Idaho Force Cheer members surround coach Cedar Rose. Members participate in local halftime events and will soon be traveling for competitions.
As of Tuesday, October 31, 2017
GRANGEVILLE What’s sweet and sassy and really loud? It’s the Idaho Force All Stars and they’re in it to win it.
Area residents who have been to Grangeville High School football games this season have viewed the large group of girls cheering and dancing during halftime.
Coach Cedar Rose offers cheer practice four days a week and currently has 47 kids enrolled in the program between the ages of 5 and 18.
“I have been coaching for more than 12 years. When I relocated here and was talking with Coach [Renita] Lee with the GHS cheerleading, I came to realize there wasn’t anything filtering into the high school for cheer,” Rose explained. “That’s where the ball started rolling; it became a collaboration between her and me to get a program started.”
Rose is the former coach of the Corning High School and Butte Valley All Stars. She and her husband, Eric, have eight children ranging in ages from 7 to 19.
With the main goal of forming a successful team, Rose works on behavioral expectations to skill accomplishments to competition results, she said.
“These goals are so important because they provide structure for the team and give them something to strive for throughout the year,” she said. “The mission I give the kids is ‘One Team, One Goal.’”
“Not one person makes a team and not one person breaks a team,” she emphasized. “I strive to bring all these young athletes to the best they can be. I really emphasize to them that every single one of them plays an important role and that they all are to support each other. I do what I do simply because I love watching them grow and achieve greatness is so rewarding.”
The group will be focusing on competition cheer in the upcoming months, and this is open to both boys and girls. Right now there are two squads: Junior Show and Junior Elite.
“We would love to have some boys join and throw some amazing stunts,” Rose said.
Rose added the sport of competitive cheerleading builds self-esteem, performance skills, increases flexibility, endurance, strength and balance.
“Cheerleading teaches how to work together as a close team,” she stated. “In stunting, the bases are responsible to ensure the flyers’ safety at all times.”
Rose is a certified coach through USAF, but she has been involved much longer than that: She started cheer and gymnastics at the age of 4.
Contact Rose through the Idaho Force All Stars Facebook page or e-mail her at IdahoForceAllStars@gmail.com.