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"Rah-Talent!"

Updated on February 18, 2015

"Catch the SPIRIT!"

RAH Talent!

School Spirit is a theme that screams, "Leadership" and "Unity", therefore we must make it a priority to charge-it-up and make it authentic and encouraging to everyone - especially within our associated student body! That's why I'd like to introduce myself, and my belief as a coach for middle school cheer.

Cheerleading became an official sport in the late 1800's with the first three famous words,

"Rah, Rah, Sisboomba!"

But spectators didn't take it seriously until individuals became more creative and increased their athletic activity levels in areas such as gymnastics, partner stunts, pyramids, and advanced jumps. This helped cheerleaders become better known for not only their amazing talent, but also for their outstanding athletic ability. Not only do cheerleaders work hard exerting a lot of physical action, but they are also very strong, loud, and most importantly they put their heart into what they are doing, an expectation that's required from all athletes.

Many people still today assume that cheerleading was formed from a group of hyperactive girls wearing short, skimpy uniforms, and talking like 'valley-girl' style ("Oh my god" and "like totally"), while jumping up and down shouting phrases like, "Go-team-go", and "Go-fight-win!" Although most sports enthusiasts STILL deny it as a sport, the fact remains that cheerleading IS a sport and has numerous opportunities for gaining further achievements in more than just the "rah" talent it was first recognized for! Not only is cheerleading an amazing sport in itself, but it is also, 'a sport within a sport.' And how many times have you heard the phrase, "You can't have your cake and eat it too"...well, NOW you can!

Along with the growth of cheerleaders amazing showmanship came the invention of the megaphone and soon after came the famous pom-pons in the early 1930's. And "believe it or not", cheerleading and all aspects of cheer were entirely initiated by men! Furthermore, some of the most famous and talented US Presidents were cheerleaders such as, George W. Bush, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Franklin D. Roosevelt.

As well as, famed actors, Samuel L. Jackson and Jimmy Stewart along with distinguished female actors and entertainers such as, Paula Abdul, Jamie Lee Curtis, Terri Hatcher, Reba McEntire, Mandy Moore, and Alicia Silverstone to name a few - there are many others! So you see, cheerleading has come a long way in the last century and will only continue to have a positive impact on boys and girls of all ages!

During my years as a cheer coach I've observed many kids having a lot of difficulty choosing between one sport over another. There's just not enough time during a season to participate in them all. However, if more individuals knew that cheerleading can offer them so much more than the 'sport of cheer', I know it would have a greater impact on the number of individuals who tryout. The opportunities to learn and get involved in other sports are endless! For instance, when you're cheering for the basketball team, you're not only focusing on when and what to cheer, but you also get to have the opportunity to concentrate on the techniques and basics of basketball too! What a GREAT concept to learning both activities at the same time!

As time moves on and the population grows, sports will require more than just showing up for practices. You will most likely be expected to have had experience. And due to limited time and space, most schools don't allow open gym to those who aren't in an active sport, limiting or diminishing the individual's time to experience and become proficient in a sport(s) of choice.

Although there are other options available, such as open-gym facilities, there's usually a huge fee to joining and almost always another significant amount for attaining a trainer or coach to help teach the skills and basics. Therefore, going out for cheer can open up the doors to other opportunities and possibilities to achieving in other sports and/or activities of your choice. The fee moreover is substantially smaller. So, the sooner you begin your quest to become a cheerleader, the sooner you begin your quest to becoming a well-rounded athlete!

Coach Smith

Have you ever been a Cheerleader?

Would you like to become a Cheerleader, then stay tuned!

Been a Cheerleader before or have the desire to become one?

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Cheerleading..."Peace, love, and harmony!"

Not only does cheerleading promote, "Peace, love, and harmony", it creates a combination of the following:

C = Confidence & Creativity

H = Hoorah's & High-5's

E = Enthusiasm & Energy!

