Have fun and form bonds on your cheerleading team with cheerleading games.
Cheerleading is a physically and mentally demanding sport requiring teamwork and trust. Team-building exercises, such as games and activities, are important to encourage your team to bond, becoming more close-knit and creating squad unity. Playing team games in practice adds fun and gives a necessary break to otherwise complex and exhausting training sessions. Games not only contribute to team bonding, but can also be used to learn, develop and enhance skills.
For this game, you will need nine chairs or mats and an even number of cheerleaders, preferably 12 or more. Place the chairs or mats in a grid pattern of three-by-three, resembling a tic-tac-toe board. Divide the cheerleaders evenly into two teams. You can name these teams after your squad colors or let each team create their own name. Ask the teams in turn questions about cheerleading. For example, you can ask about stunts, tumbling, motions or jumps. If a team answers their question correctly, they can send one person to occupy a mat or chair. If teams are small, use two different color poms to mark the squares. The first team to get three in a row wins.
These are excellent games to play to help cheerleaders develop and perfect skills. Endurance contests can use any number of cheerleading skills. Great examples are bridge or handstand contests, where the last person up wins. To improve coordination, balance and flexibility, try liberty, heel stretch or scorpion contests. To enhance endurance, have squad members compete to see who can hula hoop or jump rope the longest.
This game encourages teamwork and problem solving and is good for teams with even numbers of members, particularly those with less than 12. Have all of the cheerleaders stand close together and close their eyes. Ask them to reach out and find someone to shake hands with without letting go. While holding tight to another person's right hand, have them open their eyes and find a different person to hold hands with using their left hand. Now without letting go, have the team work to untangle themselves. The result, once the knot has been untangled, should be either a large circle or a ring of interlaced circles.
This is another game which requires teamwork and problem solving. Spread a large sheet on the ground and ask all of the cheerleaders to stand on it. Then ask them to step off of it while you fold it in half. Again, have them step onto the sheet. Continue to fold it in half, each time having them attempt to fit everyone on the sheet as it remains. As it gets smaller and smaller, the team will need to work together to look for creative ways to fit everyone onto the sheet.