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Movie Review – "The Challenger" – Fight for Who You Are

“The Challenger” opens with Jaden Miller (Kent Moran, “Listen to Your Heat”) doing his early morning run through the gritty streets of the Bronx. Then cuts to his job as an auto mechanic where a female customer belittles his capabilities as mechanic. That night, dejected he arrives home to find an eviction notice on the door and spends that night sleeping in one of the cars at the garage where he works. Things are not working out for young 24-year old Jaden. Until the rent is paid, his mother Jada (S. Epatha Merkerson, “Law & Order”) is staying at Aunt Regina (Natalie Carter) and putting up with her constant interruptions. This is a hilarious scene, much to the delight of the audience.

While getting his work coveralls cleaned, Jaden meets up with Duane (Michael Clarke Duncan – “The Green Mile”) and learns he was once a legendary boxing trainer. Later, Duane confesses that one of his fighters threw a match and Duane had to backed away later opening a Laundromat and a small boxing gym. Jaden learns that one of his fellow workers at the garage makes money on the side boxing in club fights and pursues this avenue to get his mother and him back into their apartment. He approaches Duane to train him. Initially, Duane refuses, but on learning Jaden last name, he consents to work with him.

What is most intriguing about the training regiment is the focus on specific boxing techniques, things such as the placement of the feet, the rotation of the hips, and how a punch is uncoiled for maximum power. While fascinating, this focus on preparation for a fight leads the audience away from the inner struggles and conflicts Jaden faces. Namely, his finding a way to support his mom, finding a way to regain her respect after being kicked out of a private school for fighting. There is also the fear of failure and not being good enough. While these are presented in dialogue, the emotional consequences is left hanging and not fully developed. Jaden’s stoic expressions do not give us those vulnerable moments that build a deep emotional attachment to his dilemma. We care about the outcome, but not so much about the person.

The fight scenes are spectacular and if the Mayweather-Pacquiao match had been this good, people would be demanding a rematch. The championship match, in particular, was brilliantly crafted and choreographed. There is suspense, compelling character arcs and riveting reversals leading to an edge of your seat excitement. The initial rounds were almost full length and the succeeding rounds compressed into highlights of damaging blows. This segment of the film was shot in four hours, the time allotted by arena officials. Thus the exhaustion and fatigue exhibited are likely real.

There are some amazing twists in this story, which makes it both poignant and appealing. These are nicely set up and foreshadowed without being overly obvious. The acting is first-rate across the board including supporting players. The performance of Michael Clarke Duncan in particular was rock solid and gave energy and direction to this crucial role. He had a back-story to tell and he delivered it with great sensitivity and empathy. This was Michael’s last role, as he died at the age of 54 never seeing his final work.

The relationship between mother and son required a delicate balance of protective love versus determined purpose. S. Epatha Merkerson and Kent Moran beautifully deliver on this aspect with each expressing their opposing views. What’s more, Kent Moran is to be commended for taking on such a physically demanding role while serving as both director and lead actor. Kent trained six months at Manny Pacquiao’s gym in Venice, California preparing for his role.

Another actor who made this a worthy movie is Justin Hartley, Jaden’s opponent in the championship fight. His over confidence and inflated ego nicely set up the challenge in dramatic terms and polarizes our allegiances. The fact that he fights dirty adds to the dangers Jaden faces.

Production values portray the Bronx location as a gritty underdog and it’s Jaden’s dedication that gives its downtrodden residents hope. Camera work by Giacomo Belletti keeps us in the mix, moving skillfully to provide both questions and answers to what’s going to happen next. Composer Pinar Toprak’s score neatly provides the dramatic energy that leads us through this emotional journey. The editing by Anthony Muzzatti and Kent Moran nicely articulates the struggles, the climb out of poverty to provide for his mother.

This film goes the distance and shows that if we fight for who we are, we can become winners. Film reviewed at the Dances with Film Festival, Hollywood.

CREDITS: “The Challenger” stars Kent Moran, Michael Clarke Duncan, S. Epatha Merkerson, Justin Hartly, Frank Watson, Stan Carp, and Ernie Sabella. Production Design by Kay Lee & Rebecca Slick; Art Direction by Amy E. Bishop; Costume Design by William Eng; Makeup by Guy Guido; Casting by Tiandra Gayle; Music by Pinar Toprak; Edited by Kent Moran & Anthony Muzzatti; Cinematography by Giacomo Belletti; Second Unit Director John-Michael Damato; Executive Producer Michael Clarke Duncan; Produce by Ellyette Eleni, Adam Hawkey, & Kent Moran; Written and Directed by Kent Moran; Production Company – Wishing Well Pictures, Inc.; HD, Unrated, 95 Minutes.

