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It’s your very first Jacksonville cheerleading competition, and you’re convinced you’ve never been more nervous in your entire life. You’re paranoid that you might have forgotten something important, or that you might mess up your part of the routine. This is where you need to remember that you’re not the first cheerleader to be nervous about their first cheer competition. All cheerleader have gone through it at some point. To keep your mind at ease, here are some things to keep in mind to prepare yourself for you first cheerleading competition.

Pack your bag with the essentials

You may get overwhelmed by all the preparation you need for the day of the competition, so as early as a week before the competition, create a checklist of all the things you’ll need, and start packing your bag slowly. You can add in your accessories today, and your socks tomorrow, and so on. This helps guarantee that you have everything you need the day of the competition and you won’t spend the night before the competition scrambling around for your gear.

Here are some of the basic essentials that a competing cheerleader should have in her bag:

  • Your uniform
  • Clean white socks
  • Your accessories, such as hair bows and ribbons, and what you’ll need to keep them in place, such as hair spray and bobby pins.
  • Makeup
  • Some snack and plenty of water

Make sure you have the routine down to a T

A lot of the first competition jitters from the fear of messing up the routine and bringing down the team as a result. In order to banish those fears, it would be advisable to practice at least twice in the week leading up to the competition. Make sure that everyone has everything memorized, even the pre-performance routine. This helps make it easier to make sure that everything is going smoothly right from the start to the end of the performance. Mental preparation helps as well, playing the routine out in your mind while listening to the routine music helps you visualize the whole thing and guarantees that you’ve memorized the entire routine.

Get enough rest and make sure you eat healthy

You’ll probably get an early start the next day, so makes sure you get enough rest. This guarantees that you’re rested enough for the physical and mental activity that you’ll face at the meet. Run the routine through your mind once or twice, and stop thinking about it. Don’t psych yourself out by worrying about things too much. Avoid eating junk foods, this will prevent your body from taking in the nutrients it needs to perform well, so make sure you eat a balanced meal and drink plenty of water.

You might be nervous for your first Jacksonville cheerleading competition, but don’t forget to have fun!


Many people view Jacksonville cheerleading as all flair and no effort, after all, seeing all those stunts being performed effortlessly makes it seem like anybody can do it. However, it’s important to know that cheerleading takes a lot of physical effort on the athletes’ part. While cheerleading is a fun and incredible sport, the safety of the athletes must take priority. Here are some of the most common injuries that cheerleaders can face and what they can do to prevent and treat them.

Warm-ups are essential to prevent muscle strain

As with any sport, one of the first things to do before practice or a cheer routine is to warm-up. By doing stretches and a light jog before performing will help guarantee that your muscles are relaxed enough to perform the physically straining activities that cheerleading is known for. One of the most common injuries resulting from a lack of a proper warm-up routine is muscle strain, which means that your muscles have been over exerted because of a lack of proper warm-up. Muscle strain is not a very serious injury, as long as you wrap the affected area, apply ice to it, and rest it when necessary. However, do not overdo it, as this may increase in severity if you do not allow it the proper rest.

Practice the proper landing procedures in order to prevent knee and ankle injury

Proper landing form is very important when performing in order to prevent hurting your knees and joints. The most common injuries from landing wrong can manifest as a sprained knee or a sprained ankle. To prevent this from happening, it’s important to practice the appropriate landing positions and to make sure your knees don’t lock when you practice your tumbling. Fortunately, treating a sprained ankle is quite easy. When you sprain your ankle, don’t remove the shoe of the sprained foot, keep it on to prevent swelling until someone arrives with ice. Ice your ankle on and off over the next few days while keeping it elevated, and keep it compressed with some athletic tape or a bandage. Rest your ankle, but let it move a bit to prevent the formation of scar tissue. Treating a sprained knee follows the same steps: ice it regularly, rest it, and compress the affected area.

Keep yourself active even when off-season

It can be easy to get complacent during the off-season, without regular practices and competitions to keep you busy. But it’s important to keep your body active with your regular warm-up and strengthening routine so that your muscles do not get worn out quickly from lack of use when you come back for the next Jackson cheerleading season.


Can you imagine how many things Jacksonville cheerleading needs to juggle all at once in order to survive a school year? They have to meet a specific academic grade to continue being part of the cheer team. They also have to practice and develop their skills in cheerleading to become a significant member of it. There are so many things that they have to do all at once, we sometimes wonder how ever can these teenagers do it?

The secret is in having a good time management. If you will manage your time well, then you will have a better chance at fulfilling all your duties as a student, a cheerleader, a friend, and a daughter.

