Being a teammate is a huge part of being a cheerleader. One cheerleader does not equal a cheerleading squad, no matter how good she/he is. Being on a team is about the sport, for sure, but it's also about friendship and loyalty. If you're on a cheer squad, you will understand these 14 things being a teammate means:

  1. Cheerleading is everything to you. Thus, you have everything in common. This means going to practice and hanging out with your friends is one and the same.

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  2. When someone on your team punches/kicks/elbows you, a fight doesn't break out.


  3. You cheer really well together.

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  4. You get really, really excited when good things happen to your teammates.

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  5. You also have the responsibility (and privilege) of being there for your teammates during tough times.

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  6. You help them with anything. If it's important to them, it's important to you.

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  7. You are part of a very protective group. Sure, you accidentally beat each other up regularly, but anyone who dares to mess with any of you has to face the pack.

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  8. You know each other way too well.

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  9. You share everything.

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  10. You recognize that your cheer accomplishments are thanks to your teammates. They help make you better. You work together to achieve goals rather than trying to go it alone. You don't go in early for practice to try to get better than everybody else. You go in early and invite your teammates to go in early with you so you can all be better than the competition!

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  11. You push each other because you believe in your teammates and know their potential.

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  12. This is not too much to ask:

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  13. A good teammate knows the answer to this:

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    We all have trouble believing in ourselves sometimes, and when it happens, our teammates are there to believe in us and remind us to believe in ourselves.

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  14. You may only be on the same team for a couple years, but you are friends forever.

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What is your favorite part of being on a team?