Can You Compete With the "Pinky-Ring-Wearing" Salesperson?

Do you know a stereotypical salesperson? They go by various names like the “Gladhander,” The “Pinky-Ring-Fast-Talker,” the “Would-you-buy-a-used-car-from-that-person”. Sure, everyone knows a few people that fit these descriptions and usually attempt to avoid them. Brashness and persistence are not enough to succeed in sales.

With the advent of internet marketing, we’ve seen brashness and persistence taken to new heights. That stereotypical salesperson has morphed and cloned, into a new, virtual, digital version that uses the net’s many tools – smarmy personal-looking emails and e-blasts, distracting banners, hijacking links, annoying guru-experts (I sure hope you don’t put me in this category), the “stereotypical” sales and too many other “secret strategies and tactics.”)

How do you compete against that never-ending electronic cascade of hype? You can compete against them by being completely different and offering your prospects something better.

Products and services are complex and becoming more complicated every day. Competition is larger, faster, smarter, and better. It takes a new breed of salesperson to get the job done. The “Salesperson-as-Consultant” can win confidence and sell more effectively than the “How ’bout Those Bears” approach.

The “Salesperson-as-Consultant” approaches each prospect with a problem-solving attitude, asks “probing questions,” and listens actively to understand goals, concerns, attitudes, and needs. After gathering that data, the “Salesperson-as-Consultant” works with the prospect, offering solutions (often arrived at with the prospect) rather than just fast-talking to shove a sale down the prospects’ throat.

Consultative selling requires that salespeople are knowledgeable about the services and / or products they sell, but also know and understand the needs, wants, concerns, fears of their targeted customer so they can actually answer technical questions, recommend options, and properly represent to vendor, the products, and the services being sold. Those salespeople give great personal service also. They follow up to insure their customers are satisfied. They track shipments and production schedules if appropriate. They understand that most things are, at some level, a commodity and that one of the key differentiators is confidence and trust they can earn by providing that level of service. And, if something goes wrong, as it inevitably will some time, they take quick action to make it as right as possible.

The result is that the prospect is served better and becomes more confident of the choices they make. The salesperson makes more sales, but more importantly builds for the future based on the results of increased sales from a growing number of satisfied clients, ongoing relationships, and referrals.

Offshore Cooking Jobs – Cooking Up a Storm Offshore

Offshore cooking jobs provide some of the best opportunities to break into the offshore drilling industry. Regardless of whether your ambition is to become a Chef, or to look for an opportunity to get on the drilling crew, there are plenty of ways to make a career and move up the ladder once you have your foot in the door, and cooking offshore is a great way to go about it.

Cooks on an oil rig are typically part of the catering department, which includes the Camp Boss and Chef, Bakers, Stewards, Galley Hands, Utility Hands and Housekeepers. On smaller rigs, some of these roles may be combined; for example, the Steward could be the day cook as well as in charge of managing the kitchen and the housekeeping crew. On larger oil rigs, you’ll find multiple positions for many of these jobs.

Most offshore drilling and oil service companies contract out the entire catering department. This means that your best shot at getting hired to work on a oil platform is to hire on directly with the catering companies. Some of the better and well known food service companies that cater offshore include Sodexo, Trinity Catering, Delta Catering, Taylor’s International, and Sonoco, to name a few of the US Based catering companies.

Sodexo is international, and employs people on oil rigs in 80 countries around the world. Worldwide, they employ over 350,000 people. Working for Sodexo provides an incredible opportunity for the ambitious, namely, the opportunity to work all over the world. If you enjoy traveling, then Sodexo is a great company to consider working for.

In Canada, Reliance Offshore is the company to work for, and they have a lot of openings, and will have even more in the future as the offshore fields in the waters off of Newfoundland begin coming online and producing oil. They are unique among offshore catering companies in that they recruit for a variety of offshore positions, not just for the catering department; they also hire deckhands, riggers, welders, motormen, electricians, and crane operators, among others.

All of these companies have online application forms, and all of them have openings. As one example, Delta Catering, a 34 year old offshore catering company, is currently hiring experienced Chefs, Sous Chefs, & Line Cooks, and offers competitive pay, credit union, health and dental insurance, and a 401 k plan. They are also accepting applications for housekeeping staff.

