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. http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/1685
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!
Do you know when it’s appropriate to cheer and when it isn’t?
One of the main responsibilities of a Cheerleader is to promote school spirit and good sportsmanship. Your goal should be to involve the fans with your enthusiasm and zeal, but it is also important to know when it’s appropriate to cheer and when it’s not.
As a Cheerleader, you should be a role model that leads the crowd in a positive way, shows respect for the other team’s players and fans, and that always displays proper etiquette.
When to Cheer
• When your team is introduced or comes out on the court or field. You should also clap when your opponents team is introduced.
• When time-outs are called, during half-times, quarters, or periods.
• When your team has made an exceptional play or drive.
• When a player is leaving or coming into the game.
• When an injured player gets up.
• When your team is on offense or defense, do an appropriate cheer.
• When the game is close.
• When your team scores.
When Not to Cheer
• When a player is injured.
• When your team commits a foul against the other team.
• When either team is in huddle.
•When a team makes a mistake or is penalized.
• When the opposing team’s band is playing.
• When signals are being called.
• When you hear negative or insulting chants from the crowd or fans.
• During important announcements.
•While the other squad is cheering.
Other Points to Remember
• Don’t block the view of the spectators with stunts during the game. Save them for time-outs, quarters, or half-times.
• Do not put up a stunt behind a basketball goal during a free throw.
• Make sure you know when your team is on offense or defense.
• It is a nice gesture to welcome the opposing team.
• Show tact if your team is ahead and act gracefully if they are behind.
Cheerleading should be a positive experience, so set a good example. Always act with integrity, fairness and the leadership qualities that Cheerleaders are known for.
When to Cheer and When Not to… Let’s see how much you know about when to cheer.
1. The announcer is introducing the opposing team, what do you do?
Boo and hiss.
Turn your back to them.
Run out to greet them.
n2. Your team has the ball, what kind of cheer would you use?
Whatever comes to mind.
3. A player has been injured, when would you cheer?
As soon as it happens.
When they get up and you know they are all right.
When the paramedics run out on the field.
4. The officials have made what you think is a bad call against your team, what would you do?
Throw stuff on the court or field.
Accept it gracefully.
Run out there and argue with them.
Shout insults to them.
Young cheerleaders have to learn the rule of protocol. If you are an older cheerleader, it really is your responsibility to properly train those under you. When you cheer at the appropriate times – the crowd will follow. If you cheer at inappropriate times – the crowd will not trust you.
Remember, what you do and say is a reflection on your school. You are some of the first people that many people will see when they visit a school. You represent everyone. Your job is one of PR and spirit.