For most cheerleaders, cheering is for football games, pep rallies, and the thanksgiving parades. But for the more competitive, it is much more than that. Countless hours of practice for cheering, tumbling, stunts, and dance routines are spent perfecting techniques. But if you want to get that competitive edge, cheerleading squads must go camping. Not just any camp, UCA cheerleading camp. UCA stands for Universal Cheerleading Association. It is the biggest cheerleading association in the world and is renowned for holding the most intense and aggressive camps every summer.
UCA Cheerleading Camps Get High Marks
UCA produces more collegiate cheerleaders than any other organization. This comes from hard work and passion for cheerleading. During the summer, UCA holds camps all throughout the country helping boys and girls create new friends, memories, and don’t forget new UCA cheerleaders. If you are just starting out cheering, UCA provides one-day clinics that cover very basic techniques. These clinics are for newcomers who are just learning the basics of cheerleading. They teach a ton of safety tips, chants, and the easiest of stunts. These clinics are for any age and groups are welcome.
College spirit camps and basic summer camps are for the high school squads and even competition teams. These camps usually take place on a university or college campus. These camps are filled with new stunts, cheers, and dances that squads have never learned. They are usually week-long and very labor intense. This is where cheerleaders can go from average, to elite. Another great part of these camps is that they allow for visits. Parents, friends, and family can come and watch the teams compete with other squads during the week.
Who Invented Cheerleading – Do YOU Know?
So you think you know all there is to know about cheerleading; well then who invented cheerleading? What if I told you that the first cheerleaders were not girls in cheerleading uniforms holding cheerleading megaphones, but instead a group of six guys; yes, that’s right, I said guys. In the 1870’s a gentleman by the name of Thomas Peebler brought together six guys to lead a yell on the sidelines in front of the student body at a Princeton University football game. So one might say, it was Thomas Peebler who invented cheerleading!
Peebler soon took this “yell” group to other colleges. Cheerleading eventually began in 1898 when a cheerleader by the name of Johnny Campbell got so excited that he jumped out in front of the crowd. So one might say, it was Johnny Campbell who invented cheerleading!
As football grew, so did the sport of cheerleading. For those who don’t think cheerleading is a sport all I have to say is, try it! Muscles are used in this sport that today’s generation of men have no idea even exist!
When Was Cheerleading Invented?
In the early 1900’s after the first cheerleading fraternity, Gamma Sigma, was organized the cheerleading megaphone became widely used and again these cheerleading squads consisted of men. It wasn’t until the 1920’s that women became more active in cheerleading and in the 1940’s when many men went to war, women became the dominant participants in the cheerleading sport.