What You Need to Know About Cheerleading

Competitive versus Sport

For many years, cheerleading was not recognized as a sport. Today, teams around the nation are competing and cheering for home teams. After cheer was finally considered a sport, it evolved into various types of teams. There is competitive cheerleading, which involves competing against other cheer teams from nearby areas or across the country. Competitive cheer often requires a very high skill level in all areas of cheer; motions, jumps, stunting, and tumbling. These teams also dedicate many hours of practice and even lots of money toward uniforms, traveling, camps, and gyms. A less involved type of cheerleading would be for sport teams. Many sport teams cheer for a specific sport or multiple sports. These types of cheerleaders also put in hours of practice and hard work, but their efforts are shown to a crowd during a sporting event.

Importance of Fitness

Fitness is important for anyone participating in sports. In cheerleading, it is best to focus on three areas; flexibility, strength, and endurance. Flexibility is necessary when practicing and performing jumps. The more flexible a cheerleader is, the higher the jumps will be. Jumps are also easier to do when properly stretched. Strength is very important for every cheerleading skill. When stunting, it is easier to lift and hold flyers, while it also helps avoid injury. Endurance is also critical, although it is easy to overlook. Some stunts last longer than a few seconds, so each person in the stunt needs the endurance to perform it completely. Even a simple, 30 second routine requires lots of energy.

Variety of Skills

Cheerleading is not a sport for everyone, even if it may seem to appear that anyone can jump in and catch on. This sport requires a variety of skills, especially when it comes to jumps, stunting and tumbling. Even simple cheers and chants cannot be done without sharp motions and proper voice. Jumps require flexibility and practice, along with the right technique. Stunting can be a very dangerous part of cheer, so it is very necessary to be prepared and learn the correct form for each position. Tumbling, also very dangerous, can cause many injuries. It is important to learn simple techniques before attempting to tumble.

The Right Look

Appearance is very important for cheerleaders to be aware of. Simple things, such as jewelry, can cause injuries if left in while cheering. Hair is pulled back and away from the face to avoid blocking the cheerleader’s vision while they are performing. Good shoes and clothing are also important to help avoid small injuries.

Voice is an important part of cheer, especially when trying to communicate a message to the crowd or team. When cheering, the words should be loud but clear so that the message can be effective. Teams often practice cheering from the stomach, increasing the volume of the words.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Practice is crucial for any cheer team. This helps to remember cheers, improve jumps, and memorize routines. Even for stunting, a stunt cannot simply be done only once or twice. It must be done many times, so that each person is comfortable performing it. This avoids possible injury in case a stunt goes wrong while performing. Practice ensures an easier, better performance.

Motivation and Focus

While practicing with a team, motivation and focus will keep everyone on track and make sure no time is wasted. If everyone is committed to a task the team is working on, it will be done faster. A productive practice will benefit the team, as well as provide extra time to work on new things.

Positive Attitude

As simple as it seems, a positive attitude can go a long way. Some practices can be easier than others, so when the team feels exhausted or stressed, positive reinforcement can push everyone to work on their goal. It is easier to get things accomplished when everyone is in a positive mood.

The Challenges and Fears We Face

Cheerleaders can often face the challenge of a more difficult stunt when trying to increase the level of their abilities. Sometimes, it takes cheerleaders out of their comfort zone to face this fear. Stunts can require flyers to be thrown in different directions, while bases must catch from greater heights. Any stunt can seem scary at first, but can be done with the trust of teammates.

60 Second Routine = Hours of Practice

Cheerleaders often learn routines. For competitive cheerleaders, routines are often 2 minutes and 30 seconds. But, even a 60 second routine can take many hours to practice. Choreography must be taught and perfected, stunts must be practiced, and the entire routine must be run through multiple times. Even during these processes, many changes can occur, making the routine a little different. It takes time for a team to learn a routine and perfect it. Once performed, it might seem as though it is done effortlessly, but that is the secret of cheerleading. If the performance looks easy, it was done right.

Self-Confidence & Cheer

B-E aggressive! … Not.

Outside of the gym, you don’t need to be aggressive. What we need, in our daily life, is just a boost of confidence. Being assertive and comfortable in your own skin, as a girl, is becoming more and more a rarity. But at Phoenix Elite, we go against the grain and help nurture the growing confidence of young girls & boys. There’s more to our sport than just being able to smile and shout under a spotlight. We’re able to conquer performance nerves and stage fright because we develop confidence in ourselves. We learn to how to do well in the cheer sphere and keep those skills with us even when we take off the uniform.

