Tryouts usually happen during the spring season. That is why we have prepared helpful tips to calm your nerves and help you be at your best!
Invest in your skills.
If you really want to be a part of a cheerleading team, you must invest in your skills ahead of time. Joining the cheer programs and clinics can really be an advantage. These programs are usually offered during summer, so you have to plan ahead.
Wear proper cheerleading attire
You can ask ahead of time if there’s a requirement for attire before your tryout and follow it to avoid issues. If there’s no specific requirement, make sure that you wear a comfortable cheerleading outfit to perform your best. Make sure that your hair is neat so that it will not hinder your performance and for coaches to see your face.
Find out if there are any required skills.
Ask the coaches or a cheerleader on the team if there are any requirements to be part of the squad. You have to know if they are looking for a specific set of skills and if there are cheerleading positions that need to be filled. Being aware of this will give you an idea of what to execute during the tryout and what you need to focus on.
Exercise and eat healthy.
Exercise plays a vital role for athletes. It keeps your physical form and helps you with your performance. Before practicing your routine, make sure to do your stretches to avoid any injuries. You know the saying: eat good, feel good? Eating healthy affects your mindset. It keeps you in the right mood, and it provides nutrients to your body that hold it in proper shape.
Practice your jumps, splits, and tumbling, and stay flexible.
Jumps, splits, toe touches, and tumblings are considered moderately basic skills in cheerleading. Before your tryout, make sure that you practice it so that your body will be familiar with your movements. Stay flexible, and don’t push yourself too much. If you experience any muscle soreness after practicing, gently massage it and apply a cold compress to reduce inflammation.
Don’t rush your performance, and breathe.
You will be given an amount of time during your tryout. Take your time, and don’t rush your performance. Make sure that you highlight your strengths. If you accidentally make a mistake with your routine, don’t make it too obvious. Everyone makes mistakes, and how you handle them matters. Take a deep breath and show them what you’ve got.
Be confident and make your character shine.
The coaches can feel if you are confident with yourself and with your skills. All of your efforts will not count if you will not trust yourself and your capabilities. Confidence and character are essential in cheerleading because it helps you to conquer performance nerves and do well with your routine.
Get your beauty sleep before your tryout.
You don’t want to show up to your tryout with noticeable dark circles. You have to look fresh and attractive. Get enough sleep before your performance to have all the energy when you are called to present.
Enjoy your performance.
Tryouts can be nerve-racking, especially when you know that the coaches are watching your every move, but don’t let it overpower you. Enjoy yourself out there, and it will be observed in your performance. Smile genuinely and after your performance, give yourself a pat on the back for being courageous. Appreciate your efforts, and always remember that you are fantastic!