Starting something new can make anyone feel a little nervous, especially when it’s something as exciting as joining a cheerleading team!
If you’re new and feeling worried about those upcoming cheerleading tryouts, don’t worry – you’re not alone.
Lots of beginners feel nervous, but with some practice, preparation, and a positive attitude, you can overcome those nerves and show your potential at tryouts.
In this article, we’ll guide you through some simple tips that can help ease your worries and boost your confidence.
Understanding the Tryout Process
First things first, let’s talk about what tryouts are all about.
Think of them as a chance to show the coaches what basics you already know about cheerleading and how ready you are to learn more.
You don’t need to be perfect – just be yourself and do your best. It may sound cheesy, but it’s true!
Be sure to do some research and become familiar with the tryout process at the gym you will be trying out at.
In what ways are they grouping athletes? When will you be there? What’s the schedule? What are the steps involved in the whole process?
Before tryouts, gyms usually compile a packet or document with information, generally available on their website/social media.
Don’t be afraid to contact the gym and ask any questions you have about the process.
Starting Early and Practicing Regularly
To build your confidence, start practicing early. Give yourself plenty of time to learn any required dances, skills, and basic motions.
You don’t have to practice for hours each day; even practicing a little bit every day can help your brain remember things better.
Remember; every experienced cheerleader was once a beginner too.
Instead of trying the most complicated things right away, focus on mastering the basics. Learn simple jumps, arm movements, and other basic skills you feel like working on. Once you feel confident with these, you can gradually work your way up to more challenging skills.
Looking for some extra tryout tips, maybe for more experienced cheerleaders? Check out these 4 tips, to help you decide what to focus on:
Using Positive Thinking to Your Advantage
Positive thinking is like having your own personal cheerleader in your head.
Visualizing yourself in a positive light can help build your confidence:
Close your eyes and imagine yourself at the tryouts. Imagine what it feels like to walk into the gym with confidence. Visualize performing confidently, and everything going the way you hope. Picture the gym staff smiling, clapping, and cheering for you…
This kind of mental practice can help you feel more sure of yourself and less worried. By imagining yourself at the tryout, you can feel more confident on the actual tryout, since you’ve already gone through it in your mind!
Getting to Know the Tryout Space
If you can, visit the place where the tryouts will take place.
Getting familiar with the gym and surrounding area can help reduce surprises on the big day. No need to stress about how to get there, where to find parking, or getting lost – you’ve already been there!
Knowing how the actual tryout space is set up can also make you feel more confident. Practice in the gym beforehand if possible, for example by signing up for classes or open gym practices.
It will help you get used to the environment and make it easier to focus during the tryout.
Taking Deep Breaths and Focusing on Yourself
Being nervous can lead to shallow breathing, which can make you even more nervous.
When you start feeling worried, take a deep breath. Breathe in through your nose, hold it for a moment, and then breathe out slowly through your mouth
It sounds simple, but this easy breathing exercise can relax your body and calm your mind.
Remember, during tryouts, it’s natural to notice others around you, but try to focus on yourself.
Don’t compare yourself to everyone else. Each person is on their own journey, and your progress is what truly matters.
Taking these deep breaths can help you center your thoughts and focus on your performance.
Asking Questions When in Doubt
Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you’re not sure about something. Coaches and experienced cheerleaders are usually happy to help newcomers.
Asking questions also shows your dedication and your eagerness to improve – things that coaches usually really like.
Putting It All Together for Tryouts
Remember, cheerleading tryouts are a chance to show off what you know and how much you want to be part of the team. Even if you’re feeling nervous, you can rise above it.
Start practicing early, focus on the basics, and use positive thinking to handle your nerves. And most importantly, enjoy the experience!
Trying new things might seem scary, but it’s also a chance to learn new skills and grow as a person. By using these tips, you’re on your way to becoming a confident cheerleader.
We know you will do great – good luck!
What if It Doesn’t Go Your Way?
No matter how much we prepare, sometimes things don’t go our way…
What happens if you don’t make the cheer team you wanted? Instead of feeling discouraged, you can take a few simple steps to improve and see the positives!
Learn all about it here:
Cover photo: Snapped by Becca Clark