Do your homework first

Without good grades, there’s no way you would still be a part of the cheerleading team. You need to meet a specific grade in order to continue being active in the squad. If you fail a subject, you will get the honor of being a cheerleader revoked. Unless you reach the target grade again, you may find yourself watching from the sidelines instead of having the spotlight on you.

Follow the cheer practice schedule

There’s a cheer practice and workout schedule. Follow it religiously and you’ll be fine. This means that you don’t need to practice more or practice less. There’s a right amount of time to do your cheering duties in a day. Allot a specific time for it, as well as for doing your homework and studying for an exam. What good would practicing stunts do for you if you cannot be a part of the team anymore because you flunked a subject?

Rest when you can

It’s important to rest your body and your mind from all the physical activities you have to do. It can be stressing to fulfill all your duties as a student and a cheerleader. Your body needs a break sometimes. Don’t abuse it to the point that you will fail a class or you will be lazy at cheer practice.

Create a routine

Our lives are made up of routines. If followed, these routines could guide us all to success. Create a routine and follow it, but don’t be afraid to change it, too, if it doesn’t work for you. Do you study better in the morning or the evening? When can you best do some extra cheer practice? During weekends or weekdays? Take one day each week to just rest your body and mind, so you will be refreshed and ready to take on the world again the next day.


During the summer season, what do Jacksonville cheerleading members busy themselves with? They certainly don’t spend all their time watching movies and hanging out in malls. Cheerleaders are required by their coaches and trainers to continue their workout routines, practice choreographies, and attend cheerleading camp.

Cheerleaders are always excited about the prospect of attending summer camp with their fellow cheerleaders. Why not? They get to spend time with their teammates, bond with other members of the team, meet cheerleaders from other squads, and so on. This is the best time for cheerleaders to get to know each other and establish their rapport and boost their teamwork.

Before attending camp, do not forget these four important things:


It’s vital to stay hydrated all throughout your time at camp. Bring a water bottle with you that you can refill, so that you don’t have to use plastic bottles when staying hydrated the whole day. Remember that at camp, you won’t just stay inside the room to listen to lectures or watch cheerleading movies. This is a time to get physical (yes, even if it’s 100 degrees outside). Your camp teachers will ask you to do a lot of physical activities, so make sure water is always with you.


Do you want to get sunburn during your time at camp? This is not the time to get tan lines. You won’t get that when you’re wearing spandex. There’s nothing sexy about having tan all over your arms and legs while being all white underneath. Protect your skin from sun damage by applying a sunscreen with SPF15 or higher. In the coming years, you will thank the time you applied sunscreen on your skin. This will not only keep the wrinkles away, it will also make you look youthful.


It’s hard to stay focused on the task at hand when you’re always with your teammates chit-chatting about everything under the sun. Remember that you are at camp for a purpose—you want to learn new skills and boost the current ones. When learning or practicing jumps and stumbles, you must stay focused at all times because injuries may happen if you are not attentive.

Buddy system

The buddy system works for everyone, not just for cheerleaders. Do not go anywhere alone. When you have to do so, make sure that someone else (a buddy) is with you. Tell your camp counselors or your coaches where you need to be, so they’ll know where to look for you if any incident happens at all.


Working with people and cooperating as a team is a skill that not everyone has. Sometimes, there are just really people that we cannot deal with and talk with harmoniously. This is especially more difficult if you are a Jacksonville cheerleading coach who has to manage a group of teenagers. Do you remember when you are a teenager? All those hormones, drama, and emotions? The pressure is even more real when conflicts arise within the team.

Here is how you can deal with the drama of being their coach:

Take charge

You know when a conflict will arise. You’ll feel it among the cheerleaders—how they interact with each other, how certain members don’t talk with each other, how they are now grouped accordingly, etc. Even before a conflict arises, take charge and let them know you won’t tolerate bad behavior from anyone. Hold all your cheerleaders accountable if they cannot solve their conflicts among themselves.

Don’t let it get out of control

A conflict usually arises between two people who had a misunderstanding. If you let it get out of control, more people will eventually get involved. They will take sides and sooner or later, you will see your team divided into groups. A team that has a misunderstanding will be unhappy and would not be able to work harmoniously. When the situation first arises, talk to the two concerned cheerleaders and tell them to straighten out their issues. Talk it out with them and make sure that it will never happen again.

Let the team captain solve it

Enlist the help of your team captain. Sometimes, your cheerleaders will not feel comfortable talking to you about the issue. They want someone their age. Talk to your team captain and make sure she knows that she cannot take sides in the issue. Let her help her teammates solve the conflict and find a solution to their issues.

