Learn to Keep Your Jumps Up

Using good form and varying the jumps you do during a game or in a routine adds excitement to any performance. Following is a description of how to do some of the most essential jumps that are used at all levels of cheerleading.

X Jump

  1. Begin with your feet together and your hands clapped.
  2. Hit a high V motion and move up onto your toes.
  3. Circle your arms in front of your body and bend your knees, preparing yourself to jump.
  4. Jump up as high as you can. Hit your arms in a high V motion and kick your legs out to the side. The goal is for your body to look like an X.
  5. Snap your legs back together for the landing. You should land with your feet together and your hands by your side.

Note: Keep your toes pointed and do not kick your legs too far apart. Snap your feet back together when you land.

Possible counts: Clap hands together on eight. Hit a high V on one, hold on two. Circle your arms on three. Jump on four, land on five. Clean (standing straight with your feet together and arms by your side) on six, and hold on seven.

Tuck Jump

  1. Begin with your feet together and your hands clapped.
  2. Move your arms to a high V and go up onto your toes.
  3. Circle your arms in front of you and bend your legs, getting ready for your jump.
  4. Jump up off the ground as high as you can. Hit your arms in a high V position and tuck your legs up to your waist. Remember to keep your toes pointed.

Hurdler Jump

  1. Begin with your feet together and your hands clapped.
  2. Hit a high V and raise up onto your toes.
  3. Circle your arms in front of your body and bend your knees to prepare for your jump.
  4. When you jump, one leg (whichever one is more comfortable) will be kicked forward, level to your waist. The other leg will be bent behind and to the side, level with your waist. The idea is to look like a hurdler in track.
  5. Snap your feet together and finish in a standing position.

Pike Jump

  1. Begin with your feet together and your hands clapped.
  2. Hit a high V and raise onto your toes.
  3. Circle your arms in front of your body and bend your knees to prepare to jump.
  4. When jumping, bring your legs straight out in front of you. Your legs should be level with your waist, toes pointed and your arms reaching forward towards your toes.
  5. Snap your legs back to the ground and finish in a standing position.

Toe Touch

  1. Begin with your feet together and your hands clapped.
  2. Hit a high V motion and raise your body up onto your toes.
  3. Circle your arms in front of your body and bend your legs, preparing for your jump.
  4. Jump off the ground as high as you can. Kick your feet out to the side, high and in front of you. Your legs should be level to your waist. Hit your hands to your toes.
  5. Snap your legs together, landing with your feet together and your arms by your side.
Extra tips
  • When jumping, keep your chest up and your toes pointed. You ideally want to be in a sitting straddle position in the air.
  • Practice in front of a mirror so you can see how you are doing. You can also practice in front of friends and let them critique you.
  • To increase the difficulty of the toe touch, you may add gymnastics out of the jump. For example, a toe touch back-handspring, or a toe touch back tuck.
  • This is a great jump to do as a squad in routines.

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