If you don’t have cooking experience, you can still get on as a Galley Hand, and learn the trade on the job. If you are determined and persistent, and apply with all of the above, you are almost certain to find work. If you are able to, you should strongly consider making a trip to Louisiana and applying to the catering companies based in Lafayette in person – call first, but applying in person is really the way to go – you could start work the next day.

Moving – Packing Tips for Large, Small and Awkward Items

Most movers are so happy to finally arrive in their new home that they are able to overlook chipped dinner plates or a scratch on the dining room table. But there’s no reason your household goods should become casualties of the move. With a little care and planning your household goods will both arrive in mint condition.

Following are packing tips to consider when packing large items, packing small items and packing awkward items.

Packing Large Items:

  • Tie bed frames together with tape or rope then label the pieces so they are easy to reassemble.
  • Fill drawers with clothes or fragile, well-wrapped items. Cover them with a blanket or with furniture pads and rope securely.
  • Remove table legs, pad and tie together. Put nuts and bolts in a bag and tape them underneath the tabletop.
  • Empty, defrost and drain the refrigerator, freezer and dishwasher. Clean the interiors and put accessories in bags. Stuff towels between washer sides to prevent rotating and tape down any moveable parts. Cover with blankets and tie.
  • Use the original packaging for computers, televisions and electronics, or buy electronic-specific boxes.

Packing Small Items:

  • Put your microwave, VCR and other small appliances into boxes and cushion with wadded paper.
  • Pack books flat in small cartons, alternating bindings. Try to keep each box under 30 lbs.
  • Pack hanging items, such as clothing and drapes, in wardrobe boxes. Leave small items in drawers.
  • Wrap fragile collectibles in bubble wrap and tape them securely.
  • Pack CD’s upright and cushion with them newspaper.
  • Stack pots and pans and cushion with them paper.
  • Place any kitchen items you will need immediately in a separate box and label appropriately so you know which one to unpack first.
  • Wrap dishes individually in bubble wrap and never stack them flat. Pack plates on saucers on edges and place cups and bowls around them.

Packing Awkward Items:

  • Wrap chair arms and legs with bubble wrap. Place slipcovers on chairs or buy chair bags for protection.
  • Loosen the handlebars from bicycles and turn them sideways. Cover chains and pedals to keep grease off other items.
  • Wrap small items, such as mirrors and artwork, in newsprint and pack in mirror boxes. Cover larger pieces with cardboard, tape them securely and stand them along the sides of the truck or inside wardrobe boxes.
  • Disassemble heavy lawn furniture. Put nuts and bolts in a bag and tie together.
  • Roll up rugs and secure with rope or tape.
  • Place plants in plastic bags with air holes then in boxes. Water them before you leave.
  • Wrap sharp edges of tools and use plenty of cushioning to prevent injury. Tape long-handled tools together and place smaller ones in boxes.
  • Empty gasoline from all tanks of lawnmowers and edgers and check for oil leaks.
  • Use medium-sized boxes for garage and attic items, such as spray paints, brushes and car waxes. Throw away oily rags or anything combustible.
  • Keep pets in a pet carrier up front with you. Ask your vet for suggestions on how to make their move less traumatic.

Use these packing tips for packing large items, packing small items and packing awkward items.

Discovering the Secrets Behind Highly Ranked Websites

In my last article I spoke about some of the very basic elements every well-optimized website needs to have in order to be ranked higher up in the search engines’ listings. To sum up that article very briefly, you need to make sure that your meta tags reflect your website’s content appropriately in terms that individuals might use when searching for your website. Also, pay close attention to the titles of each of your web pages. Too many people settle for using the same title for each page. Each page needs a different title utilizing different and appropriate keywords.

This article will take that basic understanding of the art behind search engine optimization to another level. Once you realize the importance of keywords and meta tags, you probably figured out that many of the major search engines rely much less heavily on keywords (they’ve been overused by spammers!) and look more closely at your website content.

“What?” you say. “I just spent all that time researching keywords and injecting them throughout my website!” Well, good. You need to take that first step in order to be able to continue further down the SEO path. Yes, Google, MSN, and Yahoo nearly ignore (yes, ignore!) the meta keywords, they don’t ignore the content in your web pages. And that content needs to be chock full of keywords.

