Pom Poms Add Flair to Cheerleading Performances
Cheerleading Pom Poms are one of the essential accessories of a cheering team.
What is a pom pom?
Pom poms are the decorative balls of handheld streamers that cheerleaders often use as visual props.
Pom poms are also known as pompoms, poms, pom pons, and pompons. All the spellings ending in "n" are the official names; while the spellings ending in "m" are the more popular versions. All the names originated from the French word "pompon".
It may come in many colors, designs, and sizes and are made from a variety of materials – cotton, fabric, paper, plastic and many more.
Pom pom colors are usually made in the school or team colors. Matching the cheering uniforms, the basic ones are usually in solid colors. Coordinating or contrasting colors are also used to add variety in a pom pom, incorporated with glitter strands. Cheerleaders also sometimes have different colors in each hand, to emphasize routines.
Its size refers to the length of the streamer strands as opposed to the whole prop including the handle.
Their standard sizes are 4", 6", 8", and 10"; among those the most commonly used size is a 6”, which is considered perfect for cheering mostly in schools.
1. Standard. It has a 2-3in plastic tube in the middle, surrounded by a plastic loop.
2. Baton. It has strands coming out of both ends of a tube.
3. Block. It is heavier than other handles but provides a great grip for cheerleaders.
4. Hidden handles. It has a small dowel handle with a large loop of elastic on top, making it invisible when seen afar.
Style and Material
Pom poms are available in a lot of styles – glitter, plastic, holographic and metallic. Plastic pom poms have a matte finish which glitter and metallic ones are highly shiny and look fluid when shaken.