In the past decade, cheerleading has lit up the sidelines and become an activity all its own. Attendance at summer camps has grown to more than 500,000 participants annually, and tens of thousands train for regional and national competitions each year, with championships and even college scholarships on the line. As cheerleading continues to grow, so too does the need for a source of information that covers the range of skills, stunts, and moves. Complete Cheerleading provides all the information participants need in order to excel in this highly athletic and increasingly competitive activity.
Top cheerleading coaches and judges lend their expert instruction on such crucial topics as body position and movement, voice control, jumps and tumbling, stunt technique, and choreography. There are chapters dedicated solely to games and pep rallies, camps and competition, and practices and conditioning, in addition to XX stunts for all levels of cheer squads.
Teaming Justin Carrier, National Cheerleading Association (NCA) director of curriculum, and Donna McKay, cheer coach in Iowa and national judge, this book combines success at the national level, long-term coaching expertise at the high school level, and judging experience at every level. Complete Cheerleading is the all-in-one authoritative source that cheerleaders, coaches, and advisors will turn to from one spirited season to the next.
Chapter 1. Voice Control
Chapter 2. Motion Technique
Chapter 3. Jump Technique
Chapter 4. Tumbling
Chapter 5. Stunt Safety and Spotting
Chapter 6. Basic Stunt Technique
Chapter 7. Intermediate Stunts
Chapter 8. Advanced Stunts
Chapter 9. Single-Based Stunts
Chapter 10. Tosses
Chapter 11. Pyramids
Chapter 12. Choreography and Formations
Chapter 13. Games and Pep Rallies
Chapter 14. Camps and Competitions
Chapter 15. Practicing and Conditioning
Justin Carrier worked for the National Cheerleading Association (NCA) for 11 years, most recently as director of curriculum, until 2004 when he was promoted to director of events and championships. As the curriculum director, he was responsible for training materials, manuals, books, and curriculum for youth, high school, all-star, and college levels. He has appeared in many of the NCA’s training videos and speaks regularly at coaching clinics around the country. Carrier is head instructor for many of the NCA’s largest camps, and he personally trains more than 5,000 athletes and 400 high school coaches each summer. In addition, he created and developed the coaches certification program for the NCA from 2000 to 2005 and coauthored curriculum for safety programs for both the United States All- Star Federation (USASF) and the National Council for Spirit Safety and Education (NCSSE).
Donna McKay has coached high school cheerleaders for almost 20 years. She has served on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit Rules Committee, on the National Spirit Group (NSG) Spirit Advisory Board, and twice as president of the Iowa Cheerleading Coaches Association. McKay was named the National Federation Section IV Coach of the Year in 1997 and received the NCCC National Outstanding Cheerleading Service of the Year Award in 1995. She compiled a cheerleading handbook, which was distributed to all Iowa high schools, and has twice revised the NCA Coaches Manual.
Her cheer squads and program have earned numerous national distinctions, including recognition as one of the NCA’s Best of the Best and an NCA Top 1000 Squad, as well as selection to cheer at the McDonald’s All-American Basketball Game on ESPN. Her squads have won two state championships, been awarded four Sportsmanship Trophies at boys’ state basketball tournaments, and consistently received Distinguished Academic Achievement Awards. Almost 80 cheerleaders from McKay’s squads have been selected to Iowa All-State Squads. She has judged competitions since 1993, speaks at conferences, and coordinates the NCA/NDA National Coaches’ and Directors’ Conferences. McKay holds an MSE degree in educational administration. She is a teacher and coach in Mason City, Iowa.
"Complete Cheerleading is an excellent resource for veteran coaches, new coaches, and cheerleaders themselves. From skills and stunts to crowd involvement and camp selection, this book will help anyone involved in cheering become even more successful!"
Senior vice president, marketing
National Cheerleaders Association and National Dance Alliance
"Wow! Complete Cheerleading contains a lot of great information about all aspects of cheerleading. I especially encourage everyone to read the section on pep rallies—my favorite!"
Billy R. Smith
President and founder
Cheer Gyms Association