Competition season is upon us, which means our athletes have been working harder than ever to prepare for the next competition. From throwing harder stunts to cleaning up transitions and strengthening tumbling, we’re doing it all! While we talk about good sportsmanship in the gym, it’s something we feel strongly about — even when it comes to kids who aren’t in our cheerleading program. Today, we want to discuss the importance of sportsmanship and how it can be applied all throughout life.
There is a saying that goes “if we win, let it be by the code, with faith and honor held high. If we should lose, we’ll stand by the road and cheer as the winners go by.” This sums up sportsmanship perfectly. All victories should come from doing things the right way. Any loss we may have does not make our team any less capable of victory.
Why Sportsmanship Matters in All-Star Cheerleading
Cheer has an outside reputation of being filled with drama and rude attitudes, but we are working to dispell this belief. Our athletes are kind, encouraging, and determined to improve. We know we are not perfect and that there is always room to grow. With that in mind, it’s important to show these beliefs to the outside world. Each MGA athlete represents themselves, their team, their parents, our gym, and our state as a whole. We believe in encouraging our athletes to be the best possible representation. Show kindness, encourage others, and build up teammates and opponents alike whenever possible.
These patterns can lead to good sportsmanship in adulthood, which most adults know is necessary for many areas of life. From accepting a promotion with humility and gratitude, to bouncing back with a good attitude about a broken-down car, we teach lifelong lessons to our cheerleaders.
Being Grateful in All Areas
As tough as it can be to narrowly miss out on first or second place, it happens to even the best teams. When we feel discouraged or angry at the results of a competition, it’s important to keep everything in perspective. One of our favorite ways to keep our athletes in the right mindset is to practice gratitude. We are thankful for the chance to perform and show off our skills. We are fortunate to have such great friends to cheer alongside us. Our athletes are blessed to have loving and supportive parents who allow them to participate in our program. Our coaches are delighted to work with such wonderful kids. These things should never be forgotten, no matter what happens at the end of a competition.
We are thankful for our parents, athletes, and coaches. Without such wonderful people in our lives, we would not have seen the success we have. Also, we are thankful for our competition! They push us to be better and more creative in all aspects of cheerleading. Embrace great sportsmanship and reap the rewards for the rest of your life. If you would like to learn more about all-star cheerleading, our classes, or our sportsmanship philosophies, get in touch today!