A bit of advice for athletes as we head into tryouts –
1. Please have fun! Try not to stress the process. Your skills and attitude will determine your placement, so just do your best and let us worry about the rest.
2. Please know that we want you to succeed. It is NEVER our intention to hold an athlete back or place them somewhere they do not belong. Trust that your coaches know what’s best for each team and only want you to be successful.
3. Please be honest about your skills and set realistic expectations. Wanting to be on a level 2 team without level 2 skills does not make much sense, right? That’s like wanting to be a doctor without having gone to medical school (we don’t know about you, but that’s not a doctor we want to see!). In order for teams to be successful, its members must have the skills needed for that team. While there might be exceptions (i.e., an amazing flyer or an incredible base who does not have the tumbling), please do not strive to be the exception.
4. Having the skills for a particular level, does not mean just having the basic tumbling skills for that level. It means having level appropriate jumps, stunting, dance and performance, in addition to excellent tumbling skills and technique for that level.
5. Skills must be consistent in order for you to be a good fit for a particular level. Throwing a back handspring at tryouts that lands successfully 1 out of 10 times does not make you a level 2 athlete. Of course, we want to help turn that back handspring into a solid and consistent one with proper form and technique, but that takes time! Cheerleaders perform skills that most people can’t. These skills take time, so don’t rush your progress.
6. Don’t expect to move up a level each year. Moving from level 2 to level 3 is a big jump. The stunting skills are much more challenging as are the tumbling skills. You will move up as soon as your all-around skills are ready.
7. Do not compare yourself to other athletes. Every athlete progresses at a different speed. Some will gain skills quickly while others will take more time. This is true of every sport. While cheerleading is one of the most team-oriented sports there is, the individual skills required from each athlete are just that – individual. Focus on your own progress, and don’t worry about what others are doing.
8. Work on your jumps! While we do not want you working on your tumbling outside of the gym, we always want you to be working on improving your jumps, flexibility, and overall conditioning outside of the gym. Have a stretch and jump routine that you do at home (easy to do while watching tv).
9. Do we have “favorite athletes”? Sure, we do! Our favorite athletes are any and all athletes who have a positive attitude, excellent work ethic, are reliable, encouraging, receptive, and just all around excellent teammates. We would love for you to be one of our favorite athletes!
SEE YOU IN THE GYM!