Cheerleading began as a way to motivate sports teams during gameplay with positive team spirit. As time has gone on, it’s really evolved into a sport of its own. Cheer competitions are now held all around the world and feature groups of incredibly talented athletes.

For a sport so focused on gymnastics and routines, there’s a lot of work that goes into making the perfect cheer. Luckily for us, that means there’s plenty of footage and photographs of what happens when something goes wrong!

We’ve put together a list of 20 hilarious cheerleading fails that were captured at the perfect moment. Try not to cringe your whole way through!


When It All Comes Crashing Down

The Sportster

One of the worst parts about when a cheerleader falls during a stunt is that she usually takes a couple other people down with her! There’s nothing you can do to avoid this mishap, and we promise you’ll see it plenty more times throughout the rest of the list.