There are so many cheerleading motions that you can do to make your cheers, chants and dance routines come alive! Check out our Cheerleading Info Center, CIC, Motions sections and the below video for tons of motions and GREAT TIPS to make you Stand Out!
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Are you ready to improve your cheerleading jumps? Check out our section on everything Cheerleading Jumps! We have everything from stretching to exercises for beginning to advanced jumps. Enjoy!
Stretching is a very important part of your conditioning. It can improve your jumps, help to prevent injuries, as well as improve your flexibility. Here are some tips to remember when stretching:
For more stretching photos and a how to video, click STRETCHING FOR CHEERLEADERS.
The Front Hurdler is a very popular jump used in tryouts and for competition routines. It is an advanced jump and as with all things, practice makes perfect. Here are some things to remember as you practice:
Remember: The Front Hurdler can be done with either leg as the lead leg. Usually, you will be better on one side than the other. You should practice with both legs as the lead leg as you never know which leg will come up in a routine.
By: Joanna Grossman, CI C Contributor
Beginners/ Level 1
Everyone starts somewhere, perfecting your basic skills will help you reach your tumbling goals. As you begin to learn your forward rolls, handstands, and several other beginning tumbling skills, practicing good technique is essential to safe and quick progression.
It is completely normal to be scared to try tumbling for the first time. Or, maybe you got hurt and that injury created that fear. Remember, you can get hurt doing almost anything, and you can not allow the fear to stop you. Here are some things to remember to help you get over your fears:
1. Always be cautious.
2. Do not tumble without a professional there.
3. Use specific equipment provided in a professional gym to learn. For example, a trampoline is an excellent tool to use. It gives you an extra bounce and allows you to get the feeling of how its supposed to feel when you do that trick on the floor. Also, if you fall on a trampoline, is doesn't hurt like it would if you were on the floor.
4. Always stretch before you do anything as stretching helps prevent injuries.
5. Visualize yourself doing the skill. Picture yourself not only completing the trick, but doing it well. Feel what it is like to be in the air and what it is like to land it safely!
6. BE CONFIDENT! Being confident can also help prevent injury as tumbling is at least 50% mental. If you believe you can do it, train hard, and give it your best, chances are you can.
So, before you just try something, use your head and ask yourself: "Is this a safe situation for me?" if the answer is yes. GO FOR IT!
Here is a quick motions tip: For the Bow and Arrow, start with your arms in a "T' Motion and then bend one arm in at the elbow. For a Right Bow and Arrow, your right arm is straight and for a Left Bow and Arrow, our left arm is out straight.
The Tuck Jump is one of the first jumps any cheerleader should learn. It is one of the easiest as you can practice proper form on the ground. Below are some tips to remember and for more information, just click on Cheerleading TUCK JUMP.
Always do a warm up session and stretch before your practice or activity to help prevent injury. Your session should be at least 3 to 5 minutes to help get your body moving and warm up your muscles. For a complete warm up, check out the CIC Cheerleading Exercise Videos or just click on the video below: