Tips and Expectations to be a Rutland Cheerleader

When growing up it is every girls dream to be a High School Cheerleader! No matter what high school you attend, on Friday night you can always see little girls in their cheerleading uniform, standing at the fence doing the cheers and chants with the high school cheerleaders. Well, if your dream has always been to be a Rutland Cheerleader, here are some tips and information you need to know.

Tryout Dates:

Rutland will have tryout on April 4th -8th of 2016. Most schools have an informational meeting and while Coach Christian did not have an exact date for the informational meeting, she did say, “around winter break in March some time.”

What Can You Expect at Tryouts:

Each school runs their tryouts a differently, coach Christian wants you to know that you can expect candidness from her. If you can’t take constructive criticism, then Rutland cheerleading is not for you. Over a 4 daylong tryout clinic, an average of 60 girls trying out for 24 spots, will be expected to learn cheers chants, and a dance. As ambassadors for Rutland, the cheerleaders are often called on by the administration for some last minute events. Due to this, you must be able to pick up on things quickly and be flexible. If you want to stand under those bright Friday Night lights and cheer on the Canes, then nerves of steel are a must! On the 5th day you will stand in front of a panel of judges and be asked to show them what you learned that week, to make sure that you have the true Rutland Spirit.

Rolls of a Rutland Cheerleader

Besides cheering for Football and Basketball, you can expect to practice all of June to prepare for summer camp. During Football season, the cheerleaders practice 4 days a week for up to 3 hours a day to prepare for Football games and those FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. One of those practices the team attends MGA Cheer Extreme to get extra help on stunts, tumbling, and work on pep rally routines. In the spring, practices are cut back to 2 days a week for about an hour and a half to help prepare for the busy basketball schedule. Along with cheering the teams on to championships, the cheerleaders do a lot of community services and fundraising as well.

Tips to Help You Make the Team

Because motion technique is a must for every Rutland cheerleader, you want to make sure you start practicing your motions in front of a mirror. Make sure those high V’s and low V’s are perfect, with a lot of pop to them. To help with the stunting, I would suggest getting on a conditioning program. Do some push ups, pull ups, squat jumps, and burpees, to help develop both upper and lower body strength. These exercises will help when it comes to learning the jumps and stunts required for tryouts. If you are small in stature, then you need to work on that flexibility, and there is a good chance you will get tossed around a little. To help you develop the spirit that is required, practice standing in front a small crowd of people and lead them through some cheers and chants. MGA Cheer Extreme has listed some cheers on it’s website to help you practice at home.

Tips for Success

Make sure to wear school colors for tryouts! After all you are the spirit team, so stock up on some GREEN and ORANGE.
Be a good student! You are representing Rutland, so you must get higher than a 2 on your teachers’ recommendation.
Turn in your paper work on time! Not being responsible, AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT!
Be coachable! You will be spending a lot of time with coach Christian, so it is important that she knows you are willing to listen, follow directions, and get the job done WITH OUT AN ATTITUDE!!!!!!!

What Can I Expect as a Parent

If your child is fortunate enough to make the Rutland Cheer Team, parents be prepared, you have a roll as well. Each parent must be a part of the booster club and pay a $25 booster fees. The booster club will help with community projects and fundraisers to help with some of the cost associated with being a cheerleader. Each cheerleader can expect to pay between $600-$1000. The money will help pay for warm-ups, book bags, practice wear, pom poms, 2 pair of shoes, bows, tumbling, and summer camp. Coach Christian did says, “DO THE FUNDRAISERS! Those people who participate in the fundraiser do not have to come out of pocket to pay for cheerleading.”

Top 4 Mistakes Not to Make as a Parent

I have been in the industry for well over 20 years. I have coached 3 different universities and helped 100’s of high school coaches with their program. Here is a list of the top 3 mistakes that I have seen parents make.

BEING LATE! Most coaches don’t get paid extra money to coach the cheerleaders and if they do it’s not much. They have families and if you are always late to pick up your child from the cheer clinic, then this might hurt your child’s chances of making the team.

Complaining about the Commitment! Know what you are committing to! Most schools have parent meeting to explain before hand what you can expect. So don’t complain about everything that it takes to be a cheerleader. If you don’t agree with it, then don’t sign up for it.

Thinking your Child is Perfect! Most coaches coach because they love kids. They want to teach your child valuable lesson, and help them grow up to be productive citizens in society. So if your child breaks a rule and get benched, or has to do conditioning, then support the decision, its only making your child better.

Don’t Wait Until it is Too Late! Often I get a phone call the week before tryout asking “can you help my child they have tryouts in a week.” My response is “you should have called me in January!” The best time to seek help is NOW! This will prevent from having to purchase expensive private lesson as well as give your child the confidence knowing they are well trained and prepared.

Being a Rutland Cheerleader comes with a lot of responsibility and hard work, so don’t wait until the last minute to start to prepare for tryouts. I love helping kids reach their goals and make the cheer team of their dream. So if you have questions or need tips on how to prepare for tryouts, feel free to comment on this blog, and I will be happy to help.