So you want to make your cheerleading team but you don’t know where to start. Here are some tips and guidelines that will help you make your cheerleading team.
1. Realistic expectations – The first thing you need to decide is if your expectations are realistic. If you want to try out for a COED team and you are twice the size of any of the girls because they are all flyers, then you are going to have difficulty. If the team has squad standing fulls and you can barely do a cartwheel, then it’s going to take a lot longer than a couple of months to get that. These are extreme conditions for particular, and/or good teams so just make sure that you understand the scenario.
2. Get Started Now – Why wait? There’s always something you can be doing and learning, so get to it right away in order to get you better prepared for tryouts.
3. Contact the coach – Once you feel that you have the potential, then you need to contact coach and get their recommendations on what they are demanding. Do they require tumbling? Do they want experience? Do they just want someone who works hard? Listen to what they have to say and write it down. It will help later when you have a plan of action.
4. Plan of action – Now develop a plan of action and set some goals after listening to what the coach had to say. Basically you need to set realistic expectations that you can meet before tryouts.
a. Improve your flexibility – Just stretch every other day. Don’t just go through the motions; actually put some effort into it. Get a partner for better results.
b. Improve your strength – Incorporate some weight training into your workout and gear it towards what position you are trying out for.
c. Tumbling Classes – Take classes once a week and learn the skills that the coach required.
d. Stunt clinics – Take part in stunt clinics to get more stunting experience. Either go by yourself or as a group.
e. Work jumps – You can work at home and do exercises to make your jumps higher, then grab a partner to help at the waist so that you can perfect your jumps.
f. Motions in mirror -Practice your motion in the mirror. Make them quick and strong.
5. Understand Cheerleading – Also make sure that you are learning the techniques of cheerleading, what are the name of the skills, and other cheerleading information so that you have a better understanding. You will learn faster this way.
6. Prepare yourself for tryouts – Once you have accomplished all of this, now it’s time for a tryout preparation run through. Run through a mock tryout at home in front of an audience. Make sure you smile, are load, show confidence, and have everything ready for the big day. I have seen so many girls that come in so passive, don’t smile, and don’t even look the part and their scores reflect it.