Do you want to make your cheerleading team COED and need guys? Here are some important tips to get guys on your cheerleading team.
1. Get a group of girls to recruit – No guy can resist the attention of a group of girls giving them attention. Try to outnumber the guy and beg them if you have to. Just ask them to “Try it out!” Remember to get their phone number so that you contact them, because they will forget.
2. Drag them there -On the day of practice, actually go to their house or dorm and walk with them to practice. They might have second thoughts so just reiterate to just “Try it out!”
3. Show them videos – If you get the chance, show them videos of stunt competitions and coed routines. They might actually get pumped up watching those videos.
4. Bring in a college guy – Bring in a college guy that’s actually bigger and better than they are. Many guys will have a hard time looking up to someone if they are the first. If you already have guys on the team, then use those guys to make the new ones feel more welcome.
5. Take them to a cheerleading competition – Take them to an actual cheerleading competition so that they can see how difficult and competitive cheerleading actually is.
6. Offer them a chance to go to camp -Offer them the opportunity to go to camp, see new teams, experience the amount of girls there and they will get a better sense of the sport.
7. Explain competition – Just to explain how cheerleading competitions work, how stunts work, how important it is to be in shape, and so much more so they can actually understand and get interested.
8. Talk about the ratio of guys to girls -This one is pretty obvious.
9. Take them to a COED team and have them take part -Take them to another COED team so they can see what being a part of a good coed team looks and feels like.
10. Play with their egos – If you have multiple guys at practice, have them compete against one another and give them a challenge.
11. Talk about the Perks – If you get free shoes, free clothes, or get T.V. time then make sure they are aware of the many perks that come with being a cheerleader.
12. More Masculine – When you get a guy to practice for the first time, don’t have them do things like jumps and cheers. Have them work on more masculine things like stunts and baskets. They will gain more interest that way.
13. Role model and a part of something – Explain how if they come on the team then they will be a role model, will be recognized more, and will be a part of something special.
14. Scholarships – If you team gives out scholarships, partial scholarships, or book scholarships then make it known.
15. Right type of guy – Those guys who are stubborn muscle-heads or outcasts are typically not going to participate in cheerleading. You should focus more on those guys who have school spirit, or are easy going, or are athletic and looking for something to be involved in.