All cheerleaders may jump, flip, or stunt, but not all cheerleaders are the same. There are school cheerleaders who focus on keeping up the spirits of the crowd, while supporting a sports team and all-star cheerleaders who showcase their skills through a competitive atmosphere. For some people who love every aspect of cheerleading though, they choose to do both. As difficult as it can be to be on both a school and all-star cheerleading team, it takes full commitment to both teams. Maintaining a schedule and addressing conflicts in your schedule ahead of time is key to successfully being on both teams. School and all-star cheerleading have their similarities and differences and although it can be challenging to be on both, experience in one area of cheerleading can actually contribute to aspects in another area of cheerleading.
- All-star and school cheerleaders spend most of their time facing a crowd, make sure to always smile and remain upbeat
- School teams that compete use a dead mat. This makes it extremely important to use proper technique when tumbling, to prevent injury
- Where all-star cheerleaders need to be as flashy as possible to standout to judges from a far distance, school cheerleaders typically take a more natural approach when it comes to hair and make-up
- Sports fans can be loud, make sure to be even louder while maintaining a speed the crowd can chant along to