Encourage team building

When you feel that a conflict is about to rise up, set aside team practice for teambuilding activities. There are lots of activities in the internet that you can do to boost the cooperation of the team. Let the cheerleaders have fun together through these activities. These will allow them to bond and work better with each other. Don’t just do fundraising activities when there are conflicts. This must be a regular thing, so that your cheerleaders will know how to work through an issue together.


In order for Jacksonville cheerleading to jump higher, move faster, and land better, they have to have the right physical skills and strength. That comes from working out and following a strict and proper diet. However, it is also normal for cheerleaders to feel fearful of some of the stunts that they have to do, especially if it’s for the very first time. Regardless of how long you have been doing it, there is always some level of fear into trying out a new stunt.

It’s okay to be nervous because that’s only part of being an athlete. In fact, it’s better to be nervous than to be overconfident because nervousness will allow you to be more careful in trying out a new stunt. To overcome your fear, here are some important reminders and tips.

Identify where the fear is coming from

What are you fearful of? What’s in that stunt that you’re so afraid of? You cannot beat the demon unless you know where it is coming from. You need to understand why you are afraid, so you can move on to the next step.

Study the new stunt

Read about the new stunt. Are there many incidents involving it? How do other cheerleaders feel about it? Do they find it easy to execute? When you are afraid or nervous about something, you need to know everything about it, so that you can study how to defeat it. Think about it. We’re also a little bit afraid of coming to class unprepared for an exam, right? However, when we study hard for it, we become more confident of our ability to answer the questions. That helps in overcoming the fear that we have.

Evaluate yourself

What are your strengths? Are you good at landing, flying, and jumping? What skill sets do you have? If you know your weaknesses, you should also know your strengths, so you can maximize all of these to perform better. You will discover a lot of things about yourself when you evaluate what you can do and what you’re afraid to do.

Talk with your coach

Open up to your coach about how you are feeling. Tell him that you’re afraid to do certain things because he may be able to find a way to help you overcome your fears. Your coach is there not only to help develop your cheerleading skills, but to act as a mentor as well. He will guide you to the right direction.

Do it all over again

The only real way to overcome fear is to try and try again. Fear of something can only be lessened if you put a fight against it.


Although each Jacksonville cheerleading camp is different, there is only one goal why cheerleaders attend them—to hone their skills and better their craft. It isn’t easy to become a cheerleader and it’s doubly hard when the support from their parents, their coaches, the school are not there. Attending camp would mean cheerleaders have a chance to bond with people who think like them and who are passionate about the same things as they are.

Here are some of the things that cheerleaders hope to learn from attending a cheer camp:


This is particularly important if you are just new in the team. If you are a new member of the squad, there’s a good chance you haven’t had the chance to bond with your teammates yet. Attending camp would make you spend as much time with them as you can. You will get to know them—both as a cheerleader and as a person. A team bonding is exactly what everyone needs if winning is important to the squad. Without cooperation and without teamwork, there’s no way a cheerleading team could be successful. The goal of each cheerleader should be to be successful as a team and not to be successful as an individual or as a star of the squad.


It’s important that every cheerleader has an arsenal of moves in her pocket. You should at least learn one-full routine from attending a cheer camp even if you are not going to use it for a competition. Learning a series of movements may be hard at first, but once you have gotten the hang of it, practicing routines will be a lot easier. Through this process, you will learn what you are skillful in and what you are not comfortable with. You will be able to identify your weaknesses and work on them.


Just like any other industry, cheerleaders have a language of their own that only those in the industry can understand. If you are new in the team or if you’re new in the cheerleading industry, you should study the terms being used because you don’t want to get lost in translation whenever your coaches and your teammates discuss terminologies and other jargons.

Personal information

During your time in camp, you will learn personal details about your teammate. They will open up to you as you bond with each other. This is not a reason for you to divulge whatever you hear from them to other people. They trusted you enough to open up their lives to you, so you should value that trust and keep whatever you hear to yourself.


When there’s a new Jacksonville cheerleading coach, cheer parents are anxious about the first meeting with him/her, mainly because what the coach expects and what he/she wants will greatly contribute to the success of a cheerleader. There is a need for a good relationship between the cheerleading coach and the cheerleader’s parents. Without cooperation, the team is doomed from the start.

If you’re on your way to the first meeting, here are some of the things you can expect as a cheer parent:

You will feel optimistic

There’s a new coach, which means there’s a fresh possibility for your daughter to impress that said coach. It doesn’t matter what kind of relationship you had with her previous coach. Having a new one means that your daughter can start over again and show her skills and her passion for the sports to this new coach. It’s time to impress the coach and carve a niche for herself.

