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Transcript of Cheer
a lot of physical strength to stunt.
Your mostly using your arms and
legs if you are a base and your
using your whole body if your the
flyer. Components of Cheer Jumps When your jumping in cheer your not
just lifting your legs off the ground
then throwing them back down you
have to push off the ground as hard as
you can and lift your legs as high as
they will go, this being said flexibility
plays a major roll when jumping Tumbling For me tumbling is the best part but it takes the most energy and strength unless you want to fall. It can also be dangerous if you aren't sure about what your doing. I have seen many girls hurt their knecks and ankles from tumbling the wrong way. When it comes to pyramid you get to show off all of your best stunts. Timing is key and if everything hits they look amazing! Pyramid is the highlight of your routine. It will make or break you on the score sheet. Please watch video Cheer isn't a sport? to underdeveloped and disorganized? Some people consume their whole lives with cheer. If you honestly don't believe cheer is a sport then you should probably try it for yourself. There are four main components of cheer that make up a full routine they are : - stunting
-pyramid -base -back spot -flyer The Base!
1) Lift up with your legs and arms! Do not use your back. This will put a lot of strain on it. When you get older, back pain will be a chronic problem! Make sure you have a nice line...your knees slightly bent, arms tucked close to you, and back STRAIGHT! Do not lean to the flyer..this will cause you to use your back.
2) When Double Base stunting stay close together. Although the flyers job is to suck in her legs, the bases need to help. When the flyer goes up and sucks in, the bases goal should be not to move. This means starting about shoulder width apart of the flyer. Way to many times I see bases standing too far apart, causing the whole stunt to move! VERY SLOPPY!
3) Always be prepared to catch the flyer! Yes there are spotters who are supposed to do this also. However, three people catching is MUCH better than just one catching. Even when a stunt ALWAYS seems to hit, be prepared. It only takes ONE time for a serious accident to occur! The Flyer!
1) ALWAYS STAY TIGHT! This is the first rule in flying. When going up or coming down STAY TIGHT! If you are scared, instead of getting flimsy and loose think SCARED STIFF! The more scared you are the tighter you squeeze. This will make you a lot safer up there, even if you do fall. The bases have a solid body to catch, not one all over the place.
2) USE YOUR ARMS! Many flyers tend to drop themselves into their bases arms. They expect the base to do all the work. The best flyers are able to hold all of their weight. Try doing push-ups, and lifting light weights to improve your arms strength. To test if you can hold your own weight, get a pair of bases. Have them stand shoulder width apart of you. Jump up as you are going to go up into an extension, except STOP when your feet are over their hands. If you fall right through you need arm strength. If you can hold it for 10-15 seconds you are set to go!
3) SUCK IT UP AND IN! When you fly, you not only have to stay tight but suck your body in and up. This means when you are going up in a stunt, raise yourself up through your shoulders helping your bases. Also suck your legs together, if you do not do this you will push your bases out, making it harder for them to hold you. It will also make you less sturdy.
4) Once you are up in the stunt SHOW SPIRIT! You need to do your best to get that crowd involved. Eye contact and smiling will help lure them in. Also, remember to keep your motions sharp, as if they are being done on the ground. The Spotter!
1) DO NOT BE AFRAID TO CATCH! You have to remember that the top needs to trust you. You need to catch her EVERY TIME! You can not be afraid of yourself being hurt over her. Here is a simple rule you might want to follow...if you are spotting you will always hit the ground before the flyer!
2) Always look up, during transition stunts this becomes a little more difficult. There are times when checking a grip is important. As a basic rule though, do not take your eyes off of the flyer.
3) Catch the head and neck first! Scooping under the arms is usually a great way to do this. Remember a broken leg is better then a broken neck. Do your job to the best of your ability. If you are not spotting properly...goofing around..etc and the girl falls. Then it can be said that you did not do your job. So if were using our whole mind and body
just to make up one component of our
routine is it still not considered a sport? - Many of the jump and stunting positions you will aspire to in cheerleading require flexible hamstring muscles. The hamstrings are the muscles in the back of your thigh, and flexibility in these muscles allows you to lift your straight leg toward your head. Jumps like the pike, where both feet are extended straight in front of you, and stunts like the heel stretch, where you stretch one straight leg up toward your head, require hamstrings with a wide range of motion. Stretch your hamstrings in a seated position with both legs straight and extended in front of you. Lower your forehead toward your knees, stretching the backs of your legs.
- In cheerleading you need a widespread straddle for jumps like the toe touch. This requires flexible inner thigh muscles. The best way to stretch your straddle is to let gravity do the work for you in a wall straddle. Lie down with your rear end up against a wall and your straight legs stretched along the wall and pointing up toward the ceiling. Allow your legs to open up into your straddle and let gravity pull your feet closer to the ground. Keep your abdominal muscles pulled in tight, your legs straight, and your toes pointed.
more info at :
There are five parts to every cheerleading jump:
Jumping Power (height)
Core, Hip, Groin, and Leg Flexibility
Core / Hip Power (snap)
Momentum from Shoulders and Arms (lift)
Aesthetics and Fine Tuning
It is necessary to understand all of these to test, analyze, and train for better cheer jumps. more info at :
http://www.cheercsa.com/betterJumpsArticle.htm# The 5 parts were written exactly as they are on the webite listed above information above was written exacty as it was found on the website listed above http://cheerplace.tripod.com/stunting/ http://www.oakharborcheer.com/TryOuts_DisciplineAccountability.html example : Can football or basketball players do that? we get hurt too. http://cheezburger.com/3375759872 Pyramid After you put the stunting, jumps, tumbling, and pyramid together all there is to do is add a cute dance and your ready for competition. During compition is where you give your all and show the judges the routine you've been putting all your energy into for the past 4 months. Competitons are probably the most exciting part of the season, but the most stressful as well. Some girls get cold feet. You come into the compition to win and all the stress of losing is on. From personal experience watching the teams your going against is the worst part, because watching another team perform a perfect routine just sets the bar even higher for yourself. But you also create some of the best memories with your teamates and when you get that 1st place trophy all the stress is worth it. So what do you think?? Is cheerleading still not a sport? http://news.discovery.com/human/rah-rah-doctors-want-cheerleading-designated-as-a-sport-121022.html http://cheerwiz.com/cheerpyamidpics2.htm Taken directly from text on website Gymnastics is even considered a sports and a lot of the same things apply. when i watch the olypics and see the gymnist on the telivision it reminds me a lot of the stuff we do during our practices. Compitition! The judges are going to judge you based on the score sheet and the score sheet is where the judges get technical with everything. Was the flyer tight? Did everyone poit their toes in jumps? Did everyone have good facial expressions? Did anyone fall while tumbling? Theres even more then that. The score sheet is a critic of every little move you make on the floor and the score she is what decides if your going to win....or lose. The score sheet! Putting it all together When putting the routine together your adding all of the elements of cheer and creating your routine. The video to your right is a perfect example of a fabulous routine. See you you can find all of the different parts. Once you have the routine then your ready for compition. so after considering all the parts and pieces of cheer what do you think? Is cheerleading really a sport? Reflection Cheer is my favorite part of the day, even though at times things can be rough it is my sport and I love it. It bothers me when people say thing like "cheer isn't a sport." because my whole life is about cheer. I hope after seeing all the effort and tears we put into this sport people will realize that cheerleading truly is a sport.