The ability to work with other people to achieve a goal is an aspect of cheerleading that carries over into your non-cheer life, as well. Teamwork makes you a better cheerleader, but it also sets you up for success outside of the gym. Here are five ways cheerleading teaches you teamwork:
- Stunts. Most cheerleading skills require multiple people. Even with tumbling, one person tumbling alone doesn’t make for a very exciting cheer routine. You need each other, and every cheerleader understands this. You just can’t do what you love to do without your teammates. Cheerleading is a team sport.
- Support. Even apart from pyramids and perfectly timed choreography, you need each other. We’ve all had those practices we just wouldn’t have been able to get through without our teammates' support or mental blocks we couldn’t have overcome without encouragement. Cheerleading is emotionally and mentally demanding—we need help to make it through sometimes! Luckily, a tight-knit cheer squad can support each other during the tough times.
- Decisions. There are a lot of choices cheerleading squads have to make, from what uniforms to pick out to what music to use and what to do at fundraisers and pep rallies. Even if your coach makes some of these decisions, there’s still plenty you have to collaborate on as a team. Cheerleading teaches you how to brainstorm, hear each other out, and make the best decision together for the team.
- Responsibility. Again, cheerleading is a team sport. Your actions affect the whole team. If you skip practice, your whole team suffers because your teammates can’t practice certain stunts and parts of the routine without you. Even missing a night of sleep can affect your team if you aren’t at your best for a game or competition. In cheerleading, you learn firsthand the ripple effects of one member’s actions. This helps you be considerate and do what’s best for the team rather than what is most convenient for you.
- Instruction. A cheer coach only has so many eyes, arms, and ears. Cheerleaders depend on each other for additional critiques and assistance. Of course, there is a fine line between being bossy and demanding and being helpful. Experienced cheerleaders know this. They know when and how to give constructive feedback to their teammates, and they are grateful for the help and support their teammates give them, as well. Learning and growing together is a huge aspect of teamwork.
How has teamwork helped you outside of cheerleading?