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 A group of girls ages 11 and under from Rochester Gymnastics Academy (RGA), of Rochester, N.Y., wait for their turn on stage at American Majestic, a national cheerleading qualifying competition in Buffalo, N.Y. Competitive, or “All-Star,” cheerleading is a rapidly growing sport in the United States, with upwards of 4 million annual competitors ranging from ages 4 to 18 years old. In order to be seriously competitive, training takes place year round.

A group of girls ages 11 and under from Rochester Gymnastics Academy (RGA), of Rochester, N.Y., wait for their turn on stage at American Majestic, a national cheerleading qualifying competition in Buffalo, N.Y. Competitive, or “All-Star,” cheerleading is a rapidly growing sport in the United States, with upwards of 4 million annual competitors ranging from ages 4 to 18 years old. In order to be seriously competitive, training takes place year round.

 Kassie Holfeltz (cq), left, 10, stretches among her teammates prior to competing in a national cheerleading qualifying competition in Buffalo, N.Y. on March 1, 2014. Holfeltz and her team, X-CEL Athletics, traveled from Chesterland, Ohio, for the chance to receive a national bid.

Kassie Holfeltz (cq), left, 10, stretches among her teammates prior to competing in a national cheerleading qualifying competition in Buffalo, N.Y. on March 1, 2014. Holfeltz and her team, X-CEL Athletics, traveled from Chesterland, Ohio, for the chance to receive a national bid.

  Alita Vargas, (cq), 10, has her makeup applied in the bathroom prior to competing at American Majestic, a national cheerleading qualifying competition in Buffalo, N.Y., on March 1, 2014. "I love everything to do with [cheering,]" she says. Alita has been competing for two years out of Core Athletix (cq), a gym based in Rochester, N.Y.

 Alita Vargas, (cq), 10, has her makeup applied in the bathroom prior to competing at American Majestic, a national cheerleading qualifying competition in Buffalo, N.Y., on March 1, 2014. "I love everything to do with [cheering,]" she says. Alita has been competing for two years out of Core Athletix (cq), a gym based in Rochester, N.Y.

 Bobby Haller, middle, 8, stretches prior to competing in American Majestic, a national cheerleading qualifying competition in Buffalo, N.Y., on March 1, 2014. He is one of four boys on the X-CEL Athletics squad, and traveled from Chesterland, Ohio, for the chance to receive a national bid. 

Bobby Haller, middle, 8, stretches prior to competing in American Majestic, a national cheerleading qualifying competition in Buffalo, N.Y., on March 1, 2014. He is one of four boys on the X-CEL Athletics squad, and traveled from Chesterland, Ohio, for the chance to receive a national bid. 

 After being kicked in the face during competition warm-up, Lillian Thompson, 15, a sophomore at Canisteo-Greenwood High School in Canisteo, N.Y., is examined by her coach. Despite her injury, she will compete. "Nothing could stop me," she comments. Alongside hundreds of other high school cheerleaders from western New York, Thompson's team gathered for the Section V Cheerleading Winter Sectionals hosted at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., on February 8, 2014.

After being kicked in the face during competition warm-up, Lillian Thompson, 15, a sophomore at Canisteo-Greenwood High School in Canisteo, N.Y., is examined by her coach. Despite her injury, she will compete. "Nothing could stop me," she comments. Alongside hundreds of other high school cheerleaders from western New York, Thompson's team gathered for the Section V Cheerleading Winter Sectionals hosted at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., on February 8, 2014.

 At American Majestic, a national cheerleading qualifying competition held in Buffalo, N.Y., on March 1, 2014, some young girls had dolls with custom cheerleading outfits to match their squad uniforms. For those who take part in All Star cheerleading, it is more than just a sport: it is a lifestyle.

At American Majestic, a national cheerleading qualifying competition held in Buffalo, N.Y., on March 1, 2014, some young girls had dolls with custom cheerleading outfits to match their squad uniforms. For those who take part in All Star cheerleading, it is more than just a sport: it is a lifestyle.

 Lilly Farrell, right, 14, a first-year cheerleader, watches the competition on a jumbotron at American Majestic, a national cheerleading qualifying competition held in Buffalo, N.Y., on March 1, 2014. "My squad is like my family," she says, "I love it." Competitive, or “All-Star,” cheerleading is a rapidly growing sport in the United States, with upwards of 4 million annual competitors ranging from ages 4 to 18 years old.

Lilly Farrell, right, 14, a first-year cheerleader, watches the competition on a jumbotron at American Majestic, a national cheerleading qualifying competition held in Buffalo, N.Y., on March 1, 2014. "My squad is like my family," she says, "I love it." Competitive, or “All-Star,” cheerleading is a rapidly growing sport in the United States, with upwards of 4 million annual competitors ranging from ages 4 to 18 years old.

 Jennifer Holfeltz (cq), center, 40, rests in her hotel room following a 13-hour day of all-star cheerleading in Buffalo, N.Y. Three of Holfeltz’s six children cheerlead competitively, and she and her family drove from Chesterland, Ohio, for the chance to win a pre-paid bid to nationals. “They eat, sleep, and breathe this,” she said.

Jennifer Holfeltz (cq), center, 40, rests in her hotel room following a 13-hour day of all-star cheerleading in Buffalo, N.Y. Three of Holfeltz’s six children cheerlead competitively, and she and her family drove from Chesterland, Ohio, for the chance to win a pre-paid bid to nationals. “They eat, sleep, and breathe this,” she said.

