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The Roles of a Cheerleader

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Grace Bayerle

on 8 February 2013

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By: Grace Bayerle The Roles of a Cheerleader When was cheerleading made and who made it? About a flyer A flyer is the girl or boy who gets lifted up in the air by his/her bases. Flyers are usually the shortest or the most flexible people on the team. To be a flyer, you have to practice a lot of things, like how to keep your body straight and to squeeze when you cradle. You also have to strech a lot and you have to really trust your bases, because they're the ones keeping you in the air! About Bases Bases are the girls/boys who hold up the flyers. Bases have to be strong and confident to do their job. They use their hands to hold the flyer up by his/her foot and help the flyer go into any position with his/her feet. Bases work very hard to try to keep their flyer in the air and keep everything steady in the stunt. About a backspot About a frontspot A frontspot is someone who is not required to be in a stunt, but are there for extra support. They stand in the front of the stunt holding the flyers ankles in the front or holding onto the bases wrists to keep them from moving their hands so the stunt doesn't bobble. They're also there in case the flyer falls frontwards, and to catch their lower legs and feet in a cradle. How cheerleading Is a sport? Some people say that cheerleading ISN'T a sport, but it really IS! Cheerleaders work extremely hard. They have to stretch a lot to become flexible and to help with their tumbling, they have to memorize a routine for competions, they have to do a lot of conditioning to make their bodies stronger, and i've also heard that more cheerleaders get hurt than football players! Cheerleading was made in 1869 at the very first American Football University/College game that was between Princeton University and the Host School Rutgers University in Pisccatoway, New Jersey, that "set the stage for cheerleading to begin." By the 1880's the Princeton Universitys American Football games were where Princeton's students made an all male "pep club" to lead cheers like, " Rah, Rah, Ray!" "Tiger, Tiger, sis,sis,sis!" "Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!" Aaaaahh! "Princeton, Princeton, Princeton!" These cheers were shouted to bring up their team if they were down, or to cheer them on if they were doing good to try to help them win. Now onto the roles of modern day competitive cheerleading A backspot is the girl/boy who holds up the back of the stunt. Their job is to hold onto the flyers thighs or ankles so that they have support while going into the air. They also hold their flyers ankles while their flyers are up in the air so they stay steady, and so if a flyer falls backwards or does a cradle, the backspot will be there to catch them in the back. Thank you for watching! The end! :) <3 Over the years cheerleading has changed a lot. It has gone from being an all male sport to being a mostly all female sport. Cheerleading has also changed from cheering for sports teams, to becoming a competitive sport with routines including stunts, tumbling, jumps, and dance.
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