You cheer side-by-side every week on the same team, but have
you ever considered that your teammates might be the ones that you need to
cheer on from time to time? It’s all part of a day’s work to be a peppy
cheerleader, so you probably assume that your teammates will keep their
attitude in check and leave their problems at the door–and hopefully they do!
Nobody likes a moody cheerleader, so if you notice someone on your team quickly
slipping down a pity spiral, it’s best to catch it before your coach does! But,
like you, your teammates know what’s expected of them, and nobody masks their
true feelings better than a cheerleader for the sake of performing well.
Everyone has their bad days as well as their fair share of problems, so you
might not even realize when one of your teammates needs some love. And, even if
nothing is wrong, it’s always nice to be reminded that you’re valued! When you
feel that your team or one of your teammates needs a morale booster, there are
ways to cheer them on as much as you do for the football team!
1. Get invested. Sure,
you cheer together and they are people you talk to every day about cheer stuff,
but have you ever reached out to them on a personal level? You probably have a
handful of close cheer friends (and, of course, your cheer bestie attached to
your hip), but what about your teammates that you don’t normally talk to. Even
if you guys don’t ‘click’ like you do with other people on the team, that
doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference when they might need it. Ask them
simple things, like how their day is going or what their interests are, and you
will probably be surprised to find out things about them that are hidden
beneath the surface. Whatever their interests may be, don’t discount
them–encourage them! If they love video games or something that you don’t know
all too well, ask what new game they’re playing and their progress a week or
two later. If you open up to these kind of conversations, you might just find
out that you like things you didn’t know you did before!
2. Follow up. In life, it’s always
best to do what you say you’re going to do; a person’s word is truly all that
they have. So, once you find out your teammates’ interests, follow up on them by
attending special events or tournaments they might be in. If your time is
stretched pretty thin, then let your teammates know that you listened by
telling them “good luck” on the day of those events!
3. Acknowledge their
progress. No matter what level you are on a cheer team, there’s always room
for improvement. Even if one of your teammates is better than you in certain
areas, let them know how much they kill it! Or, perhaps there is someone new to the team that you haven’t gotten to know too well yet: tell them how well
they are doing as they progress in the sport! A compliment is a small thing
that goes a long way, so there’s no harm in upping the amount of them in your
How else can
cheerleaders cheer on their teammates? What have you done to reach out to
members on your team? Let us know in the comments!