Are you interested in being a part of a competitive cheerleading team? Check out this list of things you should consider.
The first thing you need to know about competitive cheerleading is that people make the sport. Cheerleaders are some of the most driven, passionate, and strong athletes on the globe. The mixture of elements of the sport, combined with the highly competitive nature of the sport creates tough, fierce athletes. Additionally, the performance aspect teaches these athletes confidence and how to sparkle. A thing all cheerleaders have is a fascinating drive for success, on and off the mat.
Cheerleading can be a very costly sport, so be ready to make a financial dedication along with your time dedication. Money can be a hard thing to come by for an extra-curricular activity, particularly if you’re a young adult paying for yourself, but don’t be scared by the cost. Many programs have payment plans and fundraising, to take some of the stress off of paying for your expenses.
Cheerleading is made up of many elements, which is what makes it such a challenging and dynamic sport. In a two and a half minute routine you will tumble, build pyramids, jump, dance, and stunts.
That might seem like quite a bit and at the highest levels it is quite demanding, but with the various divisions of competition, regardless where you are personally, you can find a cheer team to learn and grow with.
Cheerleading tryouts feel like more than just an assessment of your abilities, it’s an assessment of YOU. A good coach cares just as much about personality and attitude as he/she does about skill level. You will be expected to be a teammate and performer, not just an athlete. Cheer routines aren’t games, they’re performances. Tryouts test all of these things, not just your skill level.