E = Engagement & Entertainment

R = Radiance & Reflection

L = Leadership & Loyalty

E = Eminence & Empowerment

A = Achievement & Admiration

D = Discipline & Devotion

I = Impressionable & Involvement

N = Necessity & Notoritety

G = Guidance & Goodness

Which are ALL GREAT quality traits to endure!

Knowing the FUNdamentals!

Got any "Cheers" or "Chants" to share?

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      CoachSmith 5 years ago

      Absolutely, staying current with music genre is important and seems to always bring the hype a bit higher, agreed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I believe high school cheer music has come a long way over the years from boring classics to using recent popular pop music. This change allows the crowd to feed off of their enthusiasm.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      "GO-FIGHT-WIN!"

    Comments welcomed! - Share a quote as well!

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        CoachSmith 5 years ago

        You can never have enough cheer memorabilia! Coach

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        CoachSmith 5 years ago

        Be on the lookout for something HUGE! Coach

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        CoachSmith 5 years ago

        "Cheer LOUD and PROUD...Go Colts!"

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        CoachSmith 5 years ago

        "Ride with PRIDE!"

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        "Long live CHEER!" Coach Smith

      All About Cheer! - "Ride with Pride!"

      Click thumbnail to view full-size
      "Cheer ROCKS!""It speaks for itself!""Be different....""Live, love, CHEER!""Rah Talent!""Mega-Talent!""Truth-B-Told!""It's all about Cheer!""J-U-M-P, jump-jump!""Go Colts!"
      "Cheer ROCKS!"
      "Cheer ROCKS!"
      "It speaks for itself!"
      "It speaks for itself!"
      "Be different...."
      "Be different...."
      "Live, love, CHEER!"
      "Live, love, CHEER!"
      "Rah Talent!"
      "Rah Talent!"
      "Mega-Talent!"
      "Mega-Talent!"
      "Truth-B-Told!"
      "Truth-B-Told!"
      "It's all about Cheer!"
      "It's all about Cheer!"
      "J-U-M-P, jump-jump!"
      "J-U-M-P, jump-jump!"
      "Go Colts!"
      "Go Colts!"
      "Cheer's the Limit!"
      "Cheer's the Limit!"

      Cheer Quotes!

      "Good sportsmanship is conduct which imposes a type of self-control involving honest rivalry, courteous relations, and graceful acceptance of results."

      "Practice like you perform!"

      "Without cheerleaders, it's just a game."

      "Hoorah for all those who inspire and instill school spirit, sportsmanship, and pride in the student body!"

      "Work hard, give it your all, and have FUN!"

      "Believing that you can do it!"

      "Ride with PRIDE!"

      YouTube

      The DO's & DON'Ts of Cheer!

      When TO cheer:

      1. As your team comes on the floor or field.

      2. When your team or a player makes an exceptional play.

      3. When a substitution is made on your team, i.e., when appropriate, cheer outgoing player and incoming player.

      4. As encouragement and tribute to an injured player when that player leaves the game.

      5. When an opponent, who has played spectacularly, leaves the game.

      6. As encouragement to own team in its drive for a score.

      7. As encouragement to own team in defense of its goal.

      When NOT to cheer:

      1. When an opposing player makes a mistake or the opposing team is being penalized.

      2. When an opposing player is injured.

      3. As important announcements are being made over the public-address system.

      4. When an unsportsmanlike act has occurred or is occurring.

      NOTE: Negative or demeaning cheering is NEVER acceptable. Chanting or cheering for the purpose of taunting the opponents is also NEVER appropriate.

      Philosophy 101!

      "I think. Therefore I am."

      Over the years as a middle school cheer coach, I've learned a great deal about recognizing the unique developmental needs of the middle level students and it takes a lot of dedication and promoting activities that build student success through active participation, skill building, and positive sportsmanship to allow the boys and girls the freedom to mastering school pride and ownership within a team.

