A cheerleading season barely ends before the nervousness and stress about tryouts start. It can be hard to know what you should work on, especially if you’re trying out for a new team or gym.
The Cheer Kin has listed 4 helpful tips, helping you decide what to focus on before your tryout!
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1. Refine your existing skills
Perfect every skill you already have and focus on the finer details like keeping your feet together, pointing your toes and straightening your knees. This will show coaches you’ve mastered your existing skills and are ready to start training at the next level!
2. Address your weaknesses
Now that your focus isn’t on routines and competitions, spend the majority of your time bettering yourself in your weak areas. For most people, this is strength, flexibility and/or endurance. Not only will this help you maintain your fitness when not in competition season, but it will prepare you for new skills and speed up the learning process.
3. Put in extra work
Take advantage of open gyms, do extra classes, sign up for private lessons or train at home. This will show your coaches you are dedicated and have a drive to progress to the next level – something they will consider when placing you on a team!
4. Take it easy
Many athletes try to get all their new skills for the next season in the 2-3 weeks leading up to tryouts. This is such a small window of time that makes it incredibly difficult to “level up” by the time tryouts roll around. Don’t push yourself too hard or go way out of your comfort zone – this will only lead to sloppy skills, mental blocks, injuries and feelings of discouragement. Instead, focus on mastering the basics of new/harder skills, such as important drills or doing the skill on a trampoline.
Deryn, owner of the blog The Cheer Kin, is a former all-star cheerleader and coach. She has a MSc in Sports Science and Rehabilitation, an Honours BASc in Kinesiology and a Diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion. With knowledge and training from high level gymnastics coaches and performance trainers for Olympic athletes, she offers custom cheer training programs and creates content to educate the cheer community.