"My Team, My Family.
We are in this together.
Cheerleading is our life.
Everything else is just detail"
The benefits of Cheerleading fall way beyond learning how to do a back handspring or perfect motions. Over the past 20 years, the sport of cheerleading has changed dramatically as it has morphed in to a display of athleticism that mesmerizes and impresses top level athletes from all sports.
Being a part of a competitive, school, or recreational cheerleading team has benefits that go way beyond hair bows, pom poms, and routines. Cheerleaders quickly learn the concept of "team" and what it means to be an important part of the "machine" that is your team. Without everyone (or every piece) there, the machine does not work. It teaches you to encourage your team mates and try your hardest to do your best.
It teaches time management and organizational skills, as practices take up a lot of time and require the athletes to prioritize and make sure everything on their "to do list" is checked off before they put on that uniform and hit the stage.
Cheerleading teaches and promotes fitness and good health choices, as our bodies cannot do the things required of this sport if we are not fit and healthy. It sets the tone for a lifestyle of healthy choices. Cheerleading teaches bonding and trust among team members.
Are you really going to let someone hold you high up in the air that you do not completely trust?
Are you going to be willing to hold someone up in the air if you are not 100% ready to do it?
Cheerleaders learn together, fall together, win together, and lose together. They become stronger as a unit each and every practice. The bonds formed among members of cheerleading squads are as close to family as you can get!
Being a part of a cheerleading team is a pretty awesome thing! And you get to learn some awesome skills like flipping, stunting, dancing, showmanship, self-confidence, courage, and perseverance!
(source: Premier Athletics)
Tumbling, stunting and performing high intensity routines requires endurance. Although most routines last only two minutes, practicing those two minutes repeatedly is an effective aerobic workout. Repeatedly practicing the routine builds the cardiovascular stamina necessary to perform the several stunt, tumbling, and dance sequences involved in the routine. Like other performance sports, such as ice skating or gymnastics, practice is where you exert the most energy.
On 31 May 2013, SportAccord recognized International Cheer Union (ICU) as the World Governing Body for Cheerleading, and recognized Cheerleading as an official sport around the world!
Cheerleaders constantly put forth time, effort and dedication, and the following benefits are enjoyed by all who take part:
Whether you’re a base, a backspot or a flyer, physical strength is an important element of cheerleading. Bases and backspots lift and support the bottom of a stunt sequence. This involves strength, focus and balance. Flyers must work with the bases to get into the air. Flyers require balance and control of their bodies during the stunt. This is why conditioning excercises are an integral part of cheerleading to help to build the muscle needed to perform stunt sequences, tumbling passes and jumps.
Like dancing, cheerleading teaches coordination through cheers, dance and stunt sequences. Coordination is essential for the timing and rhythm involved with cheerleading. Most cheers and dances follow a count or rhythm, which helps cheerleaders learn to perform motions on a certain beat. Cheerleading teaches squad members to control their bodies through coordination, and this is where our younger squad members begin.
Cheerleaders are well-known for their flexibility, a necessity when performing high kicks, jumps, splits and stunt sequences. Stretching and conditioning are two elements of cheerleading practice that build flexibility in the limbs. Flexible ligaments and muscles helps prevent muscle strains and other injuries involved with tumbling, jumping and dancing. We will always ensure cheerleaders stretch before and after practice, to improve and maintain flexibility.