Joining cheerleading competitions is a great way to determine your skills and level of cooperation as a team. It serves as an acid test that will decide if your squad has what it takes to be called the best in your division. But before you and your teammates join the exciting world of competitive cheer, there are a number of important things that you must consider. Discussed below are some of them.
Qualifiers. Not all competitions are open to everyone. Before a particular team can participate in a high-level event, such as the nationals or international competitions, cheerleaders and their respective teams are required to qualify at a regional or state competition. If you're planning to bring your team to a bigger stage, make sure that you have all the necessary qualifications. Most qualifiers occur early into the season so keep an eye out and watch out for such events if you want to compete at high-level events.
Preparation Time. You shouldn't rush your team into joining a competition. To get the best results or even win a cheerleading event, you must allocate enough time for your team to properly prepare and practise your routine and stunts. Ideally, you should start preparing at least two months before the event. This way, your teammates will be able to perfect the routine and get a good grasp on what they should do by the time they step in front of the judges.
Uniforms. It is a common practise among cheerleaders to wear their team's colours during competitions. Some even opt for more elaborate and eye-catching uniforms to make them stand out during the event. Before the competition, you and your teammates should decide what everyone should wear during the event. So in case you want to go for a more elaborate look to catch everyone's attention, your uniforms will be ready more than ready before the big day.
Choreography. It is also important to determine what exactly your team will do when they step in front of the judges. So when you join a cheerleading competition, you should consider your choreography. While you can create your own routine for the competition, most squads seek the assistance of experts. Many former cheer athletes and coaches help teams come up with a great choreography to increase their chances of winning.
Joining a cheerleading competition is indeed a nail-biting yet fun experience. It can help you and your teammates grow not just into more experienced athletes, but into better persons as well. But before you join such an event, make sure that you have done all the necessary preparations to improve your chances of winning and bringing glory to your team.