Cheerleading first appeared at Princeton University in the 1880s when the crowd chanted, “Rah rah rah, tiger tiger tiger, sis sis sis, boom boom boom ahhhhhhh, Princeton Princeton Princeton!” as a way to encourage the team and show school spirit at university football games.
You must have spirit, talent and desire to be a cheerleader. Many colleges and universities offer Cheerleading-Athletic scholarships as well as academic ones. We’ve compiled some helpful tips.
Decide where you want to attend college
Find out what is available as far as financial aid/scholarships or grants
Many college cheerleading programs have websites and e-mail addresses for their coaches/advisors. Contact them and do follow-ups.
Check out how you can participate in National Competitions
Prepare yourself for tryouts
Discuss your plans with your parents
Give this some thought. Without a conductor there is no orchestra; without cheerleaders it’s only a game. Cheerleading has come along way over the past two decades. Its physical and athletic demands have spiraled upward and often overlooked. Although it is not a rough and tough contact sport, cheerleading does get people’s attention.
Cheerleaders fly thru the air, catch their teammates as they fall to the ground and perform some heavy duty stunts. It’s no wonder why cheerleading injuries have more than doubled since 1990. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports, “Cheerleading has evolved from a school-spirit activity into an activity demanding high levels of gymnastic skills and athleticism.”
The study recommends that coaches get professional safety training and that high schools and cheerleading associations adopt uniform safety procedures and also develop a national database for injuries. FLEXIBILITY can improve your cheerleading skills and lessen the chance of injuries.
- Good flexibility allows the joints to improve their range of motion
- Good flexibility improves posture
- Flexibility may improve motor performance and skill execution
- Stretch everyday but only to the point that you feel a tug. You should not feel pain and should never bounce.