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Curriculum & Programs

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NCA Camp Curriculum is based on core principals that ensure cheerleaders learn the proper safety technique and develop a strong foundation. Check out the top notch curriculum being taught at NCA Camps! We have programs to fit the needs of all teams. Find a Camp that's right for your team.

Safety First 

NCA sets the standard for safety with specific safety classes that provide hands-on training for the entire team. Teams learn proper safety techniques to ensure safe practice and performance all year long. NCA Staff conducts skill checks to direct team members to the stunt class that is right for them. Stunts are taught in progression and drills are emphasized to ensure proper technique. Teams at camp even take part in a Safety Awareness Test to reinforce the importance of safety and new regulations.

Stunts & Pyramids

NCA Stunt and Pyramid Classes, organized by skill level, guarantee your team will receive the attention and instruction they deserve. In stunt classes, teams can choose to concentrate on Game Day Stunts or learn innovative Performance transitions. In our fan-favorite Pyramid Classes teams will learn the fundamental structures and then add on flipping, twisting and visual transitions - perfect for competition or performances on the sidelines.  NCA will perfect your athletes' technique, which will guarantee safe stunting for the entire year!

Cheers & Chants

NCA offers a variety of Game Day and Performance-style cheers and chants, developed by the most well known choreographers from across the country. Our material is updated with the most current cutting-edge techniques so your team will have a fresh new look when they leave camp!

Jumps 

Who doesn't love to see great jumps! NCA provides TWO specialized Jump Classes giving personalized instruction and drills to build technique for Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced jumps.

Dances

Dances are always a favorite at NCA. Start out with the always memorable Spirit Dance and then pick other dances in our Specialty Classes. Teams that attend camp will receive a Curriculum DVD that includes all of the NCA Dances.

Custom Coaching

One-on-one time set aside each day so your NCA Buddy can help you with whatever you choose...evaluation material, stunts, cheers, dances, or material from home - you choose!

Basket Builders

Every one loves basket tosses! With safety as our #1 concern, each team will first check-off the 5 steps that it takes to throw the perfect basket toss and then progress to those crowd-pleasing tosses.


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Junior High Program

Now Offered at ALL Resident Camps! Designed for specifically for younger cheerleaders from Junior High and Middle Schools and are typically in conjunction with a standard Resident Camp. Every level of curriculum is offered to meet the needs of all teams in an age-appropriate teaching environment.

Mascot Program

Designed by the country's best mascots, this program will help your mascot reach new heights! Teams with mascots are encouraged to attend Camps that offer the Mascot Program so both can work together to improve unity and school spirit. Mascot Classes are held throughout the day to improve specific aspects of mascoting and evaluations are held in the evening with the team.

Non-Building Program

ALL camp types offer a Non-Building program which takes place during any stunt, basket, or pyramid class. These sessions offer options for teams such as attending more specialty classes, jump classes, or game-day classes. Non-building curriculum is available at all NCA Camps.

All-American Program

1. Who Can Tryout for All-American? 
Traditional Camps: Throughout camp, the NCA Staff will nominate campers for NCA All-American in the categories of Leadership, Dance, Motions, Jumps, Stunts and Tumbling. If an athlete exemplifies superior skills in one of these categories, they will have the opportunity to tryout for the team! 

Speed Camps: Athletes will be nominated by the NCA Speed Staff throughout camp. Coaches will also be allowed to nominate three athletes of their choice to tryout.

Athletes can choose one of three options:

  • TUMBLE ONLY - If they choose the tumbling option, they must successfully complete a round off back handspring back tuck (minimum).
  • STUNT ONLY - If they choose the stunting option, they must successfully complete a transitional entrance taught at camp, into an extended stunt (the stunt CAN sponge prior to extending if needed), with a full twist cradle dismount.
  • TOP ALL AMERICAN - If an athlete desires to be considered for our Top All-American award, they must successfully complete the TUMBLE AND STUNT requirements in their tryout. Difficulty and quality of execution will be taken into consideration in determining the Top All-American at each camp.

2. What skills do you perform during the tryout?
Traditional Camps: Nominees will perform three stamina advanced jumps, a spirited entrance, which may include tumbling, and the Camp Cheer that is taught on Day 1. 

Speed Camps: All athletes will execute a stamina three jump combination (all jumps must be AT LEAST level to be accepted), perform the Camp Cheer with a high level of execution and perform specific stunting and tumbling skills.

3. When & Where Are Tryouts? 
Traditional Camps: Tryouts are held during camp. Ask your Head Instructor or consult the Camp Schedule specific to the camp you are attending.

Speed Camps: Tryouts are held during camp. Ask your Head Instructor or consult the Camp Schedule specific to the camp you are attending.

4. How Many Cheerleaders can tryout?
Traditional Camps: Depending on the size of camp you’re attending, there could be anywhere from 10-50 All-American Nominees trying out. But don’t sweat it. This isn’t a competition – your goal is to meet the requirements on the score sheet. Not out-shine the other nominees. 

Speed Camps: Depending on the size of camp you’re attending, there could be anywhere from 10-50 All-American Nominees trying out. But don’t sweat it. This isn’t a competition – your goal is to meet the requirements on the score sheet. Not out-shine the other nominees.

5. I Made All-American at Camp, Now What?
Traditional Camps: Congratulations! You’re on the road to becoming a rising star. Check out the Special Events you can attend.

Speed Camps: Congratulations! You’re on the road to becoming a rising star. Check out the Special Events you can attend.





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