With the beginning of our first cheer season upon us, we spoke to some of our current athletes to get their advice and tips for tryouts or taster sessions, especially when you’re joining a new team! It can no doubt feel a little daunting heading off to a gym for the first time, even if you have previous cheer experience. However, we’re here to tell you that there is no need to feel nervous and everyone is in the same boat. Let’s hear what our athletes had to say.

Zoe M, Flyer 

When trying out for a new team, there are bound to be athletes of ALL different levels – so don’t stress if your toe touches aren’t the highest or you haven’t got beautiful tumbles like some of the others there (I certainly don’t!). Don’t let this put you off and instead just remember to smile and let your personality shine on the mat – after all, that’s one of the most important qualities a cheerleader can have, and it’ll definitely help you to stand out. 

Start stretching in advance! It’s very easy to forget about flexibility once the cheer season is over, so make sure to build it back up before tryouts so that you can show yourself off at your best – plus you’ll need it for the upcoming season!

Danielle C, Base 

  1. Ask questions. If you don’t know what move they’re talking about or how to do it, don’t be afraid to ask the coaches or your fellow teammates. 
  2. Just try your hardest. If you don’t have the best jumps, flips, or stunts, it’s okay. Everyone has something they want to work on and nobody is perfect. Just do the best you can do and don’t worry about the rest.
  3. Don’t push yourself past your limits. If you’ve never done a successful full or back handspring, this is not the time to attempt it. Best case scenario, you’ll miraculously pull it off, worse, you hurt yourself. Be safe. Stick to what you know you can do safely.

Megan J, Flyer 

Just give it your best shot! Even if you have little to no cheer experience, make sure you turn up with a can-do attitude and try your best. Remember, a toe touch that’s barely off the ground is better than staying on two feet! 

Cheer is a team sport so show up ready to make friends and work together to help each other out. And most importantly, don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself and relax if something goes wrong. 

Kristina S, Base 

My three must-haves for tryouts would be: 

  1. Good-night’s Sleep – you will need your body battery charged fully before tryouts! The more energy you have, the less likely you will be nervous!
  2. Water Bottle – stay hydrated! Water regulates your body temperature and also lubricates your joints! This is very important at cheer training!
  3. Positive Attitude – it’s all about that cheer face! The more positivity you project, the more confident your stunts/ dance/ jumps will look! 

Maddy G, Base 

Smile! Even if you’re not sure what you’re doing, just keep smiling and be confident in yourself and your performance. But if you don’t feel safe or you are unsure about anything, just ask for help. No one will judge you for asking questions. 

We hope hearing from some of the team has reassured you ahead of attending your taster session. We can’t wait to meet more of you over the coming weeks. If you would like to be considered for team placements, but didn’t manage to book onto a taster, please get in touch at info@londondynastycheer.co.uk.