How to Improve Your Cheerleading Flying

If you are a cheerleader who wishes to "fly" in a stunt, or want to be one, Check out this article on tips to improve your form and technique.

Steps

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    If you are a beginner, try stepping into your stunt first. Your bases should be on either side of you, a few inches in front, and your backspottter should be directly behind you, holding your waist tightly.
    • Step each foot into your bases' hands. The moment both your feet are in their hands, stand up straight. Try not to look down or else you will lose your balance.
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    • Tighten every muscle in your body: Your legs and butt mostly.
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    • Look straight ahead or up; never look down, you will fall. Your backspotter should be gripping your ankles tightly, and your bases should be gripping your feet.
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    • Keep a counting rhythm: 1-2-step3 (your dominant foot)-step4(your less dominant foot)-straighten5-6-7-8.
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    If you are intermediate or advanced, you can jump into your stunt. Same concept as stepping in, but jump hard on 3, and straighten on 4. It makes everything seem faster, and after awhile you may become very comfortable with it. 1-2-jump3-lock4-5-6-7-8.
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    To come down from your stunt, either grab your frontspotter's hands(if you have one) or your bases' hands(they will have to let go with one hand and rest your foot on their shoulder, so stay locked!) and jump down. As you hit the ground, jump off the ball of your foot and spring up again. If you don't you will split your calves.
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    You have completed a stunt, congratulations!
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    To take it a step further, you can "cradle" down from your stunt instead. Stay locked as your bases and backspotter throw you up, and do a sort of pike in midair while putting your hands up in goalposts against your ears. throw your arms down in a sort of vertical right angle, and your bases will catch your legs and back, and your backspotter will catch your handle-like arms.

Tips

  • If you fall, remember to trust your stunt team.
  • ALWAYS stay locked while you are in the air. Keep every muscle in your body tight.
  • If you have any problems with your stunt team outside of practice, such as school, work, or family issues, you need to leave all that behind during stunting.
  • All your movements must be sharp. It makes the performance much better.
  • Smile! It shows your audience you are having fun doing what you are doing! You are (or hopefully will be) a cheerleader, not a booleader.
  • Weight shouldn't be a problem as long as you tighten up your muscles. So don't blame it on your "big butt" or "thunder thighs".
  • If you want to be a flyer, you should probably be sort of short, as it is impossible to support someone taller than you. You should also be light, as your bases and backspotter are only so strong.

Warnings

  • Cheerleading has the highest rate of athletic injuries. You need to be VERY, VERY CAREFUL.

Things You'll Need

  • A small, light body frame
  • A backspotter
  • Two bases
  • A frontspotter(optional)
  • A coach
  • Good, narrow cheerleading shoes.
  • Appropriate athletic clothing, including, but not limited to: tank top or T-shirt, Sweatpants or shorts.
  • Hair tied back.

Article Info

Categories: Cheerleading