As the new
season starts, cheerleaders look forward to reuniting with their squads. Even
if it’s only been a few months since last season ended, tryouts are the kickoff
for summer practices, learning a new competition routine, and seeing your cheer
friends all the time again.
also involve new members seeking to join the team. Before the season’s squad is
formed, it can be hard to imagine your team without the friends who have
graduated, let alone with new members in their place. Trying out for
cheerleading can be intimidating for future members, though, so it’s the
responsibility of returning cheerleaders to make them feel as comfortable and
welcome as possible.
hopefuls may be completely new to your turf—for example, incoming freshmen—or
friends and classmates who want to try something new. They might have a lot of
experience or none at all. No matter who shows up at tryouts, everyone should
be welcome to take a chance on cheer.
you do to help? Greet everyone who comes into the room. Introduce yourself to
newcomers and ask them about themselves—where they’re from, if they’ve ever
cheered before, etc. If you spy a familiar face or friend, be sure to say hi.
Share your favorite things about the squad—“We’re like a family,” or “Coach is
so awesome”—to alleviate common fears. Be sure to tell people how excited you
are to have them at tryouts.
on how your tryouts are run, your coach or captains may want you to mentor new
members, helping them learn a tryout cheer or answering their questions. Let
them know they can ask you anything; we all have questions getting started!
it’s hard to see new cheerleaders coming in when you’re missing graduated
members. Don’t forget that you were the new member once upon a time, too, and
look at how awesome the squad became with you as a part of it (not that you’re
biased or anything)! Every year, cheerleaders with different strengths and
talents make the squad. Everyone brings something new and exciting to the mat.
make members new and old nervous, but after that, the squad comes together for
another season of teamwork. The squad is like a second family, so start off on
the best foot. Today’s tryouts are tomorrow’s all-stars—and your teammates.
to everyone trying out for the cheer squad this season!