Ocean City Today

Cheerleading championship for prep, novice teams in OC

By Kara Hallissey | Mar 22, 2018

(March 23, 2018) Epic Brand’s Reach the Beach will return to the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street, Saturday, with the national championship for prep and novice cheerleaders.

“These athletes are the future of cheerleading,” said Epic Brand’s Director of Guest Relations Season Daugherty. “Most athletes are new to cheerleading and are just starting their cheer career by joining a prep team. The prep athletes will most likely compete at Reach the Beach nationals again.”

The competition, which starts at 10 a.m., features athletes ranging in age from 4-18 years old.

Forty teams from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware will each perform for 1 minute and 30 seconds on Saturday.

“This is a new event,” Daugherty said. “There are several different divisions within cheer, and this event is specific to the prep teams divisions.”

The event is expected to draw 1,000 people to Ocean City this weekend, Daugherty said.

All participants and coaches will receive an exclusive gift and coaches also have the chance to win a $1,000 giveaway.

Several award ceremonies will take place on Saturday and all teams will receive a placement surfboard.

National champions will be given a jacket and $1,500 in high score prizes are up for grabs.

“U.S. Finals [bids] will be awarded at this event,” Daugherty said. “We are excited to continue to grow this national. This is the first year for this type of event and we are very grateful for all of the coaches, teams, parents and athletes that are joining us.”

The top three teams in every division will be awarded placement bids for the U.S. Finals, which will take place in eight locations from April 7 to May 12. In addition, a number of gold bids will be given out as well. These prestigious bids are awarded to the highest scoring eligible teams and provide a discount to a U.S. Finals event.

The national cheerleading competition is one of four Reach the Beach events that take place in Ocean City this year.

Passes costs $22 for adults (ages 13-64) and $15 for children and seniors. Children 5 and younger will be admitted for free.

For more information, call 877-322-2310 or visit http://acdaspirit.com/event/rtb-all-star-prep-nationals.


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