Every week on a daily basis, I go to a beginner cheerleading class 2 days
a week. We practice on jumps, tumbling, motions, you know the basic stuff.
I Suck at doing everything, I'm eleven and I can`t even do a herky, round-off,
backward roll, or anything to impress the coaches. I think it is the cause
of my weight (which is personal). I mean they help the other preteens/kids
and me, but the little girls can do theirs better than me. I`m always
hurt when my sister does something well because I can't do it. I feel
like quitting the beginner cheerleading classes. Do you have any camps,
programs, etc. that I could go to for help?
not be discouraged... instead become DETERMINED to excel at cheerleading!
Your weight should not be a concern in Cheerleading, unless you are medically
limited. There is a roll for you on the squad if you dedicate yourself
to really mastering each move, each chant, each stunt & each bit of
your tumbling. I've taught cheerleaders of all shapes, sizes and ages.
However, if you are new to stunts, tumbling, jumps and motions it may
take you a few extra months of practicing to get up to speed.
On my website...www.CoachWayne.com I have some resources that may be helpful
to you. Grab a parent and surf over to the site together to share your
dreams! There you'll find:
1) my Better Back-Handsprings video. It's very good for
beginner tumblers because the tape has seven complete workouts on it that
you can practice at home. They will help you get stronger & more coordinated
much more quickly.
2) my "TumblingTIPS" articles. They are FREE. Print them up
and read them ... and DO the exercises.
3) on the "CREDITS" page you'll find LINKS to many website.
Some websites have chants & motions that you can be practicing on.
4) sign up for my mailing list... I'll be releasing some new videos and
guidebooks just for cheerleaders in your situation. By being on the list
you'll find out about new things (possibly even some camps) as soon as
HOW IS YOUR TUMBLING?
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tumbling for students &
Instructor training for staff
Wayne is the Head Coach for the Savannah College of Art and
Design Cheerleading team and Executive Coach of Olympic Gymnast
Zuzana Sekerova. His articles, videos and books have been
used by students and instructors world wide since 1991. Coach
Wayne is available for in-gym instructor training and performance
tumbling clinics throughout the year. For booking information,
coaches/owners should call 912.398.8082. Students and parents
should request coaches/owners to contact Coach Wayne: www.CoachWayne.com,
email@example.com or 912-238-1747, 912-398-8082.
Remember, cheerleading is a sport and art that should
continuously improve over YEARS... not days. COMMIT yourself to STUDYING
every aspect of cheerleading... learn something new about it EVERY day.
Those little ideas will accumulate over time until you have a WEALTH of
knowledge and experience.
Take your time, be patient and do all you can EACH day to develop ALL
your cheerleading skills. BUILD yourself up in areas where you can EXCELL.
For example, if another girl is better at being a 'flyer' (the one who
gets tossed into the air) and you're a base... (the one tossing her) LEARN
to be the VERY BEST base you can possibly be!
If you can't do a good cartwheel yet... then WORK every day on having
the BEST handstand! It's simpler, but by becoming truly GREAT at simple
skills and motions YOU will eventually develop GREATNESS in more complicated
Find some older cheerleaders and ask them to teach you some CHANTS and
MOVES & then teach them to a few of your friends and put on a little
cheer routine to show the coach and the rest of the kids that you'll go
ABOVE and BEYOND the things everyone else is doing so that YOU can become
GREAT & SHARE that greatness!
Lastly, have your Mom contact some of the high school cheer-squads to
find out about local camps and clinics.
Have fun, be safe push HARD!!!