Zero Gravity Athletics Background Information

Zero Gravity Athletics was founded in 2017. We are currently entering our fourth season, offering all-star cheerleading to the Florida Panhandle. As one of the most decorated programs in the panhandle, we have nationally ranked teams ranging from Level 1 to Level 6. Our goal is to be the most respected and admired gym in the Florida Gulf Coast area. With this goal in mind, we consistently coach our athletes to portray positive characteristics, such as leadership, hard work, commitment, good sportsmanship, teamwork, and motivation. ZGA focuses on creating not just a champion on the floor, but a champion in life. It is Zero Gravity's goal to progress every athlete to their fullest potential to reach their highest goals. We are so excited to welcome you into our #ZGAFAMILY

 
We are located at:
341 Market Ave 
Valparaiso, FL 32580

What is All-Star Cheerleading?

All Star cheerleading is a competition sport that involves boys and girls performing a 2 minute and 30 second routine composed of tumbling, stunting, pyramids, and dance. This routine is performed and scored against other competitive teams at various local, regional, national, and worldwide competitions.
 
When we refer to tumbling, we mean gymnastic type skills like cartwheels and back handsprings. Stunting refers to a group of two or more individuals that elevate another cheerleader in the air. This also includes co-ed stunting that may only include one base and one flyer. Pyramids are a form of stunting but are done as a large group and are interconnected. Dance is a portion of a routine that consists of choreographed high energy dance moves. 
 
The main difference between High School cheer and All Star cheer is that a High School cheerleading team’s primary purpose is to support a local school’s sports team and keep the crowd excited. An All Star team performs purely for the challenge, thrill, and competition of the sport. Other differences include All Star cheerleading seasons can be as much as a year long and All Star cheerleaders are not required to be from the same school or area.
 
-USASF 
We know you have choices when selecting a competitive cheer program for your child, and we are thankful you chose Zero Gravity Athletics this season. We have a fantastic year planned for our athletes and are over-the-moon excited about meeting everyone at team placements. Please note, competitive cheer requires a significant amount of time and financial commitment. We ask that you keep this in mind when registering your child for team selections. Again, thank you for choosing Zero Gravity Athletics. We are so thankful for your endless support and love.
 
- Mel Young, Owner

When will tryouts take place?

Tryouts will take place the week of May 25th- 30th. 

-How are tryouts at ZGA ran?

Tryouts will be very low stress. We will assess each athlete on their stamina, motions, jumps, and tumbling. Tryouts will be done in an individual setting to protect athletes against COVID-19. Specific time sign-ups are available below. The evaluations will be around 30 minutes long.

-Do I need any experience to tryout?

Experience is not necessary to attend tryouts!

-What fees are due the day of tryouts?

If you are a returning ZGA athlete, you will not be required to pay a tryout fee this season as we are trying to help those financially affected by COVID-19. If you are a new ZGA All-Star athlete, there will be a $25 tryout fee credited to your account per athlete registered.

- Does a parent or guardian need to attend tryouts?

No parents will be allowed to view tryouts if the gym is still operating under CDC Guildelines. Mandatory Parent/Athlete Handbooks will be sent out via email after you register your child for tryout time. Please complete this handbook when sent to you: This is an essential document that ZGA must keep on file. 

-When will team placements be announced?

Summer Teams will be created and announced to the public via "Teal Reveal Experience" the week of June 1st. We will send out team placement via email all day long. Keep your email notifications turned on for this exciting experience! 

**Please note that summer teams are fluid until choreography.

-When will practices begin?

Summer Teams will begin practicing under Phase 3 guidelines. We are wanting to begin practices the week of June 8th, if COVID-19 allows. Once you receive your team placement email, specific dates and times will be communicated ASAP.  

Will my athlete compete with her summer team?

Team placements are not finalized until August 2020. Athletes who do not keep skills performed at tryouts may be moved to a different team and/or become an alternate for that team. Those athletes who showed marked improvement might be moved up a level as well. These same rules apply throughout the season and for the post season. Athletes must also show consistent attendance throughout the summer in order to keep their spot.

How can I become a crossover athlete?

Please check the crossover box in the Athlete information section if you wish to be considered for two teams. Crossover considerations are ultimately selected by the coaching staff. 

USASF 2020-2021 Age Grid

Competitions

Competitions will run from December to May, Competitions are the main part of an all star cheerleading season. Competitions are mandatory, if missing due to sickness you will need to provide a doctor's note. When one cheerleader misses a competition, for any reason, the routine has to be changed which hurts the entire team. No refunds will be given if you miss a competition for any reason, including sickness. Please consider this when making the commitment to ZGA. The week of competition we will provide compete times. Companies do not provide that schedule to me until the week of so we are not able to pass on the information until then. 

