Cheerleading Blog’s 2013 initiatives were designed to get the opinions of the real experts – our readers! As part of our 2013 schedule, we’ll be posting a new cheerleading poll every month and making it open to your voting! Check the newest poll, and be sure to cast your vote! Once you cast your vote, you’ll be able to see the most current cheer trends and results. Be sure to check our polls every month, and to cast your vote! The full results for each poll will be available the following month in its own blog article. Fundraising for cheerleading is a vital part of many programs! Teams spend their nights and weekends thinking of great fundraising ideas, then executing those ideas. Cheerleaders fundraise for summer camp attendance, admission fees for competitions, and for their regular season. It seems neverending! Which got us thinking about when teams start their fundraising efforts. Sorry! This poll is no longer open for voting. View the results here.
The thing about fashion is that it is always changing and evolving, which is particularly baffling to the uninitiated. Most people wouldn’t even be caught dead wearing what was considered fashionable ten years ago. However, as the fashion icon Coco Chanel had once said, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same, ” and I couldn’t agree more. I believe that it all comes down to a few ideas and secrets that not only help you keep up-to-date with the current trends, but also save you a few bucks.
There was an era when fashion was dictated by a handful of fashion design boutiques or celebrity tycoons. With the Internet available at your fingertips, everyone today is a fashion designer. But, the question is, are you a “pro fashion designer’? Do know how to look chic within your budget? If you can’t imagine wearing anything well outside of
your cheerleading uniform, better read this article to revaluate your fashion sense for
cheer events when you leave the uniform at home. These seven secrets will not only blow your mind, but definitely will change the way you think about getting fashionable these days! So, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty secrets of fashion.
1. You wear the clothes, and not the other way around. Never let your clothes overpower your sense of style and your look. Just because a particular trend is popular, it does not mean you have to wear it‚ especially, if you think it does not look good on you! That is why it is essential that you figure out your style statement and to do that; you have to go out and experiment with different styles to see which ones look good on you.
2. Take care of your body. At the end of the day, clothes and trends will come and go, but it is your body which will remain with you in the long run. You need to be friends with it, make peace with it. If you do not like the way your body looks, no amount of expensive clothing is going to make you feel beautiful and comfortable. This means
eat healthy, moisturize your skin, and stop using a ton of chemical products because they are the latest fad.
3. When unsure, go with black. There is a reason why black is the most popular color on the spectrum. It suits every skin complexion, is appropriate for almost every event, and has a slimming effect on the wearer’s silhouette. Perhaps that is the reason why Ms. Chanel said that the “Little Black Dress’ is a must-have in every woman’s closet. Keep an emergency black item in your closet, because you never know when you may need it.
4. Get a good tailor. Sizes are a tricky thing, which is why not every dress and piece that you love is going to fit you like a glove. But, then again, a good dress is completely wasted if it is ill-fitted. So, unless you learn how to sew your own dresses, we suggest that you find a cheap tailor that can alter your clothes to best suit your frame. Trust me, it’ll make quite the change to your entire wardrobe.
5. Know a few inexpensive, yet magical shops. Not all of us can afford high-end designer clothes. That is where little boutiques and online shops come in. You will be amazed to find how many online stores sell “as worn on’ clothes priced at discount. Take a few hours from your week to look around your neighborhood for cute little shops and handloom pop-ups. They are so underrated, and offer great saving deals! Honestly, all I’m saying is that
looking good does not need to break your bank. Still you don’t believe me? Here’s one of the many online shopping hacks that can practically save your bank balance: buy any fashion product and add it to your cart. Keep this product in the cart for a few days. Now, if your social media account is linked to the shopping site, then you will start to see remarketing ads all over your social media. Click on these ads, but don’t buy the product. After few days, you might see the price of this product dropped, or a few discounts on the similar items.
6. Learn to walk in heels. At one point, you will have to wear heels, whether it is on a date or at work, and trust me, the first time is always painful. It’s fine if you aren’t comfortable with stilettos; that is why I suggest that you get yourself a pair of wedges or even kitten heels, and learn to carry those off. Not only will it give your posture a boost, but you can always level up from them if you decide that heels are actually your thing.
