8 Ways to Be a Better CheerLEADER

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  1. Stay Loose

Flexibility is a reward. Those cheerleaders you admire work extremely hard to be able to pull an unstoppable scorpion. Be sure to stretch every day to maintain and strengthen your flexibility.

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  1. Eat Right

They say you are what you eat! Cheerleading is a physically demanding sport that requires healthy nutritional habits day in and day out. Learn to eat right, snack healthy and properly replenish your body for those long practices and intense performances.

  1. Get Your Priorities Straight

Balancing cheerleading, school and a social life can be a challenge. Successful cheerleaders focus on what is in front of them in that moment, which lets them efficiently complete all of their tasks in a timely manner. Juggling too many things at once can lead to not getting anything done at all.

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  1. Don’t Gossip

Gossiping can lead to bullying and petty actions. A good cheerleader does not start, spread or even listen to rumors. If you hear a teammate talking negatively about another, stay out of it and avoid getting involved. Instead, talk to the teammate about how rumors can be cruel and can bring down the entire squad by putting the team’s foundation of trust and loyalty at risk.

  1. Positivity Is Key

It’s easy for cheerleaders to be pumped up at a game or competition when the music is loud and the crowd is cheering, but that won’t always be the case. A difficult practice or poor performance can lead to frustration and negativity. A good cheerleader maintains a positive attitude, keeps the spirit alive and encourages the team to do the same.

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  1. Work As A TEAM

Being on a team means to win as a team and lose as a team. It means everyone gets credit for an incredible performance, and everyone is responsible for the team’s mistakes. A good cheerleader never takes all the credit and never places the blame on someone else. If you notice a teammate struggling, help them out!

  1. Thank Your Parents

As time consuming cheerleading is for cheerleaders, it’s also a major time commitment for parents as well. Parents are there to take their cheerleaders to practice, sit for hours at competitions and continuously pay program fees. Remember to thank your parents every now and then, and remind them of how appreciative you are for all that they do.

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  1. Set Goals

Are you hoping to learn a new stunt or improve your jumps? Setting reasonable goals can keep you driven and inspired. A good cheerleader works toward her goals and stay motivated along the way.

-Shelia Kiley

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