U8 Novice (SPARK): Our mini novice Spark team is semi-competitive. These athletes are school aged (5 – 8 years old) and practice once per week. The summer session is optional. In the fall, they begin their choreography and learn a routine, which they perform at location competitions (no travel further than approximately 1 hour from HRM). They are judged by the judges, but are not ranked against other teams; they receive a rating based on their performance. They typically compete both days in a two-day competition. We have a high coach to athlete ratio for this team, and it’s a great way to be introduced to competitive cheer, but with less commitment and cost. This team practices 1x per week all season on Sunday’s from 12 – 1. They also have a less costly uniform.