Cheerleading is such a great sport, but with so many kinds of teams out there, you might have a hard time deciding which would be the right fit for you. Gyms and All Star teams might be a little too advanced for an aspiring soon-to-be cheerleader, but they are something to work up to! Pee Wee cheerleading is probably the best option for first-time cheerleaders, and here are 5 reasons why.

1. Pee Wee cheer is less expensive than a cheer gym. We all know young children say they want to do something one minute, then change their minds the next: I thought I wanted to be a ballerina when I was a kid, but after one class, my mom realized all I really wanted was to wear the tutu. You may not want to pay an exorbitant amount of money if you are unsure of your child is going to actually, truly commit to the sport; because Pee Wee cheer is less expensive, it’s a great alternative to a cheer gym.

2. Some Pee Wee teams allow children as young as 5. Most sports do not allow kids so young to join. If your child has a lot of energy and shows an interest in cheer, this might be a great option to introduce them to being a part of a team sport! Cheerleading can also help young, shy children gain confidence and a voice by cheering at Pee Wee football games.

3. Pee Wee cheerleading teaches the basics. Your child isn’t going to learn how to do big lifts and advanced tumbling–Pee Wee is very age-appropriate, and geared towards a younger mind. The cheers are short, and your child is going to learn the basics of the sport, such as cheers, dance moves, and (depending on the squad) some beginner jumps and tumbles. This is great chance for a young mind to grow and gain better gross motor skills by bringing different choreographed movements together, and reciting a cheers and chants from memory. Pee Wee cheer brings great developmental skills to the forefront, that will help your child in school on top of their overall development as a child.

4. Pee Wee cheerleading is safe. All Pee Wee coaches must be certified in CPR, and have basic first aid knowledge to become a coach. Coaches also understand the limitation of the age group: most young children cannot handle an immense amount of information at one time. Is there still a possibility that your child could become injured? Of course there is, but for the most part, Pee Wee cheer is aimed at teaching the basic movements of cheerleading. Pee Wee participants are not learning intense tumbling, so the likelihood of an injury is exceptionally low.

5. It is FUN! Your child will have a blast learning new cheers and basic tumbling moves. They will make new friends, be part of a team, and get to dance while shaking some pom poms around. As a kid, what could be better than that? You know that cheerleading can help them fundamentally, help your child socialize, and strengthen developmental skills as they grow, but all your child will know is that they are having a blast, jumping and dancing around with their friends.

Pee Wee cheer is a great choice to introduce your young child into the world of cheerleading. Your child might get bit by the cheer bug, and continue their cheerleading career as a result–which would be great!  Or, your child may decide cheer is not for them, which is fine, too. Pee Wee cheer is a great cost-effective introduction to the basics of cheerleading, and is a perfect option for many beginner cheerleaders.

What are other benefits of Pee Wee cheer? Have you been a Pee Wee cheer parent? Share your experience in the comments!