Cheerleading try out season is approaching! We've put together a free Introduction To Cheerleading Moves guide to help new coaches and cheerleaders.
Designed to help beginners learn basic moves and condition their arms and legs, this guide features over 55 moves and combinations common for today's cheer routines.
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SNEAK PEAK: Introduction
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 basic motions and stances so that their team operates as a unit and receives the maximum number of cheers from the audience and points from the judges.
A cheerleader's motions are the backbone of her ability. It's great, and super fun, to be able to do amazing cheerleading jumps, twist and flip your way through tumbling passes and fly high during stunt tricks, but you have to have the technique too!
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 in cheerleading are an extension of a basic move, so it is always good to learn through progression, starting with the basics. Mastering basic cheer motions will help you hit more advanced stunts like a pro, which will be important during routines and at cheerleading competitions. If you perform a move, but don't hit your motions right, the judges will likely take points away from your team.
This is a general overview of some basic cheer stances, with the focus on the position of the feet and legs and basic cheer motions, with the focus on the position of the arms. You may perform them, or see them performed, slightly different. Basic motions can be used while a cheerleader is on the ground or when she is up in a stunt, so the position of the feet will vary from being shoulder width apart to being together, depending on when and how it 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 the basic motion positions can be used with other motions and stances to create combination moves, and these are covered in the guide as well.
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