Cheerleading Award

cheerleader and trophy

A cheerleading award is a great way to recognize the accomplishments of individual squad members and give recognition to those who put forth extra effort. With the variety of trophies, plaques, certificates and other cheerleader-themed award merchandise, it's easy to find the perfect award.

About Cheerleading Awards

Cheerleading awards may be given in a wide variety of circumstances. These range from squad participation trophies and certificates for peewee cheerleaders to individual cheerleader recognitions among high school and college cheerleaders to coveted competition awards.

Awards for cheerleaders may vary at each individual school, but may include the following:

  • All Around Best Cheerleader
  • Most Spirit/ Enthusiasm/Energetic
  • Outstanding Voice Projection
  • Outstanding Leadership
  • Cheer Showmanship Award
  • Most Dedicated
  • Most Encouraging/Best Teamwork
  • Most Improved
  • Best Smile/Facials
  • Hardest Worker
  • Personality Award
  • Best Overall:
    • Coordination
    • Attentiveness
    • Endurance
  • Best Individual:

Cheerleading competition awards may include place awards, medals or trophies for squads/individuals in various division and event types.

  • Jumps
  • Splits
  • Cartwheels
  • Technique
  • Stunt Technique
  • Base
  • Flyer
  • Spot

Other awards can be used to recognize strengths that aren't always as visible. These awards might include recognition for the most versatile cheerleader, most courage (most willing to try new or more difficult stunts), or a cheerleader who was a cornerstone of the squad's morale.

Types of Cheer Awards

With today's ever-expanding online and retail marketplaces, there is a tremendous selection of cheer awards. Trophies, medals, lapel pins, plaques, ribbons, certificates - these are all available in many different styles. Both individual awards and packages for squads or groups are available from most retailers. Typical icons that appear on awards include cheerleaders in common cheering positions, pom-poms, megaphones and emblems of squads performing a stunt. Stars and American flags are also popular motifs that are incorporated into the design of many awards.

Where to Buy

Many retailers offer various types of cheerleader awards, including the following:

  • Riherds carries squad trophy packages that include a sponsor plaque as well as several types of squad and individual cheer trophies, medallions and plaques.
  • Trophy Central sells several types of cheer trophies, a great selection of lapel pins, certificates, ribbons and several styles of medals.
  • Crown Awards offers a large selection of cheerleading trophies with unique bases, like White Lightning, Pink Explosion and Midnight. They also offer hand-painted trophy figurines, vintage style trophies, crystal and acrylic styles, inexpensive awards medals and much more.

Most trophy and awards retailers carry cheer items, and some stores specialize specifically in cheerleading apparel, equipment and awards.

Unique Awards for Cheerleaders

Looking for something a bit unusual or unique for a cheerleading trophy or award? There are plenty of options for something that's a bit different!

  • Trophy Central's Cheerleader Locker Room Trophy is an award that stands out from the rest. The design gives tribute to the hours of practice a cheerleader puts in and her pride in her school with its hanging uniform and organized locker accessories! This heavyweight trophy also includes free engraving.
  • Don't forget the mascot! Spirit comes from a team's mascot in a big way, and what better way to recognize that energy than with a trophy? These bobble head and resin mascot trophies from Awards International are cute and memorable.
Cheer Certificate

Coach's Award

A coach's award recognizes the hard work and energy a coach puts into teaching and encouraging a squad. Cheerleaders can arrange to get a plaque, trophy or unique memorable item for the coach.


Cheerleading awards have many benefits. They can recognize individual and squad accomplishments, be a memorable way to say goodbye to senior cheerleaders and serve as an example of what incoming or new cheerleaders should strive for. They can even be accompanied by a cheerleader poem, photo or other special item. What a truly wonderful way to end the season!

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