How to Properly Perform Jumps

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Cheerleading coach Sasha Correia gives some tips on how to do jumps safely.

    Sasha Correia: Hi, my name is Sasha Correia and I have been coaching cheerleading for over ten years and I am teaching you how to be a cheerleader. Today, we are going to go over a few cheer jumps. The first one I am going to show you is a toe touch. First I will demonstrate it and then we are going to go over the prep and how to do it. So thats what a toe touch looks like. Now let's go over the pep, so basically what you are going to do before you start is you are going to do a clap, you are going to hit a high V, you are going to go up on your toes, swing your arms down, jump and lift both legs up and land back down. Now lets try that with some counts doing it slowly. So you are going to clap on eight, so it goes five, six, seven, you clap, eight nice and tight clap. You are going to hit your high V on one, you are going to elevate on your toes on two, down three you jump on four, so you are going to hit your toe touch on four and when you hit your toe touch your arms are out in a T position but your hands are not in fists, they are usually in blades. You can also do them in fists too, but usually, your hands are going to be in a blade position like this with your thumbs in and then when you land you want to land with your feet together, hands at your side like this and then at the end you can do what's called the clean, just lift your arms up, shoot them back down like that to land. So lets go over the whole prep with the count, its five, six, seven, clap, eight hit one, up two, three, hit, four, five, six, you clean, seven, eight. Let's lock through that one more time and this time what we are going to do is actually jump; just do a straight jump just for practice. Here we go five, six, seven, clap eight, one up, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, so you can even do that when you are practicing as a drill. So thats the whole prep on how you do the jump. I want to go over a few things about the toe touch so as I said when you hit the toe touch your arms are in T position, you can do either fist or blades, whatever works for you and your legs when they come up are going to be in front of your arms. So the other thing I want you to remember is you want to point your toes and also make sure that you keep your chest up, you dont want to lean too far forward like that.

    As far as the positioning of your legs, let me just show you, we can sit down on the floor like this, now your legs should actually be out in front of you a little bit when you hit the jump. So you are actually hitting it like this, right here. So, thats kind of the angle that you want your legs to be at and you dont want your hips to be this way, you want them rolled under as I was when I was sitting down and that will help you be able to hit the jump. Otherwise you are going to just be - you wont be able to get your legs out very far if your hips are that way. So here is what it looks like one more time.

    Now I am going to teach you another cheer jump and it is called the Front Hurdler. First I am going to show you what it looks like and then we are going to go over the jump. Ill teach you how to do it with the prep. So for this jump what you are going to do is you are going to put your arms up in a goal post like this. Go up on your toes, you are going to bend your knees and jump up, your arms are going to go up and around and they are going to hit the goal post again as you bring one leg up and one leg back. So the prep is five, six, seven, eight, one, two, you hit your jump, three, four and five and so for this jump the way you do it is one leg is back in this position and the other leg is as high up here as you can get it like this; so at the same time your front leg and if you are better on your right side and you are more flexible you want to have your more flexible leg up and then your other leg back. So at the same time this leg is going to go up, straight and this one is going to go back in a bent position and your arms are going to go forward like this. You are not quite in a goal post up here because we need you to jump; your body comes forward, so you are actually, a little bit forward like this with your leg up. So again doing the whole prep of the jump, five, six, seven, eight, one, two, three, four and five and here is what it looks like one more time. Thats the front hurdler and those are just two of the cheer jumps, but hopefully, that will give you a good idea of how to do jumps. Next, I am going to be going over a sideline cheer.