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How to do basic cheerleading

Being a cheerleader is more than just looking pretty and being loud. Part of a cheerleader’s skill set includes being able to hit very precise motions and stances, and knowing when to use each one. Each member of a cheerleading team must perfect their stances so that their team operates as a unit and receives the maximum number of cheers from the audience and points from the judges. While a cheerleader’s basic motions are the backbone of her ability, her stances are the support system. A motion will miss the mark completely without the body being in a tight, formatted stance. Most moves and stunt forms in cheerleading are an extension of a basic stance, so it is always good to learn through progression, starting with the basics. This is a general overview of some basic cheer stances with the focus being the position of the legs. You may perform them, or see them performed, slightly different. These stances can be used while a cheerleader is on the ground or when she is up in a stunt, and the position of the feet will vary from being shoulder width apart to being together, depending on when and how the stance is being used. Front Lunge Step forward with one foot and place that foot flat on the ground. Bend your forward leg slightly at the knee, while keeping your back leg straight. You can angle the back foot slightly away from your body to help keep your balance. Your body will respond to its position by dipping down slightly. Make sure that you move with that dip, but continue to stand straight with your shoulders back, your head up and your face forward. Your arms can hit many motions while in the lunge stance, including hands on hips or a high V (both shown here). The front lunge can be done with either leg forward. Side Lunge Your legs should be just further than shoulder width apart with your feet facing forward. Bend one leg at the knee, while at the same time turning that foot out and away from your body. You can angle the straight foot slightly away from your body on your other side to help keep your balance. Your body will respond to its position by dipping down slightly. Make sure that you move with that dip, but continue to stand straight with your shoulders back, your head up and your face forward. Your arms can hit many motions while in the lunge stance, including hands on hips or a high V (both shown here). The side lunge can be done either to the left or right side. High #1 Stand up straight with your shoulders back, keep your head up and face forward. Turn one foot out and away from your body, bend that knee and come up on those toes while at the same time putting that same hand on your hip. Your other arm (opposite arm of the bent leg) should go straight up into the air, in the touchdown motion, with all but the pointer finger in a fist. You can do a right or left High #1, just always make sure that the leg and arm that go up are opposites. Low #1 Stand up straight with your feet together and shoulders back. Keep your head up and face forward. Pull one foot up onto your toes by bending your knee while at the same time putting that same hand on your hip. Keep the other foot flat on the ground and bring that arm into a dagger with all but the pointer finger in a fist. You can do a right or left Low #1, just always make sure that the leg and arm that go up are opposites. Get your legs ready to perfect cheerleading stances by using these strengthening your legs in your fitness routine. Review our How To Do Basic Cheerleading Stances: Part 1 article to make sure you know all the right moves to ‘WOW!’ at tryouts or your next performance.

This is a general overview of some basic cheer motions with the focus on the position of the arms. You may perform them, or see them performed, slightly different. These motions can be used while a cheerleader is on the ground or up in a stunt, and the position of his or her feet will vary from being shoulder width apart to being together, depending on when and the motion is being used. You may also know some of these moves by different names, since cheerleading teams might refer to a move by a unique, regional name. Many of these moves are combinations of other basic, more common moves that were covered in earlier articles. Review our other cheer motion articles and our cheer stances articles to get tips to you help you perfect all your moves! Once we’ve mastered your moves, check out the complete guide of Tips and Tricks for Cheerleading Tryouts! High V and Hips For this combination, bring one arm into a High V and the other into Hands on Hips . This move can be done as a left or right motion. The arm that stays in the High V position will determine which direction the move is. Low V and Hips For this combination, bring one arm into a Low V and the other into Hands on Hips. This move can be done as a left or right motion. The arm that stays in the Low V position will determine which direction the move is. High Broken V and Hips For this combination, bring one arm into a High Broken V and the other into Hands on Hips. This move can be done as a left or right motion. The arm that stays in the High Broken V position will determine which direction the move is.

There are four basic positions in every stunt group, with an optional fifth position.

First Position

How to do basic cheerleading

The first person, but not necessarily the most important, is called the flyer. This is the cheerleader who is on top of each stunt. Before even going into the air, flyers must learn how to hold their own weight and keep their chest up. This can be done by straightening your arms on the shoulders of the bases (those individuals who are standing shoulder-width apart.)

Flyers must also have their legs in a tuck position so that their feet are off the ground. Once you have mastered this drill, you can move into stunting. In each stunt, the flyer must remember to stand up as fast as possible, stay tight, and keep their legs straight.

