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Sep 23

Stop Eating Garbage!

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Alright, this is one of many rants you will find here, in the Cheertator’s domain. This particular one is about what we put into our bodies, and how we expect our bodies to perform with that fuel. I was watching one of those commercials that have been hitting our TV screens lately, advertizing the consumption …

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Sep 21

Ready? Uh, Okay…… Does Your Squad Have an Emergency Plan?

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It should be pretty standard for anyone coaching or in a position of authority for a contact sport like cheerleading, to have things like band-aids and ice packs on hand, but what do you do when something seriously actually happens? Freak out? Yeah, maybe a little. Then you get your head together, and go through …

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Sep 19

Creating a Team Out of a Bunch of Cheerleaders – Team Bonding!

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I was a cheerleader all through middle school and high school. I did all the games, all the competitions, all the rallies, and I don’t think I missed more than a handful of practices for doctors’ appointments or whatever. For all of those six years, I can’t say that I enjoyed all that much of …

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Sep 14

Let’s Get Limber! – Stretches for the whole squad

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Is your team’s stretching regimen mostly just telling the one girl that does the chin-chin that she’s got one minute to stretch out for her crazy contortionist elite stunting section? You know you should, but everybody’s toe touches look fine, and you have other stuff you need to work on, so it’s a waste of …

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Sep 13

5 Tips For Making Conditioning Slightly Less Awful

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Conditioning. To this day, that word makes me nauseous. I was always that girl who wouldn’t do the jump during practices, and just pull it out for the performance, and tried to get out of the sit-ups after practice because “my stomach hurt”. I always HATED conditioning, and I’m guessing, you and your cheerleaders do …

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Sep 13

4 Cures for the Boring Warm-up

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Do you have those five or six people who stand in the back during warm-ups, pretending they are doing everything with the rest of the group? Does everyone look bored during warm-ups, and use it as a time to catch up on the latest gossip? Do you have a group warm-up at all? Well, don’t …

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