Many people talk about how to prepare yourself for your first Jacksonville cheerleading tryouts. You have to practice the stunts you do best, a proper fitness regime is the best way of staying fit, and you need to be approachable. So now that you’ve got all down and memorized, what’s left to do? You go into tryouts, and you do your absolute best.
However, not many people really talk about what comes afterwards. You can’t assume that once you’ve made the team, everything’s all fine now, and the hard part is over. The tryouts are the easiest part of a cheerleading career, and the hard part comes after. Here are some things you should be doing after your first cheerleading tryouts.
If you’ve aced your cheerleading tryouts, let me be one of the first to say, congratulations! It’s no easy effort, especially after all the physical and mental effort you’ve put in. In addition to this, waiting for the results of the tryouts can be one of the most nerve-wracking experience you’ll go through. So now that you’re a part of the team, this is where the hard part comes in. It’s not a good thing to let yourself become complacent. Do you remember all that hard work you put in to ace your tryouts?
You’re going to have to keep that up the rest of the season, even during the off-season period. Keep your stunt skills sharp, keep practicing those chants, and don’t lighten up on your fitness regime. You don’t want to be the cheerleader that’s gone soft during the off season because they became complacent when they got into the cheer team. Remember to channel that determination that earned you that hard-earned spot into the cheer team into your training as well.
Unfortunately, not all cheerleading tryouts end on such a happy note. You can put in all of your effort, keep practicing, but sometimes it just isn’t meant to be. Sometimes you might not make it into the team, and that’s okay. That doesn’t indicate any lack of talent or effort on your part. Perhaps there was just someone a little bit better, or perhaps the coach wants to take the team in a different direction.
It’s important to remember that just because you made the team the previous year doesn’t automatically guarantee you a spot this year. Some veteran cheerleaders make the assumption that they’re automatically guaranteed a spot the next year they tryout. The best thing you can do is ask the coaches which area you were lacking in, and work on that. This way, you can come back next year and try again.