Not everyone on the cheer team knows everything about the game, but we try.
Here are five things you might not know about us.
Stunting is hard.
You don’t realize how hard stunting is until you’re doing it. When we want to learn a new stunt, we search up “cool cheer stunts” on Youtube and a variety of things pop up. The coaches are then showed the video to determine if we are capable of doing it or not. Before trying it they show us the grip, tell everyone what they’re supposed to do and when, and get a whole bunch of spots around the stunt. Lauren is usually the one that steps right in and isn’t afraid of what could happen. Granted it usually doesn’t go as planned the first time, we keep doing it until we perfect it and is game ready. Our stunting usually gets more difficult for our routine, and often we show bits and pieces of it to the crowd during timeouts. The best part about that is they don’t even notice it and are still surprised when we do it in our routine.
We don’t choreograph our own routine.
An all star cheer coach from Montana who professionally choreographs routines, comes to town. She teaches us what she had in mind and we make alterations as we see fit to make our team and routine better. When learning our routine we spend long hours at the gym over a span of three days. This year, we learned it during Clarke. So while you guys saw us smiling and cheering our hearts out on the sidelines for the boys and girls game, we had started the day at 8 a.m. and had been cheering ever since.
Standing on the sideline isn’t easy.
We are constantly standing during cheer. We stand for an hour and a half or even longer with just a little break at half time. During time outs and in between quarters we have to go out on the floor, do our floor cheers or regions routine all while our backs and legs are secretly killing us. We get no rest, and I know this sounds ridiculous but seriously. Try standing for a whole basketball game and then having to go out there and stunt.
Cheering at Regions is different than cheering at any regular season game.
The point of hometown games for us is to practice for regions and to make us better. It’s hard going out there for school song or starting five while trying to keep your nerves under control, and at regions it gets even worse. Everything is supposed to be better, this is what we’ve been preparing ourselves all year to go do. Our smiles should be bigger than before, our attitudes should be the best they’ve ever been, and our jumps are performances should be perfect.
Each night we…
…do roughly 15 cheers a quarter. Each cheer has an average of 15 words. We repeat each cheer 3 times. That’s 675 words a quarter. There’s 4 quarters in a game so by the time we finish we have cheered about 2700 words per game, multiplied by two if both teams play, which brings us to over 5000 words – not including our floor cheers, the cheer we do in our regions routine or any other spontaneous words we shout out while cheering.