Do You Trust Your Team To Catch You, Literally? Check out our Complete Guide of Team Building Tips For Cheerleading Squads If you are a cheerleading coach or captain and you can’t answer an enthusiastic “Yes!” to that question, you have some serious work ahead of you. At every practice, performance and competition you expect your squad members to be confident, whether they are a flyer or a base, and this is a classic case of needing to lead by example. One of the most important activities you should be working on with your team this summer is building team loyalty, trust, unity, and respect. Team building activities for a cheerleading squad are important for performance, safety and overall team dynamic. Each member of a squad has to rely on a different member of the team for something and every member should feel comfortable communicating with their teammates. Goals Planning your team building activities should start with setting goals. Evaluate your team’s strengths, weaknesses and needs before you engage them in any activities. Here are some goals to consider: Break existing barriers by learning more about each other Improve communication among team members Build relationships based on trust and respect Squash competition between team members Learn how to work as a team Create a positive environment Pre-Season Summer is the perfect time to focus on getting your team on the right track for a successful season. Once the season starts, trying to add required activities to your team’s already hectic schedule can cause stress and irritability – not to mention exhaustion! Here’s a quick breakdown of the types of activities to expect during summer team building conditioning: Focused more on social events such as cheerleading camp, fundraising activities and volunteer work. Less structure, but also less pressure and more likely to result in genuine connections Relaxed environments are great for game-based activities During Your Season For your team building program to be the most successful, it needs to be ongoing. Though the activities and time spent should be adjusted to fit your team’s schedule, you should have team building exercises planned for the entire season. Here’s a quick breakdown of the types of activities to expect during season team building conditioning: Focused more on discussions and exercises that can be combined with the practice schedule Use resources that are offered at your practice facility to make the activity different and exciting Use team building activities to help solve any conflicts that arise Help reinforce and define each team member’s role and your team’s processes Come back next week when we’ll focus on activities that will help your team work on building, and learning the significance of giving, respect.