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Books about Cheerleading 

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We've Got Spirit: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Cheerleading Team
by James T. McElroy (Paperback - January 2000)
It is a measure of how encompassing the definition of sports is today that high-school cheerleading, once considered little more than a female ancillary to the boys in the spotlight, is now appreciated for the athleticism and teamwork it demands. Of course, there's cheerleading, and then there's Cheerleading with a capital C, and it's the latter, with its own intense competitions and championships, that McElroy lays bare for scrutiny as he lends an ear to its particular rhythms. "We're the no-name sport," he hears Candy Berry, coach of the cheerleading squad at Greenup County High School in rural Kentucky, complain. "We're kind of the forgotten stepchildren. But we're not. We're like Cinderella! We're coming out!" Average Customer Review:
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Ultimate Cheerleading
by Kieran Scott (Paperback - September 1998)
This handbook covers everything about the sport of cheerleading, including the history, profiles of famous cheerleaders past and present, a current list of top national squads, how to's on style, dance moves, trying out, cheerleading camps, healthy diet, and much more. Full color.
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The Ultimate Guide to Cheerleading: For Cheerleaders and Coaches
Cheerleading is a mix of dedication, strength, and talent. It's art and sport wrapped into one, and any courtside or competitive performance is a result of practice, creativity, camaraderie, and more practice—plus a lot of fun! Commit yourself to taking your cheer ambitions to the next level, and you'll uncover how rewarding this high-intensity activity can be. The Ultimate Guide to Cheerleading has everything you need to be a successful participant in cheerleading, be it as a team member or coach. Written for both novices and those experienced in the cheering game, inside is all the essential information you need for fun and success, including:

• Step-by-step photos of game cheering, jumps, stunting, pyramids and more
• Specific activities to prepare for tryouts and improve skills throughout the season
• Routine choreography and other creative ideas
• Important coaching guidelines and safety information
• Tips on how to start a cheerleading program from scratch
• And much, much more!

Cheerleader!: An American Icon
by Natalie Guice Adams (Author), Pamela Jean Bettis (Author)
Cheerleading, for all its frivolous bouncing and squealing, is a serious matter. So argue Adams and Bettis in their study of the most abhorred and adored of American pastimes. These two professors (Adams is in education; Bettis, qualitative research) bring a refreshing perspective to the subject; on the one hand, they are academics and self-described feminists, and on the other, they admit to being a bit smitten with the whole ordeal (Adams was a cheerleader; Bettis tried out and was cut "for unknown reasons"). They aren't afraid of asking questions, the mother of them all being: why does postfeminist America still have 3.8 million people involved in the cheerleading world? Adams and Bettis recognize the importance of anecdote, using smalltown examples to illustrate big-time problems like desegregation and the eroticism of young girls. Their historical account-who knew cheerleading used to be a strictly male sport?-is sound and colorful. They falter, however, when dealing with current models of radical cheerleading like performance artists X-Cheerleaders, a group of New York City-based feminists who shout "No ifs ands or buts, we're the virgin sluts!" Adams and Bettis astonishingly miss the opportunity to look at the concept of subversion in depth, instead choosing to state the obvious: "Through their performance, the X-Cheerleaders make explicit the contradictions, constraints, and joys of girls' and women's lives in this society." The authors rightly treat their subject with the joyful frivolity of a "pony mount," but they should have dug a little deeper when it came time to land on the ground.
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The Cheerleading Book : Includes Cheers, *Chants*, and Jumps!/Book and Pom Poms by Stephanie Breaux French
The definitive how-to guide for cheer coaches, sponsors, and parents, this book covers both support and competitive cheering. It explains cheer techniques and tactics, as well as how to plan and develop cheerleading programs. And all skills and stunts follow the National Federation of State High School Association's safety guidelines. 100 illustrations.
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The Official Cheerleader's Handbook  
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Cheerleading has undergone dramatic changes in the past decade. For the first time, those who have traditionally cheered on and supported athletes are themselves being considered athletes. Performing increasingly rigorous stunts, cheerleaders must now meet higher qualifications and follow stricter safety precautions. With more than 700 all-new photographs, this handbook offers the latest information and instruction on: Qualifications, Conditioning, Tryouts, Cheers, Chants, Jumps, Gymnastics, Double Stunts, Pyramids, Pompom Routines, Leadership, Fund-raising Ideas, Pep Rally and Spirit Ideas.

The Most Excellent Book of How to Be a Cheerleader
by Bob Kiralfy, et al (Library Binding - October 1997)
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Three cheers and hip, hip, hooray. It's easy to be a cheerleader with this book of popular moves and chants--plus tips on how to look the part and be a real cheerleading star. Full color.
Coaching Cheerleading Successfully
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Linda Rae Chappell, Lawrence Herkimer / Paperback / Published 1996
The definitive how-to guide for cheer coaches, sponsors, and parents, this book covers both support and competitive cheering. It explains cheer techniques and tactics, as well as how to plan and develop cheerleading programs. And all skills and stunts follow the National Federation of State High School Association's safety guidelines. 100 illustrations.
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The Cheerleader
by Ruth Doan MacDougall (Paperback - June 1998)
(cheerleading in the 50's)
"One of the truest portraits of an American girl ever written...Everything works in MacDougall's book. She captures the times, the attitudes, the emotions with the authority of one who was once there and knows the route back by heart."--Detroit Free Press
"It's heartbreaking at times, hilarious at others, and she's got it all down beautifully."--Philadelphia Inquirer

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The Case of the Cheerleading Camp Mystery (New Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley, 17) fiction. Mary-Kate and Ashley are psyched to spend a whole week at cheerleading camp! It looks as if Ashley has a serious shot at being chosen as team captain; but two days before tryouts Ashley's favorite pom-poms disappear! Is someone trying to sabotage Ashley's chances or is this just a rah, rah, sis, boom, ba coincidence?
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Go, Girl, Go! (Cheer USA, 1)
by Jeanne Betancourt
At Claymore Middle School in Florida, it's time for a new season of cheerleading! Not everyone in the incoming seventh grade class will make the team, but four fiercely determined girls will give 150% at the challenging tryouts.

Fight, Bulldogs, Fight! (Cheer USA, 2) 
by Jeanne Betancourt
It's time for the big football game between the Claymore Bulldogs and their legendary rivals, the Cougars. As the rivalry heats up, some of the pranks get out of hand ...

Cheer USA: Ready, Shoot, Score!
by Jeanne Betancourt
The big Regional Cheer USA Competition in Miami brings all the girls on the Claymore Middle School squad to a new level of rivalry, ambition, and friendship.

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