Why It’s Okay To Tryout For A New Team

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“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

Now that tryout season is coming up, you may find yourself weighing the pros and cons of transferring gyms… And wondering how your current gym will take it.  As we all know, drama can come easy during a gym transfer. I’ve been able to avoid it by simply being honest. Be upfront that you’re looking at other gyms and that you may not be returning next season. Communication is key to preventing and squashing any drama.

As someone who’s lived in a military town my whole cheer career and has changed gyms a couple times, I’ve had a handful of different coaches.
As we all know, everyone’s coaching style is a little different, as is everyone’s learning style. As an athlete, being exposed to a wide variety of coaches has improved me so much.

I’ll give you an example.

You could be working on your tuck for years and not make any progress. No matter how your coaches try to explain to you how to progress, you’re just not getting it. If you transfer gyms, you’re going to be exposed to so many more coaching styles, and the possibility of one of them being the perfect one to help you progress in your tuck is substantial.

As someone aspiring to continue my cheerleading career beyond high school, as a college cheerleader, a coach, and ultimately as a gym owner, being exposed to several different coaching styles has been necessary for me to find my own style. I think it’s incredibly important to experience and test out a wide variety of coaching styles, so you can pick up what you like and what you don’t like and incorporate it into your own style.

Aside from coaching styles, let’s remember that everyone has their own learning style as well. You’ll never have a good time coaching if you can’t accept and recognize that everyone has their own learning style. Having new teammates will help expose you to more learning styles, and is especially beneficial if you’ve grown up with the same teammates, as you all probably know each other well and have similar learning styles at this point.

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Tyra Cunningham

This North Carolina cheerleader currently cheers for two teams at Eastern Tumble and Cheer. She has been a cheerleading since 2006 and enjoys the constant drive to be better and do better that cheerleading brings her as an athlete and a person.

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