How to Do Cheerleading Jumps

Three Methods:Toe TouchPikeHerkie

Cheerleading jumps are often compulsory in competitive routines, and good jumps get better marks. There are lots of jumps, but this article will give tips for toe touches and front hurdlers.

Method 1
Toe Touch

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    Bring your legs outward to your arms, not vice versa.
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    Stretch before, you will straddle better.
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    In this jump, the legs are straddled and straight, parallel to the ground, toes pointed, knees are back, and your hands are in a "T" form to your sides. Despite its name, you do not touch your toes during a toe touch, you reach out farther in front of your legs. keep your back straight and bring your legs up to you. This is the most common jump.

Method 2

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    Bring your legs out in front of you towards your arms (also in front of you)
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    Bring your legs up towards your head (using your abs), not vice versa.
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    A pike is a jump that your legs are straight out, and knees are locked. Your arms are in touchdown motion, out in front of you to create a folded position in the air, this motion is also called "candlesticks". This is often performed at a ninety-degree angle to the audience in order to show off the air position.

Method 3

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    Bring one leg up and the other leg bent back as far as you can.
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    Keep your hands in a high V.
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    Cheerleaders Association" National Cheerleaders Association , this jump is similar to a side-hurdler; except that instead of both arms being in a "T" motion, both arms are opposite of what the leg beneath them is doing. Example of this would be the straight arm would be on the side of the bent leg, and the bent arm is on the side of the straight leg. One other variation of this includes the bent leg is pointing straight down, instead of out like the side-hurdler. The jump is speculated to have been invented because Herkie was not able to do an actual side-hurdler.

Left Side: the leg to the audience is tucked in while the other is out. Right side: same as left also turn the left/right while approaching the jump.

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Here's the process for doing each jump properly (this may not always be the same. It depends on your team/coach):

  • Prep (counts 1 and 2). This is where you go up on your toes, and hit a high 'V'.
  • Bend your knees and cross your arms over (counts 3 and 4).
  • Jump (count 5).
  • Hit position (count 6).
  • Land & Clean (put your arms next to you) (counts 7 and 8).
  • When in the air you make a fist with your hands.
  • When doing any jump make sure you do not bend forward or backward (chest up right).
  • When landing make sure to bring your feet together and legs semi bent (otherwise you could cause serious injuries to your knees).


  • Stretch first, and make sure you're warmed up.
  • To avoid cramps, stretch out when you are done.
  • Make sure after you're done drink lots of water so you don't dehydrate

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