How to Make the Cheer Squad

Are you a prospective cheerleader who's looking to succeed in tryouts and make a cheer squad? Read on to find out how.

Steps

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    Know the basics! Find a cheer on the internet, view it and learn the moves. Learn about five or six of these.
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    Ensure that you know how to do jumps. Things like herkies, pikes, toe-touches, and front hurdles are essential parts of cheering routines.
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    Practice often. That's the best way to hone your cheering skills.
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    Learn to stretch. Sit your back up against a wall and put your legs together, then bend them like you're sitting in a chair. Do this for two or three minutes at a time. Over time, this will help improve your jumps and splits.
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    Work on your movements. Hit very well on your movements and practice them often in advance of your tryouts. Also make sure your elbows are locked!
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    Be loud during tryouts! Coaches want girls on their team who can lead the crowd in cheers, the cheer squad is no place for timidity and quietness.
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    Stretch a lot in advance of the tryouts. Coaches look for cheerleaders who can demonstrate their flexibility (which is important for the sorts of movement that occurs in cheering)
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    Be prepared to take any position on the cheer squad. Even if you wanted to be a flyer and you end up as a base or backspot, you're likely to change your spot at some point. Coaches will be looking for versatile individuals who are willing to try anything.
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    Work on your tumbling skills, if that's relevant to your squad's cheering. Sometimes it will be, sometimes it won't be. If available, ask a parent if you could sign up for a tumbling or yoga class, this may help you odds of making the squad.

Warnings

  • Never stretch further than is comfortable, as this can cause damage to your body which may actually hurt your cheering career.

Article Info

Categories: Cheerleading