Stunting is definitely one of the most intimidating parts of coaching cheerleading. It requires feats of strength, skill, and teamwork that are notoriously difficult for anyone to coordinate, especially if you’re new to the whole thing. I bet if you ask your cheerleaders what their favorite part of cheerleading is, they’d probably say stunting. Put those two things together and you’ve got a big challenge on your hands. So what do you do? Start looking for stunt videos on YouTube? Watch your team and try to figure it out alone? You could do that, but even with that kind of help, you’d be missing the solid foundation that you need to coach stunts effectively and safely. Today, I’m going to break down the three main concepts you need to know before you find yourself in over your head. 1. Communication Any good teacher knows that if you can’t communicate, you can’t really get anything across, and stunting is no different. It has its own set of terms that coaches, cheerleaders, and camp staff use to talk about everything from what a stunt is called to the types of stunts you use and the parts of a stunt. If you want to be effective, you’ve got to learn the lingo. 2. Stunt Groups You can’t have stunts without stunt groups, and you can’t have good stunts without strong stunt groups. You have to know how to put the right people together to get the results you most desire, and that takes paying attention to stunting mechanics and the skills of your team. Every position requires different characteristics, and every team has different needs. Once you figure them out, creating stunts groups gets a whole lot easier. 3. Safety Cheerleading often gets a bad reputation when it comes to stunts and injuries, and it’s no wonder why when you see the crazy stuff we ask young team members to perform … at least it looks crazy from the outside. As the coach, you’re responsible for your team. You need to be aware of the best practices for safety and constantly looking to deepen your stunt knowledge so you know how to approach a new stunt in the safest way possible. With the high demand for stunting coming from inside and outside your own squad, it’s tempting to jump in without figuring it out first. That’s when you get overwhelmed and your team gets confused and maybe even hurt. If you’re not sure how to begin, check out my free, three-part video training that will you help you build a solid foundation so you can confidently help your team build strong stunts.