General Cheerleading Articles

Leading with Cheer

Spread the CheerThe 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?

Spread the CheerThis 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

Thinking Outside the Cheer Box

Spread the CheerOftentimes, cheerleaders become so involved in cheerleading that it not only becomes a way of life, but also prohibits us from seeing the benefits of other activities. During the off-season, consider incorporating some of these great activities into your schedule; you’ll undoubtedly see the results the following cheer season. Swimming – Swimming is […] Read more

Special Needs Cheerleading: A Catalyst for Change

Spread the CheerWhen you consider the stereotypical images of cheerleaders versus those with special needs, it may be difficult to see any common bonds. But over the past decade, cheerleading has served as a means of establishing lifelong friendships, as well as being a life-changing event, for many special needs athletes. U.S. All Star Federation […] Read more

Beating the Summertime Blues

Spread the CheerThe demands of cheerleading through the fall, winter, and spring are all-encompassing, and, for many cheerleaders, these demands seemingly create a world built around cheer. So as the summer approaches and cheer responsibilities dwindle, many cheerleaders are left with a case of the summertime blues. Idle time is not something most dedicated cheerleaders […] Read more

Fine-Tuning and Cleaning Cheer Routines

Spread the CheerThe music is in, choreography done, and conditioning is complete. The only step now is to fine-tune your routine by cleaning each individual section. The term “cleaning” refers to the process of tidying up small errors or correcting choreography to ensure the routine is at its best. Doing so will help ensure that […] Read more

Conditioning for Increased Stamina

Spread the CheerStamina is a main component in a performing a successful cheer routine. The ability to successfully complete a cheer routine from beginning to end mandates a high level of both energy and endurance. You cannot rightfully expect your team to perform to their full potential when proper conditioning has not been completed. Conditioning […] Read more

Life after Cheer

Spread the CheerSo it’s over… you’ve graduated, been injured, or something else is preventing you from continuing to cheer. This can be devastating for some cheerleaders because of the large role that cheerleading has previously played in their lives. For many, cheerleading becomes a way of life, and learning to move forward without cheering can […] Read more

Basket Tossing 101

Spread the CheerBasket tosses are one of the most crowd pleasing stunts performed by cheerleaders. There is nothing more amazing than to see a cheerleader flying through the air with such grace and control. For those unfamiliar with cheerleading, it may seem like basket tosses are accomplished with ease, but in reality, basket tosses require […] Read more

Cheer Parents’ List of Do’s & Don’ts

Spread the CheerAs a coach, there are many things that must successfully come together to create a good team environment and a successful cheer season. It would seem that on the list of important factors, parents would not necessarily be rank high. Quite the contrary; parents play a vital role in the success of their […] Read more