Do you want to be a step ahead this cheerleading season before it starts? Here are some tips to get you ready:
1. Write down your goals – Try to get an idea of what you would like to achieve this year. It could be anywhere from making captain, meeting new people, hitting a new stunt, and/or scoring a higher placement in competition. Then assist the coach(es) with their goals for the team.
2. Have a good attitude – Start with a good attitude and be very optimistic. Any negative comments with team members/coaches behind their back do not help anyone
3. Work on your flexibly – Get those muscles ready to go by stretching at home, and get your flexibility back if not more.
4. Work on your motions – You should practice in a mirror and work on your placement. Make sure that you make them nice and sharp.
5. Practice your old cheers – In all honesty you are probably use most of the cheers/sidelines that you used last year. Practice them so that they are fresh in your head.
6. Work on your jumps – You jump height can be improved with pylometrics. These exercises will improve your jumps by a series of jumping drills. Then use a partner to grab your waist so that you can work on your jumping technique.
7. Stunts – Start by working on your strength doing pushups, sit-ups, curls, shoulder presses, etc. at home or in a nearby gym. If you can get some people together with a certified spotter, to work on some stunts then great. You can also attend a stunting camp on the side to help you out as well.
8. Proper gear – Get All of your proper gear including cheer shoes, bags, pre-wrap, tape, clothes, etc. before practice so that you are ready and don’t have to sit out.
9. Support – Support your coaches as much as possible and help them out when you can. In most cases coaches are overwhelmed as this is a side job to them. If there is any slack that you can help them with, or any positive support then it would be much appreciated. Try to be the solution not the problem.
10. Try to listen – Listen to what is being said by your team members and coaches. It will help you understand their expectations and save you and the team from a lot of misused time answering un-needed questions.