Try this little bit of SEO research. Put yourself in the mind of one of your potential customers. Open your search engine of choice (you should probably be choosing one of the biggies because your customers most likely are) and search for your company using some carefully chosen keywords. Don’t use your website address. While searching for your exact website does provide some important information, that isn’t the focus of this little experiment.

Look carefully at the listings that come up. Who is ranked first? What is in the description next to the website? What keywords keep showing up again and again in your competition’s listings? Now, click on a couple of the top rankings. Look at how their website is designed. Do several keywords jump out at you immediately? They should. Take note of these keywords and their placement. Look at the code behind their websites (with different browsers this happens differently- usually it’s under a menu called view source or view page info). Inspect their meta tags and descriptive keywords.

Your head should be buzzing right now with ideas for ways to improve your website. Remember, search engine optimization is a step by step process. Like many things, it is never done. Right when you think everything is looking great, you’ll learn about yet another way to enhance your website’s ranking. Keep moving forward- a step at a time. Before you know it, you’ll see your website in Google’s top ten!

Make sure you check out our website http://www.creative-emarketing.com for additional ideas on how to use eMarketing to build your business and generate an online community.

Metal Storage Buildings – The Big Brothers of Metal Sheds

As an alternative to the traditional brick and mortar, metal storage buildings are becoming fast accepted in the norm of building construction. Users range from home owners and small businesses to farms for storing their agricultural produce and animals. Manufacturing industries use these buildings as warehouses whereas aviation industries use them as hangars for airplane storage and repairs.

Standard designs are readily available and allow most people to put together a building in no time, assuming they have sufficient knowledge and resources. Otherwise, the building manufacturers will be more than happy to provide installation services. There may be a need to consult and fulfill building codes of the local building regulatory body.

Being metal in nature, metal storage buildings have to be constructed of reinforced materials such as galvanized steel to resist rust. Security and safety of the building’s contents are protected from external fires if the building is constructed with sufficient fire-ratings. It can also contain fires within from spreading. Some buildings are also rated to hold up to harsh weather conditions such as storms, hurricanes and earthquakes. If the region is susceptible to such settings, ensure the final constructed building can take the strain. Otherwise, it will become a hazard to people and items within.

Efficient space usage within is available as these types of building tend to require less posts or beams to support their roof structures. Installation of proper heating and cooling mechanisms regulates the temperature to provide a suitable storage environment.

Maintenance cost is kept to a minimal as these storage buildings require practically no maintenance barring no misuse or abuse.

In the event more storage is required, the building can be easily expanded in length to accommodate a new unit. By creating adjoining doors, access is easily granted between the current and new units.

HPMC Capsules – An Alternative To Gelatin Capsules

HPMC Capsules (Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose) is used from the ancient time in the pharmaceutical and food preparation. Nowadays it is known in the market because it is most likely to use as an alternative to Gelatin Capsules. These two-piece capsules offer countless benefits as a gelatinizer to your health and skin and therefore, their demand always at its peak. It is also adopted as a sustained release tablet material or film coating in the pharmaceutical industry. These are made from non-animal material and therefore safe to intake, especially by the vegetarians.

These are chemically stable and have low moisture content, which makes it less brittle even in low humidity. Along with this, these capsules have the fast dissolution property and therefore, it easily gets dissolve within few minutes after reaching your stomach. The shells made from HPMC are suited to automatic capsule filling machines. These acts as a protective wall that contains the drug secure inside the shell. These are 100% natural and safe to use and also help you to avoid the bitterness of drug because of its tasteless nature. Moreover, it is available in almost all sizes so you can choose as per the amount of dosage you want to fill it. These two-piece capsules also allowed you to fill the dosage inside it on your own. The first HPMC Capsule is developed to use in pharmaceutical industry is QUALI-V Capsules.

It satisfies the demand of vegetarians and can be used by them without any fear of animal disease or infection. It expands the range of capsule applications, which storm the world by replacing the Gelatin Capsules. Most of the people avoid taking it because these are prepared with the material Gelatin which is originally derived from the animal waste. Therefore, it is hard to intake, especially by the vegetarians and therefore, HPMC Capsules come into the existence as an alternative to this non-vegetarian option. However, HPMC Capsules are well-suited for moisture sensitive formulation and resistance to cross-linking.

In a nutshell, it is a perfect alternative which allows the vegetarians to take their medicine without any fear. These are available in similar physical dimensions as that of Gelatin Capsules. These may generally offer technical or practical benefits to both its user and manufacturers as well. Therefore, if you are a vegetarian and afraid to take any dosage that contains animal waste so you should try this HPMC Capsules instead of Gelatin Capsules. It gives you similar benefits, but without compromising your vegetarian religion.

