How Much Should a Cheerleading Flyer Weigh? Part 2

It's not just up to the flyer...

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How much should a cheerleading flyer weigh?.

In Part 1, we cleared up the myth that cheerleading flyers have an ideal weight. We talked about how whether or not a cheerleader can fly is dependent on whether or not her bases are strong enough to lift her. We also talked about why a flyer’s height, and the heights of the rest of her teammates, play a role in whether or not she can fly.

Those two factors in flying are down to the make-up of the team, their strength, and heights. But the ability to get a flyer in the air—regardless of her size—comes down to much more than just the strength of the team and her height. Now let’s have a look at things that both the team and the flyer need to work on together.

The Team’s Attitude

Another big factor in whether or not a cheerleader can fly is the attitude of her team mates. Cheerleaders should always have a positive attitude, but we all know that when practice is hard and things aren’t going to plan this can be really hard.

We also know that in order to make any stunt successful, the stunt team must believe that it will hit. If you didn’t know it, have a look on line for inspirational cheerleading quotes. You are bound to find one that says ‘if you can believe it, you can achieve it’. Sure, it’s cheesy, but it is also true.

In the same way, in order to get any flyer in the air, everyone in the stunt group needs to believe that they can get the flyer in the air. That includes the flyer. She must be confident that she can get in the air, as well. If everyone in the stunt group believes they can lift the flyer even if only in a prep, they will be more focused on the stunt which will make it feel easier and lighter.


Coaches constantly try to develop trust among team mates through bonding games and events and this in one of the reasons why. Flying is possibly one of the most frightening parts of cheerleading. A flyer is literally putting her safety in the hands of her bases when she stunts. That takes a lot of trust.

So how do you make a flyer trust you enough to let you throw her in a toe touch basket? First, you need to trust yourself. If you are afraid that you won’t be able to catch the flyer, chances are it will show. If you truly don’t think you are ready, speak to your coach—preferably away from your flyer. Your coach wouldn’t ask you to do something she didn’t think you were capable. Talking to her about it will let you in on why she thinks you can do it and help you to trust yourself.

Next, always be positive and make your flyer feel good about flying with you. Never say ‘man, you are a lot heavier than our old flyer’ or anything to that effect. Not only is it mean and bullying, saying something like that, even as a joke, shifts the flyer’s focus from the stunt to her weight. This means she won’t be as tight, either, so she will likely feel ten times heavier.

Last, pay attention and don’t talk or mess around. We said it before and we’ll say it again—flying is scary! But it is even scarier when you don’t trust your bases to pay attention to your safety during the stunt.

We aren’t finished yet! In Part 1, we discussed the factors which determine who flies on a cheerleading team based on the make-up of the team. Part 2 was about things that both the team and the potential flyer have some control on. If you are hoping to land a role as a flyer, increase your chances by reading Part 3 which will cover things that you can do to make yourself easier to fly.