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For other sports, it's often straightforward - pick up the racket and hit the ball, or chase after the ball and kick it into the goal. But for cheerleading.

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The three main roles in cheerleading are base, flyer, and spotter. A truly versatile cheerleader will be able to perform any of these roles.

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Bases are known as the foundation of any stunt - they lift flyers into the air! Unless, by some magical power, flyers are just able to float in the air.

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Bases are usually the taller and stronger members of the team, but don't be confused! Good foundations are not judged based on their size.

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To get the right techniques, bases should use both their legs and arms—not rely solely on arm strength. Most of the power should come from the legs.

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This is important because it ensures that momentum is transferred from the foot to the hand in a straight line. If your back is not straight.

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Spotters are very similar to bases in that they help lift the stunt up but what differs is their placement on the stunt. They are usually placed at the back.

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Spotters are not the primary support of the stunt but they help stabilize or balance the stunt. They are the first point of contact when a flyer goes down or falls.

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Generally, spotters call the shots during stunts because they have a better view of the overall stunt than flyers and bases. Being a spotter is extremely difficult.

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I was always under the impression that to be a good spotter, I had to use all my strength to lift the flyer so that my bases could feel the 'light' weight.