Category Archives: General Cheerleading Articles

CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT: Notre Dame School of Dallas, Cheer Squad

Hello! 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 … Continue reading

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AMA & TX UIL MAKE BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS

Progress 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 … Continue reading

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Avoiding End-of-Season Burnout

As 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 … Continue reading

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Competition Tips Straight from the Judges

As 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 … Continue reading

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Successfully Coaching Siblings

Siblings 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 … Continue reading

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Traditional Cheer Crimes and Their Quick Fixes

“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 … Continue reading

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Getting to the Bottom of Tumbling Mental Blocks

In 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 … Continue reading

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Successfully Managing a Busy Schedule

Whether 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 … Continue reading

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Leading with Cheer

The 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. … Continue reading

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Why do Cheerleaders Point their Toes?

This 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 … Continue reading

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