      PARTICIPATION

      * Emphasizing participation over win/loss records

      * Providing opportunities for EVERYONE to participate

      * Balancing performance with cooperation

      * Encouraging lifelong participation in activities

      * Emphasizing having fun

      SKILL BUILDING

      *Developing age-appropriate skills

      *Focusing on fundamentals

      *Developing skills as a foundation for improvement

      SPORTSMANSHIP

      *Developing a positive team attitude

      *Encouragement, cooperation, and collaborating with peers

      *Presenting positive adult role models that demonstrate self-control and respect

      MIDDLE LEVEL COACHES UNDERSTAND (Per W.I.A.A.)

      *Students have varying levels of ability, and coaches need to present a developmentally appropriate program for students

      *Positive encouragement is the strongest tool for learning

      *Coaches should provide a safe environment for kids to "risk" and grow

      *Activities should be meaningful and fun

      *Coaches are a key role model

      *Every team member's responsibility is to encourage one another

      *Today's superstar could be tomorrow's bench warmer, and vice versa

      S-U-C-C-E-S-S!

      Checklist to running an effective and meaningful program!

      ___"Coaches Handbook" (A MUST have!)

      (Information to running an effective and meaningful practice...look for this, coming soon!)

      ___Current CPR/First Aid (Also a MUST!)

      ___"DISTRICT COACHES HANDBOOK" is a MUST!

      (If you're a coach within a district)

      ___Subscription to popular Cheerleading magazine

      (Checkout to members of the squad - they'll love it!)

      ___Links to popular Cheer sites

      ___Calendar/Planner/Organizer

      (Keeping important dates, links, notes, etc./Kept in "Coaches Handbook")

      ___Know Cheer terminology (Also a MUST)

      ___Check into your home state interscholastic activities association

      ___Daily structured practice routine

      (Kept in "Coaches Handbook")

      ___Quality exercise/stretching & cool down 5-10 minute routine to be followed at beginning and ending daily practice routine

      ___Team Building is a MUST!

      ___Teach the basics/fundamentals before going on to higher levels of cheerleading

      ___Keep running records of progress for each individual

      (Strength's and 'next steps'/Kept in "Coaches Handbook")

      ___Build 'life skills' of the following...(sportsmanship, leadership, unity, dedication, self-esteem, & professionalism)

      ___Do's & Don'ts of Cheer

      ___"Risk" management

      ___"Regulations for Coaches"

      (National Federation Spirit Rules/Kept in "Coaches Handbook")

      ___Seasonal games to start the season off!

      (Word Search, Crosswords, Fill-In's, Scavenger Hunts, etc./Kept in "Coaches Handbook")

      ___"Coaches Pledge" (Kept in "Coaches Handbook")

      ___"Cheerleader Pledge" (Kept in "Coaches Handbook")

      ___Cheerleading quotes, poems, inspirational documentaries, etc.

      (Kept in "Coaches Handbook")

      ___Personal/Squad GOAL setting

      (Kept in "Coaches Handbook")

      ___"Personal/Squad Evaluations"

      (Kept in "Coaches Handbook")

      ___Cheer Tips

      ___Updating Cheer Resources

      (Kept in "Coaches Handbook")

      ___Tryout Information

      "In The Coaches File"

      Running a well-organized, fun, and attainable program!

      The following objectives are ones I've accumulated over the years to running a more smoother program and to having an effective, well-organized, and meaningful Seasonal year. Also, for your convenience, I've put all the documents in alphabetical order as I've also tagged (*) forms that I organize in a folder for handing out at the beginning of the Season to each member of the squad.