7. Make your very own look book. This may sound a little exhausting, but trust me on this, it will save you tons of time and hassle, especially if you have to leave for work early in the morning. A look book makes sure that not only you are up-to-date as to what is inside your closet, but that you take time to plan your outfits. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Lay down your clothes on your bed, snap pictures and see which ones look good with which.
Add in accessories, and voila‚ you have multiple looks waiting for you in your closet! So, the next time you go out, you do not have to wrack your brains about what to wear.
With social media shopping sprees on the rise and an increasing budget for fashion, the industry is evolving very fast and you won’t know when your favorite fashion piece will get out-dated. Luckily, these seven secrets will always be fresh and help you stay up-to-date.
What style secrets do you swear by? Leave a comment below and let us know!
About the Author:
Stacey Connor is a freelance writer who loves to read and write articles on fashion, beauty, and lifestyle tips. She divides her time between travel and lifestyle.
He or she may be a drill sergeant one second and then the most lovable, amazing best friend you’ve always hoped for the next, but your one thing is clear about your cheer coach: they will always be on your side. Cheer coaches are unique variations of the typical team coach, who tend to be on the quirkier side of life. Although passionate, empathetic, and straight-up intense are some main adjectives to describe cheer coaches, those qualities are just side effects of how much they care about their team‚ which doesn’t come with every sport. And because of their driven and motivating attitude, you are on the road to becoming the best cheerleader you can possibly be. And for that, you secretly love these five things about your cheer coach:
1. If you can’t turn your frown upside down, they will for you.
Just like the line “there’s no crying in baseball ” from the movie A League of Their Own, there’s no frowning in cheerleading. It’s common knowledge that bad days happen‚ it’s inevitable! But to your cheer coach, bad days are for the non-cheerleading normal folk of the world. And you’re better than that. So, get your smile on! NOW!
2. They’re a walking Walgreens.
Need bobby pins? Hair spray? BandAids? A snack? Some water? How about some Icy Hot and an ACE bandage? Three ACE bandages? Mints? Glitter? At this point in the season, you’ve come to the conclusion that your coach’s cheer bag is the real-life version of the magical purse in Mary Poppins. There’s probably also a lamp in there, right next to a spoon full of sugar. Oh wait, the sugar is just a Snickers bar. That’ll do just the trick.
3. Their “tough love’ is so adorable, you can’t even be mad.
You know that your coach wants the routine to be perfect, so when you don’t hit right for the umphteenth millionth time, you also know what’s
coming next: The Big Practice Reprimand. Their eyes stretch all big and the vein in their forehead pops out like it’s going to explode and their voice is like thunder raining down upon you, echoing in all directions around the gym‚ but it’s still so cute how hard they’re trying to be!
Acting all tough is part of the job, yet you love it because you know they’re nothing but a big softy deep down. At these times, you apologize, get back into your position, and know that your coach will probably give you a big hug in, like, an hour.
4. You’re practicing for a competition or a home game performance, but to them, you’re practicing for the Olympics.
I mean, maybe on day cheerleading will become an official Olympic sport, but for now, your coach can make it real enough for you every day at practice. “Now, let’s do it full out‚ AGAIN. Pop those motions! Okay, one more time, but this time‚ facials! AGAIN.” Their unfaltering determination may make you exhausted and apt to complain, yet you are completely amused about it at the same time.
5. You wish you could take pictures of their facial expressions and frame them.
Cheer coaches‚ because they are so emphatic about cheer and all cheer-related things‚ usually react very expressively to what they see and hear, whether it’s related to cheerleading or not. Have you ever realized how animated your coach really is? Try it out: you could say something amazing to them, like you’ve just received a cheer scholarship to an outstanding college, and then watch their face react. Priceless. Or you could nonchalantly say to your coach that you’d rather stay home and watch Netflix all weekend instead of traveling to the competition you’ve been training so hard for‚ their face will no doubt be the best thing you’ve ever seen, but you will definitely be playing with fire with that joke!
What other things do you secretly love about your cheer coach? Tell us stories about what makes your coach unique and lovable in the comments below!
