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What is Cheerleading

Cheerleading is a sport, that requires great physical strength and dexterity. Cheerleaders not only cheer for their team, but also perform jumps, stunts (lifts), and tumbling (gymnastics). 

There are three types of cheerleading: 

School Cheerleading/ College Cheerleading- Athletes must try out for the squad. If they make it their main focus is to support their school's team, and promote school spirit. 
Rec. League/ Association- These athletes do not try out for the squad, the sign up at a local recreational association, such as the YMCA. They cheer for other sports teams in their association They sometimes compete. 

Star cheerleaders- These are athlete that cheer at cheerleading gyms. They do not have to try out to make the squad. These athlete do not cheer for a sports team, but instead, their sole focus is to compete at competitios, and build skill. 

Both girls and boys are cheerleaders, and gender makes no difference. Some of the best cheerleaders out there are male. Cheerleading is a sport, and the things they do are just as hard as any other sport.

What are the Coaches looking for?

1. Voice – Clear, natural and easy to understand.
2. Motions – Sharp, synchronize with other.
3. Dance – Cheerleaders should be able to perform difficult dance with formations and synchronization
4. Tumbling – Cheerleaders should be able to tumble as a group with good synchronization
5. Pyramid/Stunts – Bases and Flyer should stay tight all the time.
6. Minimize the bobble or moving. Always Smile. Learn good technique in loading/lifting, smooth transitioning, and dismounting.
7. Formation/Spacing – good spacing/positioning is very important in the entire routine.
8. Jumps – Cheerleaders should be able to do a Group Jump with clean and tight with clean and tight execution. 1 double toe- touches and combination of herkie jump + pike.
9. Difficulty – Cheerleaders should be able to perform difficult stunts and pyramid. To do so, train weight lifting or strength training at home and during training.
10. Crowd Appeal – Cheerleaders should be able to lead the crowd and let the crowd know that we are supporting Rising Star of Super Crew Lakers.
11. Sportsmanship – Cheerleaders must possess sportsmanship throughout the competition. 

The Definition of Cheer

1. A performance that includes words and motions meant to lead acrowd in supporting something.

2. A longer yell.

3. To direct the crowd in encouraging positive participation for the team/squad.

4. Words with Motions. 

Example of good Form!

Main Base
Side base
Back Spotter

Basket Tosses

Non-Flipping Positions 1. Basket

2. Straight Ride

3. Toe Touch

4. Pike

5. Kick with Twist


Group/Team tumbling is recommended.

1. Back handspring

2. Tuck

3. Layout – layout with twisting and layout step-out.

Thank you.

Thank you for reading this booklet. We hope you learn much information. Please remember all the important terms/names, as it will be useful in our training.

Sincerel Yours,
Emilie and Mark Anthony


Cheer with Motions

1. Clear and loud voice.

2. Sharp and synchronized motions.

3. Good use of poms, sign and megaphones.


Top - Person on top

Base – Person who supports the majority of the top person ́s weight

Spotter – Person who can assist in stabilizing catching and protecting the top person. DOES NOT PROVIDE PRIMARY SUPPORT.

Important part of Stunt is the Mount, Stunt and Dismount.

Body Positions

 Extension / Elevator



Heel Stretch




Bow and Arrow


1 Main Base 

1 Side Base 

1 Back Spot 

1 Front Spot


Multiple mounts, connecting stunts, or a group stunts next to one another. 

Liberty  + Shoulder Straddle  = Hitch Pyramid