In the words of Kendall Jenner, “I don’t work with a trainer. I just go to cheerleading practice and run a couple times a week.” I first tried out for cheerleading in 6th/7th grade and I had never done cheerleading before, but I really wanted to do it whenever I went to basketball and football games.Surprisingly, after a few days of try-outs, I made the team! I was so excited and I couldn’t wait for the season to start. Practices started not long after try-outs and they pretty much last year-round (especially when there are competitions). My favorite thing about being on the team last year (I tried out again this year and made it) was when the competition season started! My team first get to learn the competition routine, including …show more content…
Before we compete, the thing that throws us off the most is when we watch more experienced teams do their routines. It makes us believe that we might mess up or that we aren’t as skilled as we really are. Obviously, we were all inaccurate! After hitting everything perfectly, we waited for all of the teams to finish, which took quite a while due to the fact of how many teams there were! Because every team was finished and left the mat, anxiety and curiosity were building up in everyone. Soon, everyone sat down, waiting to see what team placed where. Unfortunately for some teams they didn’t get placed (top 13 or so). After being relieved that we actually have a chance of scoring high, we waited for the Eureka Hornets to be called. It was getting down to the top 3 and our team had not yet been announced. As our whole team was bubbling with excitement, we knew that no matter what place we got, we would be the winners in our own minds.3rd place, not Eureka. 2nd place, not Eureka. “The state champions of the IESA cheerleading competition is… EUREKA MIDDLE SCHOOL!” Jumping up, crying with joy, hugging our fellow teammates, was the best feeling in the world.
This year (as I already said) I made the cheerleading team again. I was excited to be one of the “leaders” of the new team because the previous 8th graders went on to high school. After try-outs, many amazing new girls made it,
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Cheerleading has been extremely important to me. It has definitely impacted my life for the better. I have learned that nobody can change your desire and love for your passion. So many times my coaches or teammates doubted me, but I loved cheerleading so much and never gave up. I spent countless hours trying to improve my tumbling and skills. I went from the freshmen cheer team to the varsity cheer team my sophomore year. Nobody believed I could do it, but I was able to prove them wrong. I learned that it does not matter what negativity people throw at me, I mean so much more than that, and I should never give up.
Cheer practices can sometimes only be two hours, but they can also be up to a long and hard seven hours. This requires athletes to sacrifice an extraordinary amount of time, often on weekends for them to succeed at a high level. In an interview recently conducted with a local cheerleader Rebecca Ruddock, who competes with a traveling cheer gym called Terre Haute Cheer University, (THCU) she said that she practices an average of nine hours a week with her different teams and an additional four hours a week on her own.
Practices don’t always go as planned, that’s just cheerleading, but their is always a way things can be turned around. A positive attitude in each one of us can change that practice, that stunt, that tumbling pass, or even the way we place at a competition. I hope to see that this year we can push each other to accelerate our skill level to its fullest extent. Most of all, I hope we all support each other each practice, throughout the entire
You have been training all summer. You have been in the weight room almost every day and wake up so sore you can barely walk. You give encouraging words to your teammates and pump them up right before a game. You are tough and fearless when you take the field. You strive to do your best and want to win. How would you feel if every time you took that field your peers didn’t believe in you and did not respect your sport? Cheerleaders go to the gym and work just as hard as other athletes do, and are not receiving any credit. This makes us frustrated and let down. There are many aspects of cheer that people are unaware of. Being a cheerleader, you have to be able to tumble, stunt, be competitive, have teamwork, and most of all dedication. Cheerleading is a sport because it is physically demanding, requires teamwork, and is very competitive.
