Monthly Archives: October 2014

Terrific Showcase Tips:

For some, mid-October means that Halloween is approaching, as are other holidays…but for cheerleaders, mid-October means competition season is about to begin! Before even thinking about competing, you must tackle the showcase. This is your first time performing your routine in front of people, aside from members of your gym and your coaches. Here are some tips for a successful showcase day:

• Show up ready and prepared, just like its competition day.
• Invite family and friends to see not only your progress, but your teams as well.
• Nutrition on the morning of is very important. Nobody wants to feel fatigued as they’re running for their tumbling pass.
• PERFORM!!!!!!! This is the best place to be silly and really get into your routine.
• If you make a mistake, it’s not the end of the world. Remind yourself that it’s just a showcase and this is your first time in front of a crowd! Better to happen here than at an actual competition.
• Celebrate your routine and create lasting memories with teammates.hqdefault

A showcase is a great way to kick off a season and let the athletes get a feel of what it’ll feel like in a couple weeks when they actually have to compete and get scored. Keep in mind that this performance does not make or break your season; it’s just the beginning of what’s to come. Good luck! Go out there and do the best you can.

Team Bonding

team bondingAs competition season starts to pick up, it is so important to make sure that everyone on your team feels comfortable around each other! Every year there are new people, and making sure that you reach out to them is necessary! Team bonding is crucial and can really have a positive impact on how a team develops throughout the season. Try and do at least 1-2 team bonding events each season! Don’t wait for your coaches to plan something, take the initiative to plan something on your own!

Some fun team bonding ideas are:Ropes Course with your team

  • Movie Sleepover Night: What’s better than some chick flicks and a pillow fight with your teammates?!
  • Go Out to Eat as a Team: Who doesn’t love food?!
  • Ropes Course: Face your fear of heights with your teammates cheering you on!
  • Volunteering: Nothing is better than giving back to your community while spending time with teammates!
  • Craft Night: Make matching team bracelets together and wear them until they fall off!
  • Themed Practice: Vote on your favorite theme and get creative with the costumes!
  • Music Video: Dress up in cute costumes and sing and dance to your favorite song! Record the video and share with your gym!

And remember, whatever your team ends up doing, always make sure that everyone is included, and that you are making safe decisions!blue hands