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Year-Round Athletes Empty-headed blondes with short skirts who yell and jump Is that really all a cheerleader does Cheerleading is not as easy as most people would like to think It is a highly competitive sport which has highly dedicated athletes Undoubtedly fans dont know of the sweat and blood that goes into making the routines throwing up stunts and tumbling across the floor There are three key points to being a good cheerleader and they are rigorous training squad bonding and school spirit In order to carry your weight on the squad you must be trained in the basics As an athlete flexibility is important because without flexibility you would not be able to do the splits jumps and kicks Another essential skill is tumbling Every squad after Jr High School requires at least a round-off if not a back handspring not knowing either of these skills you will slow the whole squad down Last but not least a cheerleader needs to be able to perform the basic jumps such as toe touches right herkies and left herkies These skills are just the basics that everyone needs to know A section from a routine preformed to Ricky Martins She Bangs has the following sequence of moves half of the squad runs on doing round-off back handsprings as the other half waits for the second half of the eight count to run in doing round-off back handspring It continues with the cheerleaders filing into their designated positions There is then a ripple effect of toe touches there is then a dance combination that involves a kick full turn sequence ending in the splits That is just one to one-and-a-half minutes of a six minute routine At the end of that six minutes the squad files into a new formation to perform a cheer ending with a complicated stunt full basket toss back tuck which is basically where three to five cheerleaders toss one
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