Why Do You Want to Be a Cheerleader?

Team of excited cheerleaders performing at football game
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There are a few reasons the idea of becoming a cheerleader is attractive. Maybe you think the position comes with instant popularity. Or maybe you are under the impression that your access to football players will ensure you have dates. Or, you just might think you'll look good in a short skirt. Whatever your thoughts are, don't be misled by the stereotypes. Plain and simple -- cheerleading is hard work.

Cheerleading comes with many responsibilities and if you're not ready to make a commitment to it you shouldn't even waste your time trying out. Let's take a look at just a few of the responsibilities that come with being a cheerleader:

  • Time: As a cheerleader, you can plan on spending many hours practicing. Add in the hours you'll need for fundraising, pep rallies, competitions, and performances and it's easy to see this sport is very time-consuming.
  • Financial: Uniforms, shoes, accessories and camps/clinics all cost money. Some costs may be offset by fundraisers, but chances are you'll be asked to invest part of the costs involved in cheering.
  • Role Model: Cheerleaders are looked up to by their peers. They are expected to maintain good grades and set a good example for the rest of the student body. If you can't live up to these expectations or don't like the scrutiny that you'll be under because of your position then you should definitely reconsider your decision to try out.
  • Work: Cheerleading is as much mental as it is physical. It will not only place many demands on your body, but it will change your way of thinking too. You will be a part of a group that will strive to think and act as one. You will learn to think about the team first and base your decisions on what is best for everyone. Your squad will become your second family. Although you may disagree, there will be times you'll have to compromise.

    It's not hard to see that cheerleading is more than yelling on the sidelines and shaking your pom-poms. It's a commitment, a dedication, and an attitude. It will change your life in many ways and anyone that has ever been a cheerleader can attest to the fact that it's worth it.