The main celebration of the summer is upon is, and it’s time to bust out the barbecue and the fireworks‚ it’s the 4th of July! With fireworks exploding up above, delicious food on the grill, and friends enjoying each other’s company everywhere, what’s not to love about this holiday?? Red, white, and blue is the theme; it doesn’t get more American than this. As people across the country take the day to appreciate their freedom and the great nation we live in, cheerleaders do it a little differently. From the moment cheerleaders wake up to the last firework in the sky, the Independence Day activities differ from the norm. Here’s a breakdown of how cheerleaders celebrate the 4th of July:
You wake up and immediately assemble your uniform.
The uniform is the ultimate sign of a cheerleader, and that means you’ve got to be as red, white, and blue as possible! The pressure is on to step it up, since you’re cheering on your country today! Good thing you’ve stocked up on adhesive glitter stars throughout the last cheer season to put all over your body like you’re a flag‚
The sky isn’t the only thing that’s going to be sparkling today‚
Holidays are the perfect times to bust out your extended glitter collection! You’re thinking red glitter lips, with blue eyelids, and white for cheeks, arms, legs, and maybe even streaks in your hair. Has anyone ever rocked glitter eyebrows? Is that a thing?? And, glitter isn’t just an accessory today, it’s a strategy: in case you get lost in the excitement, your friends can just follow the glitter trail that you’ll inevitably be leaving behind you as you go.
You can’t wait to show your Liberty!
The barbecue get-together is starting to get poppin’ outside, and your cheer besties have arrived! Time to do some [safe] cul-de-sac stunting for America!! You might not have the full team present, but you have enough teammates and energy to get creative. So, gather round, everyone, we cheerleaders have prepared a little something for the holiday festivities‚ called a Liberty.
Watching the fireworks display gets you inspired.
The way the fireworks are bursting above you makes you think of ideas for your next cheer season. Don’t those kind of look like shiny poms‚ poms that you can throw in the middle of your routine in fun new ways? Like how that firework exploded, kind of out to the side‚ the team has never thrown poms in that direction before! You make a mental note to reach out to your coach after the holiday concerning how dazzling your team could be come Homecoming.
No matter what you end up doing this 4th of July, have the most amazing time doing it! From Omni Cheer to you, have a very Happy Independence Day!
In what other ways do cheerleaders celebrate the 4th of July differently? What are some memorable Independence Day moments that you’ve had as a cheerleader? Share your story in the comments!
If a cheerleader were a superhero, spirit would be her power. Cheerleaders have the ability to pump up the crowd, inspire fans, encourage athletes to push harder, and support an entire team or school. With some pom shakes, catchy cheers, and a bright smile,
your squad can get the whole crowd spirited.
We recently discussed
cheers and chants, from when to use them and how to teach and learn them. Now, it’s all about using them (and other things) to get the spirit going. After all, cheerleaders (especially school cheerleaders) are always a source of spirit.
Particularly in the fall season, cheerleading squads at school will be focused on incorporating spirit in almost everything they do. Your squad will be cheering at football games and basketball games, hosting and
performing at pep rallies, fundraising, participating in homecoming, and many other school or squad-related events. A good cheer squad uses spirit in all of these events and tasks to keep things fun, light-hearted, and exciting for everyone involved.
At games or pep rallies, it’s important to go all out with spirit. The easiest way to do so is to
use pom poms, megaphones, banners, signs, and catchy chants and cheers. You’ll know if your spirit is successful based on the crowd’s participation. Are they joining you in chanting? Are they responding positively to your cheers? The more spirited you are, the more spirited the audience and, as a result, the more spirited the sports team. That can make all the difference between
winning and losing the game.
When it comes to poms, go for holographic or metallic ones that catch the light and grab everyone’s attention. You don’t need to use them with every cheer, but they are a great way of getting the crowd to notice what you’re doing. Megaphones are perfect for getting the audience involved with your cheers. While the squad performs a chant, one cheerleader can
use the megaphone to encourage the crowd to join in. If you use banners, keep the phrases and words short and sweet, like “go team!” or “win!” All poms, megaphones, and banners should include your school or team colors.
