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The Ultimate Guide to Cheerleading: For Cheerleaders and Coaches Paperback – July 1, 2003
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In its favor:
*Good section on how to approach and land a jump complete with pictures.
*This is the book to have for learning intermediate and advanced stunts, both all-girl and co-ed. Covers thigh stands, various load-ins for preps and extensions, moves to hit at the top of the stunt, transitions, and dismounts. (Also includes collegiate level single base coed stunts.) I might have liked a few more pictures of the process of building each stunt rather than just a few of them, but the key ones are all there and the explanations are very concise.
*Good section of sample cheers and chants, though fewer than the "Handbook"
*Good notes to coaches to help them guide their team, from formation of a new squad to raising spirit level through the school year to the competition mat.
This book is a must-have, but it would not have been as helpful to my brand-new middle school squad last year as it will be this year, as they were only ready for the stag and thigh stand material in the "Handbook". (And its do's and don'ts guide was more instructive for new cheerleaders than "Ultimate" would be because it featured photographs instead of a written list.)
My recommendation is to have "The Ultimate Guide", "The Handbook" and "Coaching Cheerleading Successfully" on your shelves if you are a coach or a cheer advisor.
The stunt section for all-girl and co-ed alone is enough reason to buy it! They are very detailed and cover all the basic (including drills) through advance stunts for both all-girl and co-ed. Short of video, this is one of the best instructional stunt resources I've ever had. I find myself recommending it often to other coaches and have refered to it many time due to questions I receive as founder and president of PennACCA (Pennsylvania Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Advisors).
It is one of the most up-to-date books on the market, so it is definately number one in my cheer resource library. My only personal drawback was a lack of choreography description, but I have yet to find a book that can adequately describe this!
It is a good instructional book, especially for new coaches, but I think even veteran coaches would benefit from what is offered. It covers every aspect for cheer programs (starting a squad, fundraising, tryouts, technique, stunts, even competition). I would recommend it for coaches and cheerleaders of all types of cheer (all star owners would probably still want a book on the business side of owning an all star) because this book covers all you need to know. I would definately say make it part of your library!
- Steps to starting a team for coaches who are interested in doing so (i.e.: setting up tryouts, enforcing goal setting for your team, judging criteria for tryouts, etc.)
-Tryout info and advice, along with a section to help you decide if you truly want to be a cheerleader.
- Basic motions, cheers, and chants
- Jumps (the great thing is that this book covers all 8 of basic counts for jumps and fully illustrates them with photos)
- Stunting (the most comprehensive stunting section I have EVER seen in a book... starting off with single base, then moving on to multiple base, basket tosses, and pyramids)
- Competition cheerleading
The only minor thing I don't like is that there really isn't anything about tumbling, and as another reviewer mentioned before, the book skips a few basic stunts, and moves straight to more advanced ones that wouldn't be suggested for beginners. However, if you are on an advanced squad, you will probably appreciate all the ideas for more difficult stunts, because they're all covered. But overall, this is a good book for all cheerleaders and covers (almost) everything you should/need to know. It's definitely the most comprehensive up-to-date book on cheerleading today.
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I am amazed at how many pages can be written about RA RA RA. Within the pages, I learned just how much is expected from these cheerleaders. I have a new respect for cheerleaders.Published on March 11, 2014 by Lajean Keller
This is a great book for Cheerleaders to read up on, and more importantly for parents or any one wanting to become a coach! Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Samantha Lawrence
Brand new to the cheerleading field, needed this book, fast, excellent and very, much needed! Thanks I will definitely recommend itPublished on August 12, 2013 by Logan
GrandDaughter Loves it. Reads the tips, and uses it regularly. She has improved on many of her Cheer moves, etc. Highly Recommend it.Published on January 15, 2013 by T. Lockard
Its an amazing book to get you started into cheer. It has from the simple arm postitions to complex tricks. I would recomend it to all.Published on January 10, 2013 by Amy
I will no buy this book no matter how helpful it is. I loss all respect when they cant even get the cover to have the right hand position!Published on August 10, 2012 by jlynn