maryland cheerleading camp
The University of Maryland Cheer Camp is a unique camp that’s designed just for you! Open to full and partial teams, stunt groups and individuals! All material is custom made to accommodate for all types of campers! Download Camp Brochure.
Our camp is open to cheerleaders aged 5-18, however, you must be at least 7 years-old to attend camp as an individual resident camper. 5 year-old resident campers must be accompanied by a coach as part of a team.
Learn from one of the most prestigious programs in the country! The Maryland Cheerleading Camp is one of the only camps of its kind offered to teams, partner stunt groups, and individual participants. Three days of instruction will focus on partner stunting, tumbling technique, drills, new skill introduction and more! Athletes of all experience levels are encouraged to attend to enhance their current abilities. Participants can choose to stay on the University of Maryland campus or commute to camp each morning. Camp instruction includes:
Dance & sideline cheer.
College prep clinic for high school aged campers!
Team bonding and activities.
Contests and competitions.
Final day performances.
Accommodations & Meals
The Maryland Cheerleading summer camp takes place at the University of Maryland College Park in the 125 million dollar state-of-the-art Xfinity Center, which opened its doors in 2002. This air-conditioned practice facility is equipped with all the proper mats, spring floors and cheer equipment to ensure a safe and optimal learning environment for all athletes.
Resident campers will stay in college high-rise dorms on the university’s campus. Due to high volume of camps occurring over the summer, it is impossible to provide specific dorm information until closer to the event date. However, please note, that not all dorms are air-conditioned. Therefore, we advise resident campers to bring small portable fans with them to camp. Dorms are well equipped with all necessary emergency equipment, in addition to adult camp staff, a front desk attendant, medical training staff and University of Maryland coaching staff.
All meals are served at the diner located conveniently near the dorms. The diner will offer campers a variety of different options, food court style. All meals will include vegetarian, gluten-free and other dietary restriction options. In addition, there will be snacks, drinks and other items available for purchase in Heritage Hall throughout camp. Campers are encouraged to bring additional snacks and water with them for their dorms.
Checking in and out of Camp
Check in for resident campers is Saturday morning, August 3, 2019 at 8:00 AM. Residents will check in, on day 1 at the Xfinity Center and receive their dorm keys. Staff will escort resident campers to the dorms to unpack and settle in prior to the start of day 1 instruction.
Commuter check begins at 10:00 AM on August 3, day 1 of camp, in heritage hall of the Xfinity Center. On days 2 and 3 of camp, parents drop campers off in parking lot UU (see map in Location section below) between 9:00 and 9:15 AM. Camp staff are set up daily to manage the commuter drop line. Parents pick commuter campers up in the same lot between 8:00 and 8:15 PM. Parents will pull up around the circle to be greeted by camp staff who will escort campers to vehicles after confirming camper name. Late pick up will result in assessed fees to cover staff time. If late, you will need to enter the building and pick up your camper in Heritage Hall.
On the last day of camp, all parents, friends and family can attend the final performances beginning at 4:00 PM in the main gym of the Xfinity Center. Following these performances and awards, all campers are dismissed to their parents and/or coaches. Resident campers will need to return keys to the dorm attendant as part of check out. Lost or unreturned keys will result in fees assessed to parents, individuals, and/or coaches. Commuter campers will check out with their assigned camp buddies then be free to go.
Camp participants will receive first-class instruction in partner stunting, tumbling, dances, jumps, flexibility, and strength & conditioning. Classes are executed circuit style. This means, schools, partner stunts and individual campers will move through instruction together with their assigned buddies. Individuals are assigned a group at the beginning of camp. Typically, this is done by age and tumbling skill level to ensure that campers receive the best possible opportunity to learn appropriate level skills at a pace that best suits them.
The variety of training apparatuses available at the University of Maryland will help participants, novice to elite, enhance their tumbling and stunting ability. Campers will progress through drill stations to train proper technique and safety. Spring floors and tumbling strips are utilized during most tumbling sessions. Tumbling instructors will coach participants toward new combination passes and guide advancement of new tricks with hands on spotting. Our goal is to strengthen the foundation of tumbling skills before introducing difficulty. Participants will advance skills only after showing mastery of the foundation elements.
Partner stunts, Pyramids & Basket Technique
Campers will learn creative stunt entries, proper stunt and dismount techniques and several transitional stunts! Variations are available for all skill levels. Top-of-the-line experts in high school and all-star stunt requirements and regulations develop all Maryland Cheer Camp material. Stunt, pyramid and basket classes during camp will be on standard foam cheerleading mats to increase safety for all camp participants. Our knowledgeable camp staff will demonstrate material and walk through it step-by-step with all campers utilizing proper skill progression methods.
On day 2, campers will have the opportunity to sign up and compete in the partner stunt competition!
Jumps, Sideline Cheer & Dance
As a competitive and game-day squad, the University of Maryland Cheer program recognizes the importance of game-day and sideline cheer in a cheerleader’s progression through the sport, especially athletes that plan to eventually cheer at the collegiate level. At our camp, you will learn a variety of dances, creative sign and flag uses for game-day and proper jump technique. If you are attending camp with your school team, bring your signs, flags and other game-day material to ensure that you can incorporate what you learn into your own school traditions. Don’t have signs yet, don’t fret, we can provide access to Maryland Cheerleading material that you can use while at camp.
Schools will also have the opportunity to compete in a game-day competition for a chance to win an amazing prize! The winner will be invited to perform with the Maryland Cheerleading team at a 2019/2020 football or basketball game!!
Top Terp Competition
Campers that possess the following can sign up to compete in the Top Terp competition! Campers that perform these skills at a high-quality level are recognized during the awards ceremony on the final day of camp. Sign up occurs on camp day 2.
Must perform the following without any touchdowns or mistakes:
3 jump sequence that includes a standing tuck.
Round-off back-handspring full twisting layout.
Camp dance (taught on day 1).
*Athletes are only guaranteed to train in their preferred stunt position IF they attend camp with a prearranged stunt group. For example, for safety reasons, campers that are typically flyers are not guaranteed to fly during camp if other participants their age and skill level are not of adequate size to base that particular camper (in this case, that particular camper would be taught how to base). The only way to guarantee that a flyer will work on “flying” skills at camp would be to register with 2 bases and a 1 back spot, as this group will stay together during stunt classes throughout camp.
August 3, 2019 - August 5, 2019
Xfinity Center, 8500 Paint Branch Drive, College Park, MD 20741
COMCAST CENTER PARKING: Commuter participants can park in lot 4b on day 1 check in for the camp. Parking will be free in numbered lots on campus on Saturday the 3rd and Sunday the 4th.
DIRECTIONS: For directions to the Comcast Center, please CLICK HERE.
registration for the 2019 camp is closed.
*Please print, complete, and bring waiver with you on the day of the event.
Cancellations within 4 weeks of camp and no-shows the day of camp will not be refunded as all costs were already incurred. Any other cancellation requests received will result in reduction of original payment based on expenses already incurred and processing fees. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to submit a cancellation requests.