. This team has been running since 2012 and many of the original girls still on the team today! We meet Saturday afternoons during the school year. Times vary each school year so please call and you can come watch or participate in a practice to see if this is something your child is interested in doing. Athletes learn cheer moves, dances, a special DCA cheer and participate in around 3-4 competitions/performances each year. The only cost to participate in BLITZ is a uniform fee which we try very hard to keep reasonable but still match our other cheer program's uniforms. We work with every ability and everyone is welcome on the team. BLITZ is part of our cheer family and participates in all our lock ins, parties, and events. Interested in finding out more about our special needs team or know someone who would LOVE to be part of this team? Give us a call. 630-588-9000.
(Here BLITZ is with Tracy Butler of ABC News when we helped celebrate the PAY IT FORWARD campaign at the Northern Illinois Food Bank.)
DCA stands for DuPage Competitive All-stars which is the competitive team branch of DuPage Cheer & Power Tumbling for both our cheer and tumbling and trampoline teams. Many people in the community refer to the gym as "DCA" and this has become our nickname but the team aspect of DCA is different than the majority of what we do here at DuPage Cheer & Power Tumbling- which teaches kids how to tumble!!
We have several all-star cheer teams that run December - April (after IRCA state), a special needs cheer team that runs year round, a high school team that runs February - April (after IHSA state) and our beginner cheer exhibition team, Momentum. Our teams do not compete or conflict with your recreational or high school team. We are here to compliment your cheer program. We are here for the cheerleader who can't get enough of cheer or wants to experience all-star cheer or push themselves further in the sport they love.
Preliminary information for our cheer program is available early fall and cheerleaders are welcome to come in to do a 1:1 evaluation to assess your skills and talk with our cheer coaches to see if pursuing team is a good option for you. Then, tryouts happen the week after IRCA state (for 8th grade and under) and the program starts right away with costume fitting, a parent meeting and choreography. It is a fast and furious season with lots to learn in a short amount of time.
Check back in September 2019 for information for our 2020 season!
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