      "BEST WISHES and GOOD LUCK TO A WONDERFUL YEAR OF COACHING!" Cheers, Coach Smith

      FORMS

      (*)"A Guide to Daily Food Choices"

      "Accident Report"

      "Attendance" document

      (*)"Basic Cheer Positions"

      (*)"Basic Individual Stretches"

      "Basic Tumbling Skills"

      (*)"Cheer & Chant Sample Sheets"

      (*)"Cheer Notes"

      (*)"Cheer Techniques"

      (*)"Cheer Terminology"

      (*)"Cheer Tips"

      (*)"Cheerleader Application"

      (*)"Cheerleader Parental Release Form"

      (*)"Cheerleader's Pledge"

      (*)"Cheerleading Uniform Care & Responsibility/Liability"

      (*)"Coaches Pledge"

      (*)"Creating Posters"

      "Daily Practice Schedule"

      "Discipline Log"

      (*)"District Substance Abuse Policy"

      (*)"Early Season Self-Evaluation"

      "Eating for Energy"

      (*)"End-of-Season Evaluation"

      (*)"Event Calendar"

      "Everyday Stretches"

      (*)"Exercise Techniques"

      "Exercises to Improve Your Motions"

      (*)"Expectations & Guidelines"

      "Focus On Flexibility"

      "Formations/Transitions"

      "Game Planning and Information Sheet"

      (*)"Guidelines" (Values, Skills & Procedures, Basic Responsibilities, Cheerleader Conduct, Uniform and Appearance, Expectations, Camps, etc.)

      (*)"How to Act/Feel/Look/Like an Athlete"

      (*)"Internet & Other Cheer Resources"

      (*)"Interest Inventory"

      "Leadership"

      (*)"Making a Megaphone"

      (*)"Making FLASH Cards"

      "Member of the Community"

      "Motivation/Inspirational Material" (poems, quotes, short stories, etc.)

      "Official's Signals for Football & Basketball"

      "Overcoming Tumble Phobias"

      (*)"Personal GOALS"

      "Personal Information Index"

      (*)"Personal Leadership"

      "Positive Quotes for Cheerleading"

      "Poster Plan"

      "Practice Goal Sheet"

      (*)"Practice Rules"

      "Practice Schedule Sheet"

      (*)"Regulations for Cheerleaders" per National Federation Spirit Rules

      (*)"School Academic Requirements for Student Participation in Athletic Programs"

      (*)"Setting GOALS"

      (*)"Skill Improvement Form"

      (*)"Skill Sheet Progressions"

      "SPIRIT Grams"

      (*)"Spirit Words & Phrases"

      "Sports/Activities Schedule"

      "Squad Evaluation"

      "Squad GOALS"

      (*)"Stretch Techniques to Improving Your Jumps"

      (*)"Student Behavior Expectation Agreement"

      "Team Building" (Boundary Breaking Games, Trust Activities, Goal Setting, TEAM Time, Team Worksheet)

      "Tips for SUCCESS"

      "Tips for Tryouts"

      (*)"Tips for Workin' Your Jumps" (Do's & Don'ts)

      "Tips on Motions"

      (*)"Transportation Agreement"

      "Tryout Scoring Rubric"

      (*)"Types of Arm Motions"

      (*)"Warm-Up Techniques"

      (*)"What Every Cheerleader Should KNOW"

      SPIRIT Words from A to Z

      Up to 10 to help you begin!

      These will hopefully support you in creating additional cheers, chants, posters, signs, etc. with a bit of enthusiasm!

