Cheerleading Tryout Tips

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Cheerleading tryouts can be nerve racking. You've been working really hard getting ready, learning the dance, working on your motions, and now the moment  is finally here. Cheerleading tryouts don't have to be a bad experience. In fact, it can be one of the best moments of your life, If you prepare. So here are some tips to help you get ready for the big day, and what to do once it arives.

1. Do your training well in advance. So many cheerleaders know a year in advance they have tryouts coming up, and yet will wait till two weeks before tryouts to start working on a backhandspring. Why not take full advantage of the time that you have? Find an instructor that can really be critical with you, and help you be the best you can be (I know I sound like a military recruitment tape, but it's the truth).

2. Stretch often. Many cheerleaders that I've trained say they stretch. Let's get real here. What really happens is they either talk during the time they are suppose to be stretching, and only stretch at practice. If you put forth the effort, and stretch a couple of times at home you will be much more limber. Some tips here. Make sure your muscles are VERY warm before stretching. Also, cut down on the junk food. Fast food has chemicals that tend to make you less flexible. Healthy food can really help you in more ways than one.

3. Practice your motions, and saying your cheer. Even if you can't tumble, you can work on motions. Remember, the other cheerleaders are probably not going to work on their motions all that sincerely. If you really take out the time to go over your motions, and making sure they are clean, and sharp, you are going to stand out among the others. Practice saying your cheer, over and over. Make sure you are not singing your cheer. Clearly enunciate, and make sure you are emphasis the right words.

4. At the tryouts, be sure to stretch, and warm up. Many cheerleaders just use this time to talk. I would suggest socializing with others, but still you need to stay focused. Take some time to look around the location where you are going to try out. Figure out how you are going to make your entrance. Your entrance needs to be exciting, and full of energy. There are so many times I've seen cheerleaders have the most boring, and lethargic looking entrance - and they are trying out for cheerleader, go figure.

5. Thank the judges, and just have fun. Be sure to find out what the judges considered areas of improvement. Even if you don't make it, you can still continue to improve. But also if you make it, you still want to continue to improve. Success is great, but it can make you lazy. Remember, tryouts will come again next year. Plus, you want to make a great impression while you are on the squad in order to make sure the coach looks favorably on you.

Well, that's it. The main thing is have fun, but be sincere with your efforts for trying out for your cheer squad. If you plan ahead, you will have more than enough to be totally ready for your tryout. Good luck!

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