Your cheerleader is so talented. They’ve made you so proud. Ever since they
joined cheer, you’ve seen an improvement in their self-confidence, teamwork
abilities, attitude, and overall charisma; cheerleading has boosted it all! You
might’ve been skeptical at first, especially about the cost, but now you see
that it’s all paying off. However, there’s one thing that can curb your
excitement, and it happens to roll around the same time every year–tryouts. You
are aware that your cheerleader’s spot on the team isn’t guaranteed, and
although they’ve worked hard all season long at practices and performances,
that doesn’t mean anything once they walk in the tryout door. It’s anyone’s
game. Sure, you’re focusing on your cheerleader’s current season as much as you
can, but as you creep closer to Tryout Day, you start realizing it’s becoming
more and more permanently placed on the front of your mind. Here are the six
stages of how cheer parents feel on the road to tryouts… in GIFs.
OK, tryouts have been at the end of the cheer calendar since Day One of the
current season. There’s no getting around them, and your cheerleader has made
such great strides in cheer that there’s simply no way they’re going to throw
in their pom-poms now–at least not without a fight! You accept whatever
As the days creep closer to the proverbial (and quite literal) Judgment Day,
you sink into unexplained sorrow. What if your cheerleader doesn’t make it??
How can you possibly comfort them after they’ve become so accustomed to the
cheer life? Why did you ever allow them to join such a competitive sport?? You
struggle to enjoy the last remaining cheer events of the season, knowing that
the end is so near.
You spend the day reassuring yourself that everything will work out, yet every
evening is spent praying that your child makes the team. You almost want to
play dirty and do something like bribe the coach for a sure-bet spot, but then
you tell yourself that your child has enough talent that you don’t need to turn
to extremes… but what if the other cheer moms bribe and blackmail? You wouldn’t
put it past Sharon either… that Sharon…
WHY IS CHEERLEADING SET UP THIS WAY? ALL OTHER SPORTS RECRUIT PLAYERS UNTIL
THEY AGE OUT. YOU DON’T JUST MAKE VARSITY, THEN DROP TO JV–ONCE YOU’RE THERE,
YOU’RE THERE. AAAAAAAAH, WHY WOULD THEY DO THIS TO CHILDREN?!? THIS IS PROBABLY ALL SHARON'S FAULT.
No. These emotions over tryouts are unnecessary; we can cross this bridge when
we get to it the day of. Your cheerleader might not even care if they get
waitlisted, there’s always next year!
There are two ways tryouts end, and both roads lead to shock: shock that your
prayers, pleads, and premonitions actually worked, or shock and utter disbelief
that your child didn’t make the team after all. Either way, the news hits you
like a ton of bricks, and you find that simple autonomic responses in your body
go haywire, like breathing or blinking. Hopefully, this reaction is because
your cheerleader’s hard work paid off, and they secured a spot for next year. And,
if it’s the unfortunate alternative, go easy on the team coach: they might have
had to make a tough decision regarding your cheerleader that you don’t know
about. Remember to stay strong for your cheerleader no matter the outcome, and
congratulate them on how far they’ve come regardless!
What are other feelings cheer parents
experience on the road to tryouts? Can you relate? Tell us in the comments!