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:
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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 fun—and 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.
- 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.
- 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.