Stunting Takes Cheer to Whole New Level

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STUNTING: Varsity stunt groups wave and cheer on the Braves! These formations and moves take hours of practice but make cheerleading so much more eye-catching and exciting.

Ava Morgan , staff writer

Have you ever considered throwing a girl in the air or getting thrown in air yourself? If so, cheerleading is something you might look into.

Starting in the early 1920’s and up until the late-60’s, women turned to cheerleading because few schools let women participate in varsity sports. Girls and even guys have taken up cheerleading ever since thanks to the competitive and social experiences it provides.

Eighteen girls cheer on the SVHS varsity squad and 11 on JV! Stunting is one of the moves they spend most of their practice time perfecting. Stunting takes lots of strength and practice for every single person in the group.

Stunting groups are made up of four people: a backspot, two bases, and a flyer, making up four SVHS stunt groups on varsity with 2 extras and two stunt groups in JV with three extras.

The backspotter’s job is to count when practicing stunts, and any time something goes wrong in the stunt they take charge and tell everyone what to do. The bases, a main base and a secondary base, are “in charge” of the bases with the secondary following whatever the main does. Finally, there is the flyer. This person is who everyone sees and is “the face” of the stunt. All of these parts are equally demanding; the bases and backspot provide the main power of any lift or stunt, and the flyer needs to stay tight and push off the bases’s shoulders in order to make the stunt “hit”.

Stunting takes lots and lots of trust. The flyer has to trust that the bases and backspot will catch them and that everyone commits to the stunt and gives their all. Right now the cheerleaders are working really hard and getting the basic stunts solid, so they can be ready for their state stunt camp!