Tentative Competition Schedule will be released in July

Practice Schedule

You will not receive a team specific practice schedule until teams are created and announced. All-Star teams will practice twice a week for two hours each practice. Our Tiny team will practice twice a week for one hour each practice. All athletes will have the option to register for a one-hour free tumble block. This tumble block will be assigned to you after the team placements. If this hour does not work for you, you can register for another class. We typically hold team practices on Monday through Thursdays anywhere from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm with the occasional Saturday/Sunday additional practice if needed.

Important Dates

Gym Closure for Memorial Day: 5/25
Summer teams begin practices: June
Gym Closure for July Break: 7/4-7/12
Gym Closure for Labor Day: 9/7 
Choreography Practices: 10/1-10/10
No All-Star Practices: 10/31
Gym Closure for Fall Break: 11/23-11/29
Holiday Annual Showcase: 12/12 or 12/13
Gym Closure for Winter Break: 12/19-1/3
Gym Closure Martin Luther King Jr. Day: 1/18
Gym Closure President's Day Holiday: 2/15
Gym Closure Spring Break: 3/12-3/19
Tentative Extra Practice Day: 3/21
 
Bid Events** tentative dates:
Cheerleading Worlds: April 24th-26th
US Finals: April 24th-26th
The Open: May 1st-2nd
D2 Summit: May 7th-10th
 
** Must receive a bid to attend.

Tiny Twinkles (Ages 3-6) Information

Do you have a beginner athlete (ages 3-6) that wants to cheer? Our Tiny Twinkles team is the perfect choice for you! Our Tiny Novice team is a fun way for your athlete to learn the basics of all-star cheerleading while being able to compete on the big stage! NEW THIS SEASON-- our tiny novice team will be a FULL SEASON team and considered one of our All-Star teams. Tiny Twinkles will attend 3-4 competitions with the rest of the program. 
 
Financial Commitment for Tiny Twinkles
 
Tiny Twinkles Team: June-April $125 per month
 
$50 Tuition & $75 Competition Fees
 
One Time Fees:
 
$25 Tryout Fee (if new ZGA Athlete): Due before tryout day
$45 Registration Fee (for new athletes only): Due on first billing cycle
$110 Nfinity Shoes: Due July 15th
$15 Bow: July 15th
$30 USASF Fee: August 15th
$55 (Half of Uniform): Due August 15th
$55 (Half of Uniform): Due September 15th
 
Do Tiny aged athletes need to tryout?
 
Yes, we want our tiny athletes to try out this season. No experience is necessary to join Tiny Twinkles! We like to meet our little ones at try-outs and ensure they would make an amazing fit to our new all-star team. Please sign up by filling out this form and chosing a tryout time at the bottom.
Zero Gravity monthly dues run June 2020-May 2021 and may vary based on team placement and potential discounts. Discounts can only be applied to monthly tuition fees. Tuition covers your weekly practices and team tumbling hour. Remaining dues are fees paid out to companies (outside of Zero Gravity) to cover the cost of training and competition uniforms, warm-up jackets, bow, choreography, music, and competition expenses.

Monthly Payment for All-Star Teams

(Included in this is all of the tuition and competition fees for the season)
 
All-Star Teams : June - May $255 per month
$100 Tuition & $155 Competition Fees
 
 
All-Star Elite Teams : June - May $255 per month**
$100 Tuition & $155** Competition Fees
** Please note- comp fees may be more expensive for summit bid receiving teams**
We want to help with costs any way possible. We know All-Star cheer is an expensive and time consuming sport. Zero Gravity Athletics offers scholarships to those athletes in financial need. If you are interested in applying for one of our scholarships, please email us at gozerogravity@gmail.com

One Time Fees

Each athlete must purchase the full apparel package to compete with their team. To help downsize the cost of compeitive cheer to help those affected by COVID-19, The Nfinity Shoes, Warm-Up Jacket, and Uniform are the SAME as Season 3. If an athlete is returning and has all of the three items in mint condition, they do not have to purchase these items. This year we will only be purchasing ONE practice wear set to help downsize some of the cost to help those affected by COVID-19. 

$25 Tryout Fee per athlete (New athletes only): Due on Tryout Day
$45 Registration Fee: Due on first billing cycle
$110 Nfinity Shoes: Due July 15th
**$50 Practice Wear: Due July 15th
**$25 Hair Bow: Due July 15th
**$30 USASF Fee: Due August 15th
$175 (Half of the All-Star Uniform): Due August 15th
$175 (Half of the All-Star Uniform): Due September 15th
$75 Warm-Up Jacket: Due September 15th
 
** Fees returning athletes must pay if shoes, uniforms, and warmup jackets are not needed.

Tuition Discounts

 Discounts can not be combined. 
 
