Throw hard, block hard, and make sure you have good form and body position at all times. Also try doing your series out of a snap down drill from a stack of panel mats. (If you don't know what that is, just google "back handspring snap down drill video")
You've gotten some good advice here. Definitely do stretching like splits, pikes and straddles, and exercises that work your abs and legs. (Your legs lift your body into the air, but your abs lift your legs into position. So work on both.) You can prob... Continue reading »
It varies from place to place. Some areas don't offer cheer until Jr. high school or later, others might start with tiny tots (3 years old.) It all depends on whether or not there are strong school, all-star, or rec programs there.
Try googling "cheerleading stunt progression checklist" and have your coach make sure you can successfully perform the more basic stunts like the thigh stand variations before moving on to preps and tr... Continue reading »
For all-stars you are probably looking at level 1 if you are talking about flying 4 year olds. Maybe level 2 if they have the tumbling for it. For rec and school cheer, my state association won't let them go higher than a thigh stand and I agree with t... Continue reading »