Becoming a Better Flyer

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Being a flyer isn’t as easy as it looks.  It takes hard work and many hours of practice. If you stay dedicated and work through the hard parts you will be amazed by the progress you make. Here are a few things that I have learned from my experience as a flyer:

Teammates

Remember that your team is your family.  You must learn to put up with them even if you don’t always get along.  If you are having a bad day don’t take it out on the other girls on your team, try to forget all about it when you first walk through the door.  If you just need a few seconds to catch your breath and calm down just talk to your coach, I bet they will understand.

Flyers, bases, and back spots are equally important and require focus and teamwork to master a stunt.  However, even if a stunt falls once or twice doesn’t mean the world is over.  There is always next time.  Stay calm and be confident you and your stunt group can do it. Your teammates are there to support you and encourage you so be sure to return the favor.

Stretching

I just recently learned that stretching actually does help you.  I use to just avoid it thinking it was a big waste of time, but my competition cheerleading coach taught me some stretches to  try so I could achieve my heel stretch.  Of course I just blew them off at first thinking they wouldn’t make a difference, but finally I saw the other flyers around me sticking their needles, scorpions, and heel stretches.  That made me jealous, so of course I tried the stretches and even looked some up online.  The stretch that benefited me the most was a leg stretch.  You stand against a wall and have a partner push your leg up as high as you can get it.  Keep the leg you are standing on straight.  If you do this to each leg for a little bit each day you will notice results within two weeks.  You can also do doorway splits where you stand within an open door way and place one of your legs against the door frame. Balance yourself by holding the doorway or the door handle.  A spotter may be needed to help place your legs straight and in the correct position.   These are just some of my favorite stretches that actually help a lot.

Corrections

Improving cheerleading stunts isn’t achieved  just from repetition.  You have to stop and figure out what you’re doing wrong in order to resolve the issue. Have another person record you doing the stunt from a front view and a side view.  Watch the video and try to point out what doesn’t seem right.  That one little thing could make a huge difference.  When you become exhausted sticking a stunt becomes extremely hard to do so be sure to take a break when you get frustrated.   Keep calm and if you need a break your coach will more than likely allow it.

Try some of my tips and let me know if they work!  Remember to always smile because a smile will always make you feel and do better. From one flyer to another, stay tight.

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Haley Caulfield

Haley Caulfield is 16 years of age and has been a cheerleader for 8 years. She has been a member of football cheer, basketball cheer, and competition cheer. She brings us her cheerleading experience as a flyer and hopes to give great advice to all cheerleaders.

5 Comments

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  2. Jan searles

    January 7, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Great blog cannot wait to share with my cheerleaders

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  4. Haley Caulfield

    February 2, 2015 at 8:07 am

    thanks! glad i could help! 🙂

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