UNIFORMS FOR MAJORETTES, TWIRLING GROUPS AND CHEERLEADERS: RULES AND DIFFERENCES
These three sports are becoming more and more popular, in Italy as well as abroad: who doesn’t enjoy watching them parading with their flags, batons and pompoms?
They are three different sports which are often considered similar because they have some elements in common. With the help of some sport clubs for which we have made uniforms for majorettes, twirling groups and cheerleaders, we can see the differences between these three sports.
CHEERLEADER: A SPECTACULAR SUPPORT
>> Majorettes Dueville (VI) Team
Even though today 97% of cheerleaders are girls, cheerleading actually started out as a men’s sport. It began spontaneously in the United States around the end of the 1800s, when the spectators at some games started to sing together to cheer their teams. Over the years it has developed more and more, first with a person directing the singing, followed by the formation of real cheerleading teams.
The choreography has evolved and become more “complicated” with the introduction of spectacular acrobatics and jumps, until the start of competitions at the international level.
The Diamond Cheer Elite know something about it, who come back more than a month ago from the ICU World Cheerleading Championship 2018, that was held in Orlando from 25 to 27 April 2018.
>> Team Free Style Pom, from the Diamond Cheer Elite group, part of the Italian Federation of Acrobatic and Choreographic Sports (FISAC), were beautiful in the uniforms designed by Sagester!
MAJORETTES AND TWIRLING GROUPS: FOLKLORE AND SPORT
>> Onda Azzurra Majorettes from Jesolo (VE) and in the right photo below Dueville (VI) Majorettes
Twirling and the movement of the majorettes are different because the first is a competitive sport, while the second has folkloric roots.
These two disciplines both born in the 1920s as unique sport, when some Samoa Island (in the Pacific Ocean) dancers began to use coloured batons during the performances. Over the years the batons have become lighter and more manageable and the first real majorettes were established in the 1930s.
The first Federation of Majorettes (FIM) in Italy was established in the early 1970s and this marked the move of the majorettes to the sporting level, even if a large part of the members pushed to maintain the initial folklorie stamp. This created a rift within the group that, years later, resulted in the establishment of the Italian Twirling Federation by the former FIM associates who promoted the sporting side of the activity.
To date the two federations are part of the National Baton Twirling Association maintaining their differences: twirling is a male and female sport, with elements of dance, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, characterised by the use of a baton.
The folklore side has been maintained by majorette groups that parade with the bands during village festivals or important events with batons, pompoms, flags or tambourines.
DIFFERENCES IN UNIFORMS FOR MAJORETTES, TWIRLING GROUPS AND CHEERLEADERS
>> Palladio Dance Majorettes from Dueville (VI)
Of course, as with any sport, clothing should be decent and not offensive, so excessively plunging necklines and short skirts are not allowed. The skirt must be above the knee and the upper part of the uniform must be body-hugging so as not to impede movement.
For the rest, the garment of the three disciplines is subject to specific rules recorded in the different regulations, which we will look at now.
In the compulsory and short program exercises, in addition to the general instructions above, the regulation states that the sleeves should not cover the palm of the hand and that there should be no elements that could hinder or disturb the athlete (jewellery, piercings and hair accessories).
The hair may be fastened in any way as long as it does not cover the face below the eyebrows, and only a soft make-up should be used.
In the standard, tank top / shirt and trousers may be worn but they must still be close-fitting. Skirts or objects hanging from the body are not permitted.
The regulation for cheerleading provides rules depending on the category of membership: for example, only the cheerleading division can use tights and the Peewee / Junior category must have the hips covered by trousers, shorts or skirts (in this last case it is mandatory wear shorts underneath).
Buttons, hooks and zips in the skirt are only permitted in cheerleading but the skirts should not have pockets. Small rhinestones are allowed, but sequins are not and the upper part of the uniform must not have a hood.
Jewellery and hair accessories are also forbidden, with the sole exceptions of hair elastics and flat hairpins and fabric bows for cheerleading only.
THE RULE OF THUMB FOR THE CLOTHING IS THAT IT SHOULD BE COMFORTABLE, PRACTICAL AND LIGHT!
Violation of the dress code in cheerleading costs the team 1 point for each item of clothing and uniforms considered offensive lead to direct disqualification.
Considering these penalties, we pay particular attention to the production of uniforms for majorettes, twirling groups and cheerleaders that do not violate the specific regulations.
We also know that all three sports are very dynamic activities, so they require technical clothing that is practical and comfortable, thus we use quality stretch materials that are very hardwearing.
Depending on the season we opt for thermal fabrics to deal with the coldest seasons, or technical fabrics to stay fresh in the warmer seasons. Of course we do not forget about the requirements of companies, which usually require us to respect the colours of the sport clubs and create customised models.
The regulations are clear on clothing and strict in case of violations and many elements have to be taken into consideration when making uniforms for majorettes, twirling groups and cheerleaders.
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