Ocean City Today

Cheerleading competition this weekend in Ocean City

By Kara Hallissey | Apr 05, 2018

(April 6, 2018) It is the final weekend for Ocean City residents and visitors to catch the competition during Epic Brand’s annual Reach the Beach All Star and College national cheerleading championship at the convention center on 40th Street, Saturday and Sunday.

There will be 225 teams participating, with cheerleaders ranging in age from 3 years old to over 20. The competition starts at 6:30 a.m. Saturday and ends at 9:30 p.m.

“This is one of the last opportunities to win a bid and they get to compete at the convention center and enjoy the Ocean City atmosphere,” said Epic Brand’s Director of Event Relations Season Daugherty. “The best-of-the-best compete for the title of national champions. There are programs traveling from all over to win this event.”

The competition will continue Sunday at 6:30 a.m. and finish up around 10:30 p.m. Each performance is two minutes and 30 seconds long.

“With open teams, there is not a maximum age for the athletes, therefore any age can compete,” Daugherty said. “Reach the Beach will be aired live on Varsity Television thanks to Flo Cheer. If you are not able to stop by the competition, you can check out the event online as well.”

The event attracts more than 10,000 athletes and spectators to Ocean City each year.

Teams travel from all over the East Coast, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland, Washington, D.C., North Carolina and Florida.

All participants will receive a Reach the Beach exclusive gift and coaches have the chance to win a Norwegian cruise.

In addition, coaches from all teams will take home a Reach the Beach gift and national champions receive jackets.

Multiple award ceremonies are scheduled 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.

“This is one of the last Worlds and Summit bids events of the season for All-Star cheerleading,” Daugherty said.

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.

“We are awarding three paid bids, which means Epic Brands covers the athlete travel and competition fees,” Daugherty said. “Winning a paid bid is a big deal in the cheerleading industry.”

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

“We are giving out paid bids to U.S. Finals and also paid bids to the Summit,” Daugherty said. “There will be three paid bids to the Summit and three paid bids to the D2 Summit. These bids are prestigious like Worlds bids, since the Summit takes place at Wide World of Sports [in Orlando] as well. We are very excited to send teams to Worlds, U.S. Finals and the Summit.”

A one-day pass costs $22 for adults (ages 13-64) and $15 for children and seniors. To attend both days, admission is $37 for adults and $25 for children and seniors. Children 5 and younger will be admitted for free.

For more information, call 877-322-2310 or visit theepicbrands.com.

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