There’s a mysterious category on your scoresheet.
It’s confusing. It’s easy to overlook. Sometimes it’s downright forgotten completely.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever wondered why stunts and pyramids are listed separately on most scoresheets. (P.S. It’s okay to raise your hand. I’ll admit I’ve thought it once or twice!)
Scoresheets weren’t designed with small squads in mind, and judges like to see a variety of stunts. So that’s likely why you’ll see cheerleading pyramids in its own category.
If there was just one category, some squads would skip it all together. And, frankly, I think that would mean a more boring routine. So I, for one, am kinda glad they keep them separate … even if it does create a challenge for smaller squads.
Plus, today’s pyramids go beyond a simple “go up and connect” model. Now it’s all about how you put multiple elements together to create a whole sequence.
And today, I’m gonna give you some tips to make your pyramid sequence sparkle and shine.
Make a connection
The whole point of a pyramid is that it’s two stunts that connect–meaning two flyers that touch in the air while being support by their bases.
If you miss that, you miss all of your pyramid points. So make sure it connects somehow … even if it’s a prep to a shoulder sit or thigh stand. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It just has to touch.
Go for visual appeal
As I mentioned before, pyramids have grown into full blown sequences rather than a singular part of a stunt. Because of that, they’re now much more involved and require several elements to maximize scores.
So it’s important that you think about the visual impact of each part of the sequence. Have some ripples or stagger some skills. Make sure your music has complementary sound effects. Keep it moving as quickly as you can safely. And finish big.
String unexpected elements together
The one main advantage of pyramid sequences is that you can showcase some of your big skills without needing every group be able to do them. Although, if everyone can do them, it’s even better!
That means you can have almost completely different skills going on at different times by different groups, and it can look cohesive because it’s part of the sequence. So don’t be afraid to put some unexpected twists in there. If you surprise and delight the judges, it will show in your score.
Use the new rules to your advantage
The cheerleading rules are allowing for more difficulty and creativity. There are now safe ways to do a whole lot more than you could just a few years ago.
Don’t be afraid to try something new. Keep it safe (of course!), and look to some of the all-star teams of the last few years to see ways to use the skills you once weren’t allowed to do.
If you put all of these together, you’ll have a DYNAMITE pyramid sequence.