Summer isn’t really an off-season for cheerleaders, because we don’t get one. We do get a break from school in the summer, but for the most part we are just getting ready for the fall cheer season. That’s why we talked about some of the most important aspects of preparing for cheer, like ways you can save money and questions you should ask. Here are a few highlights:

  • Cheerleading uniforms are a cheer cost you can’t just skip. Your uniforms are a vital part of being a cheerleader! You can, however, save a lot of money when it comes to buying cheerleading uniforms. Here are six ways to do it.

  • Joining a cheerleading team is a big commitment, so finding one that is a good fit for you is important. You’ll have more fun and do better on a team that fits your needs and personality. Ask these five questions before joining a cheer squad to make sure it's the right one for you.

  • A cheer squad is a family. This is one of the best things about cheerleading, but it makes changing teams or joining a new team especially hard. You probably feel like you’ll never get to know your new teammates as well as you did your former ones or that you’ll never fit in with the new teammates who are already close to each other—but that isn’t true! We all start as strangers. You were once at square one with your former team, and you’ll get to know this one just as well. These three tips can help you speed up the process so you’ll feel like part of a cheer family again in no time.

  • The cheer world is a wonderful place. Outside of it, some things happens that surprise and confuse us. Not everyone collects bows or obsessively works on their flexibility. These so-called "regular people" also use some of our cheer words to mean very different things. Here are 10 examples of words that mean something different to cheerleaders.

  • Your teammates know you better than anyone else. They not only see you at your very best and worst, but they are right there with you, being at their very best and worst. You win, lose, sweat, laugh, cry, scream, dance, and dream together. Most of all, you eat, sleep, and breathe cheer together. So basically, your cheer squad is your soul mate. Here are 10 reasons why.

What cheer topics were on your mind this month?