‘Tis officially the last month of the year, and cue all the holiday festivities! November is a solid month for cheerleading: football ended and basketball season started for sideline teams, and competitive teams just got through (and hopefully placed at) the first competitions of the year! And, that’s not to mention all the schoolwork cheerleaders log in November, between college admission essays, midterms, and more. Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, and all the department stores are playing holly, jolly Christmas jingles around the clock, it’s time to reflect on the top cheer news of November before year’s end.

  • First off, we wanted to relish in the gratitude that Thanksgiving brings to the table (pun intended). November is a time to determine what makes you grateful, and cheerleading is probably at the top of the list! But, it’s not just your sport–it’s your cheer supporters, your coach, and your team, too! Your teammates always have your back, on and off the mat, so we compiled a list of 4 Things Your Cheer Teammates Do that Make You SO THANKFUL, in GIFs!

  • Speaking of giving thanks, our friends over at CheerLiving® Magazine released a special Thanksgiving-themed episode of their web series! It’s not only extremely entertaining, but tells cheerleaders 8 Reasons to Be Thankful for Cheerleading. You might have your own reasons, but these are pretty good! We recommend watching it until the very end, as well… trust us, you’ll be thankful that you did.

  • There’s a lot of history in cheerleading that got lost throughout the years–history that even the most avid cheer enthusiasts don’t even know about! Since the end of the year is a time to reflect on personal and team progress, we wanted to outline how the sport of cheerleading has come to be what it is today. Through all the changes, we provide A Brief History of Cheerleading. Now, you know!

  • Being on a cheer team feels like you have a second family, but what happens when you actually DO have family on your team? Having a sister can sometimes feel like a blessing and a curse, especially when you don’t see eye-to-eye on things. Whether you are on a team with your sister, coaching a pair of sisters on a cheer team, or coaching a team with your sister, we highlight 3 Tips for Coaching Sisters on a Cheer Team.

  • Lastly, attention parents! It turns out that joining cheer does more for youth cheerleaders than most people think. We looked into all the benefits that youth cheerleading offers, and from what we found out, we put together a list of 5 Reasons Why Your Child Should Join a Pee Wee Cheer Team. And, that goes for Pop Warner and rec teams, too!

Whether your sideline season is winding down for winter break, or your competition season is heating up for January, we wish you happy holidays this December and a Happy New Year!

Have you heard of other November cheer news? Let us know in the comments below!