Competition routine Tips:
Cheerleading is becoming more of
a competitive sport every day. A Cheerleading Competition is where teams compete
together and display a routine with music and incorporate a cheer. Stunts,
Tumbling, Baskets, Pyramids, Dance, Jumps, Motions, and Transitions are
all displayed for the judges to see. BUT this can be overwhelming to
anyone trying to get their routine together. So how do you incorporate the
best routine for your team? Here are some tips to lead you to the right
Lesson 1: Beginning your routine: You
need to plan it out first. Decide which stunts, pyramids, and
tumbling you what the team to do. It will all be based on the talent
that you have. You need to pick something that will eventually hit
99.9% of the time. Now at this point of the process your team is new
and may not have even tried some of the skills that you are planning, so
let them try some of your suggestions and let them have a say so in what
they like and feel comfortable with. This way they feel like they
have a word in the routine and will take more of an active role. Here are
some more beginning pointers:
the routine have a strong beginning/ending?
the routine have some difficulty?
you showing the squads strengths and hiding the squads weaknesses?
sure everyone in the team has given their input of the routine.
Lesson 2: Incorporating your routine:
Actually Teaching your routine. Once your routine has been
planned and counted out, it is time to put the team into place and walk
through each spot. Start small at first in order to not overwhelm
the team. You do not want to give them the entire routine on the
first day. If you have a 1st half, a cheer, and a 2nd half then
teach them the cheer OR the 1st half for the 1st couple of days.
Once the walk through is complete and individuals learn where they are
going, then add in some cheerleading skills one at a time. Once the
walk through with a couple of skills looks comfortable, now go on to the
next part of the routine. Here are some incorporating pointers:
you have fillers in the routine (IE squad saying YEAH,…or something like
the routine innovative and/or exciting?
sure the lines have been watched and NO one is near any?
Lesson 3: Troubleshooting your
routine: Fix your routine. After running through either part or
most of your routine a couple of times you are going to see many problem
spots. Start breaking them down one by one until you come to an
agreement of what you want and what is comfortable to the team. Here
are some troubleshooting pointers:
the routine hit?
you cleaned up everything from motions to stunts to smiles?
Lesson 4: Performing your routine:
After all troubleshooting has been complete, then take the team through a
mock performance. Bring in family members, classmates, and friends
to the performance. It will excite the team and force them to go through
it full out. It will also give you and the team an idea where you
stand. Once the mock performance is complete you will want to
perform it again at a school function (games, etc.) and/or a smaller
competition to give the team more confidence and experience. NOW you
are ready for your performance. Here are some more performing
sure NO one is slashing?
the routine crowd effective?
sure all girls are smiling!
Lesson 5: Where/How do I get the
cheerleading routine music? You can either go to a professional,
a radio station, any DJ, purchase lots of expensive equipment, or do it
yourself on your computer with a Music Maker software. I personally
use Music Maker 6 and 7, but you can use whatever you want. Here are
some pointers when making your music:
your music have sound effects?
sure you have 3 copies of the music.
3.)Make sure the music falls at least :30 secounds to 1
minute below recommended time. Some CD/tape players can be
slower than yours, and you do not want to get deducted points when you
don't need to.
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