I remember my first ever cheerleading tryouts. I didn't know what to expect. All I knew about cheerleading was what I saw on TV watching football and basketball games. In my school the cheerleaders and dancers were the popular girls, they could do no wrong. They always seemed happy and everyone seemed to loved them. Most importantly what I knew about cheerleading was that I LOVED IT.
Although popularity was not important to me, I was very shy and knew that cheerleading would force me out of my shyness. If I was in a group where I was expected to perform and smile all the time, I knew I would learn be happy and let my shyness go. This was the first reason I wanted to cheer, I hated being so shy I couldn't stand up in front of a class and give a speech, that I would never speak up when I knew the answer in class. When your a child, you don't know how to break this cycle of shyness. One thing I did know about me was, if I was in a sport and the coach had expectations that I would fulfill those expectations because I never wanted to let my coach down. Also, common sense - you can't be shy as a cheerleader.
Then there was the athletic part of cheerleading - the dancing, tumbling, stunting. I loved sports, I loved working hard and I super loved tumbling. As a kid I never took tumbling classes, so I use to record the Olympics (I remember the first time I recorded them I must have been around 7yrs old). I would watch gymnastics over and over again, play it in slow motion until I fully understood the technique they were using to execute the skills. Then I would go to school and talk to my friend who was a competitive gymnast and we would go in the grass and work on our tumbling skills every (and I mean EVERY) recess. First let me say - KIDS DON'T DO THIS, Its not safe to teach yourself how to do handsprings etc. I was very lucky that I never broke anything. But everyday I stretched, I would head out to the grass and work on my walkovers and handsprings. I can't tell you how many times I knocked the wind out of myself, feel on my neck, hurt my back. But I wanted it so bad, I wanted to be a tumbler and cheerleader, I would cry - get up and do it again.
Anyway, my first cheerleading tryouts. There was a 3 day workshop where we learned 2 cheers, 2 chants and a dance. Then we had to make up our own 1 minute cheer with dance (like a half time show performance). I was ten at the time and had zero cheer or formal dance training. Everything I learned I learned from tv and friends who were in tumbling or dance classes. Learning everything was easy for me, even 2 other girls that I didn't know asked me how I got everything so easily and asked me to help them make up their 1 minute routines too. I was honored that someone thought I was good. So of course I helped them, I like competition and didn't think it would be a big deal to help them. Tryout day arrives, I remember it was a Friday. I was excited not nervous. The called us out in groups of three to stand on the stage in front of our peers and the judges. I walked up ready to go. The first cheer was called out and I ...... FROZE... I don't know why, I thought I was ready and I just stood up there. By the time I started moving the cheer was pretty much over. It was down hill from there. I could not pull it together. Needless to say I did not make the team, I was devastated, I couldn't figure out what happened, even the other kids in the workshop knew I had a spot on the team. It was embarrassing and just horrible. It was my one and only time I tried out for a cheer team and didn't make it - I made sure of that!
After that, I enrolled in Youth Football Cheer. It was at my first game that I realized why I froze at tryouts. Although I was great in the workshop, I had still never really felt great about getting up in front of groups of people and performing. The shy bug took over me at those tryouts. Youth Cheer gave me the ability to get use to being front of crowds. After that, tryouts were a breeze, but this situation taught me a lot about tryouts.
The lesson in me not making the team, frames how RAW Cheerleading Tryout Classes are taught.
If you are trying out for cheerleading or dance teams at your school - tryout classes are a great way to prepare. But what makes RAW tryout classes different that other programs classes?
1. Each athletes is asked what team they are trying out for. Our coaches then contact the school, watch videos of the current teams and get the requirements the coaches are looking for in the selection process. We get to know the schools team, so that we know we are teaching you the skills those coaches are looking for in an athlete.
2. Your training is personalized to the type of team you plan on trying out for - school or allstars.
3. We teach like a cheerleading workshop. Each session you are taught 2 or more different routines/chants/dancers, etc. We work on tumbling skills, execution, everything that is important at tryouts.
4. Recoveries - everyone makes mistakes and rarely are athletes taught how to recover and still make the team. We include recoveries as part of the training sessions.
5. Athletes will perform in front of a group of their peers. We invite our Allstars athletes, our after-school program kids into the gym to observe at least 3 mock tryouts. We have at least 2 judges (sometimes even the coach from the team your trying out for) and they provide feedback on what skills look great and what needs to be worked on before tryouts.
RAW Cheerleading Tryout classes are not cookie cutter classes. This is why we have a 99% success rate. Out of 182 athletes who have taken our 12 session tryout class only 1 (one) person did not make their team. This is why we believe our program works, this is why you should contact us today email@example.com
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