      A

      ability

      absolute

      achieve

      acquire

      action

      active

      advance

      adventurous

      advise

      aggressive

      B

      back

      bang

      beam

      begun

      best

      bet

      beware

      blast

      blend

      block

      C

      captivate

      celebrate

      celebrity

      challenge

      change

      chant

      characteristic

      charge

      charm

      cheer

      D

      dance

      daring

      dash

      defeat

      defense

      define

      definitely

      determination

      devastate

      discover

      E

      eager

      earn

      elevate

      emotion

      emphasize

      enchanting

      encourage

      energy

      enhance

      enjoy

      F

      fame

      fantastic

      fascinating

      feeling

      fierce

      fight

      fine

      fire

      flare

      flash

      G

      gain

      gang

      generate

      genuine

      glad

      glare

      gleam

      glimmer

      glisten

      glorify

      H

      happy

      hardy

      harmony

      havoc

      heat

      height

      holler

      honor

      hooray

      hope

      I

      idea

      ignite

      impossible

      impress

      impressive

      impulse

      incentive

      incorporate

      increase

      infinite

      J

      jab

      jam

      jaunty

      jerk

      jiggle

      jive

      job

      jock

      join

      joy

      K

      keen

      keep

      key

      kick

      kick-off

      kindle

      knack

      knock

      knockdown

      knowing

      L

      lasting

      lead

      leap

      life

      light

      lively

      M

      magnificent

      magnify

      majestic

      measure

      memorable

      merge

      merriment

      mess

      mighty

      mix

      N

      natural

      navigate

      near

      nearly

      new

      noisy

      nonstop

      notion

      notorious

      novel

      O

      object

      offer

      omit

      onward

      opponent

      optimistic

      outlast

      outrageous

      outstanding

      outwit

      P

      paramount

      perfect

      permanent

      perpetual

      persuade

      point

      positive

      power

      prance

      predict

      Q

      qualified

      quality

      quantity

      quench

      quick

      R

      racy

      radical

      rank

      reach

      real

      realize

      recall

      reflect

      refresh

      reinforce

      S

      score scream

      search

      seek

      seize

      sensational

      shift

      shimmer

      shine

      shock

      T

      talent

      teach

      team

      tell

      tempest

      thorough

      thrill

      timing

      top

      total

      U

      ultimate

      unattainable

      unequaled

      unforgettable

      unique

      unity

      universal

      unlimited

      unmanageable

      upbeat

      V

      value

      veer

      vibrant

      victory

      vigorous

      vital

      vitality

      vivacious

      vivacity

      W

      well-done

      whirl

      whole

      whoop

      win

      wish

      won

      wonderful

      work

      wound

      X (play with words)

      X-change a.k.a. exchange

      X-pert a.k.a. expert

      X--sealant a.k.a. excellent

      X-stream a.k.a. extreme

      Motivational Video!

      Competitions - GAME ON! - REACH FOR IT!

      Get ready for the launch!

      5...4...3...2...1!

      "Bring it on!" - Let's GO!

      BRING IT...

      STUNTS!

      FOOTBALL SEASON BEGINS! - "Cheers and Chants"...let's bring it!

      "Bump, Set, Spike!"

      My Generation! - I grew up in the 70s & 80s...and boy, things have changed! LOL

      Terminology!

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          CoachSmith 4 years ago

          "Drop" - Dropping to the knee, thigh, seat, front, back or split position onto the performing surface from an airborne position or inverted position w/o first bearing most of the weight on the hands/feet which breaks the impact of the drop.

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          "Downward Motion" - The movement of one's center of gravity towards the performing surface.

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          "Downward Inversion" - A stunt or pyramid in which an inverted top person's center of gravity is moving toward the performing surface.

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          "Double Nine" - A jump that is executed by bending the body in half, parallel to the floor (like a pike jump), with one leg straight out and toes pointed and the other leg bent so the foot of the bent leg meets the knee of the straight leg (forming a "9"). The arms are placed in the same position as the legs for the "double 9" effect.

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          CoachSmith 4 years ago

          "Double Hook" (Jump) Both legs are bent at the knees as both bottom of feet are facing right. Cheerleaders are known to sit in this formation during wrestling season at the middle school level. Arms are in a High-V. The double hook is also referred to as a 'pinwheel' or 'abstract,' as well as a 'pretzel.'

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          CoachSmith 4 years ago

          "Double Full Down" - Two complete twists dismount into a cradle.

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          CoachSmith 4 years ago

          "Double Full" (Tumbling) - The move where a tumbler does two full twist *salto in the layout position before you land.

