San Marcos High School Competitive Cheer Team
Cheerleading IS a sport at SMHS! Our teams perform organized routines ranging from one to three minutes utilizing elements of tumbling, dance, jumps, cheers, and stunting. The SMHS Cheerleading Team has carried on a long tradition of outstanding performances at the competitive level and has won numerous national and regional titles.
We compete in the sport of cheer year-round and train to perfection!
Now recognized as a CIF sport, Competitive cheer holds their tryouts in September. Cheerleading is considered one of the toughest female sports in high school today.
Important Cheer Organizations
- The National Cheerleader Association (NCA) was founded by Lawrence "Herkie" Herkimer in 1948. Herkimer had cheered for Southern Methodist University, and the first cheer clinics were held in Huntsville, Texas.
- The American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Advisors (AACCA) and the National Council for Spirit Safety and Education (NCSSE) are important organizations in modern cheerleading. They set safety standards and provide training to ensure fewer injuries.
- Cheerleading started out as an all-male activity. Princeton University football officials had named 3 male 'cheer leaders' on October 26, 1897 who were to cheer for the home football teams and the guest football teams as well. The term 'cheer leader' has been used since 1897. The University of Minnesota also organized a 'yell leader' group, which consisted of 6 male students. A few years later, in 1903, the first cheerleading fraternity was founded, and it was called the Gamma Sigma.
- In 1948, Lawrence Herkimer, more popularly known as 'Herkie', a former cheerleader at the Southern Methodist University, formed the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA). This was done in order to hold clinics for cheerleading; the first clinic was held in Huntsville, Texas, and 52 girls attended the same
- George W. Bush was a cheerleader
- 80% of Cheerleaders have a GPA of B or higher
TYPES OF CHEER
There are two groups of cheerleaders; sideline and All-Star or competitive cheerleaders. Although both are different, both require hard work and dedication. Sideline cheerleaders cheer mainly at football and basketball games. They may dance, tumble and shout or yell special songs or chants to encourage their team. Sideline cheerleaders also entertain and keep the crowds engaged and excited during sports like football and basketball. On the other hand, All-Star or competitive cheerleaders travel to compete against each other at cheerleading competitions. They have long hours of training to combine gymnastics, tumbling, dance, stunts, and acrobatics into a 2 minute and 30-second routine. I have no sideline cheer experience. However, I have been a competitive All-Star Cheerleader since 2007. While cheerleading I have been given the opportunity to travel and compete winning numerous championship titles, awards, medals, and championship jackets.