35 Things Every Cheerleader Will Understand

Make your motions tighter, ladies and gents!

1. Your drawers were fully stocked with Soffe shorts.

Probably still is.

2. And countless practice shirts.

3. This is you every time someone says cheerleading isn’t a sport.

4. You did stunts anywhere you could, like at the pool.

7. You spent more time perfecting your toe-touches than practicing cheers.

8. And you know this sequence is way harder than it looks.

9. You most likely owned a pair of Asics.

10. Or shoes with switchable color paletts.

11. You probably spent a good amount of money on these products.


12. You own several bows in different colors.

14. And threw in the occasional wink.

15. Every time someone mocks you with “rah rah siss boom bah” you want to drop-kick them since no cheerleader ever says this. Ever.

16. You know every line to this movie.

17. And probably watched the awful sequels just so you could judge the routines.

18. You stopped everything you were doing to watch competitions on TV.

19. You bragged about famous cheerleaders because you were so proud to share this connection.

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20. Your hair probably looked like this at games or competitions.


21. And when your mom wasn’t around to help do your curls, your teammates stepped in.

22. You’ve experienced or witnessed a lot of injuries in your life.

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And probably still showed up to practice.

23. People assumed you did cheerleading for the popularity, but you actually just loved the sport.

Let’s be honest, it was more about stunting and competitions than cheering at games.

24. You always started a routine saying “5-6-7-8.”

25. You practiced these moves, even if you weren’t a flyer.

Heel strech



Bow and arrow



26. Cheer camp was both stressful and awesome.

You felt like you might die a few times, but it was worth it.

27. Despite what your friends thought, you never did this move.

28. Your first basket toss was probably a little terrifying.

29. And let’s not even talk about your first kick full.

Flyer: “Will they catch me?”
Bases: “Will we catch her?”
Back spot: “This is totally going to give me a nose bleed.”

30. Your parent’s car definitely looked like this at every competition.

31. This drives you absolutely insane.

32. There are several pictures like this in your house.

33. Your favorite part of practice was learning new, advanced stunts.

34. And you hoped to achieve a double or triple full one day.

35. And no matter how long your practices were, how bad you injured your ankle, or how tiring learning a new routine was, you loved every minute of it.

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