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Cheer Team Positions

Positions

CHEER SQUAD

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!

Cheer Team Positions

The Types of Positions in Cheerleading

Most cheerleading squads are made up of a number of different positions. These positions vary in terms of their responsibilities and the skills required to perform them. Here is a guide to the different types of positions you might find on a cheerleading squad:

Leads: The lead is typically the captain of the squad. They are responsible for leading cheers and chants, as well as coordinating routines. Leads often have the most experience and skill in cheerleading.

Bases: Bases are responsible for lifting and supporting flyers during routines. They need to be strong, understand leverage, and exercise command over their lifts.

Flyers: Flyers are the athletes who are lifted and thrown into the air during routines. They need to be athletic and have good upper body strength.

Backspots: Backspots are responsible for spotting flyers during routines. They need to have quick reaction times, focus, and the ability to pay attention to detail.

Tumblers: Tumblers are responsible for performing tumbling passes during routines. They need to be nimble and have good coordination.

Dancers: Dancers are responsible for performing dance moves during routines. They need to have solid rhythm and timing.

These are the main types of positions you will find on a cheerleading squad. However, there are many other specialized positions that may be required for certain routines. If you have the athleticism and coordination to be a flyer, base, or backspot, then cheerleading may be the sport for you! Cheerleading requires dedication and hard work, but it can be a lot of fun. Get out there and give it a try!

  • 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.
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