Using different combinations of cheers makes your routine more entertaining and raises the team spirit of the crowd watching the game. Don’t be afraid to exercise your creativity by making minor changes to your standard school cheers, switching the words around, or coming up with a new cheer of your own.
Tips for Effective Cheers
Here are some tips you can follow to help you chant more effective cheers.
Enunciate each word and make sure you say them loudly and clearly. Opening your mouth wide when you yell helps.
Inhale deeply and do not make your chest puff out. When your lungs are inflated, the abdominal area expands, making it easier for you to yell from your diaphragm.
Keep your chin up and your shoulders and back straight. Use a mirror to perfect your posture.
Practice different facial expressions and figure out which ones are appropriate to use at which moments. For instance, smile widely during cheers and look tough if your team is falling behind.
When using a megaphone to project your voice, make sure you hold it towards the crowd at an upward angle. Hold the megaphone by the mouthpiece (wrap your hand around it so your hand overlaps the edge) and handle to avoid injuries. Say your words sharply to avoid reverberation. Make sure you complete the cheer before pointing the megaphone to another area; otherwise, your voice will sound like it is fading.
If you and your squad are creating your own cheers, you might want to be careful about using mean, “in your face” cheers. On one hand, they increase the confidence and morale of your team or your squad. But they might also make your team come off as mean and spiteful instead of uplifting and energetic. If you want to use mean cheers, use them sparingly and only when the occasion calls for it, such as when the opposing team commits a foul. Then balance it out by chanting cheers to rally your team.
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