General

Where are you located?


Our training facility, The Hangar, is located at 40 Anderson Blvd. Uxbridge, Ontario. This location is conveniently between Stouffville and Uxbridge, and only a short drive from Markham, Richmond Hill, Aurora, and Newmarket.




Are you open tonight?


The Hangar is open Monday - Thursday from 4:30 - 10:00 pm and, starting in September, will also be open on Saturday mornings from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm for recreational classes and Sundays from 12:00 - 10:00 pm for competitive team training. All closure dates for the Hangar are indicated on our online calendar. Additionally, a complete list of Hangar closure dates can be found on page 20 of the information booklet. We will post notices on both our Facebook and Instagram accounts, as well as Team App, to announce closures due to weather.




What are the benefits of all-star cheerleading?


Like many other sports, cheerleading teaches children many valuable life skills that have far-reaching benefits beyond the technical skills that they learn, including time management, perseverance, and problem solving and communication skills. However, cheerleading is unique among sports in that success truly depends on the ability of a team to unite and work together. As such, teammates share a special bond and the friendships and relationships built together often last a lifetime! Furthermore, cheerleading offers important roles for athletes of all abilities, shapes, and sizes and therefore, fosters confidence and a strong sense of self-worth.




Is all-star cheerleading safe?


Safety is our primary concern! — USASF team levels are designed primarily for the safety of participants. Therefore, our commitment to safety starts with our commitment to proper levelling of athletes. Too much, too fast, and too soon can be a serious safety risk leading to injury and loss of confidence. Stunt and tumbling progression will always be challenging, and trying new skills can be intimidating, but an athlete should never feel scared of what they are learning. At Air Force Mavericks, our experienced, credentialed, and educated coaches set athletes up for success with proper drills, and safe skill-building progressions. Although there are risks associated with any competitive sport, this can be mitigated by smart coaching, proper levelling and a culture of safety-first at the club.




What makes Air Force Mavericks unique?


At Air Force Mavericks, we offer a unique, personal experience for our families. Our staff truly cares about each our athletes and we promise to do everything we can to help them become better athletes and people. Importantly, at Mavericks, all of our competitive teams and classes are led by senior instructors - from our Tiny team to our most elite senior tumbling class. This means that you can always expect consistent and top quality training, regardless of athlete age or level. Our small staff of 5 head coaches are highly invested in our programs and are dedicated to the positive, progressive growth of the Canadian cheerleading industry in general. Our coaching philosophy first and foremost, focuses on team-building, safety and technique. And, our knowledgeable and experienced coaches always set our teams up for success by ensuring that they are on top of current rules and trends in the fast-paced world of cheerleading.




Do I need to have experience to join the Air Force Mavericks?


No experience is required to become a Maverick! If becoming a Maverick interests you please come to one of our Summer or Fall placements, call us at 905-852-CHEER or email info@airforcemavericks.ca to schedule a viewing of the gym, attend a free trial class or to register for any of our programs. We have a variety of teams at different levels available to ensure there is a perfect fit for every athlete.




What is the difference between recreational and competitive cheerleading?


Our recreational program provides a comprehensive introduction to all components of cheerleading. We offer two back-to-back recreational class options for each age group in both tumbling and cheer (which focuses on stunting, pyramids and jumps). Athletes can register for one or both of these classes and they train once a week on Saturday mornings for 1 hour per class. In contrast, competitive teams practice twice a week for a minimum of 1.5 hrs and practices are more focused on choreography and routine development. These teams perform at several competitions throughout the season and it is important that athletes on a competitive team attend every practice in order to ensure the success of the team. There is a greater time and financial commitment of joining a competitive team, as it involves a year-long commitment of training for the full season, while recreational classes are offered in fall and winter sessions for “half-seasons”.




What is the minimum age requirement to join the Air Force Mavericks?


Athletes as young as 3 years old can join our pre-comp team, the Reserves, and our Preschool Introduction to Cheerleading recreational class. Athletes placed on the Reserves, practice for only 1 hr each week and will perform at two competitions in the 2017-18 season. Athletes who will be 5 or 6 years old as of August 31st, 2017 have the opportunity to be placed on our youngest competitive team, the Recruits, in the “Tiny” age division.

The minimum age cut-offs for competitive divisions are set by the governing body of competitive cheer in North America - the USASF. For a complete document of age requirements set by the USASF please see: http://usasf.net.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/Rules/Cheer/file/USASF_Age-Grid_17-18.pdf




How long is a season?


Our athletes in the Competitive Cheer program train year-round (June to May), with a lighter, family friendly summer schedule. Our athletes in the Recreational Cheer program can enroll in the Fall, Winter or full season sessions that run from Sept to May. All Skill Building classes can be taken year-round or in sessions (Summer, Fall or Winter).




