Lakeland cheerleading tryouts can be stressful, especially for first-timers. With the new season almost upon us, this means that tryouts are going to be starting up soon. The thing about cheerleading tryouts, whether you were on the team last year or trying out for the first time, they don’t pick favorites.
Even if you were head cheerleader last year, you’re going to have to try out just like everybody else. No matter how seasoned of a cheerleader you are, if you’re not what they’re looking for in the new season, you may not be able to get back on the team this year.
The best that you can do is train as much as you can, and do your best during tryouts. To help your chances, and to make sure you don’t end up offending anybody, here are some cheerleading tryout do’s and don’ts to keep in mind.
Do showcase stunts that you’ve mastered
Remember that you’re there to show your prowess as a cheerleader. So make sure that you show them stunts and skills that you’re comfortable with, no matter how simple you feel they are. What they’re looking for is skill, not complexity of the stunt.
Do be friendly to the other cheerleaders
You may be performing with these cheerleaders for the entire season, so it’s important that you be nice to them and that you get along. Coaches are more likely to hire cheerleaders that know how to work in a team. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to make some friends early on, seeing as you might be teammates with some of them, and you’ll be spending a lot of time with them.
Do be yourself
Of course, always be yourself during tryouts. Tryouts are meant to find the best cheerleaders that fit in with the coach’s vision for the team that year. Fitting in well with the team as you are can do so much more for you than how complicated the stunts you perform are.
Don’t be overconfident with skills you haven’t mastered
Some athletes make the mistake of showcasing skills that they aren’t confident with yet, because they think it’ll impress the panel. Don’t make the mistake of doing this. Executing a stunt that you’re not comfortable with can hurt your chances of getting on the team, and you risk coming off looking like an amateur.
Don’t argue with the final decision
No matter how well you prepare for Lakeland cheerleading tryouts, you still might not get the spot on the team. It might be because you’re not what the coach is looking for, or there may be a newbie who was just a little better.
No matter the reason, don’t try to argue with the final decision. It’s not dignified, and you look confrontational doing it, which looks even worse to the coach. Accept the decision with grace, and do better next year.