You will feel cynical

This would happen if you’ve had a great relationship with the previous coach and you don’t think there should be changes in the team. A new coach means there will be new rules, new guidelines, and even new head cheerleader, if possible. You will fear for your daughter’s standing and that’s only normal. But remember, give this new coach a chance because you never know. She might surprise you.

You will feel overprotective

You need a coach who is qualified and who can be an inspiration to your daughter. You are overly protective about the influence of this coach to your daughter. The last thing you want is a coach who will belittle your daughter’s efforts or who will be tyrannical and will make cheerleading feel like a work rather than a hobby or a sports. You want your child to have the guidance and recognition that you think your child deserves.

You will feel curious

Who is this new coach? What are his/her qualifications? Will he/she be good to my daughter? These are the questions you will definitely ask yourself if there’s a new coach for the team. You want to know everything about this coach, who will be the one to decide the fate of your daughter in the team.

You will feel relieved

There is a reason why the previous coach left the team or why he/she was fired. As a parent, you will feel relieved that he/she has been replaced and that the team finally has a new mentor who can teach the cheerleaders new stunts and routines, and who can develop their skills.


It’s sad to say that many still think Jacksonville cheerleading is all about makeup, boys, and bitching about the rest of the team. That’s what Hollywood movies do to you. The truth is, you’ll never find a greater person than a cheerleader who knows how to value her passion for stunts and choreographies, as well as how to remain magnanimous in victory and defeat.

Here are the top five qualities that every cheerleader must have:


If you are not focused, you can cause accidents. Do you know that? Every routine must be perfect because one wrong move can injure you and your partner or flyer. That’s why cheerleaders must always stay in the moment and not think about anything at all while they are performing. They have to be the best at what they do.


Cheerleaders are not born. They are made. They don’t just wake up one day knowing how to do cartwheels and stunts and flips. They learn all of these through hardwork and determination. Who can every say that cheerleaders are sloth and lazy? You don’t learn these things overnight. It means cheerleaders have to get up extra early, go to the gym, and work on their bodies to know all these stunts.


Cheerleading is one of the most dangerous sports and if you’re a cheerleader, you have probably suffered from a broken bone or a fractured finger or toe. A sprained muscle or even a torn ACL are not impossible, too. Cheerleaders willingly put themselves in dangerous situations and they still work hard to become a part of that team. Nothing scares cheerleaders when it comes to doing their stunts and their choreography. They crave the excitement that competing brings.


Cheerleaders don’t just go out there to perform and wow audience, they do it with spirit and with a whole lot of passion. Not many people can say they are passionate about their work or their advocacy. Without passion, cheerleading wouldn’t be as exciting as it is when we watch the girls perform.


Cheerleaders must be at the peak of their physical health to do all the things that cheering requires from them. You cannot call yourself a cheerleader if you are not disciplined enough to take care of your body—to eat right, to exercise, to condition your body. Not only that, cheerleaders must be mentally and emotionally fit, too. After months of practice, it is not too easy to accept that teams lose at competitions.


It’s funny that you have to teach people to respect other human beings. Whether it’s cheerleaders or not, they deserve respect simply for being human like you and me. However, some people can just be narrow-minded at times and often disrespect Jacksonville cheerleading because of the misconceptions society have about cheerleaders. What are these misconceptions? Cheerleaders are ditzy. They are beautiful but they are senseless. They are not real athletes. All they do is go to the mall and hang out with the whole team.

That’s crazy. Anyone who has ever seen a cheerleader practice and compete knows this is not an easy life to be in. you have to be disciplined and you have to follow the rules. Just in case you need reminding why cheerleaders deserve your respect, here are some of the greatest reasons why:

They have crazy work ethic

Cheerleaders are crazy about their duties and responsibilities as a cheerleader. They could often be found in the gym, working out, or practicing their dance routine and choreography. Before going to bed, some of them may still hit their basement to practice some new skills they want to master. Cheerleaders are always trying to better themselves. How many of us are like that in our everyday life?

They are disciplined

Cheerleaders are disciplined with their time and their bodies and their health. They know they need to work out and have a balanced diet, so they follow the strictest of rules when it comes to their bodies. They also allot a certain amount of their time to working out. This is not the easiest thing to do for teenagers who simply want to spend as many time with their friends as possible. They let go of this to focus on their cheerleading duties.

They juggle work and school and cheerleading

If you are a working student, you know how this feels. Plus, cheerleaders have to attend practice and competitions, too, so that adds up to all the things they have to do—study for an exam, finish a homework, master a dance skill, and earn extra money for school.

They are highly competitive

You would not meet a cheerleader that is not competitive. They always want to win, which makes them great champions because they know how to value the sense of winning. They take pride in what they do and they give their all to cheerleading because it rewards them with an incredible high once they hoisted that trophy up in the air.


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