Floor cheers for cheerleading are a major part of riling up a crowd during any sports event. These cheers are practiced on cheerleading mats and then used at the game on the sidelines, especially when the game gets so noisy that regular cheers can't be heard.
The Basics Of Floor Cheers
Floor cheers are choreographed with rhythmic claps, stomps and beats. Since they rely so much on stomping and beating on a hard surface, they are mainly used at basketball games, where they have the most impact thanks to the basketball floor.
Many different types of floor cheers can be performed during breaks in the action of a game. While people often think of floor cheers as large routines that are done in the middle of the court or field, some floor cheers take as little as 30 seconds to perform on the sidelines. Floor cheers are designed to fit wherever they need to during the course of the game, so the head cheerleader is prepped with a variety of different cheers of different lengths. She pays attention to the game so she knows what type of cheer to use and when.
Standing Floor Cheers
Many cheers are done while the cheerleaders are standing in a line in front of the bleachers. They perform a series of stomps and claps, along with a chant that can be echoed by the crowd. The cheerleaders will normally move in unison during a standing floor cheer, but they might add in some acrobatic moves toward the end of the cheer, like toe touches, depending on how long the cheerleaders have to complete the cheer.
Sitting Floor Cheers
Cheerleaders all sit together in a line in between the game and the crowd. The sit with their knees pointed in the same direction, also called pinwheel seating. Once the cheerleaders are seated, they all wait for the captain to start the cheer by saying "Ready, Okay." They use their hands and feet to create a rhythm on the floor. The stomps and claps can be heard even above the din of the game and the roars of the crowd, which make them a perfect fit for basketball games. They also give the cheerleaders a break to rest while still keeping the spirit of the game up.
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