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The Do’s and Don’ts of Cheerleading Tryouts

A huge aspect of any McMicholas football and basketball game is always the school spirit. The responsibility of getting the crowd involved and the players motivated falls on the shoulders of the McNick cheerleaders. From the cheer “V-I-C-T-O-R-Y” to the crowd favorite “Dynamite,” the cheer squad knows how to get the fans pumped up.

Clinics for next year’s squad will be May 7, 8, and 10 from 4 – 6 p.m., followed by tryouts on May 11 at 3:30 p.m.  Here’s a quick look at some do’s and don’ts for the tryouts based on tips from Head Cheerleading Coach Amanda Miller and current senior cheerleaders.

DOs

DON’Ts

Be   confident, loud, and smile! Cheerleaders are supposed to bring positive   attitudes to the game.

 

“Don’t   have excessive makeup, jewelry, or clothing stains; look put together and   polished,” senior cheerleader Veronica Lopreato said. 

“Point your toes!   You can have a sloppy jump but if your toes are pointed, it will still look   all right to the coaches,” senior cheerleader Sammie Diedrichs said.

 

Don’t   be shy or afraid to ask questions. 

Make   eye contact with the judges, because that’s what you should do when you are   in a gym full of fans.

“Don’t assume that because you have cheered before that you know   it all; it is very important to listen to instructions,” Miller said. 

“Practice at home   in front of a mirror. This allows you to fix your mistakes because sometimes   you don’t realize you are doing it wrong until you watch yourself,”   cheerleading coach Amanda Miller said.

 

“Don’t have bad attitudes; cheerleaders are supposed to be team   players and have positive attitudes,” Miller said. 

About Claire Redington

Senior Claire Redington is an Advanced Journalism student and Assistant Editor of the McNicholas Milestone. She plays varsity volleyball and is involved in Ecology Club, Service Club, Spirit Club, Respect Life Club, National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, and International Club. Claire also likes to travel, read, and hang out with her friends.

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