Full Out Discount - $250 off (Full season paid for in June).
School Cheer Discount - $250 off (If currently cheering for a school team).
Sibiling Discount - $500 off (Applied to 2nd ZGA athlete).
Multiple/Boy Discount - 3rd child and ALL boys recieve free tuition 
 
If you are eligible for these discounts, please email gozerogravity@gmal.com following team placements.
Please review this information carefully so you are fully aware of what your expenses will be this season. We will have minimal "away" competitions, but keep in mind that the above fees do not include travel expenses. Although very rewarding, we understand that competitive cheer is a pricy sport.
 
 
We will do our best to provide fundraisers and three partial sponsorship opportunities to help alleviate some of the financial burdens. At any point in the season, whether you leave on your own or are asked to leave the program, there will be no refunds given.
I have read the following information regarding finances. *
I understand that at any point in the season, whether I leave on my own or if I am asked to leave the program, no refunds will be given. *

Sign Up for Tryouts

How should I sign my athlete(s) up for tryouts?
To sign your athlete up for Zero Gravity Athletics's tryouts you will need to follow a few simple steps.
 
1) You must fill out this entire form and click the "submit" button at the end of it. 
 
2) Make sure you click the correct time you wish to tryout. Please note- if you have more than one athlete trying out for ZGA, you must complete this form as many times as needed for all athletes.  You will receive a confirmation email shortly after signing up.
 
3) If you are a NEW member, we ask that you create your iClassPro account using the link below. Once your account is created, you should see the $25 tryout fee attached within a couple of days. Please note that this fee is not due until tryouts. A $45 registration fee might also be attached to your account within a couple of day, but please note this is not due until the first billing cycle. 
 
**If you have any problems creating an iClassPro account or submitting this form, please email gozerogravity@gmail.com
Use the link above to create an iClasspro account.

Video Tryouts

Are you interested in trying out for Zero Gravity Athletics but can not make the in-person tryout?

We offer virtual tryout options for any athlete with this problem! Please fill out this tryout form and submit it to us. Then, you take a video of yourself doing the following in a gym, at home, or in the grass (anywhere safe). Once the video is complete, send the video to gozerogravity@gmail.com.

The video should include:
Athlete's Full Name
Standing Tumbling skills if applicable
Running Tumbling skills if applicable
Jumps is applicable
Stunting if applicable

** Please note- athletes are still required to fill out this information packet, the athlete/parent handbook, and pay the $25 tryout fee. If you are a new athlete, please create an account using the link above. All video submissions are due by May 30th at 11:59 pm.
If you are wanting to Try-out for Zero Gravity Athletics, please fill out this form below. When you are finished filling out the form, please click the "Submit" button. Please remember what time/date you choose for your individual tryout as this form will not be accessible again. If you are new to Zero Gravity, you must create a new athlete account using the link above. 

Participant Information

Are you a current ZGA Cheerleader? *
Are you interested in being a crossover to another team? (additional fees may apply) *
Have you done all-star cheerleading before?

Parent/Guardian Information

Relationship to Participants:
 

Tryout Times

If you are completing a virtual tryout, please do not choose a time/date.
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Before Tryouts you will be asked to:
 
-Sign Parent/Athlete Handbook
-Pay $25 Try-out fee (if new athlete) 
REGISTRATION 
Annual Registration fee of $45 is due each June. From July-December 31st, this fee is due in full. This fee is due in advance to register for class. The full fee will be due for everyone again each June. There are no refunds for unattended classes or registration fee. 

TUITION AND CLASSES
Class Tuition is due on the 1st of each month. Zero Gravity Athletics offers classes on a year-round schedule, and tuition is based on a four week class-period each month. Tuition remains constant each month even though some months may have 5 class-periods and other months may have 3 class-periods. Makeup classes are available, therefore, no matter how many classes your child attends in the monthly class-period, tuition is due in full.

MONTHLY ZGA DUES ZGA
Monthly dues are due on the 1st of each month. All fees are considered non refundable. Should an athlete leave the program, they will be responsible for all fees that were paid for by Zero Gravity Athletics that remain outstanding at the time of departure.

STANDARD HOLIDAY CLOSURES
Holiday closures are also calculated into monthly tuition. Please refer to our ZGA event calendar for specific gym closures. 

MAKEUP CLASSES
Only 1 makeup per month. Makeups must be in level and age appropriate classes. Makeups only available in classes that have openings.

CREDIT CARD CHARGES.
When entering your credit card below, you are not charged at the time of registration. The information is kept on file and if your tuition is not paid prior to the 1st of the month, we will use this information to pay your tuition. If the transaction is declined, a $10 bank fee will be added to your account.

RETURNED CHECK FEE.
Zero Gravity Athletics will charge a $25.00 fee for all returned checks.
 
ASSUMPTION OF RISK
I voluntarily enter into this agreement with ZERO GRAVITY ATHLETICS, LLC, intending for myself, my children, my parents, my spouse, my heirs, assigns, personal representative and estate to be bound by this agreement. In consideration for the services provided by ZERO GRAVITY ATHLETICS, LLC, their agents, owners, officers, volunteers, participants, employees, and all other persons or entities acting in any capacity on their behalf, I hereby voluntarily agree to release and discharge ZERO GRAVITY ATHLETICS, LLC on behalf of myself, my children, my parents, my heirs, assigns, personal representative and estate and assume all risks involved in the participation by the participants named above in activities provided by ZERO GRAVITY ATHLETICS, LLC.


RELEASE OF LIABILITY 
1. Participants acknowledge that tumbling/cheerleading entails known and unanticipated risks that could result in physical or emotional injury, paralysis, death, or other injury to participants or damage to property, or injury to third parties. Participants understand that such risks simply cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential qualities of the activity.

2. The risks include, among other things: collisions with equipment, personnel and other participants; supervised and unsupervised falls on and around equipment; falls from stunts and/or pyramids, improper landings when dismounting equipment; equipment malfunction or failure; any and all of which may result in minor strains and sprains, broken bones, catastrophic injury, paralysis and even death; as well as, other injuries, damages, and losses associated with participation in the aforementioned activity.

3. ZERO GRAVITY ATHLETICS, LLC employees have a difficult job to perform. They will stress safety at all times, but they are not infallible. They might be unaware of a participant's fitness or abilities. In this regard it is the participant's responsibility to inform ZERO GRAVITY ATHLETICS, LLC if the participant feels they are unable to safely attempt an activity or portion of any activity. Without this information ZERO GRAVITY ATHLETICS, LLC employees may give inadequate warnings or instruction. We perform routine equipment maintenance, however equipment malfunction may still occur.

4. Participants expressly agree and promise to accept and assume all risks existing in this activity. Our involvement in this activity is purely voluntary, and we elect to participate in spite of the risks involved. Additionally, we acknowledge an understanding of and agree to follow all rules and regulation established by ZERO GRAVITY ATHLETICS, LLC.

5. Participants hereby voluntarily release, forever discharge, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless ZERO GRAVITY ATHLETICS, LLC from any and all claims, demands, or causes of action, which are in any way connected with our participation in this activity or our use of ZERO GRAVITY ATHLETICS, LLC equipment or facilities, including and such claims or actions which may allege negligent acts or omissions of ZERO GRAVITY ATHLETICS, LLC, their agents, owners, officers, volunteers, participants, employees, and all other persons or entities acting in any capacity on their behalf. We hereby give our consent to ZERO GRAVITY ATHLETICS, LLC to provide customary athletic training attentions, transportation, and emergency medical services reasonably warranted in the course of our participation.

6. In the event I file a lawsuit against ZERO GRAVITY ATHLETICS, LLC, I agree to do so solely in the state of Florida, and I further agree that the substantive law of that state shall apply in that action without regard to the conflict of law rules of that state.

7. Should ZERO GRAVITY ATHLETICS, LLC or anyone acting on their behalf be required to incur attorney's fees and costs to enforce this agreement, we agree to indemnify and hold ZERO GRAVITY ATHLETICS, LLC harmless for all such fees and costs.

8. We certify that we have adequate insurance to cover any injury or damage we may cause or suffer while located on ZERO GRAVITY ATHLETICS, LLC property, or else we agree to bear the costs of such injury or damage ourselves. We further certify that we have no medical or physical condition that could interfere with our safety in this activity, or else we are willing to assume all risks and bear all costs of any resulting injury or damage directly or indirectly related to any such condition.

9. By signing this document, we acknowledge that if anyone is hurt or property is damaged during our participation in this activity, or while observing similar activities, we may be found by a court of law to have waived our right to maintain a lawsuit against ZERO GRAVITY ATHLETICS, LLC on the basis of any claim from which we have assumed the risk and/or released ZERO GRAVITY ATHLETICS, LLC from as described in this agreement.
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I have read and understand the waiver/release rules set by Zero Gravity Athletics *
I have read and understand the financial obligations of enrolling my athlete in competitive cheer through Zero Gravity Athletics *
Parent / Guardian signature *
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