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What Makes a Cheerleader Great

Tips on going from good to great in cheerleading

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Have you ever wondered what sets a great cheerleader apart from the rest of the squad? What makes her or him so special? And more importantly, how can you raise the level of your cheering from good to great.

Sure, the best cheerleaders are dedicated and very determined, but aren't you that way too? So, let's look at some things and then you can analyze the differences to see if or where you're lacking on what it takes to be a great cheerleader.

  • Are you willing to try new things? Not just for yourself but for the overall benefit of the squad?
  • Do you help your team mates? If you see a squad member struggling with a skill will you stop to offer constructive advice and help?
  • Do you work on your cheerleading skills every day? Do you realize you can always improve something? And that Cheerleading is made up of a lot different aspects, i.e. voice, motions, jumps, dance, stunts and gymnastics, that all need work.
  • Are you aware that your behavior and attitude are a big part of being a cheerleader? Do you work on these areas?
  • Are you involved in the community? Do you volunteer to help younger people?
  • Have you reached the point that you know you're not just a cheerleader at practice, a game or a performance? You're a cheerleader all the time, regardless of where you are or what you're doing.
  • Can you follow directions and take constructive criticism?

Some of the best cheerleaders have to work the hardest on their skills, but they have what it takes to be great on the inside. They have a cheerleading heart and attitude. A squad can only be as good as its weakest member, so it benefits everyone to raise the level of cheerleading throughout the whole team and this what being a team player is all about.

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