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Sunday Skills: The Straight-Up Extension

Sunday April 20, 2014
Straight-Up Extension

This Sunday, we are learning the Straight-Up Extension! This stunt is legal in high school and at USASF Level 2, but should only be attempted by teams who have mastered preps, cradles, and press-up extensions. The Straight-Up extension is a visually pleasing skill to add into your routines, thanks to its height.

While it may look challenging, many stunt groups will find the straight-up extension easier to master than the press-up extension because they can use the momentum from throwing the flyer's weight to lift the stunt through to the top.

Don't forget-- you need a qualified coach and safety mats to perform all stunting skills. Be sure to be safe whether learning a new skill or practicing one you have done a million times.

If your stunt group is ready for a new challenge, check out Sunday Skills: The Straight-Up Extension.

Chatting With Shanika Caudle

Saturday April 19, 2014
Shanika & Friends

Behind every successful program is at least one coach with the heart and drive to make a difference in the lives of their athletes. In the case of FAME All Stars, there are many coaches who fit that description. I asked Phil Logan to recommend a coach I could profile who goes above and beyond for FAME. He knew just the coach...

Shanika Caudle, a coach at FAME All Stars, provides a firm foundation for FAME. She is not only the coach for a number of teams, she is also in charge of registrations. That's a hefty job in a gym the size of FAME! According to Phil, Shanika is a fantastic coach with a big heart who truly puts the gym, her athletes, and her fellow coaches first.

Recently, I interviewed Shanika about her role as a coach in motivating teams, building athletes, and managing the busy office at the gym. Find out what she had to say in 'Shanika Caudle- Putting FAME First'.

Catching up with FAME-ous Phil!

Monday April 14, 2014
Phil & His FAME-ous Athletes

Many, many moons ago, I coached at a little gymnastics school with it's own cheerleading program in Chesapeake, Virginia, called American Cheer Elite (ACE). It was my first proper job as a cheerleading coach (before that I had done mostly volunteer) and it was where I met Phil Logan.

Phil had gotten into college cheerleading through a friend on the team and after a year he worked a summer for the Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders (FCC). The following fall, he came to volunteer at ACE where we spent several months coaching side by side. After leaving ACE, I toyed with the idea of starting my own program. I even began recruiting from high school teams I had done stunt and choreography camps for.

I drug Phil into my little adventure, taking him to an interest meeting, but it quickly became evident that I didn't have the resources or money it would take to compete with established programs. It wasn't long after that I moved to the UK. The same year, Phil, Andrea, and Melvin started FAME. Check out 'How Phil Became FAME-ous' to find out more about Fame, Phil, and the FAME staff.

Would you like your team profiled? Leave a comment below.

Monday Motions: 'Let's Fight'

Monday April 7, 2014
'Let's Fight'

Happy Monday, everyone!

Today, I'm starting a new feature- 'Monday Motions'. On one Monday, every month I will add a new cheer, chant, or dance complete with pictures to help you learn it. You can use these to boost school spirit during a pep rally, cheer on your favorite team, encourage your fellow team mates, or just have a little fun!

This month's 'Monday Motions' is a chant called 'Let's Fight' and it's demonstrated by Charlotte Swain and Elly Hale of Knights American Cheer, based in Warrington, England. KAC is an all star program, but we like to use cheers and chants to keep our teams motivated. Performing a favorite chant after a particularly tough practice sends everyone home with a smile on their face.

Does your team have a favorite cheer or chant? Comment below and maybe I will feature YOUR team performing it!

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