This is Part 3 on our series on Increasing Competition in AllStar Cheerleading. This one focuses on the sized based division splits for AllStars.
At what point is it no longer “fair” for teams of different sizes to compete against each other? I’ll assume the majority believes a team of 20 should not go against a team of 32 (Ratio of 1.6) because of the way we currently split large and small for most divisions. How about a ratio of 1.4 (20 against 28 or 10 against 14)? Is the impact different when talking about larger teams, 20 going against 28, versus smaller teams, 10 against 14? How about a ratio of 1.2, 20 v. 24 or 10 v. 12?
Have the major scoring systems been adjusted to compensate for differences in team size? What are the current shortcomings that need to be addressed and adjusted to make it more fair?
When talking to coaches they often point out the advantages the other side has. Coaches of small teams point out larger teams have it easier in pyramids and getting the “Wow” factor. Coaches of large teams point out smaller teams have an advantage because it’s easier to have good synchronization and they get fewer deductions. Did we miss any? Do these (dis)advantages balance out? If not, how far off are they?
Let’s say there were 2 other teams the same age and level as you. Would you want all 3 to compete against each other regardless of size? What if you were the smallest team? What if you were the largest team? Does the size of each team factor into your decision?
Let’s say there is 1 other team of the same age and level. Would you rather compete against them regardless of team sizes or is it more important to keep a team competing against similar sized teams only?
Spirit Post Increasing Competition Series:
- Part 1 – Introduction (Published January 1st)
- Part 2 – Ages & Levels (Published February 1st)
- Part 4 on All Girl & Coed splits will be published on April 1st.