The Downside of Cheer

When I became a cheerleader I did not realize it came with being put down a lot. When my team walks past a crowd all done up in our uniforms we hear all the smirks. We are bashed, the laughing and grunts and awful comments come flying at us. When we hear the hurtful comments we still have to keep a smile on our faces and keep going. I do not think people realize how hard it is to go in front of a crowd who just makes fun of you. These crowds are usually the crowds we found at games we cheer for, not cheer competition crowds.

The types of things we hear from the crowds are, cheerleaders don’t have smarts, are to sparkly and full of makeup, and that cheer is not a sport. We cheerleaders have all heard the same things over and over again. People do not realize that cheerleading is like a performing art like dancing. Cheer also comes with the hard work of staying fit, practices, and performing on stage.

An upsetting part about cheer is that you fund yourself not always wanting to tell people that you are a cheerleader. This is because of all the hurtful things we hear all the time. It just gets to a point that you cannot deal with hearing the comments anymore so you avoid saying your apart of the sport at all.

I myself love cheerleading so much but there has been decently times were I avoid talking about cheer or bringing up the fact that I am a cheerleader because I’m afraid of what people may say.

I strongly suggest that if you meet a cheerleader or even talk about cheerleading think about the things I have mentioned. You could really be hurting someone more than you realize. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Cheerleading is filled with so many components that most people have no idea about, and this is why I am writing my blog, to explain and demonstrate all the things that don’t get included in the stereotypes.

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Partner Stunting

Interested in trying to stunt with only one person lifting you? Instead of your regular three man stunt group? Well if your ready for the challenge then let me explain what exactly must happen to complete the challenge.

Partner stunning is a two man team. You have a flyer and usually a third, or anyone who has a lot of strength. Partner stunting demands you to being strong and controlled.

In a partner stunt the base or third lifts or throws the flyer into the air and catches her in his or her hands. The flyer must stay incredible tight, squeezing every muscle in her body to stay stiff like a pencil. If the flyer buckles a knee or becomes loose, you will fall out of the air. It is very hard to control a flyer from the ground if they are not tight. The third or base controls all the movements of the flyer by controlling the angle of her foot.

There a lots of different stunts and skills that can happen in a partner stunt. I will show you at the end in a video of my partner and I doing a toss to hands. In partner stunning you can be on one foot or both. You can also pull your skills ,like you do in your regular stunt group, like a heel stretch or scorp.  The third or base can also life you to the high level, called extension. This is when the third or base’s arms are fully extended above there head (this is demonstrated in the video at the end as well).

Partner stunting catches the crowds eye in amazement. Fans that come out to our games or judges at a competition are usually most excited for the partner stunt part of the routine. I hope it amazes you as well.

Bows

Why the bow? Well because our hair is so boring. We have to wear our hair in ponytails all the time so we do not get our hair stuck when tumbling or stunting. The bow has become the additional thing that has spiced up the look of our hairdos.

The bigger the bow the better. Bows have become a big part of cheerleading. Most teams are now getting team bows that coordinate with the team’s uniforms. Bows can be sparkled, rhinestoned, neon, poke-dotted, have the team’s name, quotes, just about anything you can think of can be seen on the bow. You can purchase these bows at competitions you attend or you can even make them yourself.

Bows are very special to cheerleaders. They  fancy us up and give us a more stylish look than just the regular ponytail at the top of your head.