Middle School Cheers

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Cheerleaders in junior high should be taught middle school cheers that are appropriate, simple and easily transferable from one sport to another. Most middle school squads include a mix of cheerleaders with prior experience and those without. Keeping the cheers simple will help all the cheerleaders focus on learning and perfecting the fundamental skills of cheerleading.

Types of Middle School Cheers

Most middle school cheer squads will cheer during pep rallies, basketball games and football games. Start by teaching your squad a Hello Cheer and a few generic cheers for team spirit that can be transferred easily between sporting events.

Middle School Hello Cheer

Middle school cheerleaders will take special pride in introducing themselves to the crowd. Teach your squad a Hello Cheer that they can perform during pep rallies and half time at basketball games. Try a simple cheer like this:

  • All the cheerleaders stand in a row. One cheerleader steps forward:

They call me _________________!

(All other cheerleaders respond) "Yeah!"

And I'm a _________________(enter your mascot)!

(All other cheerleaders respond) "Yeah!"

And I've got spirit!

(All other cheerleaders respond) "All right, all right, all right!"

  • After every cheerleader introduces herself, the entire team steps forward as a group:

We are the ________________! (enter your mascot)

"Yeah!"

We are the best!

"Yeah!"

And we've got spirit!

All right, all right, all right!

  • Once the cheerleaders get the hang of the basic cheer, encourage them each to perform a jump or a stunt before introducing themselves to the crowd.

School Song

If your middle school has a school song or a fight song, the cheerleading squad should be prepared to lead the fans in the song after games or during pep rallies. Many schools incorporate standardized cheer motions into the song's delivery, while other schools will only require cheerleaders to hold their poms in the air while leading the song. If your school's song doesn't already have standardized cheer motions, you could ask your cheer squad to work together to develop motions to the song.

Sideline Cheers

During football and basketball games, you'll want your cheer squad to have a good repertoire of sideline cheers to help the fans get involved in the game. Teach your team a few generic cheers that they can perform during football or basketball games. Try one of the following three cheers:

  • Pumped up, Elite!

(Team Mascot) bring the heat!

We're a cyclone, in the zone,

(Opposing Team Mascot) can't compete!

  • Our offense is amazing,

our defense is tough stuff.

We're the fighting (Team Mascot) and

we can't get enough!

  • Roll-n-steam (2x)

we're gonna cream the other team!

Not gonna stall (2x)

It's time for the (mascot) to win it all!

Other Considerations

When teaching middle school cheers, remember that it's better to teach just a few cheers with tight and precise motions and a well-projected voice than to teach a plethora of sloppy cheers. Many middle school cheerleaders will want to learn new cheers every week, but remind them that they'll have a better chance of making the high school cheer squad if they learn excellent form in middle school.

Middle School Cheers