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How to Prepare for a Cheerleading Competition

Learn how to prepare for a cheerleading competition from UCA instructor Ashley Cowan of in this Howcast video.


Competition season is exciting, but there's a lot to think about. Tip one is go over the competition score sheet. Judges are looking for something specific, so you need to make sure that your routine has all of those parts. Tip two. Review all of the rules for time, boundary, and legality of stunts. You want to make sure that everything in your routine is legal.

Tip three is back up copies of your competition music. Once you know that your music is within the time limits, and you've tested it on several different players, make copies of the music and hand it out to different people on your cheerleading squad. Tip four, is perform in front of a crowd. Have a showcase night, and invite friends and family so you can actually perform your routine in front of a bigger crowd than just at practice.

Tip five. Create a packing list. Think about everything that you need for the day of competition and the practice prior to your competition. Hand out this packing list to each person on your team, so everyone is prepared for competition day. Tip six is have fun. Work as a team, and rely and lean on each other. Remember, competition should be fun.

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