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Fire up the fans, inspire the team, and win cheer competitions with the help of Complete Cheerleading! This guide is your all-in-one source for mastering the increasingly challenging individual and team techniques of cheering.
Packed with jumps, stunts, tosses, and more, this comprehensive book includes more than 100 skills that are essential to clean routines and crowd-pleasing stunts. Almost 200 great photographs show the proper execution of the skills, and two of cheerleading’s top coaches provide helpful coaching points throughout the book. Chapters on choreography, competition, and conditioning make this an essential tool for improving both individually and as a squad.
Perform with precision and flair. Whether you cheer on a supportive or competitive squad, Complete Cheerleading will make your next event your best yet!
Chapter 1. Voice Control
Chapter 2. Motion Technique
Chapter 3. Jump Technique
Chapter 4. Tumbling
Chapter 5. Stunt Safety and Spotting
Chapter 6. Basic Stunt Technique
Chapter 7. Intermediate Stunts
Chapter 8. Advanced Stunts
Chapter 9. Single-Based Stunts
Chapter 10. Tosses
Chapter 11. Pyramids
Chapter 12. Choreography and Formations
Chapter 13. Games and Pep Rallies
Chapter 14. Camps and Competitions
Chapter 15. Practicing and Conditioning
Justin Carrier worked for the National Cheerleading Association (NCA) for 11 years, most recently as director of curriculum, until 2004 when he was promoted to director of events and championships. As the curriculum director, he was responsible for training materials, manuals, books, and curriculum for youth, high school, all-star, and college levels. He has appeared in many of the NCA's training videos and speaks regularly at coaching clinics around the country. Carrier is head instructor for many of the NCA's largest camps, and he personally trains more than 5,000 athletes and 400 high school coaches each summer. In addition, he created and developed the coaches certification program for the NCA from 2000 to 2005 and coauthored curriculum for safety programs for both the United States All- Star Federation (USASF) and the National Council for Spirit Safety and Education (NCSSE).
Donna McKay has coached high school cheerleaders for almost 20 years. She has served on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit Rules Committee, on the National Spirit Group (NSG) Spirit Advisory Board, and twice as president of the Iowa Cheerleading Coaches Association. McKay was named the National Federation Section IV Coach of the Year in 1997 and received the NCCC National Outstanding Cheerleading Service of the Year Award in 1995. She compiled a cheerleading handbook, which was distributed to all Iowa high schools, and has twice revised the NCA Coaches Manual.
Her cheer squads and program have earned numerous national distinctions, including recognition as one of the NCA's Best of the Best and an NCA Top 1000 Squad, as well as selection to cheer at the McDonald's All-American Basketball Game on ESPN. Her squads have won two state championships, been awarded four Sportsmanship Trophies at boys' state basketball tournaments, and consistently received Distinguished Academic Achievement Awards. Almost 80 cheerleaders from McKay's squads have been selected to Iowa All-State Squads. She has judged competitions since 1993, speaks at conferences, and coordinates the NCA/NDA National Coaches' and Directors' Conferences. McKay holds an MSE degree in educational administration. She is a teacher and coach in Mason City, Iowa.
"Complete Cheerleading is an excellent resource for veteran coaches, new coaches, and cheerleaders themselves. From skills and stunts to crowd involvement and camp selection, this book will help anyone involved in cheering become even more successful!"
Senior vice president, marketing
National Cheerleaders Association and National Dance Alliance
"Wow! Complete Cheerleading contains a lot of great information about all aspects of cheerleading. I especially encourage everyone to read the section on pep rallies—my favorite!"