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Cheerleading Tips and Terms

From bases and basket tosses to cupies and cradle catches, check out Kidzworld's stunts and terms for cheerleaders.

  • Attack The Crowd - A technique used to get the audience involved in a cheer, dance or song. This might mean cheering with a bit more enthusiasm or giving the crowd the "raise the roof" sign.
  • Arabesque - One leg is down straight and the other leg is behind you almost at a ninety degree angle to your back.
  • Base - This is the cheerleader or cheerleaders who stay on the ground or floor while lifting the flyer into a stunt. A base is the person on the bottom of a stunt or pyramid.
  • Basket Toss - A stunt usually using three or more bases who toss the flyer into the air. Two of the bases have interlocked their hands. In the air the flyer may do any jump before returning to the cradle.
  • Bloomers - Matching underpants worn under a cheerleader's skirt.
  • Buckets - Buckets are when a cheerleader holds their arms straight out in front, with their fists facing down as if they were holding the handle of a bucket in each hand.
  • Candle Sticks - A cheer motion where a cheerleader extends their arms out in front with fists facing each other as if they were holding a lit candle in each hand.
  • Cradle Catch - An end movement where a base catches a flyer after tossing them in the air. The base holds the flyer under their thighs and around their back.
  • Cupie - One base holds up a flyer with one hand. The base's arm is fully extended and both of the flyer's feet are in the base's one hand. This stunt is also known as awesome.
  • Deadman - When the flyer falls backwards or forwards out of a stunt. Three or four people catch the flyer and could possbly push the flyer back up to the bases hands.
  • For more cheerleading terms and stunts, click here.
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    rose20
    rose20 posted in Basketball:
    i would go with basketball i been playing basketball since i was 3yrs old and now im 12
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    LUCYQWERTY123
    well in my opinion i think its a sport cause its more of gymnastic and gymnastics is a sport so yeah :D :punk :nerd :nerd :nerd :punk :punk :punk
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    1PhanTrash
    It's definitely an American thing - here in Australia we have like no Cheerleaders or Cheerleading groups. I think it's a sport but I'm not really into it. I think any girls or boys can do it. :3
    reply 7 days
    1PhanTrash
    "Dubadins" wrote: I have never been a cheerleader but I think it is a sport because it is very active and a lot of difficult looking moves. I agree
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    Wolf74
    Wolf74 posted in Dance:
    use to like ballet and now gymnastics cause ballet does't suit me
    reply 8 days