Cheerleading is such a great sport, but with so many kinds of teams out there,
you might have a hard time deciding which would be the right fit for you. Gyms
and All Star teams might be a little too advanced for an aspiring soon-to-be
cheerleader, but they are something to work up to! Pee Wee cheerleading is
probably the best option for first-time cheerleaders, and here are 5 reasons
1. Pee Wee cheer is
less expensive than a cheer gym. We all know young children say they want
to do something one minute, then change their minds the next: I thought I
wanted to be a ballerina when I was a kid, but after one class, my mom realized
all I really wanted was to wear the
tutu. You may not want to pay an exorbitant amount of money if you are unsure
of your child is going to actually, truly commit to the sport; because Pee Wee
cheer is less expensive, it’s a great alternative to a cheer gym.
2. Some Pee Wee teams allow children as
young as 5. Most sports do not allow kids so young to join. If your child
has a lot of energy and shows an interest in cheer, this might be a great
option to introduce them to being a part of a team sport! Cheerleading can also
help young, shy children gain confidence and a voice by cheering at Pee Wee
3. Pee Wee cheerleading teaches the
basics. Your child isn’t going to learn how to do big lifts and advanced
tumbling–Pee Wee is very age-appropriate, and geared towards a younger mind.
The cheers are short, and your child is going to learn the basics of the sport,
such as cheers, dance moves, and (depending on the squad) some beginner jumps
and tumbles. This is great chance for a young mind to grow and gain better
gross motor skills by bringing different choreographed movements together, and
reciting a cheers and chants from memory. Pee Wee cheer brings great
developmental skills to the forefront, that will help your child in school on
top of their overall development as a child.
4. Pee Wee cheerleading is safe. All
Pee Wee coaches must be certified in CPR, and have basic first aid knowledge to
become a coach. Coaches also understand the limitation of the age group: most
young children cannot handle an immense amount of information at one time. Is
there still a possibility that your child could become injured? Of course there
is, but for the most part, Pee Wee cheer is aimed at teaching the basic
movements of cheerleading. Pee Wee participants are not learning intense
tumbling, so the likelihood of an injury is exceptionally low.
5. It is FUN! Your child will have a blast learning new cheers and basic
tumbling moves. They will make new friends, be part of a team, and get to dance
while shaking some pom poms around. As a kid, what could be better than that?
You know that cheerleading can help them fundamentally, help your child
socialize, and strengthen developmental skills as they grow, but all your child
will know is that they are having a blast, jumping and dancing around with
Pee Wee cheer is a great choice to introduce your young child into the world of
cheerleading. Your child might get bit by the cheer bug, and continue their
cheerleading career as a result–which would be great! Or, your child may decide cheer is not for
them, which is fine, too. Pee Wee cheer is a great cost-effective introduction
to the basics of cheerleading, and is a perfect option for many beginner
What are other benefits of Pee Wee cheer?
Have you been a Pee Wee cheer parent? Share your experience in the comments!