means cheer squads everywhere are saying goodbye to some team members and
welcoming new ones. Whether you are
joining a new school or gym, changing levels, or staying on the same squad but
getting new teammates, you will have a new team with new dynamics. This will
take some getting used to! No two squads are exactly alike, and even the same
squad will differ slightly from season to season.
how to bond with your teammates, adjust to your new squad, and set your
expectations and focus for the coming season in this new guide that includes
tips for cheerleaders, coaches, and parents.
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Bonding with Your New Squad
Every year, and
sometimes even every season, teammates come and go. Some graduate, some move,
some change teams, and some are new to the sport. Whatever the reason, this
means that at least once a year you get to become friends with a new group of
cheerleaders. This is, of course, not a bad thing. But for some, it’s not
always the easiest thing. Whether you’re shy or just new, adjusting to a new
squad may take time. Here are a few ways to get to know your new squad that are
fun and stress-free. Use some (or all!) of the ideas, and your entire squad
will be BFFs in no time.
6 Ways to Adjust to Your New Squad
No cheerleader will be on the
same cheerleading squad for her entire cheer career. Everyone moves up levels
or changes schools, and some move or join a different All Star team. Whatever
the reason for the change, adjusting to a new team doesn’t have to be awkward
or difficult. Follow our tips and you’ll feel fully adjusted to your new team
in no time!
Realistic Expectations for a New Cheer Squad
you’re a cheer parent, coach, or cheerleader, a new cheerleading team presents
new challenges. No team is ever the same, and even the same team can change
over the course of a year. Each year, with the changing of a team or level,
it’s important that you set new, realistic expectations for the coming year.
Focuses, Season by Season
Even the off-season
isn’t really an off-season for cheerleaders and cheer coaches. Many cheer teams
are training and practicing year-round. While there are so many different types
of cheerleading teams nowadays—All Star, Pop Warner®, sideline-only,
sideline and competitive, etc.—there are general tasks every cheerleading team
should focus on each season.