|When You Don't Make It|
|Cheerleading tryouts can be stressful, disappointing, and heartbreaking. How do you handle it when you don't make it on the Cheerleading squad?|
You've worked and practiced for months to fulfill your dream of being a Cheerleader. Tryouts are over and you just found out you didn't make it - How do you handle the disappointment?
It is sometimes hard to be a gracious loser. Your feelings are running rampart, you may not think the winners are deserving, and you know in your heart you were the better choice.
You're hurt and discouraged; rejection and failure overcome you, your emotions are raw. You feel like crying and the last thing you want to do is look into the smiling faces of those that made it. But you also don't want to come off as a sore loser. So, if you find yourself in this situation and know you can't handle it appropriately - get away. Find some time to be by yourself or with friends and family you know will understand. Sort through your feelings and congratulate the winners at a time when you can be more sincere.
It is important to remember everyone can't win and there are usually more people that don't make it than those that do. If Cheerleading is truly your dream, move on to the next tryout. Continue to practice, learn new skills, build your confidence and become more prepared for the next time. I've known Cheerleaders that have tried out five times before making it on a squad, so don't give up. Keep a smile on your face and move on.