Cheer Captain Reflections: Not Always a Day at the Beach

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I love my Cheer team and wouldn’t trade them for the world. Reflecting back to the beginning of the season, there were things some key things that I knew I wanted to change. As Captain of my squad, it was my number one priority to make sure we all loved and respected one another. I was determined to make My Dream Team a reality.

Some of the girls in my squad had just started cheer for their first time while others were much more experienced. As the weeks progressed, I was so happy and excited to see their love for cheerleading spread. However I also realized some of the more experienced cheerleaders needed to step up with leadership to help their less-experienced team mates. I think just because you may have more experience than others does not allow you to leave anyone behind. We are all a team working together to be our best. And we all started with no experience at one point. I didn’t want any of the girls problems to get in the way of their love and passion for cheer. Helping to bond and respect each other was my first step to accomplishing my dream team.

My second step was to guide them to come together as a team with support and balance. This means stepping up to help by filling someones weakness with your strength. And they will have your back when you may have a weakness.  Together we can accomplish more. Teamwork is one of the most important things to learn and remember in cheer.

My next step was to implement teamwork drills and games. The games and drills were a major piece of learning to work together.  On the flip side of that, it was a learning point to teach what it feels like to work alone with no real accomplishment. What a major learning tool. For more tips on teamwork, check out this article on a new approach. 

And lastly, it’s important for everyone to have fun. Cheer can be as fun as it is serious- and there needs to be a balance. The bonds and friendship that are made through cheer are ones we may have for a lifetime.

At the start of the season, I considered this ‘My Dream Team’. But now, they are known as my team, my family, and my world. I love all the girls in my cheer family. They are my everything. And I am so happy with the help of our coaches, we made it here together.

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Evian Navejas

Evian Ariel is 14 years old and from Houston, Texas. She is the cheer captain for Deady Middle School and has been a dancer since she was 4 years old. She is very passionate about cheerleading and the positive energy people gain from the sport.

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