Constructing a 30-60-90 Day Business Plan

As part of the interview process, many medical device companies will ask the candidate to construct a 30-60-90 day plan. Even if it is not required, doing so will demonstrate to the hiring authority the candidates’ serious intentions towards the particular position they are interviewing for. A well thought out plan will include a preliminary preparation plan in addition to a concise and detailed business plan that includes both tactical and strategic initiatives. I cannot emphasize how important it is to lay out a detailed and well thought out plan. An investment of maybe 3-4 hours will be more than worth the time and effort when the job offer is extended.

-Preliminary preparation-

Preliminary preparation includes initial company research and is more strategic than tactical. If the company is publicly traded, one would want to obtain the annual reports that are available for investors and potential investors and study them. Often, company information on private companies can be purchased through sources such as Hoovers, Zoom Info, or Dunn & Bradstreet. A candidate will also want to meet with the district manager to discuss market analysis and target market, territory, and features/benefits of the products and services offered by the company. For the business to business salesperson, it will be essential to familiarize oneself with the language and buzzwords of the medical and pharmaceutical field. For the medical sales rep, this would be the time to conduct further research on the products and services being offered by the company as well as construction of competitive analysis.

-30 days-

The first 30 days should not only include a thorough understanding of the internal workings of the company, but also include a plan to introduce oneself to all customer contacts. Learning the email system, customer retention management system (CRM), reading and understanding company policy and procedure, attending training programs, mastering product knowledge are all tactical initiatives. Most quality companies do train their sales staff extensively (whether for pharmaceutical sales positions, biotech sales jobs, clinical and research laboratory sales opportunities, or medical device sales). Strategic initiatives include broadening knowledge in the field of medicine, identifying trade groups, and thoroughly understanding the target market.

-60 days-

The next thirty days includes more field time, less training, and more customer interaction. Tactical initiatives would include fine tuning the driving route through the territory, detailed call plan, and fine tuning presentation style. Strategic plans would include studying additional material regarding sales style, meeting with the district manager to discuss progress, and joining industry specific professional groups.

-90 days-

The tactical part of the plan should contain development and implementation of a specific “game plan” which includes setting higher goals for six months and one year, developing target lists of accounts based on needs analysis, and creating and implementing a measurable results call plan. Strategic initiatives would include attending professional networking events, meeting with sales team to assess strengths and weaknesses of the territory, continual research in the medical industry as well as improving sales presentation skills.

Driving Theory Test

A well-established online testing center generally offers candidates a variety of multiple choice tests to familiarize them with the format, style of questions and answers featuring in the DVLA exam. Candidates can take their time to review sample DVLA theory questions to prepare themselves sufficiently for a good pass. Two or three practices on the multiple choice test section should be enough to prepare the candidate to pass with flying colors; more test samples can be readily available from established car theory testing centers or their websites. Candidates for a driving license need to pass the road signs and hazard perception tests besides the multiple choice test for the DVLA exam. These sections can be familiarized with frequent practices of sample questions made available by approved and experienced testing centers. Theory testing Established theory testing web centers can reduce the stress and hassle in passing any vehicle theory test as they provide free practices on similar theory exams to the official test. Updated DVLA tests are posted on these websites to benefit candidates for a better pass instead of depending on old theory test questions sold on DVDs in the market. Theory test for driving tests includes knowing the road signs used in a particular country. There can be a few hundred different road signs which a candidate must be familiar with before sitting for the test; these include warning road signs, motorway road signs and information road signs. A safe and good driver needs to be familiar with all these before plying the road to safeguard self and other road users as well as public property.

One of the major events during our teenage years will be learning to drive and ultimately passing a practical and a driving theory test. This gives so much freedom and independence to our lives. It gives young adults the ability to go to college or university without relying on public transport or parents and the freedom to get a job away from the area that we live some interesting facts and figures about our roads. Reports say that there are over 30 million registered cars in the UK and over the last 20 years the number of registered cars has risen by over 35%. There are over 45 million people that hold a full license to be able to drive in the UK, but the queen is not one of them as she does not need a license to drive. In the UK the legal age we can obtain a full driving license is at the age of 17. You can apply for a provisional license from the age of 15 years and 9 months. Each year 1.6 million people take the practical test of which 43% pass and over 52% of people pass their theory exam. That is over half a million new drivers every year.

