As a coach or captain of a cheerleading squad, you have a lot of responsibilities. What it all comes down to though is leading and inspiring your athletes to be the best they can be.  One way you do this is by helping them give back to their school and community. While you're at it, we've got four ways you can give back to your hard-working cheer squad!

  1. Represent your squad. Understand that you are the main representative of your team. This is a big responsibility that means you need to conduct yourself in a way that makes your squad look good. The good news is, it's doing the little things right that will help you live up to this big responsibility. Be on time, work hard, be respectful"”and not just at cheer practice. People associate you with the team, so carry your good cheerleading traits with you into school, work, and your everyday interactions.

  2. Have fun. As a cheerleader or former cheerleader, you already know that you absolutely can work hard while still having a blast. Create this kind of environment for your team. The best way to do that is make sure you are enjoying yourself! This attitude will spread, and the cheerleaders will always look forward to coming to practice and putting in the work it takes to be the best.

  3. Be available. You have the best exercises your cheerleaders can do to reach the splits or do a needle, but do they know they can come to you with non-cheerleading issues? Really, most issues are cheerleading issues because if a cheerleader is struggling with school or work or a relationship, that can affect the team vibe and even performance. Make sure they know you are there to support them.

  4. Lead by example. You are the leader of the team for a good reason, and the best way you can lead is by example. Follow the Captain's Code, and you'll always be on the right track.

What ways do you give back to your team as a coach or captain? Or, what ways does your coach or captain give back to your team?