The shoulder sit is a beginner stunt in cheerleading, but will give you a taste of stunting and teach you skills that you’ll need for more advanced stunts. Practicing the shoulder sit is also a great way for your stunt team to work out any kinks in your stunts, get familiar with the count series and build trust.
Though a basic move, the shoulder sit still requires strength, agility and skill. This move should only be performed under proper, trained supervision to ensure the safety of everyone.
Before any group attempts a stunt, they should discuss and decide on a standard count series. Each and every stunt a group performs should be done on counts, and it is typically the responsibility of the spotter to keep the beat and call it out. Timing is critical in stunting, and new teams need to practice their timing as much as they practice their actual stunts.
Many stunts begin with a two beat, “Ready, OK” count, where all positions bring their arms up and clap once on beat. This helps get everyone’s attention, lets them know to focus and assures the entire group that everyone is ready. From there the stunt group gets into formation, and the spotter begins the count series (typically based on an 8-beat count).
Stunt Groups: 1
Spotter: At least 1
Check out our step-by-step instructions for performing a back shoulder sit dismount, and visit the blog on November 4th for step-by-step instructions for performing a front shoulder sit dismount.
Jessica brings her experience as a gymnast, dancer, team athlete and camp counselor to Cheerleading Blog, and CheerLiving Magazine, as the Editor-in-Chief. Jessica lived in the Chicagoland area, where she received a B.A. in Communications before moving to San Diego. Jessica has a fish tank at her office and at home, is addicted to music and can't resist french fries.