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If you want to be a cheerleader you will need to consider several things: do you have the time, and do you have the ability to balance school and cheerleading? Your school grades will likely be a factor in determining the outcome of the tryouts. Cheerleading, occasionally, can be a financial burden with lessons, competitions, supplies, and camps.

When you attend tryouts for cheerleading, you are making a commitment to the squad, if you are chosen. You must be willing to give one-hundred percent of yourself in time, work, and dedication. Have a clear understand of why you want to be a cheerleader. You must like being a part of a team and tradition, cheerleaders lead in spirit and relations with the fans.

Before tryouts, it may be a good idea to talk with other cheerleaders or the coaches to get an idea of what to expect. They can be an excellent source of advice for you. You should be in shape and adhere to a workout program. In order to be a good cheerleader you must possess strength, stamina, and flexibility. If you have not already, take some gymnastic, tumbling and dance classes, cheerleading involves all of these in one way or another. Practice stunts and routines daily.

When the big day arrives, be prepared. Be sure to get enough sleep the night before, and be confident and believe in yourself. Put your hair up in a ponytail or some other method to keep the hair out of your face, the "judges" will want to see your face. Do not wear jewelry or chew gum during tryouts. Avoid wearing lots of makeup, use colors that blend naturally with your skin tone.

A good way to show school spirit, which is after all what cheerleading is about, is to wear your schools colors. Keep yourself calm, cool and collected at all times. Yes, you may be nervous but try to avoid letting this show. Be peppy, energetic, and enthusiastic and smile to no end. Make sure you are hydrated sufficiently by drinking lots of water.

When it is your turn, use facial expression and always make eye contact with the "judges," and never look down or at the floor. Your motions must be sharp and snappy and your voice should be loud and clear. Point your toes in jumps and land with your feet together.

If you make a mistake do not stop, do not worry, keep going, and prove you can recover well from a mistake. Most importantly have fun! Even if you do not make it the first time, you will have learned what to expect. Keep practicing over the school year and summer learning as much as you can so you are prepared for the next tryouts.