(March 22, 2019) Epic Brand’s Reach the Beach National All Stars returns to the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street, this weekend, with the championships for prep and novice cheerleaders.
“Reach the Beach is one of the end-of-the-season events that they choose to go to prior to their big end-of-the-year nationals,” Epic Brand’s Director of Guest Relations Season Daugherty said.
The competition will begin around 7 a.m. on Saturday and go until about 10 p.m. On Sunday, action will kick off again at 7 a.m. and wrap up around 3 p.m.
Around 335 teams from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware will each perform for two minute and 30 seconds this weekend. The event includes athletes ranging in age from 4-20 years old.
With over 6,000 cheerleaders participating, Daugherty expects about 12,000 spectators to attend.
“There’s 140 more teams than the last one. This is the biggest Reach to the Beach we’ve had,” Daugherty said. “It is the best of the best teams traveling to this event, so no matter what division you watch, there will definitely be a show put on.”
All participants and coaches will receive an exclusive gift and coaches also have the chance to win a $1,000 giveaway.
The “Friday Night Lights” will be the exclusive competition for all-star prep and novice teams. Tickets to watch this performance will cost $16 for adults (ages 13-64) and $10 for children and seniors. Children under 5 will be admitted for free.
Several award ceremonies will take place on Sunday.
National champions will take home jackets and $1,500 in high score prizes are up for grabs.
The top three teams in each division will be awarded placement bids for the U.S. Finals, which will take place in eight locations from April 13 to May 12.
In addition, a number of gold bids will be given out as well. These prestigious bids are awarded to the highest-scoring eligible teams and come with a discount to a U.S. Finals event.
“Gold US Final bids, World bids, summit bids and D-2 summit bids … all of those are end-of-the-year nationals that the teams are coming to try and win a bid to,” Daugherty said. “Teams compete for bids all season long and if you don’t have one yet, then you usually come to Reach the Beach to try and get one.”
The national cheerleading competition is one of four Reach the Beach events that take place in Ocean City this year. The last competition in the resort will take place in early April.
One-day passes costs $22 for adults (ages 13-64) and $15 for children and seniors. Two-day passes cost $39 for adults and $27 for children and seniors. Children ages 5 and younger will be admitted for free.
For more information, call 877-322-2310 or visit http://acdaspirit.com/ event/rtb-all-star-prep-nationals.