If you want to enjoy a safe and hassle-free journey within the boundaries of your state as well as abroad, it is mandatory to possess a valid driving license. It is a legal requirement. For those who do not have a license to ply the road, it is easy to acquire one by answering a short a test. Although this examination may differ from country to country, most are divided into two sections. It includes a road test and a theory test. Before the practical, one is usually required to take the theory test. This is the first hurdle a potential driver has to overcome. Many ask why so much importance is given to the theory paper instead of the practical. The reason is simple. Learning how to control a vehicle will not guarantee a safe drive alone; you also need to know the rules of the road.

Intensive training courses can also be completed. This involves studying and practicing the practical side within a much smaller time frame, usually within a week. This form of learning is not as common. The UK theory side of obtaining a driving license can be learnt at home, previously studying a book on the highway code was the way to learn. However since the early years there have been advances in learning material. Now with the aid of a smartphone or computer you can now learn on line with practice tests and online resources. This way you know that you can achieve the pass mark required.

USASF Rules and The Cheerleading Worlds

The USASF (United States All Star Federation) is the largest company that sets out all of the rules and regulations for All-Star Cheerleading. Each year they come out with new rules – some of which bring up a lot of buzz in the cheerleading world. The 2012-2013 season is no exception to this. I am going to talk about a few of the major rule changes that bring up a lot of buzz.

Tumbling Rule Changes

• Standing fulls are not allowed

• Standing doubles are not allowed

• Consecutive bounding, twisting skills are not allowed

Age Grid Rule Changes

• Eliminate mini level 3 through mini level 5

• Eliminate youth level 5 restricted teams by placing restrictions on youth level 5

o No double fulls in tumbling

o No kick doubles in basket tosses

o No twisting in braced flips

• No longer separating junior coed level 3 from junior all girl level 3

• No longer separating junior coed level 4 from junior all girl level 4

• Bottom age for senior teams, level 1, level 2, level 3, level 4, and senior restricted level 5, will be 10 years old

• Bottom age for senior level 5 teams will be 12 years old

• The age restriction for an international open team that is level 5 is 15 years of age and older

• The age restriction for an international open team that is level 6 is 17 years of age and older

• Eliminate international age rule for the United States teams – athletes must be of legal age according to the age grid by the cut off (August 31st) of that season

All of these new rules are to be implemented during the 2012-2013 all star cheerleading season.

Along with the USASF being the major rule maker within all star cheerleading, they are the people who allow the handing out of Worlds Bids. Worlds is the top competition known to all star cheerleading. It is for senior level 5 cheerleaders only. There are only so many worlds bids offered per year, and the USASF divvies out which competition gets to hand them out based on the number of teams and athletes attend their event.

Bid season is right around the corner! With that being said, some of you may be new to cheerleading and not know much information about what a worlds bid actually is. A worlds’ bid is literally your ticket to The Cheerleading Worlds. Without one, you cannot go and compete at the most prestigious competition for level 5 cheerleaders in Orlando, Florida. There are three different types of bids that are offered: at-large worlds’ bid, partial paid worlds’ bid, and full paid worlds’ bid. I will go in depth a little bit more to explain the differences between the various types of worlds’ bids.

At-Large Bid: An at-large bid is essentially an unpaid worlds bid. This type of bid allows teams to go compete at Worlds. Unlike the other types of bids offered, teams have to pay the full price of the competition. The costs include actual competition fees, hotel fees, travel fees (ex – airplane, bus, rental cars, etc.), and hopper passes to Disney (because the competition is located in Orlando and the competition is on Disney properties).

Partial Paid Bid: A partial paid worlds bid is a bid that partially pays for a team’s trip to Worlds in Orlando, Florida. The money for the bid comes directly from the competition company that they win the bid at. The costs that the partial paid bid for pays for the same things that an at-large bid pays for, however the overall costs are less to the athletes or gym because of receiving some of the money from a competition company.

Full Paid Bid: A full paid bid is pretty self-explanatory. This is a completely paid for trip to The Cheerleading Worlds by the competition company that they win the bid at. The costs that are paid for are all of the same costs that a partial paid bid and an at-large bid has.

The way teams obtain bids (no matter the type) is through various national competitions hosted by a variety of companies. Teams compete two days and get a combined score that gives you a ranking. The competition company then hands out Worlds bids at their discretion.