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Competitive Cheerleading (Let's Go Team--Cheer, Dance, March Series)

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It isn't just about cheering for the quarterback to make that touchdown pass anymore, or hoping that the basketball team's defense holds out through the forth quarter. Cheerleading is growing up. Where cheerleaders used to only support other teams, now they are teams themselves, competing in ways that are opening eyes around the world. Is cheerleading an activity or sport? The debate rages on. For those who are members of competition squads, though, the answer is obvious. It's not only a sport; it's one of the ...
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Overview

It isn't just about cheering for the quarterback to make that touchdown pass anymore, or hoping that the basketball team's defense holds out through the forth quarter. Cheerleading is growing up. Where cheerleaders used to only support other teams, now they are teams themselves, competing in ways that are opening eyes around the world. Is cheerleading an activity or sport? The debate rages on. For those who are members of competition squads, though, the answer is obvious. It's not only a sport; it's one of the toughest sports there is. The requirements of a competitive cheerleading squad are as physically demanding as those of any other team. Move over, football and basketball, here comes competitive cheerleading!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
"You may begin." Just so, judges signal a cheerleading squad to begin their competition routine. Demonstrating their talents under tough pressures, cheerleaders enjoy the intense excitement of the challenge—developing confidence and life-long friendships along the way. The National Cheerleaders Association holds the biggest annual national competition, but there are countless other national, regional, state, and local contests. All have specific rules and safety guidelines. Readers will find competition tips (making an equipment checklist), job descriptions (base, flyer, spotter, tumbler), and a checklist of what judges evaluate (jumps and stunts, spirit, level of difficulty). Cheerleading has come a long way from 52 girls attending the first cheerleaders' camp in 1949—and today, over 3 million people participate. Author Peters also discusses the ongoing debate regarding whether cheerleading is a school activity like orchestra, a sanctioned sport like track, or something else. Full of useful information, this book, like its topic, is also full of enthusiasm. An index plus Internet and book references are contained in the last of the 64 pages. "Let's Go Team: Cheers, Dance, March," a 12-book series, includes Dance Teams, Techniques of Cheerleading, and A History of Cheerleading. 2003, Mason Crest Publishers,
— Chris Gill
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Straightforward text framed in wide margins discusses history, whether or not the activity is a sport, being on a team, and how competitions are organized. Sidebars address "What Are the Judges Looking For?" "The Mental Factor," and "What about the Boys?" Abundant photographs, mainly in color, some of them full page, show cheerleaders at various stages of their routines, or simply posing. Information on cheers, choreography, and formations is not included. An easy-to-read overview, presented in an attractive, glitzy format.-Joanne K. Cecere, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590845325
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Let's Go Team Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,064,744
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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