Competitions can be nerve-racking, but they're also one of the best parts of cheerleading. Those two minutes and 30 seconds are, after all, what you've been working so hard for. Follow these 12 tips, and you'll rock your next competition:

  1. Be prepared.

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  2. Look the part.

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  3. Arrive early. Being rushed won't help your nerves.

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  4. Focus. Leave any drama at the dooreven school. It's important, but it can wait.

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  5. Get pumped.

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  6. Be friendly. Being good sports will only enhance your overall experience.

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  7. Be confident.

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  8. Stay calm. Nerves are normal and probably inevitable, but you can diminish them. Let your excitement override your fear.

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  9. Interact with the audience and judges during your performance.

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  10. Respect your competition. Support the other teams to support the sport!

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  11. If you make a mistake, shake it off. Don't draw attention to it by reacting or looking disappointed!

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  12. Have fun. You'll be more relaxed and perform better.

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What's your advice for rocking cheer competitions?