Getting into college is a challenging goal into itself. Financially and logistically, it can be a little scary without the proper guidance. But what prospect is scarier than that? Having to enter college and tryout for its Jacksonville cheerleading team, that’s what.
If you want to become a college cheerleader, you need to have started your career since you’re in Junior High or even younger. A successful career in cheerleading requires a lot of training and practice, so start early and get ahead of the race.
Here are some other things you need to consider for your goal:
Know your priorities
College is a time to get to know yourself and what you want out of life. Before finally deciding where you want to go, you may want to sit down, talk your priorities over, and draft an action plan. College means a lot of sacrifices and challenges that you have to face. Are you sure you can juggle college and cheerleading at the same time? How about the financial constraints of going to college? Are you ready for them? Are you going to the East Coast or the West Coast?
It will also help if you’ll review each and every cheerleading team of the college. Do they perform in big games? Do they join the UCA? NSA? USA? STUNT?
Assess your cheerleading skills
It’s okay not to be able to do everything. That’s normal. So, assess your cheerleading skills and know where you belong to. Sometimes, people like to enter the cheerleading teams of the universities Kentucky, Kansas and Alabama without realizing that these schools require superior cheer skills.
First, it’s important to be real with yourself. Can you tumble on a non-spring mat because that is required of college cheerleading members. Second, if you’re better as a base, then embrace it and be the best base there ever was.
Narrow down your choices
Now that you have assessed your skills and set your priorities, it is time to narrow down your choices of where to go to college and what teams to be a part of.
Visit these colleges and universities, and set a meeting with their cheerleading coach or watch the team as they practice. This will give you a sense of where to really go.
Apply for the school
Apply for several schools and wait for their replies. At this point, it is better to have an actually working email address as their acceptance letters may be sent to your email.
Set a meeting with the cheer coach, and ask about the requirements for the tryout. Practice and perfect a routine, then give it your best shot.