Why Practice Pays Off

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Practice is a lot of hard work and personally I would rather stay home and take a nap most of the time.  Things that make practice worth going though is you might get time to work on that new stunt you have been dying to try!  Maybe you have a past cheerleader who could teach you that new tumbling pass you are trying to do.  Learning new skills isn’t easy but when you go to practice you could get that help you have needed.

Trying a new skill isn’t always easy, but I personally do better when I have people watching me.  When I pull my heal stretch and someone says how awesome it is and they want me to teach them, it makes me want to push myself more.  I want to be able to help other people achieve the flexibility elements that I have.

Tumbling is not my thing.  I have a round-off, a cart wheel, and an almost no handed cartwheel.  Each time I get a new tumbling trick my heart skips a beat.  I listen to music when I’m trying to learn something new.  It almost always helps.  Having people around to watch and have them point out what you did wrong is also helpful.

Sometimes you can’t always feel what you did wrong.  Your coach and teammates can give you tips to fix what you did wrong.  When you need a new way to try something ask your teammates what they do, so you can try it and maybe get a different result.  Practice is a time to fix, clean up, and learn new things.  Take the time given to you and work hard.  If you waste your time or slack off, you could be that one cheerleader during a floor cheer that looks like she doesn’t know what she’s doing.

If someone is trying to help you don’t get an attitude and start being snotty.  You have to be open to learning new things.  Even if you’re doing it right try it their way.  Also always say thank you for their help.

Practice is a big heart of every sport so take your time and use it wisely.  People are there to help you not be mean to you.  Your team is your family so take care of it.

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Haley Caulfield

Haley Caulfield is 16 years of age and has been a cheerleader for 8 years. She has been a member of football cheer, basketball cheer, and competition cheer. She brings us her cheerleading experience as a flyer and hopes to give great advice to all cheerleaders.

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  1. Aaron

    June 17, 2015 at 9:29 am

    I wish we had resources like this when I was in cheer! It’s an old saying but it’s true, “practice makes perfect”. If you’re good at stunting but need work on tumbling, find a teammate who’s great at tumbling but could use help via your stunting skills. Together you’ll be able to impress your teammates, coaches, and judges. Thanks again for the article!

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