Friendly competition is always welcome, but with Lakeland cheerleading, the wear and tear of your gear is always something you should keep an eye out for. In addition to being aesthetically unappealing, there are several risks involved when executing a routine with faulty gear. Here are some of the signs you need to look out for which might indicate that it’s time to upgrade or change your gear.
Your gear doesn’t fit right
Whether your clothing is too tight or too loose, it’s important to pay attention to the fit of your cheer clothing in order for you to know the right time to replace it. Your cheer clothing should be fitting, but not overly tight to the point where you are no longer comfortable or have difficulty breathing. It should fit you comfortably, but not to the point where your clothing becomes too loose. If your clothes are too loose, you risk putting yourself and your teammates in danger. A teammate might accidentally get their fingers or foot stuck in some loose fabric, and bring down the entire routine down by accident.
Your practice clothing is getting worn out
While your performance gear is important, you should also take into account when it’s time to replace your practice gear. These items of clothing are just as important as these are the clothes that you’ll be wearing when you’ll be practicing your routines. They will take more of a beating than your performance clothing, as you’ll be wearing them more often during your practice runs. While a decent set of practice wear can last you an entire season, keep an eye on the individual pieces that might show wear and tear that indicate that you have to replace them earlier.
There are holes in your clothing
For the same reasons as wearing ill-fitting clothing, you should replace clothing with holes in them as soon as possible. Not only does it look shabby, one of your teammates might get an appendage hooked on a hole, which may compromise the entire routine and risk injuring the entire squad.
Your shoes are wearing out
Shoes are one of the most important pieces of clothing in a cheerleader’s gear. Depending on your position or or type of competition you’re participating in, the type of shoes you wear is crucial to the outcome of your performance. If you notice that your shoes start becoming uncomfortable when you had no problems before, it may be sign that a part might have worn out or gotten damaged and that it’s time to replace them.
Having a great cheer spirit is the mark of an excellent Lakeland cheerleading squad, but with these tips, you and your team can have that spirit and stay safe at the same time.