Last Minute Cheerleading Tryout Tips
Some cheerleaders wait until the last minute to get help preparing for tryouts. While this certainly is not recommended, there are a few things you can do to help you get ready. One girl wrote to me the day before her audition! Even so, she was able to implement my suggestion and she made the team!
Again – I do NOT advise that you wait till the last minute but if you do, consider these tips:
- Calm down! An anxious body is a tense body and a tense body will not perform as well as a relaxed body. The quickest way to calm down is to exhale as slowly as you can at least 5 times. Say to yourself, “With each out-breath, I am relaxing more and more.”
- Focus! The breathing technique will assist you in getting focused, too. As you are either learning new choreography or getting ready to perform, focus is essential. So – exhale slowly once and say to yourself, “Focus” or “I’m ready – now!”
- Visualize! Depending on how much time you have, watch some videos of cheerleaders executing the skills you will be called upon to perform. (YouTube has plenty of videos but make sure you are watching someone who is performing the skills accurately!) Give your full attention to watching the films and as you do, imagine how you might feel if you were that athlete. Then try to “see” yourself in place of the cheerleader on the video.
- Attitude! As I mentioned in my last post, a positive attitude can be a selling point. Show the coaches that you are friendly, eager to learn, reliable, a good teammate – all the good stuff that a cheer coach would want. More than anything else, attitude is totally under your control.
If you would like more detailed information about how to prepare for tryouts, take a peek at my training program – The Mental Game of Cheerleading: Tryouts! It consists of 2 audio CDs plus a 50 page workbook. You have the option of investing in the 2-CD package or get the digital version for much less!