The Iowa Spirit Squads practice, train and perform in a variety of facilities on the campus of the University of Iowa. Here's a brief description of each. Click HERE to learn more about the UI and Iowa City.
CHEERLEADING PRACTICE FACILITY
The Iowa Cheerleaders practice in the University of Iowa Fieldhouse - North Gym. The gym consists of a full basketball court. Each practice, the Iowa Cheerleaders roll out mats by AAI to provide a safe surface to stunt, tumble and build pyramids. When available, the Iowa Cheerleaders will move to the adjacent gym - the home of Iowa's nationally ranked men's and women's gymnastics teams - for more advanced tumbling and basket toss work, using the spring floor, trampoline, tumble-trak and rod floor into a pit.
The Iowa Spirit Squads are also under the supervision of a strength coach based in the Fieldhouse Strength and Conditioning Room. Squads train on a regular basis in this facility.
The philosophy of the strength program consists mainly of two components.The first is to continually develop a scientifically sound program that will
maximize strength, power and explosiveness in order to allow the athleteto get the utmost out of their genetic potential, and to reduce the chance
of injury. This will primarily be accomplished through the use of ground based free weight exercises and the progressive incorporation of functional
movements and plyometrics.
The second is to establish a culture which will develop the discipline, character and mental toughness within each athlete and team as a whole so that they are able to make the sacrifices in their training, leave their comfort zone and develop a championship ATTITUDE.
Within the Fieldhouse Athletic Training Room the Iowa Spirit Squads are taken care of on a daily basis. Athletic Training Services connect student-athletes to University Hospitals & Clinics (UIHC) resources and specialty areas. Services from the UIHC, among the world's largest university-owned teaching hospitals, support the efforts of the athletic trainers and other specialty sports medicine staff. The Fieldhouse facility has full time certified athletic trainers, as well as student trainers available to tape, rehabilitate and take care of any situations that arise. There is a full assortment of equipment including, a whirlpool, hot and cold units, rehabilitation weights, pulleys and machines. Other equipment available include ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and external compression units
DANCE TEAM PRACTICE FACILITY
The Iowa Dance Team practices in the University of Iowa Fieldhouse in room S515. Their room consists of a wood floor and a full wall of mirrors. This room works great for preparing for basketball games and halftimes as well as competition. A closet holds the sound system and practice items.
The Iowa Spirit Squads can be found at Carver-Hawkeye Arena for men's basketball, women's basketball, volleyball and wrestling events. This award winning facility has a capacity of 15,500. The Iowa Spirit Squads share a locker room. On game days it is a safe place to leave bags and personal belongings, and prepare prior to performing. This room is located just off the courtside. The Iowa Cheerleaders use the Dan Gable Wrestling Complex to warm-up before most games. The wrestling complex is located on the second floor of Carver.
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Historic Kinnick Stadium plays host to the Iowa Spirit Squads in the fall of each season. With 70,000 Hawkeye fans looking in for each home football game, the Iowa Spirit Squads get the fans in a frenzy each week. The Iowa Spirit Squads have a locker room in Kinnick to store game day items as well as serve as a place to put their personal bags and those of our guest cheerleaders, mascots and dancers each week. At halftime, the Iowa Spirit Squads host their guests with snacks and water in their locker room. That break offers all a chance to get out of the heat or cold. This room has been decorated with posters from past Iowa Spirit Squads to help show the teams the source of the tradition that is the Iowa Spirit Squads.
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