One of the biggest questions that almost every girl interested in cheerleading has is, “Am I too big to be a cheerleader?”
There are so many things to consider when answering this question. Of course if you are 400 lbs. and can barely walk, then you are probably too big because you become a safety hazard to yourself or any person that you are lifting/stunting with. But what if you are just standing there and cheerleading for a crowd with no tumbling, no stunting, no jumping, and no other skills involved. Then you should be OK to do it as long as you pass a physical.
So to answer the question on whether or not you are too big is really dependant on the situation that you are asking. So you need to decide first what the cheerleading team of interest does. Does it compete? Do they just cheer? Do they require tumbling? Do they require pyramids? If any cheerleading skills are involved then you need to be able to do them, or try to do them safely. A lot of these skills will also be determined based on your position.
Cheerleading involves many positions. There are flyers, bases, and spotters. You should be honest about your body type and place yourself in a reasonable position. You should not expect a girl to be20 lbs lighter than you and have her put you in the air. It’s a safety issue and you would not be able to achieve some of the more difficult stunts. So being a base or a spot, should not really have a weight requirement as long as you can do what is required of you as a cheerleader.
Now the bigger question is when girls are interested in being a flyer on an all-girl or coed team. There is more of a limitation as far as weight. I have definitely seen girls weigh 20 lbs. heavier than others and still fly better by being able to stay tight and hold their weight. It does come to a point where you can only be so tight, and have the best technique. At some point there is a weight that is too big. A girl at 200 lbs. is NOT going to do a Rewind on a pod or a guy, no matter how good they are. Honestly as a coach I have always felt that if they can do it, then there is no problem, but as a realist I know that there are some limitations.
So to answer the question, “Am I too big to be a cheerleader?” The answer in most cases is NO. The bigger question is “Can I make the team?” and that’s going to really depend more on the position, the coach, your skill level, and how many spots are available.