The How – Working a Work Ethic

Cheerleading is a competitive sport and the Phoenix’s are like any other athlete: we train hard. The stunts that get the crowd excited at our competitions are difficult skills to learn, yet we master them. As cheerleaders, we come to truly understand that practice makes perfect. Hours of practice might sound intimidating at first, but all that hard work pays off when you find out that you can do those things you thought you couldn’t. Most first-time cheerleaders will even find that, by the end of their first season, they are in the best shape of their lives (what a self-esteem boost!). By being able to physically measure your progress you’ll become confident in your ability to push the limits you had unknowingly set for yourself. The amazing part is that this positive attitude is one that you’ll naturally carry into all parts of your life.

The Why – BFFs For Real

Becoming a Phoenix is like being adopted into a new family. You get spoiled with a level of support that kids hardly find elsewhere. You make new friends that build you up and they help you to learn how you can do it for yourself and others. There’s a real sense of family among cheerleaders and the good feelings get amplified by the encouraging nature of our sport. Plus, being part of a team means you’re a part of a network of friends that always has your back (literally, if you’re a flyer). And that knowledge empowers us with the courage to try new things. You’ll start to believe in yourself and become willing to try a trust-fall – in cheerleading and in real-life.

The Bonus – Cheering Brings You Cheer

A cheerleader’s secret to self-confidence is having fun! It’s physically demanding at first, but we find that we enjoy every minute. A healthy diet, an active lifestyle, and time spent with positive people fills you with a special kind of pep for life. We don’t cheer for fame and fortune, after all. We do what we do because we love it and that’s why we continue to do it. Our new optimistic perspective and the joy we experience in the gym gives us a solid foundation for life-long self-confidence building.

So… Go for happiness. Go for joy. Go for cheer – and cheer!

New 2018-2019 Sponsors Needed

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Sponsorship does a lot of things for a business. It’s not just an act of charity. Businesses must have a reasonable expectation of Return On Investment. That ROI, however, isn’t always about making more money. Here are the top 5 reasons why sponsoring us can help your bottom line and brand image.

The Top 5 Benefits of Sponsoring us:

  1. Raise brand awareness: This goes without saying. Businesses sponsor events because it puts their brand in the spotlight for the event. It may not mean a financial gain for the company but it certainly puts the brand in front of people. It creates positive PR and raises awareness of the organization as a whole and enhances brand credibility.

  2. Emotional connection: People often spend with their heart. Making an emotional connection to purchases builds brand loyalty. Seeing your brand connected to helping out kids drives this connection for consumers. Quite simply, it shows your brand cares enough to get involved at the community level. Your brand becomes more appealing.

  3. Media Exposure: We do what we can to drive media to our events. The benefit, of course, is the free ‘earned media’ exposure your brand could potentially receive. This can expose your brand to far more consumers than those simply taking part in the event itself. BBB’s Top 10 Scams, for example, is seen by millions across the USA and Canada thanks to media coverage.

  4. Swag: We have no problem with your brand giving away any ‘swag’ or ‘freebies’ and promotional materials to enhance the experience with your brand. It potentially allows you to test market a product before investing in a larger marketing campaign.

  5. A Full Heart: The knowledge that you are helping improve a child’s life by giving them access to an activity that they may not have had the chance to join otherwise.

 

If you are interested in becoming one of our sponsors there are some incredible REWARDS available!

$100 – Donate at this level to have your name/or business on our showcase programs.

$200 – This level of donation you’ll receive your name/or business on the back of our team shirts that are worn to ALL community events!

$350 – Support us at this level to get your name/or business on the back of our team shirts that are worn to ALL community events, plus recognition on our showcase programs.

 $500 – Donate this amount & receive recognition on our website and social media accounts with direct links.

$1000 – Support this level & you or your business can have 1 year of continual advertising on our website and social media accounts with direct links, plus a 3ft recognition banner displayed at all our community events. (Minimum of 3 local events per year.)

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FREE Cheer Camp

2017 CAMP WAS AMAZING! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CAME!

This camp is open to ages K-6th grade. (Must be going into K by Sept. 2017)

Our camp theme this year will be learning how to conquer the day.
By learning these principles:

1. Practice with purpose

2. Listen to your leaders

3. Remember to recharge

4. Compete with courage

5. Skip the shortcuts