Can I try a class before signing up?


Yes! We’d love to welcome you to the Hangar to view our facilities, meet our staff, and try a class! Please call Dawn at 905-852-CHEER to make arrangements.




What are the prices and fees?


All of our prices and fees are listed in our information package.




How do I register for your programs?


Many of our registrations are now available online under the "cheer" tab on our website. If you are interested in joining our Mavericks family, please call us at 905-852-CHEER or email info@airforcemavericks.ca to speak with Dawn. She will be happy to answer any questions, arrange a viewing of the gym, schedule your athlete to attend a free trial class or help you register for any of our programs.





Recreational Program

Where can I find out what days the Hangar is closed for recreational classes?


A list of closure dates for the Hangar can be found in our Information Package and closure dates are also indicated on our Calendar.




What is appropriate attire for class?


We ask that recreational athletes wear tight-fitting shorts, an athletic top, and soft-soled indoor shoes to class. Many athletes opt to purchase “training gear” from our Prop Shop, which Mavericks members can purchase online. Please also have long hair tied-back and bring a refillable water bottle.




How do I sign up?


Our Recreational classes start in September. 1. Under our "Members Area" tab, click on "Skill Building/ Day Camps Registration". 2. Select "Rec" from the header menu. 3. Select “register now” beside the class/session you would like to register for. 4. Follow the prompts and fill out all athlete information. 5. Be sure you have viewed our cancellation policy (under the class details on the right hand side of the page). 6. Click on “Pay Now” and enter all payment information. 7. You should receive a confirmation email, as well as a reminder email 24 hours before your first class.





Competitive Program

What competitive teams do you offer?


We offer a variety of teams from Tiny Prep to Open 4.2 and there is a place for every athlete. For a complete list of teams, please refer to page 4 of our Information Package.




When are tryouts?


At the Air Force Mavericks, we have team placements instead of tryouts, because every athlete is invited to join a team. Placements take place the third week of May for the upcoming competitive season. The season begins with summer training from June - August and this is a great time to learn new skills and grow as a team. Athletes are placed on a team based on their age, skill level, and potential for personal growth. Final team placements are determined in September. Athletes must attend the placements based on their age as of August 31st. Please see our Information Package for placement dates.




Does every athlete make a team?


Yes, there is a spot for everyone! -- Cheer is a unique sport in that there are valuable roles for athletes of all shapes, sizes, and abilities.




Does an athlete have to join the Recreational Program before they can join a Competitive Team?


No, all athletes that meet the age requirements are welcome to attend team placements for our competitive teams. The Recreational Program is a great opportunity to try cheerleading and learn the fundamentals of the sport; however, introductory skills are taught consistently in both programs.




How are final team placements decided?


Athletes will be placed on a team based on their age, skill level, and potential for personal growth. Stunt group composition (i.e. ratios of bases, backspots and flyers) is also an important consideration when we make teams. We always place athletes on teams where they have room to grow yet will play critical and well-rounded roles in all aspects of a routine - An athlete’s experience on a team is always most positive when they can participate during all sections of a routine. Therefore, we avoid placing athletes on teams based solely on their ability in only one component of cheerleading (e.g. as a “tumbling specialist”).




Can I be on a team in an older age division?


On occasion we may offer an athlete a position on a team in an older age division if there is a vacant position that needs to be filled on that team or if a team meeting the current level of an athlete is not offered within their age division. However, in general, we’ve found that athletes have the most long-term success and are happiest when they train within their own age cohort. Therefore, as much as possible, we place athletes on teams in their current age division.




Can I be placed on the same competitive team as my friend?


At the Mavericks, we are committed to properly leveling all teams, so we cannot guarantee that you will be placed on the same team as a friend. However, if you and your friend are placed on different level teams, it is possible for the higher-level athlete to request to be placed on the lower-level team.




Do I have to attend summer training?


Our summer training is mandatory, we highly encourage it if you want to be considered for a competitive team. Summer training is the perfect opportunity for team bonding, individual skill-building, ensuring technique is consistent across the team, and playing with new creative stunts, pyramids and transitions before the switch to focusing on choreography in the fall. We do take new athletes on our teams until our second round of registration in September, however, we cannot guarantee a place on a team in the fall. If you are unable to commit to summer training, our recreational program might be a good option, as classes run during the fall and winter sessions only. At the same time, we recognize that family vacations are commonly taken during the summer so we are more lenient with absences during this season. We do offer a pro rated summer training fee to accommodate atheltes that are missing 4 or more classes throughout the summer.




Do you offer a sibling discount?


Yes we do! We offer a 20% sibling discount on regular season tuition for the second and subsequent children of families with multiple children on our competitive teams.





Current Mavericks

Where can I purchase Mavericks gear?


You can purchase Mavericks gear in our Prop Shop at the The Hangar or, if you are an online member, you can order it online.




How do I become a member online?


1. Visit us at airforcemavericks.ca.

2. Click on the “Login/ Sign Up button” in the top right hand corner of your device.

3. Sign up with your email, Facebook or Google +.

4. Wait for a confirmation email that your membership was approved.


We will approve athletes and families of our gym to be an online member. Our “Members Only” pages contain our online Prop Shop, class scheduling, and Mavericks News. If you feel as if your membership has been wrongly denied, please send us at an email to info@airforcemavericks.ca with your full name, relationship to a registered athlete and contact information.




How do I sign into my online member account?


1. Visit us at airforcemavericks.ca.

2. Click on the “Login/ Sign Up” button in the top right hand corner of your device.

3. Click on “I am already a user, sign in” at the bottom left.

4. Sign in.





Registering Online

How do I sign up for skill building classes, privates or camps?


1. Under our "Members Area" tab, click on "Skill Building/ Day Camps Registration". 2. Select the correct level, activity or camp from the header menu. 3. Select “register now” beside the activity or camp you would like to register for. 4. Follow the prompts and fill out all athlete information. 5. Be sure you have viewed our cancellation policy (under the class details on the right hand side of the page). 6. Click on “Pay Now” and enter all payment information. 7. You should receive a confirmation email, as well as a reminder email 24 hours before your camp or activity.




How do I see my bookings?


1. Login to your members account. 2. Click on “My Account” under the “Members Area” tab. 3. Click on “My Bookings” from the menu on the left hand side of the page. 4. From here you can view your past and upcoming bookings.




Why aren’t all of my transactions or classes listed in my account?


The balance from JackRabbit was transferred on July 11th. We still have a record of your transaction history, if you have any questions, please contact us at 905-852-2433 or info@airforcemavericks.ca




Can I still book a class if I don’t have a credit card?


If you don’t have a credit card, please contact the office to get set up. 905-852-2433 or info@airforcemavericks.ca




How do I reschedule my bookings?


If it is 48 hours or more before the “booking”, 1. Login to your members account. 2. Click on “My Account” under the “Members Area” tab. 3. Click on “My Bookings” from the menu on the left hand side of the page. 4. Select the “booking” you would like to reschedule* 5. Click on “reschedule” 6. Follow the prompts to re-book a class. *It is only possible rescedule privates that are the same price. If you would like to reschedule a day camp, skill building class or change your private to a semi-private, please call our office at (905)852-2433.




How can I add my activities to a shopping cart?


Currently, it is not possible to add classes, camps or privates to a shopping cart. You must pay for each service seperatly. We will be adding this feature to our website September 1st 2018.





Classes

Are your tumbling classes only available to competitive athletes?


There is an initial registration period during which our evening tumbling classes are open for registration to our competitive families only to give our athletes the first opportunity to secure a spot in their desired class, after which, general registration becomes publicly available. Of course, registration for our recreational cheer and tumbling classes on Saturdays is always open to existing and new Mavericks.




How are your tumbling classes structured?


Our tumbling classes start with a comprehensive and targeted warm-up, including a brief review of tumbling fundamentals, including handstands etc. Generally, our classes then transition into a circuit of focused drills for athletes to isolate components of a skill. The benefits of this approach are twofold: 1) Drills using specialized tumbling equipment allow athletes to learn proper technique through progressions and 2) Athletes can work independently while the instructor provides guidance, ensuring that class time is productive and used efficiently. Sometimes, athletes and parents do not initially see the benefit of such an approach and wonder why we don’t allow athletes to simply learn by repeatedly throwing a skill. It is important to understand that our coaching philosophy focusing on drills and technique reflects our dedication to safety but moreover, learning proper technique initially truly leads to faster progressions and skill development in the future. Truly, once an athlete can consistently and competently execute targeted drills, transferring that knowledge to successfully performing the skill in its entirety occurs relatively quickly. Further, taking the time to learn skills with proper form initially enables athletes to rely on their technique as they grow and their bodies change, thereby preventing injuries and “losing skills”.




Do you offer tumbling classes for dancers?


Yes, we offer acro tumbling classes, specifically designed for dancers, that focus on side and front aerials, and back handsprings. Dancers will work with a trained tumbling coach and classes will be structured following our general tumbling class format (see above).




How do I sign up?


1. Under our "Members Area" tab, click on "Skill Building/ Day Camps Registration". 2. Select the correct level from the header menu. 3. Select “register now” beside the class you would like to register for. 4. Follow the prompts and fill out all athlete information. 5. Be sure you have viewed our cancellation policy (under the class details on the right hand side of the page). 6. Click on “Pay Now” and enter all payment information. 7. You should receive a confirmation email, as well as a reminder email 24 hours before your first class.





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