          *Salto is a flip or somersault with the feet coming up over the head and the body rotating around the axis of the waist. Used with no hands.

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          CoachSmith 4 years ago

          "Double Cupie" - A 'cupie' with two flyers and one base (partner stunt) or multiple bases (group stunt).

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          "Double Cartwheel" - A partnered or paired cartwheel with hand/ankle or arm/thigh connection done simultaneously.

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          "Dive Roll" - A 'forward roll' where the feet leave the starting level (ground) surface before the hands reach the floor.

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          "Dismount" - An act of safely returning to a floor position following a stunt or routine.

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          "Dirty Bird" (D-Bird) - Toss to a laid out 'X-position' to the back of the base. Then through the base's legs and typically transitioning to a 'scooper.'

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          "Diamond Head" - The topper of the 'shoulder stand' grabs hands with two other flyers as the topper and base lift the two flyers on each side of them up off of the ground. The base of the shoulder stand holds the waists (pushing outward) of 2 side flyers in which the side flyers stag one leg.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Diagonal" - An arm position in which one arm is placed in one-half of a "High V" and the other is in half of a "Low V." If the right arm is up, it's known as just a "Diagonal," however if the left arm is up, it's known as a "Left Diagonal."

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          "Defense" - When the other team has the ball.

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          "Dead Man Stunt" - Flyer falls backwards or forwards out of a stunt. Usually 3 or 4 people would catch the flyer and could possibly push them back up to the bases hand, or this maneuver can be used in transition to a new stunt formation.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Dagger" - A hand position in which the fingers form a fist and the fist is held as if the person were stabbing the air with an imaginary dagger.

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          "Cupie" - A stunt where a top person has both feet together in the hand(s) of the base(s). Also referred to as an "Awesome."

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          "Crowd Response" - Positive or negative, the behavior a crow exhibits in response to something the cheerleaders do to in order to gain a response. Crowd response is usually a category on score sheets at competition and good crowd response is looked upon favorably.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Cradle Reload" - The flyer is in a cradle position and is popped up to a sponge or she taps her foot on the ground and goes to a lib. Its fast...so be ready, be prepared, and most of all, be safe!

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          "Cradle Catch" - Occurs when the catcher(s) catch a flyer/mounter by holding her around the back and under the thighs.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Cradle Catch" - Occurs when the catcher(s) catch a flyer/mounter by holding her around the back and under the thighs.

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          "Cradle" - A dismount where the flyer rides the toss from a stunt and is caught by her base(s) by landing in a piked position and wrapping her arms around her bases.

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          "Coordinate" - To time moves perfectly so that everyone performs at the right moment.

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          "Contagion" - Also known as a "ripple," whereas the repetition of a movement follows from one person to the next.

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          "Connected Tumbling" - Physical contact b/w two or more individuals performing tumbling skills simultaneously.

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          "Conditioning" - Exercises and activities that are used to increase strength and performance.

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          "Co-Captain" - A Co-Captain of a cheer squad helps the 'Captain' at all times. If the Captain is not there it is the responsibility of the 'Co-Captain' to take charge until the Captain returns.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Coach" - The person responsible for the teaching, discipline and decision-making of a team. A coach can be any age and is anyone who has taken on the responsibility of managing a group of individuals.

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          "Clasp" - The four fingers of each hand are held tightly together and the hands are cupped to fit around each other, separating only between the thumb and pointer finger. The action usually is repeated and followed by a quick chant and/or usually at the end of a cheer and/or chant.

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          "Clap" - Performed when the four fingers and thumb are pressed tightly together (palms facing one another), and repeatedly put together as if clapping, but with a firm presence.

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          "Choreography" - The way movements are structured in order to form a routine or dance. Also, the art of synchronizing physical movements with appropriate music.

