There are so many things you have to remember if you want to become a good Jacksonville cheerleading squad member. Most of the times, the importance of each tip is lost because you have to keep up with a lot of do’s and don’t’s.
Do what your coach says
The cardinal rule in cheerleading is to listen to what your coach has to say. Of course, you don’t have to be a blind follower and you should always speak your mind when you think there’s something wrong with the instructions and rules, but in general, follow what the coaches teach you. They know better. No, they know what’s best for you.
Trust your squad
Here’s the second most important thing about being a cheerleading (if not on the same level as the first one). Always trust your teammates. Even when you sometimes have misunderstandings among you (and that can’t be helped with a group of teenage girls), always trust that they have your best interest at heart. If you cannot believe that, then remember that they love the squad and the team as much as you do, so they’ll do everything for you to win.
You cannot be a truly successful Jacksonville cheerleading team without being friends. Success needs some sort of rapport and chemistry among the team members. This is also important to develop trust and loyalty. If you’re a flyer, you need to trust your bases and in order to trust them, you have to get to know them. Take an hour after school or practice to hang out with them and get to know who they are outside of their cheerleading uniforms.
Stretch and cool down
Remember to always do your stretches and warm up before a cheerleading stunt. Afterwards, cool down your body, so that you’ll be up and ready the next day for another series of stunts. There are some cheerleaders who forget the importance of warming up and cooling down. Have you ever worked on a treadmill without warming up? How did it feel afterwards? Your body hurt, right?
Try your best… always
Even when you feel like you cannot do it, make it a point to try. Jacksonville cheerleading is all about making concessions and sacrificing your time and physicality for the good of the team. Give the team your all, and you will surely reap the rewards. And that’s all that matters, right?