Cheerleading 101

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All-Star Cheerleading is the type of cheerleading that involves tumbling, jumps, dance, and stunting. All-Star cheerleading is a year round sport and only have off for holidays. Many people know little about cheerleading and stereotype the sport as well as the athletes, however, it is harder the some think.

 

  1. It is not the Same as Side-Line Cheerleading!

Side-Line cheerleading involves calling out cheers on the side of football or basketball games. There is less tumbling and stunting, but some teams do include them. High school and college cheer include both types of cheerleading, even though you only notice them cheering at games. All-Star Cheerleaders get mad when you mix them up.

 

  1. Concussions are the Top Injuries in Cheerleading

Most cheerleaders get a concussion if the do cheer for long enough. Busted lips and broken bones are popular, but concussions are still the most common injury which makes sense considering all of the stuff that they do. During stunting, it is easy for the flyer to fall because gravity is always pulling them down. One person making a single wrong movement could lead to a head injury to either the bases or flyer.

 

  1. Every Stunting Position is as Hard as the Others

Flying takes a lot of flexibility, which is hard and takes a lot of practicing. They also have to use their muscles so they don’t fall over and also to make themselves feel lighter. Bases and backspots are similar; They have to carry the weight of people that are either the same weight or even heavier than themselves. Not to mention they are moving their feet and walking the whole time.

 

  1. Cheerleaders Rarely Wear Bows

I know, everyone thinks about the big glittery bows when they think about a cheerleader. Most cheerleaders only wear bows at competition when they are required. Some wear them to practices, but they only get in the way. Of course that doesn’t mean that they don’t have twenty or more bows tied on their backpack.

 

  1. Cheerleaders Practice…. A Lot

Cheerleading definitely adds up even though people don’t always realize it. One of the most frequent, and therefore being the highest expense, is the required payments for practices can be from $1500 to $5000 a year. The amount of cheerleading per week ranges based on what gym you go to, but

 

  1. Competitions Are Expensive 

Competitions fees for athletes range from $75-$300 and spectators pay their entrance fee for $5-$20 at the door. Competitions last all day and can require traveling. They start with warm-ups backstage, performing on the floor, and followed by awards. Competing brings a lot of nerves, but the coaches prepare them for it and once the music starts you just have fun and forget about the judges.

 

  1. Uniforms Are More Than the Clothing

A traditional uniform for cheerleading has long sleeves and a skirt with a warm up jacket/pants and can cost from. These uniforms have evolved and have form a range of selection, including crop-tops, shorts, and some skorts. Part of the uniform also includes makeup and hair that has to be the exact same for each girl, but doesn’t always end up that way.

 

  1. Cheer Shoes Have to Be White and Are Expensive

Cheerleaders used to get nike shoes, but the brand “Nfinity” has become much more popular. Nfinity has a couple selection of shoes including Vengeances, Defiances, Titans (hightops), and Evolutions. Cheer shoes can cost $70-$120 and are almost always plain white.