Just Give Me Motions for Cheers!
“Let’s start off with resting, go on to making a basic “T”, and then we’ll make a check mark.” Cheerleading can sometimes sound like a foreign language, and it can take some practice to master it. It would be a good idea to start with studying basic arm motions if you are just getting started.
In order to make sure everyone moves the same way at the same time, cheerleaders use different words to describe their moves in a way that ensures everyone moves in the same way at the same time.
Practice, competitions, and games can be made more efficient as a result of this method, as well as collisions and injuries can be prevented as well.
Basic Cheer Clap
In order for a cheer clap to be effective, it must be precise, loud, and done with purpose. Most cheers are based on this motion, and it is important that all cheerleaders accomplish it in a crisp, precise manner if they are to make the cheer look its best.
In order for everyone on the squad to master this move, it can take some time, but it is a great place to begin when it comes to getting to know each other and learning basic cheer moves.
The Low Touchdown
Usually, the low touchdown move makes its way into the majority of cheers during a game. As you can see, it is a basic move that is used to provide a crisp break during various points in a cheer, such as before or after a stunt.
This type of posture is characterized by stiff, straight arms and good posture in general.
The Broken T
In most cheers, there is usually a broken T cheer move that appears in the majority of them, and it is a great way for the squad to display just how in sync they are with each other. This move is easy to incorporate into cheers and looks clean and sharp when everyone hits it at the same time, so it is easy to incorporate into cheers.
A transition move like this can also be used as part of a routine as a means of transition.
The T Position
The T position is a great basic move that is easy to learn and master. Be sure to keep your arms aligned with your shoulders and straighten them as much as possible. I want you to imagine that you are radiating energy through your arms and try not to let them droop.
I would recommend that you practice this move in the mirror to ensure that you have your arms in the correct place at all times.
Performing a tabletop maneuver before a stunt is a great way to prepare for the stunt and gives you the opportunity to show off your smile and enthusiasm for the stunt. For this move to be perfect, make sure you hold your arms tightly next to your body so you can hit it smoothly.
The Check Mark
As you can see, the position of the check mark is exactly the same as it sounds. The best thing you can do is to plant your feet firmly on the ground and create a check mark with your arms about shoulder width apart.
Your straight arm should be slightly lifted above your shoulder, and your shoulders should be relaxed as well. In order to create a crisp movement, make sure to keep your other arm close to your body.
Before clapping, many cheers begin with a blade movement before moving on to the next move. The arms should be neatly tucked by your sides, and your hands should be held together in front of your chest with your palms facing each other.
While you are in this position, make sure that your hands are not blocking any part of your face at all.
In order to get into the touchdown position, you need to lift your arms straight over your head. It is important that your shoulders do not shrug and that you maintain a relaxed posture in order for this move to be effective.
The Basic Resting Pose
A great resting pose to do is to place your hands on your hips. The pose is great because it looks organized and it still maintains an energized posture at the same time. In between cheers, you should make sure that you keep your arms stiff, maintain a good posture, and smile a lot.
The High V
To make the perfect high V move, create a slight V with your arms raised and be sure to hold your arms completely straight. Try to keep your shoulders relaxed as it can be tempting to let them shrug.
The Toe Touch
The toe touch is a more advanced move but is a great addition to your list of cheer skills and stunts. Make sure when you hit this move that your arms stay in a T position with your legs moving behind your arms and land with your legs together.
This stunt takes some time to learn but looks amazing when done together as a team. Be sure to practice with a professional coach or gymnast.
The Spread Eagle Jump
The spread eagle is a great beginner jump to practice. Keep your arms and legs straight and form a slight V with both as you jump, landing with your feet together.
Mastering Cheer Moves
Cheering is a fun, competitive sport that takes some time to master. Be patient with yourself and have fun learning routines and stunts with your squad. If you’re looking for a more intensive way to practice, head to cheer camp for an immersive experience.