A group of girls ages 11 and under from Rochester Gymnastics Academy (RGA), of Rochester, N.Y., wait for their turn on stage at American Majestic, a national cheerleading qualifying competition in Buffalo, N.Y. Competitive, or “All-Star,” cheerleading is a rapidly growing sport in the United States, with upwards of 4 million annual competitors ranging from ages 4 to 18 years old. In order to be seriously competitive, training takes place year round.

Kassie Holfeltz (cq), left, 10, stretches among her teammates prior to competing in a national cheerleading qualifying competition in Buffalo, N.Y. on March 1, 2014. Holfeltz and her team, X-CEL Athletics, traveled from Chesterland, Ohio, for the chance to receive a national bid.

 Alita Vargas, (cq), 10, has her makeup applied in the bathroom prior to competing at American Majestic, a national cheerleading qualifying competition in Buffalo, N.Y., on March 1, 2014. "I love everything to do with [cheering,]" she says. Alita has been competing for two years out of Core Athletix (cq), a gym based in Rochester, N.Y.

Bobby Haller, middle, 8, stretches prior to competing in American Majestic, a national cheerleading qualifying competition in Buffalo, N.Y., on March 1, 2014. He is one of four boys on the X-CEL Athletics squad, and traveled from Chesterland, Ohio, for the chance to receive a national bid. 

After being kicked in the face during competition warm-up, Lillian Thompson, 15, a sophomore at Canisteo-Greenwood High School in Canisteo, N.Y., is examined by her coach. Despite her injury, she will compete. "Nothing could stop me," she comments. Alongside hundreds of other high school cheerleaders from western New York, Thompson's team gathered for the Section V Cheerleading Winter Sectionals hosted at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., on February 8, 2014.

At American Majestic, a national cheerleading qualifying competition held in Buffalo, N.Y., on March 1, 2014, some young girls had dolls with custom cheerleading outfits to match their squad uniforms. For those who take part in All Star cheerleading, it is more than just a sport: it is a lifestyle.

Lilly Farrell, right, 14, a first-year cheerleader, watches the competition on a jumbotron at American Majestic, a national cheerleading qualifying competition held in Buffalo, N.Y., on March 1, 2014. "My squad is like my family," she says, "I love it." Competitive, or “All-Star,” cheerleading is a rapidly growing sport in the United States, with upwards of 4 million annual competitors ranging from ages 4 to 18 years old.

Jennifer Holfeltz (cq), center, 40, rests in her hotel room following a 13-hour day of all-star cheerleading in Buffalo, N.Y. Three of Holfeltz’s six children cheerlead competitively, and she and her family drove from Chesterland, Ohio, for the chance to win a pre-paid bid to nationals. “They eat, sleep, and breathe this,” she said.

 A group of girls ages 11 and under from Rochester Gymnastics Academy (RGA), of Rochester, N.Y., wait for their turn on stage at American Majestic, a national cheerleading qualifying competition in Buffalo, N.Y. Competitive, or “All-Star,” cheerleading is a rapidly growing sport in the United States, with upwards of 4 million annual competitors ranging from ages 4 to 18 years old. In order to be seriously competitive, training takes place year round.
 Kassie Holfeltz (cq), left, 10, stretches among her teammates prior to competing in a national cheerleading qualifying competition in Buffalo, N.Y. on March 1, 2014. Holfeltz and her team, X-CEL Athletics, traveled from Chesterland, Ohio, for the chance to receive a national bid.
  Alita Vargas, (cq), 10, has her makeup applied in the bathroom prior to competing at American Majestic, a national cheerleading qualifying competition in Buffalo, N.Y., on March 1, 2014. "I love everything to do with [cheering,]" she says. Alita has been competing for two years out of Core Athletix (cq), a gym based in Rochester, N.Y.
 Bobby Haller, middle, 8, stretches prior to competing in American Majestic, a national cheerleading qualifying competition in Buffalo, N.Y., on March 1, 2014. He is one of four boys on the X-CEL Athletics squad, and traveled from Chesterland, Ohio, for the chance to receive a national bid. 
 After being kicked in the face during competition warm-up, Lillian Thompson, 15, a sophomore at Canisteo-Greenwood High School in Canisteo, N.Y., is examined by her coach. Despite her injury, she will compete. "Nothing could stop me," she comments. Alongside hundreds of other high school cheerleaders from western New York, Thompson's team gathered for the Section V Cheerleading Winter Sectionals hosted at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., on February 8, 2014.
 At American Majestic, a national cheerleading qualifying competition held in Buffalo, N.Y., on March 1, 2014, some young girls had dolls with custom cheerleading outfits to match their squad uniforms. For those who take part in All Star cheerleading, it is more than just a sport: it is a lifestyle.
 Lilly Farrell, right, 14, a first-year cheerleader, watches the competition on a jumbotron at American Majestic, a national cheerleading qualifying competition held in Buffalo, N.Y., on March 1, 2014. "My squad is like my family," she says, "I love it." Competitive, or “All-Star,” cheerleading is a rapidly growing sport in the United States, with upwards of 4 million annual competitors ranging from ages 4 to 18 years old.
 Jennifer Holfeltz (cq), center, 40, rests in her hotel room following a 13-hour day of all-star cheerleading in Buffalo, N.Y. Three of Holfeltz’s six children cheerlead competitively, and she and her family drove from Chesterland, Ohio, for the chance to win a pre-paid bid to nationals. “They eat, sleep, and breathe this,” she said.