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In all of my years of blogging I’m not sure I’ve ever done a gift guide. I mean, perhaps I’ve made a list of things for baby and such, but nothing like this, a list made from pure excitement because I just can’t wait to surprise and delight my daughter with some of these things.

My daughter joined an all star cheer quad this year and officially became a competitive cheerleader. We went from “Hey, I want to try that!” to practices four nights a week, countless private lessons and lots and lots of fees. She loves it though, so it makes all the time and money worth it.

I’ve been compiling a list of best gifts for competitive cheerleaders for a few months now. I searched for such list a while back but could only find cutesy team gift ideas for cheerleaders versus individual gift ideas for cheerleaders that you may want for Cheerleading Christmas gifts, birthdays or whatnot. I decided I would organize my own list that will help someone else who is on the same hunt.

I’m breaking this down into cheerleader gift categories such as clothing, stunting, workout/stretching and tumbling. I’ll also throw in some stocking stuffer ideas. Feel free to let me know if you have gifts your cheerleader loves that I should add!

Tumbling

Best Christmas gifts for competitive all star cheerleaders. From stretch ropes to tumbling mats, air tracks and more.

AirTrack air mat: An inflatable tumbling track you can use indoor or outdoors. Get multiple ones or an extra long size for longer tumbling passes.

Ankle straps: To help with technique and keeping legs together while tumbling.

Tumbling mat: Another tumbling mat option to help with cheer training at home.

Jumps and Conditioning

Best Christmas gifts for competitive all star cheerleaders. From stretch ropes to tumbling mats, air tracks and more.

Ankle weights: Practice jumps with these to help get them higher once you take them off.

Stretch rope: It attaches to a door and allows your cheerleader to pull and hold their stretches on their own. Helps improve flexibility.

Best Christmas gifts for competitive all star cheerleaders. From stretch ropes to tumbling mats, air tracks and more.

Kinetic bands: We use these to help with jumps. Practice your jumps with the bands attached to add resistance. Once you take them off, you’ll soar.

Stunting/ Balance training

Best Christmas gifts for competitive all star cheerleaders. From stretch ropes to tumbling mats, air tracks and more.

If you’re tired of using a paint can or that old brick, these are a few flyer balance training gift ideas. Each of these will give cheerleaders a chance to practice balancing on one leg a safe distance from the ground.

Fly Right: A stunting balancing technique with coils at the top to simulate what it feels like to be up in the air. Adjustable to different heights.

Cheer Balance Trainer: A more solid stand for cheer flyers to practice balancing.

StuntStand: A popular flyer balancing tool for cheerleaders, giving them the sensation of being held.

Clothing

Christmas gifts for competitive all star cheerleaders

Nike Pro Shorts: A popular athletic shorts brand perfect for cheer practice.

Compression shorts: I love looking for different styles and designs of compression shorts. It seems like she can’t have enough activewear these days.

Cheer tanks/shirts: Simple t-shirts and tanks are totally fine to cheer in, but some with a little cheer flair can add a nice touch. Crop tops are hot right now. But my daughter is younger and sticks to the tees and tanks.

Sports bra: Like the shirts, comfortable sports bras can go a long way. But a cheer-specific one is a fun gift idea.

Stocking stuffers

Best Christmas gifts for competitive all star cheerleaders. From stretch ropes to tumbling mats, air tracks and more.

Cheer bows: This is just one of those things I’m not sure a cheerleader can ever have enough of. My daughter is required to wear a cheer bow to every practice so I bought a dozen assorted bows to have on hand for emergencies, or to match different outfits. She also gets a new bow now and then to celebrate milestones. For instance I got her a personalized Beast Mode bow when she did her first back handspring by herself.

Makeup: Eyeshadow, blush, lipstick or even just nail polish… Makeup is a hit with cheerleaders of any age, and it makes a great stocking stuffer.

Candy: Ok, so it’s not cheer specific, but who doesn’t love getting surprised with their favorite candy and the boost of energy that comes with it?

Other fun gifts for cheerleaders

Best Christmas gifts for competitive all star cheerleaders. From stretch ropes to tumbling mats, air tracks and more.

