Ocean City Today

Cheerleading competition nears finals

Top teams will receive bids to world championships
By Kara Hallissey | Mar 30, 2017

(March 31, 2017) It is the last weekend to catch the competition during Epic Brand’s annual Reach the Beach All Star and College national cheerleading championship  at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street Saturday and Sunday.

There will be 295 teams participating, with cheerleaders ranging in age from three years old to 35. The competition starts 8 a.m. Saturday with the highest ranked teams kicking off the day and ending at 10 p.m.

“This is one of the largest cheerleading competitions on the East Coast with the most talented teams representing at least 10 states,” said Epic Brand’s Sales Manager Season Daugherty. “The season is almost over so everyone is at their best. Some divisions are big with teams competing against 15 others.”

The event will continue Sunday at 8 a.m., with competitions taking place simultaneously in the performing arts center and halls until 11:30 p.m. Each performance runs two minutes and 30 seconds.

Each year, the event brings more than 4,500 athletes to Ocean City and attracts thousands of spectators.

Teams will b come from all over the East Coast, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Delaware and North Carolina.

All participants will receive a Reach the Beach water bottle, and coaches have the chance to win a Norwegian cruise.

In addition, coaches from all teams will be given a Reach the Beach tumbler and national champions  take home duffle bags.

Awards ceremonies will take place throughout the weekend.

More than $11,000 in high score cash prizes will be up for grabs, with  four teams receiving $2,000 each.

Reach the Beach will  award multiple bids to Cheerleading Worlds.

To be eligible for Cheerleading Worlds, cheerleaders must compete at a prior event and win a “bid.” After receiving a bid, participants get the chance to compete against the best cheerleaders from around the world.

Six at-large bids will be given out during the competition this weekend. In addition, three fully paid bids will be awarded to the three highest-scoring teams.

“Worlds takes place at the end of April in Orlando and is the Olympics of cheerleading,” Daugherty said.

Reach the Beach will also be giving out bids to the U.S. Finals competitions, another bid event. To be eligible, teams must place in the top three of their level or division. Paid bids will go to the highest-scoring teams.

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