When performing your chant, keep the words sharp and clear. The better the audience can understand you, the more likely they are to cheer with you. At pep rallies, you can use all of these techniques but include music. Make sure the song has a catchy beat and easy to follow rhythm.
Remember, spirit isn’t easily categorized and there are no certain rules as to what will and won’t inspire spirit. It all depends on the cheer squad and the audience. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when thinking of ways to promote spirit. Ultimately, your goal is to get everyone in a great and competitive mood and to encourage
school and team spirit!
What does your squad do to inspire spirit?
So you want to be a cheerleader. You’ve watched Youtube video after video, you’ve watched the cheerleaders perform, and you’ve
prepared for tryouts (maybe you’ve even just made the team!). Now, the only hurdle left is telling your parents.
For some, telling your parents your want to be a cheerleader isn’t as easy as it seems. You might be nervous that they’d disapprove or not let you join the squad. Maybe they just want you to focus on school or join another sport. Or, maybe they just don’t know how much you want to be a cheerleader.
Whatever the reason for your hesitation, we’re here to help! There are several ways you can approach your parents and share with them your desire to wear the
You’re afraid your parents won’t understand.
A frequent fear of the hopeful cheerleader is that their parents won’t understand why they want to cheer. Many times, this thought only stems from the fact that your parents never knew your dream in the first place! Explain to them the reasons
why you want to cheer, how your interest grew, and why you would enjoy it. Parents want their kids to be happy so focus on explaining why cheerleading would do just that!
Your mom or dad wants you to play another sport.
This is often the case if one of your parents played a particular sport growing up and he or she wants you to keep up the tradition. Let’s say mom or dad played tennis and wants you to tryout for the tennis team. While you don’t have any interest in playing tennis, you
do want to cheer. It may be difficult, but you’ve got to tell your parents that their dreams aren’t the same as yours. Cheerleading is your tennis; just as they loved playing tennis, you want to cheer. Also, it may help to remind your parents that cheerleading
requires just as much athleticism as any other sport. It’s competitive, it demands dedication, and rit equires hard work and drive.
Your parents have fallen prey to negative cheerleader stereotypes.
Unfortunately, there are a few negative cheer stereotypes
‚ cheerleaders are ditzy, cheer isn’t a sport, cheerleaders don’t have good grades, cheerleading won’t help you get into college. It’s important to not only remind your parents that these stereotypes aren’t true, but to also show them
how they’re not true. Put together some research that proves those stereotypes wrong. Show them that many cheerleaders are smart, go to college, and
pursue careers in politics and science; reveal to them how much athleticism and drive cheerleading requires. Perhaps most importantly, explain to them that cheerleaders
make a difference in their community, learn the value of teamwork, and dedicate much of their spare time to cheer.
Your parents are worried your grades will slip.
It’s natural for parents to want you to focus on your grades. They’re important! If you want to cheer, and believe you can handle both the rigorous training schedule and homework, then it’s important to tell (or even better, show) your parents that you can
maintain your good grades. Talk to the cheer coach about the schedule to get an idea of how many hours a week the squad practices, competes, and performs. Then, create a weekly or monthly schedule, creating time blocks for homework and studying. If you plan out your schedule, not only will it help your parents see that you’ll still have time for school work, it will also show them that you’re serious about becoming a cheerleader.
Your parents think cheer is too expensive.
Cheerleading costs can add up and it’s natural for your parents to be worried about all the expenses. Ask the cheer coach what the typical fees are and find out if your school offers any kind of funding or scholarship. Many squads fundraise to help cut down squad fees. Let the coach know that you’re worried about all of the costs and see if you can do some
extra fundraising or work out a payment schedule with the school. Many coaches and schools are accommodating so don’t assume that you can’t
afford to join the team!
Whatever the reason for your hesitation, don’t let the fear of your parents saying “no” prevent you from trying out for cheerleading. Open up to them and share all the reasons why you want to be a cheerleader!
Did you have a hard time telling your parents you wanted to be a cheerleader? Are your parents supportive of you cheering? What are your tips for telling parents? Help a fellow cheerleader out and share your thoughts with a comment!
