General Cheerleading Articles

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CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT: Notre Dame School of Dallas, Cheer Squad

Share & SaveHello! Let me introduce myself. I am Nancy Wiley, one of the coaches for the Cheer Squad out of Notre Dame School of Dallas. Notre Dame is the only school exclusively devoted to educating students who are mild to moderately intellectually disabled.  The enrollment is 150 students ranging from 6 to 21 years of […] Read more

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AMA & TX UIL MAKE BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS

Share & SaveProgress is being made in the cheer world. One day in the near future, Cheerleading may be accepted as and given, the title so many feel it deserves as a SPORT. Earlier this month, the American Medical Association (AMA) made the decision to designate Cheerleading as a sport. While there was much debate […] Read more

Avoiding End-of-Season Burnout

Share & SaveAs seasons wind down, athletes often experience symptoms of burnout (in fact, coaches often experience burnout as well). This problem is quite common and equally frustrating. When athletes are unmotivated and unhappy, it negatively affects everyone around. Burnout is not a negative reflection of the athlete or coach, but more so the result […] Read more

Competition Tips Straight from the Judges

Share & SaveAs choreography season spirals into overdrive, we’d like to supply you with a helpful list of routine pointers. We’ve consulted several judges from major national cheer and dance competition companies, and this is what we’ve found. Things that excite and wow judges… also known as The “must have” list for competition routines: Cleanliness […] Read more

Successfully Coaching Siblings

Share & SaveSiblings boast an undeniably unique relationship . . . and this relationship oftentimes presents its own unique set of challenges when siblings are a part of the same team. With siblings on the same squad, the responsibilities of a coach are enhanced; special attention must be paid in order to maximize the potential […] Read more

Traditional Cheer Crimes and Their Quick Fixes

Share & Save“Pssst! Hey! Hey you…coach…choreographer… we know what you did last summer!” “No, not that!” We’re talking about the quick fixes you added into the routine to mask potential weakness. Nearly every coach or choreographer can be charged with this cheer crime, but it’s time to right those wrongs! Cheer Crimes are tricks of […] Read more

Getting to the Bottom of Tumbling Mental Blocks

Share & SaveIn cheerleading, many skills take great physical ability, but there is also typically an equal amount of mental strength needed. When it comes to tumbling, there are many reasons that cheerleaders may find themselves with a mental block. A mental block is simply when you let your mind stop you from completing skills […] Read more

Successfully Managing a Busy Schedule

Share & SaveWhether you are a cheerleader, cheer coach, or cheer parent, cheerleading most likely demands a good amount of your time, and as much as we’d like to believe that the world revolves solely around cheer, it does not. So how can you effectively manage that crazy schedule without losing it? Quite honestly, managing […] Read more

Leading with Cheer

Share & SaveThe essence of cheerleading is embodied by the ideas of spirit and leadership. Many times, one person or multiple people are elected or appointed to take on the responsibility of a captain and assist the coach in leading the squad. The responsibilities of a captain can be wide-ranging, but there is a core […] Read more

Why do Cheerleaders Point their Toes?

Share & SaveThis is a question to which it seems everyone involved in cheerleading should know the answer. But oftentimes when asked this question, cheerleaders, parents, and coaches don’t know the answer. The most common guess is “because it looks good.” And although this is usually just a guess, that answer is actually correct. Cheerleaders […] Read more