"Coach Says" (like Simon Says, but with cheerleading moves)
"Build a Monster" - separate team into two or more groups of 5 or more people. Give specifics about a "monster" they must build (ex. it must have only 6 legs, 4 arms, must make a sound, and b... Continue reading »
A lot of cheerleading motions do not feel natural until you've been doing them for a while. Often, motion positions can feel correct, but aren't. When hitting any motion, you want there to be a straight line from the middle of the knuckle on the back o... Continue reading »
I used to work for a cheer gym that believed in "disciplining with natural consequences." If a child was not listening or not following instructions or showing little interest and being disruptive, the natural consequence would be not being allowed to ... Continue reading »
I think games are a great idea, but I usually save them for the end of practice (They always leave feeling positive and excited to come back). I like to play "Coach says" with lower levels because it is a fun way to learn the basics. It's just like "Si... Continue reading »
The coach will most likely let everyone know at a meeting or at tryouts if there are any absolute requirements (i.e. "We won't accept anyone on Varsity without a toe touch"). Most programs do an overall tryout score and take the highest scoring athlete... Continue reading »
That's tough to say. It really depends on the group. I had girls ages 5 - 10 (which is too big a gap, if you ask me) and the 5 yr olds were barely grasping the material while the 8 + crowd was bored.
Keep it very simple to start, and see how it goes. I... Continue reading »
Something like this ^ could be pauses, could be clapping ON the pauses, or could be clapping on the words with no pauses.
You don't have to do a cheer the way that someone else intended. See ... Continue reading »
With shoulder stands, it's called a 2-2-1, and it's legal in college (and maybe high-level all-stars?). The rule for high school is that a base must have at least one foot on the floor/ground at all times. Since the bases for the third level have their... Continue reading »