So you want to be a flyer on your cheerleading team and don’t know where to begin, how to even go about doing it, and don’t even know if you can do it? Here are some questions and tips to help you answer the question, “Can I be a Flyer on my Cheerleading Team?”
1. Are you the right size? Size comes up all of the time in cheerleading. Especially for flyers. Of course size should not matter to an extent. I have seen girls stunt better than those girls who were 20lbs lighter and that’s because they had good technique, no fear, and they wanted it. But remember that it all depends on your team, the team’s skill level, and the size of the bases. Just honestly take a look at the flyers now and subjectively make the ruling if you can be a flyer. If you are twice the size of the other flyers then you really should look at being a base or a backspot for the safety of you and your team.
2. Can I fly? Are you afraid of heights? Can you stand on one foot and stay tight? Are you willing to listen to criticism, then you can fly. Now of course there’s more to it than that, but that will come in due time.
3. Where do I start? Start by stretching. There are so many skills that flyers do that require flexibility. Stretch every other day and make sure that you really are getting into the stretching, and not just go through the motions.
4. Study it? Watch tapes online like on “Youtube.com” or find sites with tips like “Cheerwiz.com” to help get a better understanding of how to do some of the required stunts. Pay attention to what you should and should not do, and how to save the stunt if you have problems.
5. How do I practice? You can first practice on the ground having someone hold onto your waist for safety issues. Once comfortable see if a base (or set of bases) with the proper spotting for safety issues can stick around after practice. The other solution is to go to a stunt camp in your area to some extra help away from your team.
6. Did you talk to the coach? Don’t be shy to talk to the coach and see if there is any advice they can give you.
7. Do you really want it or is there another reason? Make sure that you are doing it for the right reasons and not doing just for the sake of popularity.
8. Do it! – If you feel that you are good enough and are willing to put the time in, then “DO IT!” If you just keep it as a dream, then it will always remain a dream. So make it real by stretching, studying tapes, checking out the websites, talking to the coach, practicing after practice, and go get it. Be a flyer.