The Evolution of Men in Cheerleading

Spread the CheerMany people unfamiliar with the history of cheerleading may think of men in cheerleading as a “new” trend, or even a taboo idea, but in fact the first cheerleaders were all male! The roots of cheerleading in the United States reach back more than 100 years. The first documented appearance of cheerleaders dates […] 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

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

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

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

Managing Summer Sunshine

Spread the CheerThe summer sunshine can be very enticing, as a sun-kissed tan can seem to call one’s name throughout the summer months. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the outdoors and indulging in outdoor fun, but it is crucial that you are mindful of skin care while taking in the sunshine. Sunscreen One of […] Read more

What to Expect from College Cheer Tryouts

Spread the CheerCollege tryouts are a great experience, but many cheerleaders don’t know what to expect or how to prepare. We hope this article will better prepare you to put your best foot forward for this unique experience. Are college tryouts different from high school and competitive team tryouts? In some cases, YES, drastically different! […] Read more

Cheer Camp Prep: Tips for Coaches and Cheerleaders

Spread the CheerIf your team has the opportunity to attend a summer cheer camp, maximize your time and registration fees by taking the time to properly prepare for camp. Often, people simply show up for camp; sometimes they gain from the experience, and on other occasions they will not. To ensure that your camp experience […] Read more

Common Cheer Injuries: Causes, Prevention and Rehabilitation

Spread the CheerCheerleading can be demanding on all areas of the body, and, as in any other sport, injuries are bound to happen no matter how careful or how well trained you may be. Being knowledgeable about the most common cheer injuries and how to appropriately handle them will help reduce recovery time and enhance […] Read more