A genius who is clearly using his power for good has made what is perhaps the best, most important discovery of 2015 thus far. We don’t know how
YouTube user Thomas Jung stumbled upon the fact that Katy Perry’s “Firework” matches up perfectly with an “80s cheerleading video, but we are sure glad he did.
first saw this brilliant find on the Huffington Post, who pointed out that the cheer video is from 1984″ “the same year Katy was born. They joke that this is probably just a coincidence, but we aren’t so sure.
Maybe this mashup is a sign that Katy should start her own cheer squad. She does
wear cheerleading uniform-inspired outfits a lot, and those sharks she danced with during her incredible Super Bowl halftime performance yesterday could be her team mascots!
It’s too bad “Firework” wasn’t around when the routine was originally performed, because the fierceness of the song is a great match for the fierce old-school cheer moves. Somewhere over the past 30 years we’ve stopped using the robot and running man quite as often in our competition routines, but that same cheer spirit is still pumping through cheerleaders’ veins on blue mats, grassy fields, and gym floors today.
Watch the amazing
“Firework”-University of Louisville cheer team mashup below:
Did you love the Katy Perry halftime show as much as we did? Does seeing this mashup make you want to go watch a bunch of videos of old cheer competitions, too?
Cheerleaders and the
cheerleading uniform are one of the most icon images across all forms of pop culture. One place where cheerleading is often mention and used as a visual is in music. In songs, the “cheerleader’ is sometimes the villain – a girl that is “perfect’, shallow, materialistic or snobby. This isn’t always the case though! Cheerleading is used in music videos to represent great dance and
cheer choreography, and even to represent a large social group.
Here is a list of some of the most recent, and some of our favorite, cheerleading references in music:
Cheerleading in Music
Gwen Stefani, “Hollaback Girl”, 2005
This video has a high school theme – and even includes cameos from several local (Orange County, CA) cheerleading, marching band, pep flag and drill teams! In the video, Gwen and her dancers wear
cheerleading uniforms and even perform some
cheerleading stunts. They even use cheerleading signs to spell out the word “bananas”. Gwen’s video was nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards, and took home the honors for Best Choreography.
Toni Basil, “Hey, Mickey”, 1982
The video features Toni Basil and some dancers performing in cheerleading uniforms and is one of the most iconic in
music history! It is spoofed, sampled and referenced across all pop culture outlets – from
television shows to movies to other music.
Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me”, 2009
In this video, Taylor Swift plays two high-school aged characters: the shy girl and the popular cheerleader. The popular
cheerleader character is represented as a popular, and mean, girl that does not appreciate her boyfriend. Taylor also references the difference of high school social circles with the lyrics: she’s
cheer captain I’m on the bleacher. The song was nominated for several Grammy awards, Kid’s Choice awards and Country Music Awards.
Madonna, “Give Me All Your Luvin'”, 2012
Madonna performed at the 2012 Superbowl, and the (then-upcoming) gig inspired the video for this song! The video features M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj
dressed up as cheerleaders and leading a group bazaar, mask-wearing cheerleaders…we’re guessing this was just an artistic choice! Madonna’s Superbowl performance also featured cheerleaders!
What did we leave out? Which songs and music videos that feature cheerleading are your favorite?
Congratulations to Alejandra, who won our drawing for Reader of the Month!
Alejandra is one cool cheerleading coach. Not only does she coach, she works with migrant students in her community, which she loves. When not coaching or helping others, she is a big fan of bedazzling. That’s right – bedazzling. Since she’s such a big fan of sparkle, she loves ordering sequined Chasse bows from
Alejandra would love to visit Giza, Egypt. Her dream is to visit all seven world wonders, including the Giza Pyramids, which she finds the most interesting.
She’s a frequent Cheerleading Blog visitor (she reads us almost every day!) and her favorite article was on
bullying versus constructive criticism. This helps her with coaching and knowing how to provide constructive criticism when one of her cheerleaders needs to know what to improve and work on.
We are now accepting entries for next month’s Reader of the Month! Alejandra is getting a prize package
from Chasse Cheer full of great cheer accessories this month. Next month it could be YOU!
Learn how to enter to win next month’s prize!
