How I became part of the WMU cheer team: spending many summers on a trampoline has given me much acrobatic experience, and so when I connected with one of the cheer leaders during Bronco Bash in my freshman year, I had the skills necessary to wow the coaches.
Being involved in athletics my whole life helped me easily fit into the cheer program at WMU. Practices for cheer are held in the gymnastics room 3 times a week- Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights. Inbetween practices, we split into groups for weight lifting.
A typical practice will progress along the lines of: team stretching/ taping, partner stunting (see picture), basket tosses, and ending on pyramids. Throw some tumbling inbetween and you have a cheer practice.
As far as games and events that we participate in, WMU cheer supports football (including most away games), men's and women's basketball, and volleyball. We also get involved in many non-sporting events such as making public appearances via parades, tailgating, and mall-showings.
Although we are not a competitive cheer team, we participate in an annual demo to display our talent to the university. This takes places in the middle of February at the men's and women's basketball games.