Pushing Limits

 

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Working Hard | Butler Cheerleaders work on a stunt in the Champions Training Center. “our team will motivate and help each other as much as possible,” freshman Vanessa Cowdin says. The team meets Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to practice. | photo by Allison Simon

 

Cheerleaders talk about what it takes to be on the team

 

by Allison Simon | Assistant Editor

Different sports require different skills. In basketball you need to be agile and aggressive. Football requires you to be lethal and quick. But what does it take to be a cheerleader?

To be a cheerleader you need to be flexible, powerful and always have a smile on your face.

The cheerleaders work to push past their boundaries, so they can give a good performance every game.

“Push yourself beyond your limits and fears, always,” Co-Captain, sophomore Katelyn Miranowski says about being a cheerleader at Butler.

To join the Butler Cheerleading squad you must display enthusiasm, potential and show
how coachable you are.

The team meets three times a week, to train for each upcoming event. They warm up with stretches such as splits, backbends, shoulders, wrist and leg strengthening. Then the team prepares with weight strengthening and running the stunts.

“Being a male cheerleader means a lot of responsibility,” freshman Duncan Haase says. “In certain situations the girl’s life is literally in your hands.”

Although working out is not required outside of practice, they are encouraged to stretch every day to maintain flexibility.

“I work out every day,” Haase says. “Whether that be lifting weights, abs, free body lifting like push-ups or pulls and that kind of stuff, along with ice baths. I try to stretch every day and eat all the calories I need to stay in shape and to get stronger.”

During practice, each cheerleader is given a specific goal to focus on. They are to hit each stunt three consecutive times in a row. To perfect their stunts, they practice over and over again with spotters around.

“We will change grips and techniques when needed,” freshman Vanessa Cowdin says.

If they do not hit the stunts three times they can not perform the stunt in the upcoming game.

“The hardest part of practice, is not hitting a stunt that we have hit before,” Haase says.

During games they have free control over their makeup and hair as long as their hair is pulled out of their face and they have a bow in. Their job during games is to keep the crowd’s spirit up no matter the score and to perform the stunts during time outs that they worked on at practice that week.

“My favorite part about games is being able to cheer on the football team, and doing pyramid skills in front of an audience,” Cowdin says.

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