Throughout the article various tone changes occur. During the introduction, there is a negative attitude that is apparent. The author is reflecting on Erykah Ward’s, a former gymnast, initial reactions to becoming a cheerleader. Ward’s responses were derogatory and stereotypical; she even stated at the end of the introduction, “I’ll want to kill them all” at the idea of becoming a cheerleader. She uses common stereotypes against cheerleaders such as “jumping around” and “uneducated.” All of the sudden, the article’s tone changes to a positive voice. The author is now praising cheerleading and cheerleaders for what they must endure. A couple sentences of ago the author was attacking cheerleading, but now he is saying, “competitive cheerleading is no joke.” This new admiring tone remains throughout the rest of the article and seems to get more passionate the further in detail he goes. Overall, the article has an informal voice. Campo- Flores is using
My other reason is in cheerleading we go to competition and compete with teams.A website that helps me in this situation that had many quotes was off of www.teenink.com/nonfliction/sports/article/15172/cheerleading-isasport. A quote from the web states "competitive cheerleading includes lots of physical activity and movement.This means cheerleaders compete against teams and people like any other sport.Physical
My dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm for cheerleading set me apart from the other applicants, along with my diversity with different types of cheerleading. I have 15 years of cheer experience at the all-star, junior high, high school, and at the collegiate level. I feel like this makes me a very well rounded leader because I have cheered with many different personalities and worked with coaches at each of these levels. As an all-star cheerleader, my coach selected me to perform an individual routine, I was a captain of my junior high cheer team, and was able to work closely with my high school cheer coach to help run practice after an jury my junior year. I hope that if I were to be selected to represent Hendrix College Cheerleading’s
From an outsiders perspective one may see brainless and beautiful robots, which scream and perform neat tricks. This is not the case from the inside; cheerleading is so much more than that. Many people are under the impression that cheerleading is not a sport. I am the voice of reasoning that will let you in, and I will show you that cheerleading, in fact, is a sport. Cheerleading requires much physical demand from the body just as any other sport would. Cheerleading, in general, is a team effort. There are many sides to cheerleading, which make it a versatile sport. When it comes to cheerleading there’s more to it than what meets the eye.
In order to be successful in cheerleading you have to have a strong body and mindset, because cheerleading takes physical and mental strength. Cheerleading is a yearlong sport so if an athlete survives for that long then that means the athlete is dedicated to his/her team. When the athletes finish the entire season they are acknowledged at a banquet. At the banquet the team talks about things in the past and they look back at everything that happened earlier in the season. The seniors of the team and everyone who is on that team for the last year get really emotional. Cheerleading is a tough sport to do but the experiences that they gain with their teammates make the it not so
Getting the phone call that I had just been selected, as the cheer captain of my freshmen cheerleading team was probably one of my favorite high school memories. Cheerleading was something I actively participated in since I was in diapers. I guess you could say I loved being a cheerleader.
Competitions consist of solely teamwork and perfection. On the cheer team, there could be one person better than the rest, but they, themselves cannot carry the whole team. They must work together in sync. Coupled with the fact that teams that compete at cheerleading competitions are judged based on their ability to stunt and tumble as a team. High marks in these categories, along with a “dance” will result in a higher placement than the other teams.
Also, score sheets, judging every aspect of each routine on a point system, teams scoring the highest overall score wins. Lastly, “acknowledgement that the primary purpose of the competition is a comparison of the relative skills of the participants.” On ESPN you may see competitions, these
When looking back on all the things that cheer has taught me over the years, I really start to understand why cheerleading is so important. Cheer helped me gain skills that I have been able to repurpose into other activities and those skills will help me in the future as well. These skills are essential to life, and without them, I would not be as successful as I am today. A big part of cheer is the social aspect because you have to be able to communicate between teammates and crowds at various sporting events. Having this skill has been a big part of my academic and work life.
Cheerleading I had served as one of the first and youngest cheerleading captain representing my high school in our joint Cheerleading team with our sister school. My background in music composition and dance as well as my dedication led me to earn my title as rookie of the year as well as prompted my promotion to co-captain and later captain. As a leader,with the help of my coach,I have brought together my high school with our sister school, increased student participation and have developed my skills as a leader by stepping out of my comfort zone and learning from my mistakes. From my experience as a cheerleader not only have I learned how to lift up a team spirit, but I redefined the typical definition of what it means to be a cheerleader
Since the late 1800’s you have seen them at many sporting events such as, football games from the NFL to highschool and college games to basketball games in the NBA and highschool and college . They pep up the crowd and help CHEER on the players, yup you guessed it; cheerleaders. The word cheerleader has been used as early as 1897. In the beginning it was no question that cheerleading was not a sport but as the years went on and decades past that question has really been pushed to this side, until now (Rachel). So is it a sport?