Monday, January 25, 2016

This week is sectionals week for every competitive cheer team in the state of Illinois. This means that there are five high schools that are chosen to host a sectional. All the other teams are divided equally by the location of their town to go and compete. This is the competition everyone has been working hard for. If you make top five in your sectional you qualify for state. State is hosted in Bloomington every year at the U. S. Cellular Collisuim. The state competition is broke ln down into two days. To make day one your team is the top five in your sectional. Meaning you are at least one of the top 25 teams in the state.  To make it to day two of state your team has to make the top ten on day one. Then you would compete on day two and hopefully make top three.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Over the weekend, the Paris cheerleading team went to Traid High School and competed in their hardest competition of the season. We left the old school parking lot at 5:45 in the morning, the arrived in Troy at about 8:00. When we walked in, we checked in, then were taken to our room. While we walked down the hallway to the room we walked past Breese Central. They have been the state champions for the past two years. You could cut the tension with a knife. In the room, we finished applying makeup and put our shoes on while Tanner and Heather went to the coaches meeting. When they returned, we went and watched Breese central preform, they did well. They finished with only two deductions. One stunt fell and one tumbling touch down. Then, we went to warm ups. First you stretch, then you warm up tumbling, then jumps, then stunts. By that time we needed to move to the next mat and run a full out. Full outs in cheerleading are awful and take everything out of you. After we ran the full out we stood in line with two other teams for our turn to compete. When it was our turn, Angus said, " hit one three" then we all yelled," 1,2,3 hit!" Just like normal. We went out waving and smiling to the crowd. The nerves are super high at this point. The announcer said," paris you may now take the floor." My team and I went out and slayed our routine better than ever.  It was one of the best feelings in the world. We sat in the bleachers and watched all the medium teams perform, then large.  Then, it was time for awards. They called third place, Breese
Central, second place Carterville, then first PARIS. We did it. We beat the state champions!!

Monday, January 11, 2016

In the sport of cheerleading, there are many important aspects. To be a cheerleader, you need good jumps, good tumbling, good stunting skills, and good spirit. To me, the best part of cheerleading is stunting.  I enjoy stunting because people throw me really high in the air, I hit a body position that looks really cool. It's awesome because most people can't do that kind of stuff, like a chin chin. Cheerleading makes you unique. Tumbling is my second favorite part because how many other people can throw eight standing back tucks in a row on gym floor at a basketball game. Jumping is every cheerleaders worst nightmare. I think this school has a great cheer team that has a lot of talent and spirt for our sports.  From cheering for our football team, boys and girls basketball, to encouraging our teams to do their best is what cheerleading is all about.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

There are four different types of cheer leading. There is all star cheer leading, academic cheer leading, and pro cheer leading. All star cheer leading is strictly competitive cheer leading. All star cheerleaders are normally associated with a gym that teaches tumbling, gymnastics and cheer leading. Academic cheer leading is cheering for a school, no competitions, just game cheering. They are associated with a school and their main focus is cheering for other sports and raising school spirit. Pro cheer leading is just like every other sport that is pro. They cheer for the NBA and NFL. In the cheer world they are not considered as real cheerleaders, they are move dancers or entertainers. The last type is recreational cheer leading. This type you sign up and coaches teach you the basics of cheer leading. Most cheer leaders begin here.