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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!

Are You Flexible?

Wednesday April 2, 2014
'Doritos'- Amy Loudon & Dana Emery, Knights American Cheer

Hi! My name is Christy and I'm your new Cheerleading Expert. I'm excited to get started and have loads of new articles and features planned, so be sure to check back often to see what's new.

This month, I am looking for the Top 10 Flexible Flyers. You don't have to be famous or even come from a well-known team, you don't even have to be a flyer, you just have to be super bendy!

If you think you have what it takes to make my top 10, send me a picture of your most flexible skill-- on the ground or in the air-- and answer the following questions:

1. What is your full name and how old are you?
2. What team do you cheer for and at what USASF level?
3. How many years have you been cheering?
4. How many times a week do you stretch?
5. What is you favorite stunt and can you do it or is it a work in progress?

If you are under 18, you MUST have your parent's permission to enter!

So, get stretching and send your pic & answers to cheerleading@aboutguide.com before April 21, 2014. You never know, you might just be featured on Cheerleading.About.Com!

Follow me on Facebook (Cheerleading.About.Com-- Christy Mitchinson) and Twitter (@AboutComCheer) to find out first when new articles are released and when contests are open for entry!

Is Cheerleading a Sport?

Saturday January 21, 2012
Do you consider cheerleading a sport and do you think it really meets the criteria to be one? Why do you think so many people say it's not a sport? Read this article, take our poll and be sure to leave a comment below.

Read the Article
Take Our Poll
Share Your Thoughts Here
Should Cheerleading Be in the Olympics?

CDC Offers Free Online Concussion Training

Thursday January 19, 2012
Concussions are often misdiagnosed or untreated and can be very serious injuries. Learn more in this article and how you can take CDC's Heads Up free online concussion training. Also, CDC has created free tools for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, athletes, and health care professionals that provide important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.

Make Your Practices Perfect

Tuesday January 17, 2012
There's a saying that goes, "Practice makes perfect" and it means that a perfect practice is the first step to a perfect performance. From planning your practices to safety measures, your practice sessions are the basis for how you're perform on the field or court. Perfect practices are as easy as 1, 2, 3...

More Articles on Health for Cheerleaders
| Eating for Energy |
| Dying for Perfection |
| Shout it Out, But Save Your Voice |

The High Costs of Cheerleading

Sunday January 15, 2012
With the economy still putting pressure on families financially, the cost of cheerleading is a concern for most people and programs. And it would not be surprising that your cheerleading squad or family is struggling in these stressful times. So, here is an article that will give you tips on ways to cut the costs of cheerleading. Also, be sure to read these comments about the high cost of cheerleading from other cheerleaders and add your own.

Do You Think Cheerleading Is Too Dangerous?

Friday January 13, 2012
With all the tumbling, stunting and dancing that present-day cheerleaders do, there has been some speculation that the sport has become too dangerous. And although safety has always been a top priority for most coaches, is there still more that needs to be done to ensure that cheerleaders stay safe? Read More...

Take Our Poll - Is Cheerleading Too Dangerous?
Cheer Coaching and Safety Associations

Find a Cheer or Dance Competition

Wednesday January 11, 2012
Updated - 1/11/12 - Lots of new cheer and dance competitions - check your area for upcoming events. This week's additions include: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, IN, IL, KY, MA, MD, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, WI, Canada, and Britain.

| Submit a Competition | Find a Competition |

Cheering at a Basketball Game - Tips

Monday January 9, 2012

Basketball is a fast paced game and it's important that the cheerleaders pay attention to what's it going on and when to cheer and when not to cheer. Here you'll find some tips on the correct way to cheer at a basketball game.

Cheers for Basketball

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