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Okay, on the rest of our tryout tips!
Our best advice to you is to start early! If you start getting prepared early enough, there won’t be any last minute panicking and thinking that you aren’t ready. This is definitely not the time to procrastinate! So what do you do to start early? Don’t worry, it’s not that intense.
1. Make sure you are keeping up your grades! Cheerleading takes a lot of time management skills and you should always strive for excellence in your classes. Also, sometimes your coach will ask your teachers for recommendations or ask how you are in their classroom. Coaches want to know that you are able to manage both school and your extra curricular activities. So staying on top of your grades is a must!
You want to make sure that you are preparing physically as well as mentally. Cheerleading requires a lot of endurance and flexibility. There nothing worse than getting to tryout time and you aren’t as flexible as you thought you were or are out of breath while cheering and performing the routine. Start now! Stretch everyday, take tumbling classes, and do some cardio to build stamina.
You know what they say, practice makes perfect. It’s such a cliché but it is so true! If you’re new to the team, ask someone on the squad now if they will help you with basic moves and cheers. If you’re on the team now but have to try out again at the end of the year, push yourself at practice every second. Make sure you’re showing your coaches at practice that you want it and are willing to work for it. If you don’t have practices between now and tryouts, keep up with the conditioning and skills you would normally do. Don’t want to get rusty!
Those are our 3 steps for starting early! We’ll be back next time with specific advice from other cheerleaders who have gone through the same thing you’re going through! Always best to get an insiders point of view!
Do you have any advice for tryouts that you would like to share? Comment below with your tip and we’ll feature you in our next blog post!