Learn more about the Seminole spirit team
The Florida State Cheerleading Team is a crucial part of life in football games, basketball games, volleyball games, and other school events. Many who don’t know much about sports may assume that all they do is cheer on these games. However, Joy has its own season where it competes against other schools nationally. FSU cheerleading currently holds one of the top five rankings in the nation.
FSU has two cheer teams: a mixed team and a women’s team. The two teams perform different skills depending on the number of people in a stunt group. In the female stunt groups, there are four people under a flyer, and in the student, there is a man under a flyer. As national championship season approaches, selected athletes are chosen to represent Florida State at the Collegiate National Cheerleading Championships at ESPN Wide World of Sports.
Other sports differ from cheerleading in that if a bad play occurs there is time to recover, while cheerleaders have a two and a half minute routine. The routine is worked on all season to present itself in front of the judges. Whatever happens during those two and a half minutes is what is judged and noted. Each year, FSU Cheerleading competes in the UCA Collegiate National Championships against top universities in the United States. Last year, FSU competed in the mixed junior division, finishing fifth in the nation.
“This year we’re aiming for first place, and I believe we can get there,” said Sydney Connolly, a member of the senior women’s team. “Our biggest competition Western Kentucky University has left the division, and with all of our hard work, I know we can.”
Cheerleading has had stereotypes surrounding the sport, including negative sentiments such as “cheerleaders aren’t real athletes” or “cheerleaders aren’t smart,” but these accusations are far from the truth. . In the State of Florida, members must maintain a good academic standing with the university to participate in any event. In addition, each athlete must complete 15 hours of community service each semester. The team currently holds an impressive overall GPA of 3.6 collectively. Last semester, 14 athletes made the Dean’s List and five athletes made the President’s List.
Cheerleading requires immense athletic strength and agility combining acrobatics, dancing and stunts in a short two and a half minute routine. Cheerleading trains like any other Division 1 sport on campus.
“On a training day, we do weight training at 6:00 a.m. where we lift weights for about 45 minutes before heading into training which includes a run,” said senior team member Bubba Nelsons. student. “Afterwards, we divided into our respective teams. Teams work on elite stunts including hand in hand, rewinds, back jumps, pyramids and baskets.
These stunts require intense coordination and confidence, making them the toughest skills in the sport.
Game days take a lot of time and preparation to work on synchronicity as well as striking skills. In total, there are 44 members who are part of the program, and only 12 participate in the away matches which are chosen each week. The cheer squad plays an important role in leading the crowd through entertaining stunts, cheers and tumbles. Their infectious love for their sport and other sports on campus makes them extremely exciting to watch.
To be an FSU cheerleader, it is best to have strong tumbling skills, stunting skills, a positive attitude, and excellent time management skills to juggle all the responsibilities. The team is currently looking to sign more men to the team so they can be more competitive on the national stage. They hold a recruiting event where interested cheerleaders watch a game and go to a clinic to meet the team.
“They don’t necessarily need to be experienced in cheering, if they’re teachable and committed, then I’m all for it,” first-year head coach Cristina Gold said. . “It shows that hard work trumps talent.”
The Florida State Cheerleading Team has made a name for itself on and off the mat. They are committed to bringing light to the Florida State University community at games, events, and service matters. These athletes must juggle busy school schedules and all the responsibilities that come with being an FSU cheerleader. They hope their hard work pays off and they can win gold at this year’s nationals.