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Have you ever tried cheerleading? Have you ever lifted someone up in the air and had to keep them in the air for a significant amount of time? If you haven’t…you should try it sometime. Some people say that cheerleading isn’t a sport, but in my opinion it is one of the hardest sports to master.
There are many different stunts you can do in cheerleading. A stunt is a term in cheerleading that involves lifting someone in the air in some possible way. The simplest form of stunt in my opinion is a half. A half involves two bases, a back and a flyer. The bases are the two people who support the girl in the air (the flyer). To get momentum to jump into the bases hands with her feet, the flyer must have a back supporting her weight on her bounces to give her more power to get into the air.
A half is when the bases are supporting their flyer located at the base of their necks and the flyer is fully standing up with her feet in their hands evenly. The back puts her hands on the flyers ankles to support some of her weight so the bases don’t have as much to support. Her weight is evenly distributed between the two bases and she is balanced so she can stay in the air steadily. To be able to do these mounts as a base, you must be strong and you must have strong arm muscles and the same with being a back, but when being a flyer, you must have both strong leg and arm muscles but mainly strong leg muscles because you must be supporting some of your own weight.
Another simple, yet difficult stunt is a full. The only difference between a half and a full is in a full, the bases fully extend their arms up into the air and the flyer is higher. The biggest importance in a full is for your bases to lock their arms so they don’t struggle holding the weight of their flyer. To get out of these two mounts, you push the flyers feet out to the side of you and catch her when she is falling.
Have you ever considered doing cheerleading or said that cheerleading isn’t a sport? Think again if you say this statement because it’s not true. Cheerleading takes hard work, determination, muscles and skill.
Article posted February 1, 2012 at 12:55 PM •
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Your extensive base of knowledge on cheerleading is impressive, your blog about it was very well-written. It definitely sounds like a difficult pastime, it should really be considered a sport.
Comment Posted on March 15, 2012 at 12:01 PM by
Linsey, I love how you know A LOT about cheerleading, it sounds fun. Just not something I'd like to get myself into haha.
Comment Posted on March 7, 2012 at 10:24 AM by
Linsey you are so right about having to be strong and that it takes determination and skill to be a cheerleader.I also agree that the people who say that cheerleading is not a sport because it is a hard sport to do. Good job on pin pointing the real aspects of cheerleading.
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