Cheerleading changes fast.

You've undoubtedly noticed this. Every year, something new is allowed or made illegal, and it sparks creativity everywhere.

The good news is that you can start to see patterns and use them to stay on the cutting edge and to stand out from the crowd.

So here are the top 5 stunt trends that I've seen so far in 2015.

  1. Heel stretches
Gone are the days of the plain Jane liberty making a visual impact. Today, it's all about the heel stretch.

This variation of the liberty is gaining popularity not just for its added difficulty, but also for its clean collegiate look. Plus, it's easy to create even more variations out of it, which makes it a stand out skill and a fabulous transitional element.

  1. Tumbling into and out of stunts
Tumbling is no longer for just the tumbling sequence. With a variety of inversions becoming legal at the high school level, you're seeing a lot more tumbling being incorporated into other sequences, including stunts.

Whether it's to get up, down, or simply transition, tumbling skills are one of the biggest trends today.

  1. Strong girls
When coaches had three extra girls just hanging out, we used to put them in as front spots or hide them in the back. Well, not anymore.

This year, I've seen an emerging trend to put groups of three girls together to do some co-ed style stunting, and it's amazing. Not only will you get some difficulty points, you'll get points for style and boldness.

  1. Dismount variety
Straight cradles are not the only way to dismount anymore, nor are they the most popular.

Again, thanks to inversions being allowed, we're seeing a large variety of dismounts being used, but it's not just limited to inverted dismounts. You can also catch a lot of clean, simple dismounts like sponge downs and pop downs.

  1. Twists and turns
Twisting has always been a popular way to add difficulty to your routine, but today more than ever before, it's being used more widely and more creatively.

You can twist to get up, to get down, to change formation, or to transition between skills. It's an awesome way to add visual impact to a stunt, and there's no shortage of it.

Knowing the trends is just the beginning. If you'd like to know more about how to use these trends this year and beyond, check out this free webinar I've put together.

You can sign up for the webinar here.

It walks you deeper into these five trends, gives you examples, and shows you how to use them with your team so you can be on trend this season and beyond.