6 Things Cheerleaders Should Know Before Tryouts

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It’s about that time of the year for some of us. Cheerleading tryouts time! Whether you’re trying out for an all-star or our schools cheerleading team, it can be an exciting yet nerve-racking thing to do. Luckily there are some tips that are useful to make sure that your tryouts go smoothly,

Important Paperwork:

One thing that is essential for tryouts is making sure you have all of the necessary paperwork needed to tryout You will most likely need a physical formed signed by your doctor indicating you are in a healthy condition t be a part of the sport. You will also need a waiver or other things that need to be signed by a parent or guardian. There also may be paperwork that needs to be done on your part such as filling out an application or signing a contract.

Appropriate Attire:

One thing that is critical for cheerleading tryouts is wearing the appropriate attire. The ideal outfit is cheer shorts, a basic t-shirt (wear an cheerleading shirt if you have one) and cheerleading shoes. If you don’t have cheerleading shoes, any type of athletic or running shoe will work just fine. You can top your look with a super cute cheer bow and a big smile!

Talk to a Veteran:

Try to talk to a veteran on the team that you want to try out for. You can get a lot of information of what to do and what not to do, as well as what the coach might be looking for. Another perk of talking to a veteran is you could have someone to work with at tryouts. You can work together on the material that is being taught and performed later on. This can also give you a sense of ease and comfort.

Keep Going:

Make sure that when you’re actually trying out you take your time and don’t rush it. When you rush there is a huge possibility that you mess up. Even sometimes when you don’t rush you could mess up. If you do mess up keep going. Do not stop. Do not show it on your face. You may have made a mistake but the judges may have not even noticed it. When you show it on your face the judges most likely then know that you messed up. Just keep a smile on your face the entire time. Also if you are the type of person to get nervous when people are looking at you, try to find a spot ahead and focus on that spot the entire time, but make sure you keep your smile as well.

Get your Sleep:

It is very important to get an appropriate amount of sleep. You definitely don’t want to be tired at tryouts because then you might not be able to perform to the best of your ability


Making sure that you are relaxed at tryouts is very important. You don’t want to be stressed because it can show a lot. Make sure that you are peppy and happy the entire time. It will show that you have a great spirit which is a main aspect of being a cheerleader!

Cheerleading tryouts can be exciting yet nerve-racking but if you follow all of the tips given everything should be just fine. Just try you very best, you got this!

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Keyerra Stanley

Keyerra is a high school and all-star cheerleader from Florida. She became a cheerleader at age six and loves being able to spread her spirit and show her talent to others. Keyerra also enjoys being a role model and leader for others.

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