"A winner is somebody who recognizes his God-given talents,
works his tail off to develop them into skills,
and uses them to accomplish his goals."
~Larry Bird, Boston Celtics

"You have to know what you're doing and be able to do it quickly and properly." ~Coach John Wooden

Skill is the knowledge of and the ability to PROPERLY and quickly execute the fundamentals. It means being prepared and covering every single detail. For a cheerleader it means being accurate and sharp. It means being able to keep tempo and stay in sync. It means controlling the different aspects of your voice (pitch, inflection, volume & expression) etc. etc.

Webster's defines it this way-

2 a : the ability to use one's knowledge effectively and readily in execution or performance b : dexterity or coordination especially in the execution of learned physical tasks
3 : a learned power of doing something competently : a developed aptitude or ability skills>
synonym see ART

And what does it take to develop skills? Work. Practice, practice, practice...

"Skill to do comes of doing"
~ Emerson

"We are what we repeatedly do"
~ Aristotle

I'm really sorry that Wst Har couldn't host their UCA camp this year and that Morningside got their camp information to me so late and that it was while I was in class anyway. Camps and clinics are a phenomenal way to learn new skills and to hone the ones you already have.

It's tough to work on specific cheer skills at a small school. Varsity may not get many opportunities to practice since cheerleaders are in volleyball, cross country, martial arts, or have jobs and other obligations. MS may only practice on Wednesdays since so many of they play volleyball, run cross country, or don't have rides.

So it will be important to let me coach you- meaning to let me help you improve the skills you already have and to trust me when I correct you if I think you haven't got something quite right. It will also be important for you to listen to the advice (or correction) of the girls on squad who have more experience than you (like Kaitlyn and Cammey on Varsity and 8th graders on MS).

You may also benefit from ideas and advice from former cheerleaders too, whether they're still in school, or adults like moms, aunts, Hannah, Mrs. Hanson, whomever. Or even cheerleaders from other schools. Maybe even a new student who's cheered at another school or has attended a professional cheer camp before.

In his book, 'Wooden,' the Wizard of Westwood advises that "whether you're an athlete or an attorney, a surgeon or a sales rep, or anything else. You'd better be able to execute properly and quickly. That's skill."

#1 read & use your cheer notebook, if I gave you one
#2 watch and practice with the DVD of our chant list
#3 check our blog ( for links to videos showing you conditioners, jumps, and chants
#4 search the web for more videos and resources like the ones I share.
#5 whether or not you can all practice together after school with your coach, or just have to do it on your own or with one or two of your squad mates whenever you can- you've got to practice, practice, practice. I've had former cheerleaders report that their college roommates caught them doing the Boyer Valley fight-song dance in their sleep! Now THAT's the result of a lot of practice.