BTW - did you notice my squad number changed, AGAIN? The cheer director came up to me & said, "Ummm, you're not going to believe this, but you have one more." Whaaat? She's the sister of a player, so she has to come to our squad. (If she weren't a player's sister, she'd go to a less-full squad; but they're making another exception. Yay? ;-) They make exceptions for cheerleaders, but not football players (why we got spilt up last year) since too many players = not enough playing time, while everyone can still cheer.) TWENTY, y'all. TWENTY. Jaw = floor.
Jaw = up. Hands on hips. Smiles on lips. ;-)
So at camp, they learned 3 basic jumps:
toe touch (more like a spread eagle at this age)
& herkie. (Herkies are my fave. :-P)
Then we played "Cheerleader Says" (like "Simon Says") with cheer arms: high V, low V, daggers, touchdown, right/left L, K, & diagonals, T, broken T, bow and arrow, etc.
We finished with stunting. B/c we have sooo many littles, and we cheer out on a hard field instead of on a safe, springy, cheer gym floor, we will NOT be doing any stunts where the girls' feet are cradle-held to have them stand up. I'm not up for that liability; I think it's too unstable, and I don't trust these girls w/o more training than just this one camp. We'll do:
[stunt pics from Cheerleading Info Center]
and thigh stands:
They can also do liberties w/ high V's or heel stretches when flying in a single thigh stand (like the L and hitch, but w/o the spot/leg holder on the right.)
So that was camp. I had one crier who wanted mommy (she goes to daycare, so I got her to stop by telling her to pretend this was daycare & that mommy would pick her up in just a bit; score = me!) and three hot messes who wouldn't pay attention :-P ; but with this many girls & this many littles, I think 3/4ths being awesome is pretty good. :-D
Here we are! (Or, well, 2/3rds of the squad! Yep - only 2/3rds...)