Cheer teams are all about collaboration and cooperation, and
working so closely together day in and day out creates a special bond between
cheerleaders that no other sport can come close to. You literally put your
lives in each others’ hands at every practice and performance! Everyone
contributes to a cheer squad equally, and that means that team captains have to
be able to not only acknowledge everyone’s individual strengths, but also build
a better team as a result of bringing out every team member’s best qualities.
It’s also important to find areas of collective weakness, in order to grow as a
squad! Being team captain isn’t easy, by any means. That being said, a team
captain’s job gets a lot easier if they let their squad teach them things that
they might not have realized on their own. In fact, there are only two main
lessons that a cheer captain must learn from their teammates.
1. Humility. So,
you’ve worked your way up to the top of the team–both in skill and in command. Congrats,
you’re team captain! Although a celebratory position, you now have to realize
that your role on the squad has shifted to that of the greater good rather than
your own gain. Your teammates may not be as skilled in cheerleading as you are,
so you have to learn to know when to shine and when to be humble in order to
upkeep morale. You most likely are better at organizing, communicating, and
executing team decisions than the rest of your teammates, so make sure to not
only keep everyone in the loop, but also encourage team participation in these
matters! It’s expected for you to take the reigns, just let others contribute
too. In doing so, everyone will feel like a valued member of the team, and their
happiness will make you feel better about sharing the spotlight than having it
all to yourself.
2. Trust. Sure, everyone on a cheer
team has to trust each other just to be able to get through a routine. Yet, now
that you’re calling the shots as captain, you have to be able to maintain the
unconditional trust with your teammates that you once had before you earned
this coveted position. Your teammates trust each other to show up, go full out,
and give every practice or performance their all; you’ve got to be able to
display this same trust when delegating team tasks to others on your squad.
Trust that they will come through on their end without getting anxious or
paranoid. And, the last thing you want to do is allocate a task to a team
member, only to revoke it because you think you can do it better. Let everyone
on the squad hold their own by trusting that they can get the job done. Plus,
you won’t have too much on your plate throughout the season if you let others
There is an unlimited number of distinguishable lessons that
cheer captain can learn from their teammates, but being able to trust and not
let power get to your head are the main two to keep in mind. Nobody likes a
tyrant, and being team captain can definitely feel like you’re walking a
tightrope between peoples’ feelings sometimes. Don’t worry, by learning these
two lessons early, you will be able to strike a balance!
Do you think that there are other lessons
a cheer captain can learn from their teammates that are more important? Tell us
what you think in the comments!