How to Get on Your School's Cheerleading Squad

Do you want to get on your school's cheer squad, but don't know where to begin? Do you want to be able to perform at every game and wear that uniform proudly? Well, read on future cheerleader! make sure your always confident and ready.

Steps

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    Realize that cheerleading takes a lot of time. There might be practices every day, because you will have to know how to do the stunts.
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    Talk to the coach and get information. Ask what will be expected at tryouts and any other questions you might have.
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    Start stretching every day! Hold your split for one minute, sit on the ground and reach your toes for 30 seconds, do a pike stretch, stretch your scorpion, stretch your bridge, and anything else!
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    Learn some "cheer vocabulary". Google cheer stretches, cheer jumps, cheer motions, and any words you don't know.
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    Practice some tumbling skills! If you can't tumble, try to find a beginner tumbling class near you. Some schools might not have tumbling as a part of their program, but just in case, prepare for anything.
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    Get in shape! Work on abs, arms, and getting higher jumps. You should also go for regular runs to build up your endurance. See Tips for more details.
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    If you are small and light, practice your flexibility! If (and when) you make the team, your coach might make you a flyer, so make sure you stretch whenever you have the chance! If you are naturally tall or strongly-built, your coach may want you as a base or a backspot. Do extra conditioning, especially in your arms and legs. NOTE: Even if you're certain that you know what you would be, whether it is a flyer, a base, or a backspot, you can never really know until the coach officially tells you, so be ready for anything.
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    Some tryouts are over a 3-day period. The first 2 days you learn a cheer and a dance and the third day you perform them in front of judges. Usually you are expected to go all out with spirit on the third day. Use face paint, wear school colors, go crazy! Although, you may not have to do this; it depends on your school.
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    Practice, practice, practice!!! If they teach you a cheer or dance, practice it until you get it right! Ask a friend to watch and help you. You can also ask your coach if you can record the cheer, so you can practice it later.
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    Tell yourself that you WILL make it! Have confidence!
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    Know some of the cheers they do; it will give you a head-start, and might even impress them that you researched!
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    SMILE!!!! Act like you are having fun, even if you are not. It's called "cheer"-leading for a reason!
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    If you make the team, that's great! If you don't, you can still join other local clubs, that aren't through your school.

Tips

  • Be nice! Do not be competitive, but still try your best!
  • Make friends at tryouts, don't be shy.
  • Eat healthy! It will give you more energy. Think fruits, veggies, and LOTS of water.
  • Strengthen your arms by lifting weights.
  • Do V-ups, sit-ups, crunches, and Russian twists.
  • Remember to ask for help if you need it.
  • Talk to people who have made the team before. They may be your competition soon, but they know what it takes to make the team.
  • Do squat jumps to help with jump height.
  • Don't sing or shriek, but yell in a normal "talking voice". PROJECT your voice.
  • If you want to get on your high school cheer squad, it is better to have some gymnastics experience.
  • Try your best to get in shape.
  • Be honest about your experience.
  • Taking tumbling classes before tryouts; it will help a lot.
  • Do not scream, it gets annoying!
  • You should try to run a mile in 8 minutes.
  • Don't be nervous, be happy, and if you don't make the team, there will always be other teams!

Warnings

  • Some people may be very competitive and get very mean!
  • Cheerleading is a dangerous sport! You can easily get hurt during stunting and tumbling.
  • You may get your feelings hurt on more than one occasion.

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Categories: Cheerleading