Cheerleading is a competitive sport that incorporates stunting, tumbling, jumps and dance. Athletes train at a high level, achieving strength, power, endurance and flexibility. In addition to gains in physical health, athletes also experience mental health benefits, leadership skills, confidence and self-esteem.
If you're interested in cheerleading, be sure to try out for Explosion Cheer Academy!
The Types of Motions in Cheerleading
Cheerleaders perform coordinated routines, which may include tumbling, dance, and pyramids. Being a cheerleader requires athleticism, coordination, and spirit. Cheerleaders must be able to remember complex routines, execute them with precision, and do so with enthusiasm.
There are many different types of motions that cheerleaders use when performing their routines. Some common motions include:
- High V: Both arms are raised above the head in a “V” shape.
- Toss: One arm is extended overhead while the other hand grasps the extended arm just above the elbow. The cheerleader then lifts their feet off the ground and is “tossed” into the air.
- Liberty: One arm is extended overhead while the other hand grasps the wrist. The cheerleader then kicks one leg out to the side and raises it as high as possible.
- Herkie: Both legs are brought up to the chest with the knees bent. The arms are then extended straight out in front of the body.
- Toe Touch: The cheerleader bends at the waist and touches their toes with both hands. They then jump up, extending their legs out in front of them and reaching for the sky with their arms.
- Candlesticks: The cheerleader starts in a sitting position with their legs extended straight out in front of them and their arms at their sides. They then stand up, keeping their legs straight, and reach for the sky with their arms.
- Bow & Arrow: The cheerleader starts in a standing position with their feet together and their arms extended straight out in front of them. They then bend at the waist, reaching for their toes with both hands. As they stand back up, they raise one leg behind them and extend their arms out to the sides.
There are many other types of motions used in cheerleading, but these are some of the most common. Cheerleaders must be able to execute all of these motions with precision and enthusiasm. If you are interested in becoming a cheerleader, contact Explosion Cheer Academy today!
What is Cheerleading?Cheerleading is a competitive sport that incorporates stunting, tumbling, jumps and dance. Athletes train at a high level, achieving strength, power, endurance and flexibility. In addition to gains in physical health, athletes also experience mental health benefits, leadership skills, confidence and self-esteem
How are Cheerleading Teams Made Up?Explosion Cheer Academy is committed to providing the ideal environment for every type of athlete, no matter their skill level, experience, or ability. To achieve this, we will place athletes on their respective teams based on criteria such as, but not limited to: Age, Maturity, Tumbling and stunting ability, Experience in Cheer, and Commitment level Please note: ALL athletes that would like to join a Competitive All-Star Team must attend a placement date. Placement registration, and other information will be available on our website. Recreational Cheer athletes can sign up online - No Placements are necessary!
What is the All-Star "Prep" Cheerleading Program?"(Ages 5 -14) All-Star "Prep" Teams are the perfect way to be introduced to competitive cheerleading. Athletes will be taught the fundamentals of cheerleading, coordination, flexibility and strength. Level 1 & 2 prep teams practice once a week from September to April. These teams are a great option for families who want a competitive program but are not able to commit to additional training or the longer travel associated with All-Star teams.
What is the All-Star "Elite Cheerleading Program?"(Ages 5+) "All-star" is the true heart of competitive cheerleading around the World! This competitive stream is available to athletes of any age, and provides age groups, divisions, and levels for any and all skill levels and abilities! Athletes in our All-Star program will train 2 - 5 hours per week from September to April. All-Star is a higher commitment program, and athletes are expected to travel to competitions. Important for Elites: All team practices and competiitons are mandatory. Athletes can be placed on probation, removed from a stunt group, or from a routine entirely if attendance is a problem. THIS IS FOR EVERYONE'S SAFETY!
What is the Recreational Cheerleading Program?(All ages and skill levels) If you're brand new to cheer, or interested in the sport but don't want to over-commit, our recreational program is a great place to start! You will learn through stunting courses, tumbling classes, and dance lessons, and participate in a performance for friends and family at the end of your session. With reduced cost and commitment, this is a great option for athletes with busy lifestyles or those participating in multiple sports.