Although many gyms are winding down their season right now, practices are still as intense as ever for the eleven level 5 teams from NJ heading to worlds. Representing the Garden State in Orlando in 2 weeks will be:
The 3-time Reigning World Champions of the Large Senior 5 Division – World Cup Shooting Stars. Stars received their fully paid worlds bid in January at the Athletic Championships National Competition in Providence, R.I. Also representing New Jersey on a Full Paid bid is New Jersey Spirit Explosion in the Small Senior 5 division who received their bid earlier last month at The Coastal Corporation’s Battle at the Capitol Nationals.
Full Paid bids cover travel expenses for teams and two coaches up to $25,000. The other two NJ teams that were lucky enough to earn these highly coveted bids this season were South Jersey Storm’s Semi-Limited and Star Athletics Small Limited. SJS received their bid at The Coastal Corporation’s Battle at the Capitol in March, while Star Athletics were lucky enough to secure their spot at worlds early, as they received their bid at Cheer Tech’s Spirit Nationals in December.
Heading down to Florida on a Partial Paid bid from ECC is TNT Allstars in the Large Limited Division, as well as the Small Senior team from Just Cheer, who will be representing Universal Spirit. The rest of the NJ teams will be attending the competition on an At-Large bid. For the first time ever World Cup Odyssey; representing UCA in the Large Limited division, is in that mix, as they have previously always attended on a Full Paid bid. World Cup is also sending their Large Junior team, Starlites, who were one of eleven junior teams attending the competition. The junior teams were all judged and selected by video submissions, this is the first year of this technique, and rumored to possibly be the last year of a junior division at The Cheerleading Worlds.
Representing Jersey as the only level six team heading to Disney is South Jersey Storm’s International Coed. SJS received their bid at The Coastal Corporation’s Battle at the Capitol the first week of March.
Central Jersey Allstars, All Star One and the Comet Allstars will all be representing NJ on their At-Large Bids. CJA received their bid back in December at Cheer Tech’s Spirit Nationals, while Comets and As1 both received their bids from Cheersport at their National Competition in February.
Sitting this one out for the first year in the Small Senior division will be Jersey Devils All Stars, who competed in Large Senior the past two seasons, as well as the first year level five team, Gems Cheer Stars Small Limited Coed.