Once a cheerleader, always a cheerleader, but for most cheerleaders, actually participating in cheer is something that will end after high school. Being a good sport is a great legacy to leave behind. It will instill a tradition of excellence in your squad, making the team champions on the mat/field/court, in the community, at school, and especially amongst each other, for years to come.

Here's everything you need to know about setting yourself and your squad up for success by being a good sport:

  1. Sometimes the line between being a good cheerleader and being a good sport is a thin one. There is some overlap, and you can definitely be both at the same time. Learn the difference between the two so you can be a good sport AND a good athlete.

  2. Part of being a good sport is being a good teammate. That's pretty easy most of the time, but it's coming through for your teammates in the trying times that counts the most. Here are five ways to help a teammate in difficult times.

  3. As a cheerleader, you're probably a positive person. You are spirited and put a lot of energy into spreading that spirit to others. But, you're still human, and there are times when it's hard to stay positive. Part of being a good sport is keeping a good attitude when things get tough. While it's normal and OK to be disappointed now and then, it's no funand it could hold your team back. Take a look at these tough situations you might encounter throughout your season and how you can stay positive through them.

  4. Rivalries can be fun and bring out the best in both teams, but they can also get ugly. A good sport knows how to be competitive without being mean. You probably haven't committed any major sportsmanship no-nos, but lesser mistakes can be difficult to avoid. You can do it though! Just watch out for these pitfalls

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  5. A good athlete is successful in her sport, but a good sport makes people around her better as well. Here are four ways you can be a role model for others.

Do you have any other ideas for how to be a good sport? Share them in the comments!