BowBox: Keep your competition cheer bows from getting crushed with this stylish hard-case bow box.

So there you have it. My list of best gifts for competitive cheerleaders. I have plans to get my new little cheerleader many of the gifts on this list this Christmas. Which will your cheerleader like best? Am I forgetting anything?

Best Christmas gifts for competitive all star cheerleaders. From stretch ropes to tumbling mats, air tracks and more.

$180 for practice every month, $250 for uniforms, $65 for warm ups, $75 a competition, and so on and so on.

If you have a child in a competitive sport you know how costs can add up. It’s no different for my daughter with competitive cheer and these are just a few of the costs. If you’re like me you may look for some ways to save when you can. One way I did this year was by buying some used cheer shoes instead of ordering a brand new pair. A new pair costs $100 and I scored some off a mom who’s daughter outgrew hers.

My daughter uses these for practice. We were planning on using them for competition too but they needed a little freshening up to be ready. She just had her first competition (she’d been counting down for more than a month). So I decided I’d better take a stab at getting them clean.

I did some research and asked around on favorite methods for cleaning cheer shoes and I read some pretty interesting ones. Here are three that are worth giving a try.

Put them in the dishwasher

How to wash cheer shoes.

I know. It sounds weird but I’ve seen this hack in multiple places and even my husband suggested it. He washed one of his hats on the top rack and loves this technique. Just make sure you don’t have the heat setting on to avoid the shoes shrinking in the wash.

Wash them with Clorox®  Regular Bleach2 with CloroMax™ Technology

How to wash cheer shoes.

This time around I used this route. You’ll hear mixed reviews about throwing cheer shoes in the washing machine but several of the ladies at our gym gave me the go-ahead so I went for it. I didn’t even take the laces out cause I figured they could use a bit of washing too. Some opt to put the shoes in a pillowcase first. I loaded mine into the small top washer on a delicate cycle on my machine.  Then I used some of the Clorox® Regular Bleach2 with CloroMax™ Technology as directed (you’ll want to make sure you use the right water to bleach ratio), tossed in a white towel and crossed my fingers.

I was thrilled when they came out brighter. The new Clorox® Regular Bleach2 with CloroMax™ Technology is replacing Clorox® Regular-Bleach₁ in most stores this fall. New Clorox® Regular Bleach2 with CloroMax™ Technology has the same whitening, dirt-fighting and disinfecting power you love and trust, plus it protects surfaces† and keeps clothes whiter longer* for a powerful, protecting and easier clean.

Just make sure you’re only putting them in the washer then letting them air dry so you don’t risk your shoes shrinking.

Hand wash

How to wash cheer shoes.

Another common technique for washing cheer shoes is doing it the old fashioned way with a warm wet cloth and good ol’ elbow grease. Dilute Clorox® Regular Bleach2 with CloroMax™ in a bowl as directed and use a washcloth or dip an old toothbrush in the solution for scrubbing.With a brand new pair of shoes I’d opt to go this route for a gentle clean. With an older pair of hand-me-downs I’m cool with the toss and go, deeper clean options.

How to wash cheer shoes

Our shoes came out cleaner, brighter, and disinfected. I can’t wait to see her sparkling from head to toe on stage in just a couple of weeks!


How to wash cheer shoes and get them white again.

Big thanks to Clorox for teaming up with me and sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 
†by reducing soil adhesion
*vs. Clorox® Regular-Bleach₁
When using Clorox® Regular Bleach2 with CloroMax™ in your wash directions say to fill bleach to max line in dispenser or add ½ cup Clorox® Performance Bleach1 with CLOROMAX™ to wash water. Read more here.

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The other day my daughter told me “You know what mom? I think I want to quit all my other activities and just focus on cheerleading.” HA! Nice try my dear. I told her if she really wants she could take a break from art class. But that she’d still be in piano (she enjoys it and it’s just 30mins a week). And that her tutoring for reading is a must right now too. I’m glad she’s passionate about cheerleading right now but I want to make sure she continues to do her best in school. And I’d like her to stay involved in music.

She is a busy girl and I definitely don’t want to overbook her. Our homeschool day (on our good days that we don’t sleep in too late or get too distracted) we’re done before lunch. Then she has an hour or so before we head to piano or tutoring. Then her cheer and tumbling practices aren’t until the evening. Some days though, it feels like we are running from one activity to the next all day. On these days it’s easy for me to go without eating until dinner. I know, it’s not healthy but sometimes it happens. I just forget. My daughter is less-likely to forget meals, but there have been times she’s scarfing them down on the way to an activity.

I imagine we aren’t the only parents who struggle with how to plan meals and snacks for our kids who have after school activities. I finally decided it would probably be best if I make some kind of easy grab and go container with things like CLIF Kid Zbar filled, fruit, and crackers. That way they can grab healthy snacks through the day. And have easy-to-take snacks when we are rushing out the door to a sport.

She has a handful of things she likes to do before her practice to get ready. Here are the main things I like to make sure she does:

Getting ready for cheer practice

1. Finish her schoolwork: It’s definitely a requirement for her to be totally done with all of her school work before practice. All her school work is homework so sometimes it can feel like it’s never-ending. But she’s pretty good about making sure her tasks for the day all done well before practice.

2. Eat dinner:  It used to be we’d be in a hurry before dinner then I’d make her something quick when we got home around 8pm. Now I’m trying to get her in the bed earlier. So we’re making sure the kids eat around 5 and have time to digest before going out again.

3. Get changed: There’s a lot to remember–Bows, the correct shoes and uniform. The earlier she gets dressed the better so we’re sure we don’t forget anything.

4. Stretch and warm up: This is optional, but days we have extra time to kill I’ll watch her while she warms up or help her stretch before so she can offer and get the most out of her practice.

5. Drink lots of water and have a snack: Like I said before I make sure we have something quick and easy she can take in case it’s going to be a long practice night. There are some evenings she’s out more than 2 hours. I’ll keep her bag packed with water, fruit and CLIF Kid Zbar filled so she has what she needs to stay fueled all night.

She also recorded and edited her own little video on our YouTube channel showing how she gets ready for cheer practice in her own words.

Is your child in an after school sport or activity? How do you guys get ready?

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What do you do when your child shows an unrelenting interest in something? A passion and drive you’d only hoped they’d someday find?

It came out of nowhere. One day she was taking tumbling lessons and admiring the cheer squad at the gym. The next she’s donning the uniform herself. Practicing on her own morning, afternoon and night. Watching videos about stretching and jumping, and improving her skills.

I can see a fire has ignited within her and I’m doing my best to help fan the flames with encouragement, and not unintentionally put it out.

I can’t help but wonder if this is another phase. We’ve been through gymnastics, dance, and tumbling. She’s concurrently doing art and piano. Is cheerleading just another hobby to add to her elementary resume? Or perhaps could this be something more?

Helping your child follow their passions. Parenting an all-star youth cheerleader level 1.

“Do your best” is one of my mantras. I hope that she’ll stay motivated, and I mean, let’s be real, this isn’t a cheap hobby.

“Have fun,” is another. And even more important. This is the age to explore interest and hobbies and who knows what this one will lead to… Skills for another sport at worst, an olympic medal (her goals, not mine) at best.

This is just the beginning. I mean, we’re barely a month into practices. Competitions start in October. There’s a long way to go. But right now, as I watch her eyes light up and see her determination take center stage, I feel so lucky to witness this awakening. And I can’t help but hope it’s here to stay.

Helping your child follow their passions. All-star youth cheerleader level 1.

Do you remember when I was pregnant with this kid? I mean, this is a little unbelievable. My little girl has been trading her princess dresses for protein shakes. And doing a little less dress-up and a little more drills. So, if you want to follow along on my daughter’s all-star cheer journey you can keep an eye on her Instagram profile (@CheerfulJayda). We’re trying to update it every day or two with her progress. And our YouTube vlog is quickly turning into a cheer mom/ cheer life theme. So if you’re into that check in for those videos once a week. I’ll still be here plugging away, doing my thing and supporting my boys as well. But overall I think things are about to start getting a bit more CHEERful around here.

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