So you want to be a cheerleader? That is awesome! You will be involved with one of the BEST sports around! Now you have to decide what you want out of it and what your current skill level is. Here are some guidelines to help you find the perfect program for you. Let us know about your progress as we would love to post it!
Questions to ask yourself before you pick a cheerleading program:
1. What is your current skill level? Are you a beginner, intermediate, or advanced cheerleader?
2. How much time do you have to commit to a cheer program? Do you want to travel or just spend all of your time at the local park?
3. Do you want to get involved in your school or do you want to cheer for an outside program?
4. Do you want to cheer for a sport like football or basketball or do you want to be on a practice / competitive team?
5. What is your financial budget?
Here are the different types of cheerleading programs:
1. Pop Warner - Optimist / City Leagues:
Flag Teams: Usually you can just sign up and you are put on a team - no tryouts. This really is a great team for a beginner. These teams generally do not travel and stay at one local park and they cheer for a flag football team.
Tackle Teams: These teams usually have tryouts and are more time intensive. They also travel to other cities as they cheer for a tackle football team.
Here is an example of good Pee Wee routine:
2. Cheerleading Classes: This is another place to begin or just clean up your skills. Many places offer just classes - no team commitment.
3. School Teams
College: Here is an overview of one of the best college cheerleading programs in the country - the Kentucky Wildcats.
4. All Star / Competition Teams: There are several types of All Star teams; here is a video from Top Gun describing their teams: