Communication of Cheerleading

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In the sport of cheerleading there are many examples of both verbal and nonverbal communication. Cheerleading is sport that depends on communication in every aspect, from practice to the performance. Without communication it would not be possible. Communication is essential for all members of the cheer group, including, coaches, assistants, and team members, in order to be successful in the sport. Verbal communication is the most important communication during any part of cheerleading. While a routine is choreographed and taught to the cheerleaders, the coaches use verbal communication, even if it is not always the nicest. My coach had to tell us what formations we had to be in. The coaches also told us what we needed to fix in the routine if something was wrong. The team members share verbal communication with one another. We yelled at each other for not being in the right position or if someone messed up the routine. While stunting a base would tell a flyer to be tighter in the air. Coaches conversed with the team before performance, telling us to give it our all and win. Other verbal communication included being told what tumbling passes to do, whether it was a round off back handspring, or a back tuck. We knew what the coaches meant and we had to do it or we would get nonverbal communication signals. Coaches used nonverbal communication in practice to warn us when we were misbehaving. If I got “the look” I knew to knock it off. If I got a combination of the look and the head nod, I had to go run and do physical training as punishment for misbehaving. That was something I never wanted to do. Nonverbal is more present during cheerleading while performing, we cannot yell at one another while we are on the floor. During stunting the bases look at each other to make sure their timing is in sync. The flyers may shake a leg to express to the bases that she is

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