5, 6, 7, 8

 

Clap 1, 2, 3, 4

 

Set 5, 6, 7, 8

 

Stand 1, 2, 3, 4—

 

Wobble

 

Wobble

 

Nooooo…


A feeling you know all too well…setting up for your big stunt and hardly getting up due to either wobbly knees, a bad grip, a bad lift, etc…

 

So many things can go wrong in a cheer stunt. It’s not always going to be your fault, but if it is, we’ve got a couple of notes on how to stay calm when it does fall on you. (No pun intended. Doesn’t it always technically fall on you?)

 

1)   Stay Cool

Don’t panic! Dropping stunts happens all the time to every cheer squad—you definitely aren’t the first. Panicking isn’t going to help anything. Once the stunt has officially fallen, your first order of business has to be safety. If you are a back spot or a base, instead of focusing on the fallen stunt, you need to be focused on making sure you catch your flyer. If you are a flyer, don’t panic! You’ve probably created a great relationship with your stunt group and need to continually trust them.


 

2)   Check on Your Group

Tacking on to that last point, after you have done everything to make sure your stunt falls safely, check to make sure none of your stunt group has fallen injured after the fact. If you are stunting during a full out or a competition, chances are this is something you’re going to have to quickly realize and either move along or let your coach know that someone is injured.

 

3)   Identify What Went Wrong

This point isn’t to say to blame yourself, but rather identify what went wrong so that you can make sure it doesn’t happen during the routine in the future. Your teammates are bound to be more than understanding about a fallen stunt—like we’ve said, it happens to pretty much everyone. If the stunt has dropped during a competition or pep rally, stress is bound to be a bit higher. If a teammate is upset with you, explain what went wrong and that you did your best to save the stunt. Don’t stress!

 

4)   Learn From It

This one’s pretty self-explanatory. While you should be doing your best to get the best score you can or put on the best performance possible, your cheer experience should always be a fun one. All of it is a learning experience, and you're constantly building upon being both the best team and best athlete possible. Take a walk on the positive side of the blue mat and gain from the situation!