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How to Prepare for a Cheerleading Tryout

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


How to prepare for cheerleading tryouts.

Cheerleading tryouts can be stressful, but coaches and judges just want to see you at your best. Taking the time to prepare mentally and physically will help you have the best tryout that you can.

First, you'll want to get in shape, start a workout plan, and set goals for the skills you want to do at tryouts. Research the team and ask past members about any questions that you might have. They could be really helpful in finding out what to expect for this upcoming year.

In the days leading up to the actual tryout, there will probably be a couple of days of clinics where you're going to learn the cheer, side lines and chants, and the dance. You're definitely going to want to go to this.

After you've learned all that material, you want to go home every night and practice, practice, practice. Do your motions in front of the mirror, and if you can bring a blank CD so you can get a copy of the music so you can practice the dance at home, too.

On the day of tryouts, you want to dress to impress. Make sure that your clothes are appropriate and if you can, try to wear your school colors. If you make a mistake during the tryout, don't worry about it. Just keep smiling and keep pushing through.

Think about your cheerleading tryout as a job interview. You'll be representing your school and your community. So make sure you're always acting professional. Show your leadership ability employs by keeping your head up and making eye contact with the judges. And always come prepared to tryouts with all of your documents ready to go.

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