Alright, so there’s nothing more physically and psychologically demanding than
being emerged in the competition season grind as a cheerleader. Across all
levels, competitive cheerleaders go full out all season long with little room
for error. This is no walk-in-the-park kind of cheerleading; this is an all-in,
all-intense, all-encompassing sport. And, cheerleaders wouldn’t have it any
other way! Being a competitive cheerleader means many things, but in the middle
of any season, a participant could look around and realize a thing or two about
their recent past, present, and future. So, here is a glimpse into competition
season from a cheerleader’s perspective.
1. Everyone’s worried about winter
weight, and you’re looking around like…
You hear "New Year, New Me,"’ but that doesn’t really apply to you, considering
no matter what you eat over the holidays, it comes right back off with
conditioning practice. Sure, you shouldn't go overboard with holiday food – especially
if you’re a flyer – but you can’t help but laugh when you hear people complain
about "getting to the gym." The struggle really isn’t that real.
2. And, "home for the holidays" isn’t
You’re definitely not balancing school with cheerleading anymore (for a few
weeks, at least), but the majority of your ‘holiday’ is spent practicing,
traveling, and participating in cheer-related activities, like fundraising or
community parades. It’s okay though–you’d rather be too busy than bored.
3. Everything up
until this point in time has been child’s play.
All of the summer practices, all of sideline season, all of everything in
between… that was NOTHING. Once you walk in the doors to the first official
practice of competition season, you automatically launch into beast-mode and
will not stop until the final competitions are in the bag. That. Just.
4. You sometimes wonder if the grass is
Bad practices happen. Sometimes, you want to throw your hands up, crumple to
the ground, and start sobbing over your choice to become a competitive
cheerleader in the first place. Competing is not for the weak of spirit! Around
this time, you wonder how other people your age lives, and how they manage
going day to day without cheering… without a second family to fall back on… and
then you realize that’s just no way to live.
5. But, what you’re doing defies science
and physics. Which is pretty cool.
Okay–maybe it’s not. But, it SEEMS like what you’re doing is something only
Cirque Du Soleil acrobats achieve, so at the end of the day, you wouldn’t trade
cheering for anything else on the planet. Plus, you look good doing it. And,
that just makes it all the better!
How else do cheerleaders look at
competition season? Let us know in the comments!