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          "Chorus Line Flips" - A skill in which a cheerleader back flips between two other cheerleaders with locked arms and/or wrists.

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          "Cheer" - A longer (8 or more words) routine may involving stunts, tumbling moves, arm and leg positions, clasping, and/or shouted messages.

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          "Chant" - A short (5-8 words), snappy routine that combines a shouted message with clasping, arm positions, and leg moves. Chants are usually repeated 3 times and/or until you've got the crowd excited and repeating with for several times. The chant is also referred to as a sideline.

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          "Chair" - A partner stunt where the base holds the flyer by placing one hand underneath the flyer's seat and the other at the ankle for support. The flyer bends her right leg with her foot resting on the base's elbow and keeps her left leg straight and arms in a high "V" (or a variation).

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Catcher" - A base who catches a flyer.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Cartwheel" - A non-aerial gymnastic skill where one supports the weight of the body with the arms while rotating sideways through an inverted position landing on one foot at a time. Also said to be a lateral handspring with arms and legs extended.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Captain" - A captain of a cheerleading team is the leader of the team. They are who the other members look up to for direction and inspiration.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Candlesticks" - A hand position in which the fingers form a fist that's turned to the side as if the hand were holding a candlestick.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Calisthenics" - A series of exercises used to develop strength, power and balance.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Butt Sit" - (Stunt) The back spotter holds the butt of individual who is stunting and the bases hold the thighs and the calves as the person straddles in position.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Bucket" - A hand and arm position in which either arm (or both) is fully extended with fingers forming a fist that faces the ground as if you were carrying a bucket of water.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Bridge" - This is often used as a limbering exercise for back and shoulder flexibility. The body is in a backward arch with hands and feet flat on the floor. The better bridges will show the shoulders directly above the hands or pushing past the hands if the tumbler has very flexible shoulders.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Braced Flip" - A stunt in which a top person performs a hip-over-head rotation while in constant physical contact with another top person(s).

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Bracer" - A person who assists in stabilizing and supporting a 'top person'/or 'flyer' by remaining in direct contact with the flyer or base. A bracer may be on the competition surface or in a stunt.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Brace" - A physical connection that helps support in providing stability to a top person. A top person's hair and/or uniform is not an appropriate or legal body part to use while bracing a pyramid or pyramid transition.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Bow-And-Arrow" (Stunt) Much like the heel-stretch, the bow-and-arrow is a fully-extended stunt where the flyer stands on one straight leg and holds the foot of her unsupported leg with her opposite hand in an extremely "stretched" position. The other arm is in half a "T" motion. The bow-and-arrow is a variation of the Liberty.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Bow-N-Arrow" - (Arm Technique) One arm is placed in a "T" motion and the other is in a "T", but broken at the elbow and the fist is brought into the shoulder in a "bucket" motion. (This can be done to either direction. If the right arm is extended into the "T," it is a right Bow-N-Arrow.)

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Bloomers" - Matching undies that are part of you Cheerleading uniform, worn under your skirt. Sometimes referred to as "spankies", or "briefs" or "boy-shorts."