Impress Cheerleading Judges
The day of your
cheerleading competition is the most anticipated event of the year. After investing countless days, weeks and months on long, grueling cheer practices and conditioning for a three minute show, you want to make sure your squad is ready to compete.
We have compiled an extensive list of tips to help you prepare for that emotionally-exhilarating competition day you’ve worked so long and hard for. Our list covers everything you’ll need to know, from the first day of choreography, to that final moment when your feet finally hit the blue mat.
Here is a basic list of what judges look for in a cheerleading competition:
- Jumps: a high number of jumps aren’t always a good thing. Judges are looking for quality over quantity. Meaning placements, execution and poise of the movement are everything. Most of all, POINT THOSE TOES!
- Timing: Judges pay close attention to timing and rhythm of the moves, jumps and dance routine. Smooth transitions from dance routines, to stunting, to the cheer, itself, are very important as well.
- Choreography: Judges will give extra points for originality and amplitude of movements. All movements must be crisp and everyone must look like they are in sync with the performance. Also, make sure to choose exciting music that will pump up the crowd.
- Cheer: Judges are listening for loud and enthusiastic voices that are clear. Don’t slur or mispronounce. Make sure the content of your cheer is appropriate, as well.
- Spirit: Judges want to see if you make a connection with the crowd. They want to see the crowd react to your performance and your cheer. Keep eye contact, smile, and make enthusiastic facial expressions. Another note: no one on your squad should be yelling, “Whoooo!” Instead, use mascots, the school name or initials, or school colors in your efforts to boost crowd participation.
- Tumbling: Judges look for the number and execution of tumbling moves. Not just that, but they look for complexity of the combination of back somersaults, handsprings, cartwheels, dive rolls, splits, and tumbles that make the routine stand out.
- Stunts: Judges look for creativity, difficulty, and how solid the team is when performing the stunts.
- Overall Appearance: Your squad’s cheerleading uniforms should all be clean and fit correctly. Hair and makeup must also be uniformly styled. It’s important to apply more makeup than you generally would on a day-to-day basis.
Cheerleading judges want your squad’s performance to be full of confidence. By remembering to focus on things like facial expressions (that reflect you’re interested in what you’re doing), enthusiastic smiles and eye contact will all help you out with competition judges.
Once you’ve got the basic guidelines for what to do and not to do, it’s time to impress the judges!
Now, from the top:
Make the beginning of your routine memorable. Whether it’s a music cue or your entire team starting with a standing tumble, make it as unique as possible.
Be careful of awkward silent moments between your dance and cheer routines. Be sure to make the cheer portion of the performance engaging for the audience and focus on creating an “interactive” experience your squad can share with spectators. One of the most powerful ways to involve the crowd during your routine is through body language. Using signs, banners, flags, hand gestures and anything else that may pull the crowd into your cheer will only positively impact your team’s score.
Perhaps most importantly, make sure your team’s performance looks polished and effortless! Details are one of the most important elements of your squad’s routine and it’s important to make sure everyone is smiling. Additionally, make sure your team’s crazy three minute, high-cardio routine is full of flips and tricks that look effortless. Easy right?
On Competition Day:
On competition day, make sure every member of your squad removes their nail polish and/or jewelry. Since
cheerleading competitions are oftentimes judged on visual elements and generally take place during winter, applying a light-colored self-tanner to skin may be necessary. Applying a lotion self-tanner a week in advance will also help you avoid potential fake-looking orange coloration.
For the hair, have it pulled back as tightly as possible. Putting hair up in a bun or tight curls are great for teams with long hair. Make sure there is no loose hair around the face
‚ judges want to see expressions and will deduct points if facial expressions are hidden by hair. Make sure uniforms are ironed the night before and shoes and socks are washed and white as possible.
make up, make sure it is worn heavier than usual as the judges will be sitting at a distance. Use
dramatic mascara and eye makeup to play up the eyes, heavy powder to combat shine, blush for facial contour and
lipstick in a dark pink or red to play up big smiles.
From start to finish, here’s everything you need to succeed and come out number one for the competition season. So get out there, have fun, and compete your hearts out! This will be one of the most memorable times for your team. Most of all, good luck! Hope to see you at nationals!