When cradling or performing a basket toss, the flyer must first ride the bases pop–do not bend your legs to jump for the bases will throw you–put his/her arms in a T motion, catch the bases around their shoulders, and land in the bases arms in a tight, laid-back, but slightly piked position.

Second and Third Positions

How to do basic cheerleading

People in this stunt group are called the bases. On two- legged stunts, the bases responsibilities are the same. On one- legged stunts, each base has a different task. The main base will hold the flyers foot with one hand on the heel and one hand on the toe. This is how each base will also hold the flyers feet in two- legged stunts. The side base for a one legged stunt will hold the middle and top portions of the flyers foot.

When stunting, each base must remember to use their legs and not their back when lifting a flyer into the air. Also in stationary stunts, (excluding basket tosses) while the flyer is in the air its very important for the bases to stand as still as possible. When performing a cradle, the bases catch under the flyers back and legs when she lands in their arms.

Fourth Position

How to do basic cheerleading

The fourth stunting position is the back spot. The back spot will first call a universal stunting count before performing any stunt or dismount. This count is one, two, down, up. Then the flyer will either begin a stunt or a cradle. During each stunt the back spot must have a firm hold on the flyers ankle(s).

Also, it’s important for the back spot to pull up on the flyers ankle. This will help take off some of the flyers weight from the bases. During a cradle or basket toss, the back spots eyes must never leave the flyer. After calling the universal count, the back spot will raise his/her arms straight up until the flyer begins to descend from the air. The back spot must then catch the flyer under the arms and make sure the flyers neck and head are protected at all times.

Fifth Position

How to do basic cheerleading

The fifth position is the front spot. This position is optional and is only used when extra help lifting the flyer is needed. The front spot can find any spot on the flyers leg or foot that is available to hold and help lift some of the weight off of the bases. Sometimes a front spot will hold the main bases wrist to provide extra support.

Cheerleaders are famous across the world. Their amazing stunts and postures make them the most loved performers on the sports field. Here are a few cheerleading stunts that can find you a way to be a part of this exciting and cheerful activity.

How to do basic cheerleading

Cheerleaders are famous across the world. Their amazing stunts and postures make them the most loved performers on the sports field. Here are a few cheerleading stunts that can find you a way to be a part of this exciting and cheerful activity.

What do you remember when you think about a sports ground? Players, referee, audience and yes, cheerleaders. Cheerleaders are among the most enthusiastic people on the sports field. They encourage the players, make the environment more colorful and amaze the audience with some extraordinary stunts. Cheerleading started in America and then got world wide recognition and appreciation. It is no more just a fun game, as many people take it as a career option too. Starting with the cheerleading stunts for beginners to the most difficult stunts, everything whatever they do is beautiful and full of energy.

From high school sports team to the international sports teams, in US, every team has their own cheerleaders. These teams have a wonderful history of cheerleading and it is also one of the most coveted activities. It is a great combination of dance, gymnastics and athletic activities. To start as a beginner, you need to first make up your mind about it as it looks very easy but is not everyone’s cup of tea. So, if you have decided and are mentally prepared for this enthusiastic sport, then you need to start with the cheerleading stunts basics.

Clothes You Need to Wear

You must have noticed that the cheerleaders always wear the same colored clothes as the team they are supporting. This helps the audience to recognize the team they are cheering. They wear bright colorful clothes. Men wear shorts and matching colored sweaters and women wear blouses and skirts or shorts. As you are planning to start as a beginner, you could just buy a short skirt and a proper fitted blouse. Wear comfortable clothes as you have to do stunts and moves which will include stretches, jumps, etc., and yes, don’t forget to put on your sports shoes.

Basic Positions in the Stunts

If you are a beginner, you need to learn the basics very carefully. Dancing is fun and quite simple too but the stunts can make you go mad if not done correctly. The basic positions in a cheerleading stunt consists of the base, the flyer and the spotter. You should know all the three positions and should master at least one.

The base is a person who gives the base to the stunt. To be a base, you need to develop strong legs as the base has to bear the weight of the flyer. The flyer is a person who performs the jumps and completes the stunt. To become a flyer, you have to work really hard and should always be careful. Now the last person in the stunt is the spotter. Spotter is usually the tallest person in the group. Their work is to catch the flyer in case of any falls. Spotter is the most important person as he/she makes the flyer secure and confident while performing the stunts.

