Base: A person who holds up or tosses the flyer in a build
Build: A stunt where a base remains on the ground while lifting or throwing a flyer in the air
Chant: A short cheer with arm motions that is repeated
Cheer: A long cheer that incorporates stunting, tumbling, and/or jumps
Double Hook: A jump where one leg is bent in front of you while the other is bent behind you. Put your arms in the air in a high “V.” This one is also known as a Pretzel, Abstract, or Table Top
Flyer: The person put up on the top of a build
Herkie/Hurkie Jump: A jump where usually the weaker leg is bent towards the ground and the other is out to the side as high as it will go in the toe touch position
Front Hurdler: A jump where you lift your front leg straight up in front of your face, while the other leg is bent at the knee with the foot up behind you
Jumps: Popular jumps include toe touches, herkies, hurdlers, and double hooks
Spotter: The person who helps the base to lift up the flyer. Spotters must be prepared to make an unexpected catch if needed
Toe Touch: A jump where your arms are outstretched to the sides and your legs split to the sides. Your hands don’t touch your toes, but really try to reach your inner ankles
Transitions: Moves that link two or more builds together without bringing the flyer down all the way
Thigh Stand: A build where the flyer stands on the thighs of two bases who are in a lunge position
Can you think of any we left out? Please submit photographs or descriptions of any cheerleading terms you think might help out your fellow cheerleaders!
Also, if you’re looking for ways to practice or perfect your jumps, check out www.monkeysee.com where you can find several how-to videos on all the top jumps, exercises, and stunts.