Leading the team isn’t as easy as it seems. Coaches know
that keeping the team morale up, the drama down, the organization on point, and
a bunch of cheerleaders’ attention span on the practice, performance, or event
at hand is more than what they’ve originally signed up for. And, so, the cheer
captain is born (aka, someone to assist coaches in all of the above mentioned
tasks so that they don’t mentally snap midseason). A cheer captain has to have
experience; they have to be motivated, organized, cooperative, and empathetic
towards their teammates. With the pressure always on, a cheer captain really
has to step up in order to get the job done right. However, somewhere in
between getting crowned captain and next year’s tryouts, team captains rack up
a few secrets that they sweep under the rug.
Confession #1: You
secretly wish you could be late/neutral/messy, JUST ONCE.
Being a cheer captain means that you always have to be the
one leading by example, and that means going above and beyond 100% of the time.
You show up early to every practice, game, and competition. You always take the
fall if anything is disorganized at cheer events, like pep rallies or
fundraisers. And, of course, you’re the permanent designated team mediator for
the season, which could put you in a tight spot time and time again if
teammates are quarreling. You LOVE being team captain… but you long for a day
off. One day…
Confession #2: You
get paranoid that you’re not as good as the last captain.
The team captain crown gets passed down over the years of a
cheerleading team, as participants age out or graduate. ‘Tis the circle of
life, and you accept this. But, now that you’re actually being faced with
challenges as new captain, you suffer from recurring paranoia that you’re not
living up to the standards set by the last! What would they have done?? How can
you take what you’ve inherited and make it better–without your team rioting in
the streets? You know that you’re just feeling temporary moments of insecurity
when this happens, but the Ghosts of Captains Past is a definitely real thing.
Confession #3: Your
art skills are quickly becoming brag-worthy.
As you complete your 99,000th spirit bag/team
sign/ etc, you brush your shoulders off and wonder if you should start pursuing
art and crafts as a career. You've got 'DIY' down to a 'T', and you are getting more and more creative as the months pass by. The staff at Michael’s and JoAnn’s Fabrics know you
by name with how often you’re there, and your parents have given up trying to
keep the area where you do your cheer projects clean… it’s just not going to
Confession #4: You
still have your fair share bad days.
But, no one will EVER KNOW IT. You thrive on positive energy
to keep the team upbeat, and you wouldn’t trade your captain role for anything
in the world.
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