Wait, that's not how your child should feel about cheerleading tryouts. Follow our tips, and they'll feel prepared for tryout day in no time.
B-E Aggressive1 of 7
Anyone who says cheerleading isn't a sport can take a seat.
Cheerleaders know the athleticism involved in executing perfectly timed movements, and the sport requires just as much energy and competitive spirit as football or baseball. You'll want to bring your best game to tryouts. Remember that you may be having a blast, but you're still competing for a highly athletic roster spot.
Attitude is Everything2 of 7
A cheerleader with a perfect cartwheel won't pump up a single audience member (not to mention a competition judge) if he or she has a sour mood. Show your passion for the sport and keep a smile on your face at all times during tryouts.
If you make a mistake, get right back up and show the coach that you are always willing to try again. A coach can help you improve your talent, but they may pass on an athlete with a poor attitude.
Military Movements in Mind3 of 7
Ballet dancers, beware. Although many cheerleaders start as dancers and vice versa, cheerleading is not the sport for slow, graceful movements. If you're coming from a dance background, think about the precision movements of a military soldier instead of the soft grace of a ballerina.
Cheers are all about hitting the right mark at the right time, and that requires sharp, concise movements. For inspiration, watch cheer competitions on YouTube and notice the military-like precision of each move.
Grab a Friend4 of 7
Tryout preparation shouldn't be completely stressful. Find a friend who also plans to try out for the squad and meet up to practice together. Go in one of your backyards and make up a fun cheer together. If you have access to your school's cheers, even better. Practice the cheers you'll perform for the tryout.
For added practice, perform your new cheer in front of your friends or family. Stage fright is not an option for a cheerleader. If your nerves get the best of you once you're in front of a crowd, keep practicing.
Tumble to the Top5 of 7
Many school or club cheerleading teams will place high value on gymnasts during tryouts, though you can check the team's requirements to be sure. If you have a bit of time before the big day, consider taking gymnastics classes over the summer or during the school year before you plan to try out. If you are a gymnast, don't be afraid to let the coach know and demonstrate your skills.
Eat Well6 of 7
On the morning of tryouts, be sure to have a healthy breakfast. Fruit, yogurt or a healthy bowl of cereal (think Cheerios, not Lucky Charms) will keep you fueled throughout the long day. Avoid caffeine, as it will make you more jittery if you already feel nervous. Eating healthy throughout the summer will help feel strong come tryout day.