Easy Cheerleading Stunts

Following are some of the stunts which can be considered perfect for the beginners. The stunts can be dangerous so perform them in the presence of some expert.

Pony Sit Or Pony Mount

This is one of the easiest cheerleading stunts. This will need the base, the flyer and the spotter. First the base should bend her legs a bit, placing her hands over the thighs with locked arms and head up. Then the flyer will sit on the back of the base by keep her knees on the thighs of the base. The flyer should sit bit higher to reduce the risk of hurting the base. Now as the work of a spotter is to protect the flyer, she holds the flyer at her waist for supports.

Double Thigh Stand

This is a very important stunt for beginners as you can make full use of it by making variations. Two base are required in this stunt who should have deep lunges. The flyer will step up on one of the base’s lunge and then put her other leg on the other base’s lunges. The flyer should remember not to keep her legs on the thighs of the base. The spotter holds the waist of the flyer to give her support.

Swedish Fall

This stunt requires three base and a flyer. All the three base should support the flyer with their arms locked. The flyer should have a tight body and her arms locked. One base holding the arms of the flyer, one holding her waist and the third holding the flyer’s hips in a lifted position. The flyer should point her toes outward as this will give a good look to the stunt.

Hanging Stag

This stunt is also very important as it can be used in various positions and combination. Two base are required in this stunt. The flyer should spread her arms in a ‘T’ position with arms locked. Both the base will hold her from the arms and her wrist and will lift her up. The spotter will hold her at her waist.

L-Sit & L-Stand

First we will talk about L-sit stunt. The base will make a deep lung where the flyer will sit while placing one of her foot on the lunge and the other foot stretched and pointed out. The base holds the pointed foot of the flyer from the calf. Now coming to the L-stand there are two base in it. The flyer places one foot on the main base’s lunge and other foot is lifted side wise by the other base. The main base should keep her legs locked all the time. The spotter holds the flyer on the waist.

I know as you were going through the stunts you must be imagining the positions, and when you will try it then you will get to know that it’s not so easy. But as you know practice makes a man perfect you definitely have to work hard to get perfection. It is always advisable to perform it under the supervision of some experienced cheerleading professional.

By: Jami Kastner

Published: 16 November, 2018

How to do basic cheerleading

When you are just beginning in cheerleading, there are many things to learn. You must master motions, cheers, jumps, tumbling, formations and stunts. It is a good idea to start slowly, mastering a small handful of items in each category before learning more. Practice your motions and cheers in front of a mirror to perfect them.

Simple Motions

Beginners should master these top five easy motions, working hard to perfect placement and execution of just a handful of motions prior to learning any more. Touchdown involves raising both hands straight above your head. Keep your arms slightly forward, with your biceps close to your ears. Next work on T motion. Extend your arms straight out to the side at shoulder level. Master both High and Low V by making a V shape with your arms overhead for High V, or pointing down for Low V. The final basic motion you should master is Clasp. In a Clasp, you clasp your hands in front of you with your fists just below your chin.

Simple Cheers

If you are a beginner, the cheers you use should be simple with few words and few motions. Make sure you have no more than one motion per word. Use Clasps to keep time during your cheers and to simplify more difficult cheers that have many motions. Focus on clearly projecting the words of the cheer, getting your volume from your diaphragm instead of your throat.

Types of Cheers

Even as a beginning cheerleader, your cheer library should include many types of cheers. You need chants for when your team is on offense — “2, 2, we want 2!” — and on defense — “Steal that ball!” You also need all-purpose chants like, “Go! Fight! Win!” Chants typically are repeated three or more times. Crowd-involvement cheers are those that have a special part the crowd is supposed to cheer back to you. For example, you cheer: “We say Go, you say Fight — Go!” and the crowd should yell back, “Fight!” Finally, you need longer cheers that can be performed out on the floor during halftime or between quarters. These cheers are typically only repeated once.

Beginner Chant

Here is a beginner offense chant you can learn:

“S-C-O-R-E” “Score Team Score!”

Start with Clasps for “S, C, O.” Quickly add “R” in between Clasps, and then Clasp again on “E.” Hit a Low V motion on “Score.” Come back to a Clasp on “Team.” You can substitute the name of your team’s mascot here instead of “Team.” End the cheer with a High V on the “Score!” Since this is a chant, come back down to a Clasp, saying nothing. Then repeat the chant two more times.