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Block Cartwheel" - A momentarily airborne cartwheel created by the tumbler blocking through the shoulders against the performing surface during the execution of the skill.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Block" - This is a gymnastic term referring to the increase in height created by using one's hand(s) and upper body power to push off the performing surface during a tumbling skill. The momentary airborne position created by blocking is legal for all levels.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Blades" - One way of holding the hands while executing an arm motion. Both hands are opened flat and held outstretched with fingers tightly pressed together with thumbs tucked in at the sides. Fingers should not be curled up, but rather held as flatly as possible.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Basket Toss" - A stunt which uses two side bases (who use their hands to interlock wrists), a back base and may use at least one front base to toss the flyer fro their hands. Once airborne, the flyer may hit any number of tricks, including a toe-touch, a tuck and/or a full before returning to the cradle.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Base" - A person in a stunt group who support the flyer's weight and return her safely to the ground after the stunt is performed. They also are in charge of holding, lifting or tossing a top person into a stunt.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Barrel Roll" - A release move where the top person's body rotates at least 360 degrees while remaining parallel to the performing surface.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Banana" - (Stunt) Is when you arch your back and reach upwards. You usually only do a banana when you are doing a combination jump or riding up a basket toss.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Ball - X" - A body position (usually during a toss) where the top person goes from a tucked position to a straddle/x-position.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Backwards Load In" - 2 'bases' face back to back with hands behind their back in an extension ready position. 'Flier' jumps in hands, bases toss her up and rotate to re-catch her feet then facing each other, popping the stunt to a full, half, lib, etc.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Backward Roll" - A non-aerial tumbling skill where one rotates backward into/or through an inverted position by lifting the hips over the head and shoulders while curving the spine to create a motion similar to a ball "rolling" across the floor.

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          "Back Walkover" - A non-aerial tumbling skill where one moves backward into an arched position, with the hands making contact with the ground first, then rotates the hips over the head and lands on one foot/leg at a time.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          "Back Tuck Basket Toss" - A regular basket toss but you add a 'back tuck' before landing in a cradle position. This takes an extra strong pop from the bases.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          "Back Handspring" - A move where a 'tumbler' jumps backwards onto their hands, followed by a quick push from the hands to the feet. Also known as a "flip-flop" or "flick-flack."

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          "Back Spotter" - A spotter who is the primary catcher of a flyer.

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          "Back Bend" - A move where a 'tumbler' spreads their legs shoulder width apart and puts their hands straight up by their ears. Then while looking up at their hands and bending their back in an arch position, looking for the ground, they try to put their hands really close to their feet. Once they hit the ground, they're there! This is a very important steppingstone skill.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Awesome" - (Stunt) Is just like an elevator or extension except the bases bring their hands to the middle of the stunt so the flyer's feet are very close together. Also referred to as a "Cupie."

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Attack the Crowd" - Technique used to induce crowd involvement, achieved by yelling, jumping and moving close to the crowd, or directly leading the crowd into song, chant or cheer. Also referred to as, "Crowd Pleasers'".

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Athlete" - An individual who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Assisted-Flipping Mount" - An entrance skill into a stunt in which a top person performs a hip-over-head rotation while in direct physical contact with a base or top person when passing through the inverted position.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Assistant Coach" - A person responsible for supporting the 'Coach' in any way they can and if the Coach is not there they are the acting Coach.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Around the World" - (Jump) Legs come up in a pike position, then circle around to a toe-touch and land with your feet together. One of the most difficult jumps to perfect!

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Arm Motions" - A set placement of the arms and hands used in a cheer, chant, stunt or jump.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Arch" - A position in which the back is curved.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Arabesque" - (Stunt) A fully-extended stunt where the flyer stands on one straight leg and extends the unsupported leg straight behind her with toes pointed, while keeping the torso upright and arms in an "Open-T"/"T". The arabesque is a variation of the 'Liberty'.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "All-Star Team" - A cheer squad that is not affiliated with a school or team, but is independently run and most often associated with a cheer gym. All-star teams exist for a wide-range of age groups, compete in a separate division and are often looked at as having more elite-level cheerleading.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Airborne" - (Tumbling Skill) A trick involving hip-over-head rotation in which a person uses their body and the performing surface to propel herself/himself away from the performing surface.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Aerial" - A move in which an individual turns completely over in the air without touching the ground with his or her hands. Used to describe a cartwheel without hands, also referred to as a 'walkover' or 'round-off'.

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "Abstract" - You jump to a normal prep and put one foot on your other knee. It is like you are doing a side hurdler with your straight leg bent and on your bent legs knee. Your arms are up in a 'High-V'..

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          CoachSmith 5 years ago

          "8-count" - Usual mark of time used to count out one section of a routine, or other counted element.