Cheerleading “guys and gals”

A lot of  girls and guys aspire to become  cheerleaders.  Some actually take the steps to make those dreams a reality.   Some take it all the way to the
university  level.

Depending on the college you attend, the difficulty ratings will differ greatly.  Not everyone will end up cheering on ESPN and/or compete for a national title.

Cheerleading is a great experience.  You get to be out there where the action is.  Doesn’t matter if it is elementary, jr high, high school or
a university environment – being a cheerleader is  a lot of fun.  Cheerleading gets you out there into the world,  and teaches you about how to motivate a crowd.   Let me tell you – you  really have to break out of your shell for cheer.   You will be in the spotlight 24/7 when you cheer.

Cheerleading is a sport and one of the most popular sports for younger girls. I’ve watched very quiet people learn  they have vocal cords once they put on the cheerleading uniform.  Those involved in cheerleading have the extra added benefit of being active physically; be that jumping, tumbling or doing pushups when their team scores.

It also helps young people  develop better social skills.  You get to take a group of people and teach them to work together as a team.  A team that provides spirit in unity toward their peers and alumni.  Cheerleading
is a great place to make lasting friendships as well!

Students interested in cheer should try out.  Not everyone will make the varsity team; some will only make junior varsity (JV).  JV is just as essential as varsity when it comes to upholding your schools reputation.  You have to begin some place.  You have to learn how to work together.  You have to grow and you have to work hard.

There are a  lot of times where  cheerleaders do a great deal  of work and get very little recognition for that work. At the competitive level things do change for cheerleaders.  Competitive
cheer is much more intense, and keeping that winning attitude is what it is all about!

Everybody  loves to watch the competitive teams compete.  The level of skill on some of these teams is fantastic.

At the university level, the cheer teams and the dance teams often perform together.  They come together in what is known as a “spirit team”.   In my own experience it was really fun to work around the cheer team as well as the pep band.   The guys on the  cheer team and the pep band were so fun to work with.  I hope they know how much they are appreciated.

Many don’t know that cheerleading used to be an all male sport beginning in the 1890’s.  Sorry ladies, you weren’t first in the sport.

Women didn’t start participating until 1920.  Cheerleading didn’t become a predominantly woman sport until the 1950’s  The statics from the above site  have some interesting facts about male cheerleaders.  Today, in collegiate cheerleading it’s 50/50, half males, half females.  It’s a sport and a tough one.

Professional  NBA/NFL cheerleaders often do not tumble or do stunts on
average. You see teams like the Denver Bronco Cheerleaders, LA Lakers Cheerleaders,  or the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders doing jazz dance routines, cheering, and performing well rehearsed kick lines.  It’s a different level there too.  But for these professional cheerleaders, it’s predominately female.

Dreams are only as good as the effort you put into them.  You have to want it.  You have to “TRY OUT”, sign up –
and go to practice.    The worst thing you could do is not try out.

Your dreams have to be backed up with effort.  So get out there and have some fun.  You have some new friends waiting to meet you!

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