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During the beginning of the season, I am laser-focused on setting a good foundation for the year. We learn cheer and chants, do a lot of team-building, get ourselves in shape, and aggressively focus on mastering progression stunts.


When it comes to stunting, progressions are key. It’s tempting to skip over them (and your girls will talk about how “boring” they are), but you shouldn’t. Here are a few reasons why.


Foundational Stunts


When you look closely at all of the beautiful and complicated stunts at competitions, you’ll start to notice that they have one thing in common. They’re all based on progression stunts.


Transition stunts and inversion stunts all generally end up in a progression stunt. If you don’t learn progressions (and master them) you’re hindering your team’s abilities to succeed down the line.


Team Skill Level


Every team is different. You may have a lot of the same athletes this year, but I guarantee those who are new to your team add a special element you didn’t have the year before. You need to get everyone on the same page and see what level your stunts are at now.


Progressions are the perfect way to do this and off-season is the perfect time to do it. You’ll need to know which groups they go to during stunts at camp and be able to tell choreographers the skill levels.


Progressions become a universal language for all of that in cheerleading. So all of you need to be familiar with where you are.


Even Pace


Skipping past progressions is like trying to run a marathon without training. You might be able to do it, but it’s not safe and it’s definitely not pretty.


Progression stunts are just that–a progression. They were designed to move your team at an appropriate pace so they acquire skills they need before attempting higher level ones later.


You need these to build the base of your team’s future and progress them in a way that is safe and steady.


Progressions are the crucial cornerstone of your stunting. Focus on technique without wavering during the spring and start again in the fall after the break. I even love to use them as “warm up” stunts in practice so they never lose their technique and skills and I can always see how ready they are for the more challenging stunts down the line.


When you take time to master them early on, you’re setting yourself up for a great stunting season.

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