Competitive cheerleading is no joke. As an all star cheerleader, you get pushed
to the physical limit and never have breaks. Even in between seasons, you’re
constantly trying to improve your cheer game through vigorous training, camps,
and clinics. Most people wouldn’t be able to handle the pressure, the
commitment, the schedule–but luckily, you love cheering so much that it doesn’t
matter! You PREFER it! Saying that you ‘like’ what you do is a serious
understatement; cheerleading is a lifestyle, an obsession. Being so immersed in
the cheer world is the best kind of living, but there are some things that
happen along the way that every competitive cheerleader experiences, yet few
reveal. All stars, you know what we’re talking about…
Confession #1: The ‘Level 5 Lookdown’
You’re on a Level 5 team? Well, then you know that the
stigma is real. And, a Level 4.2 team knows that they’re not quite there. Does
beef exist between team levels? Not really. But, there is a difference, a silent and superior
difference. One day Level 4 teams will understand. Until then, just smile and
nod their way at competitions.
Confession #2: Base
Another base has your flyer?? Exasperated, you burst into tears with worry.
THEY BETTER NOT DROP HER. DON’T YOU DARE DROP HER!! Until your flyer is safely
returned to your stunt group, all is not right in the universe. Please restore
order and back away from the flyer. Sorry not sorry.
Touching Down Nightmares
The competition is days away and you’re confident in
yourself and your team. Until night comes, when your mind provides you with the
most terrifying experiences of touching down during your routine. And your team
is furious, and you run away, suddenly lost in a rabbit hole of confusion, and
you can’t seem to find the exit… and then you wake up crying and covered in
sweat, thanking God it’s only a dream. Whew, that was a close one.
Cutting Conditioning Corners
Get in shape, stay in shape, condition, condition… but today,
you’re just sluggish and not ready at all for what the coach has in mind. You
know that if you quit early, your coach will make your team do the whole drill
all over again. For the 15th millionth time. But, enough is enough!
OK, while the coach isn’t looking… please don’t catch me, please don’t catch
Confession #5: Sudden
and Involuntary Crying
As an all star, you’re under a lot of pressure, so it’s
natural to get upset when things don’t go your way. But, then you are finding
yourself tearing up more and more about other things. Like being disappointed
in yourself after a close to perfect runthrough, or your BFF just won
Homecoming Queen, or they’re out of curly fries at Arby's. Or the thought of
eventually aging out, or not having friends who like cheer, or future children
that might think cheerleading is stupid. How dare them? What are you going to
do then?? Hey, cheer is an emotional sport!!
Confession #6: Instant Composure
And right after you fall to pieces entirely, you have the supernatural ability to collect yourself and get back to the competition, like the all star pro that you are! Yes, you just excused yourself to have a complete and utter mental breakdown for 10 minutes after the routine, but that was sooo 12 minutes ago...
What other secrets
do you have as an all star cheerleader? Confess in the comments!