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I Didn’t Make the Cheer Dance Team but its ok!

1 Jun

How to Handle Not Making the Cheerleading or Dance Team

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You have been preparing all year by taking dance and cheer classes. You attend cheer clinics and spent  the next week or so practicing day and night perfecting the moves. Tryouts day hits, you look your best, you have your biggest and brightest smile possible and you shout those cheers out loud enough for the world to hear. You wait anxiously outside the window with everyone else who tried out. Slowly the coach walks down the hall to post the list. The list goes up and everyone rushes toward the window to search for the name, you look and look again only to find YOUR NOT ON THE LIST.

Not making the team can lead to a list of emotions and its hard for friends and family to know the best way to help you deal with that lost or sad feeling you may have.  First, if your a parent, you need to understand that no matter how you feel about cheerleading or dance team, this tryout was important to your child so you must respond with care and positive comments. Let them know, not making it is not a reflection on them, each tryout is different and some factors weigh more than others. Congratulate your child for having the courage it took to even tryout. So many kids want to tryout but are too scared to do it and your child had enough courage to get out there and do his/her best.  Let them know you understand not to get something you really want in life, but its not the end of the world. Remind them of other plans they had for the school year, encourage them to join a sport they love. Don’t tell your child not to cry, encourage them to show their sadness in a healthy way.

If your the cheerleader or dancer who didn’t make it, then we want to keep a few things in mind. Most tryouts are not just based on your cheering and dancing abilities. Tryouts judges consider a variety of items when judging a competition, some wonder how you would fit in with the returning team members, sometimes your teacher referrals hold a heavier score then your overall performance, in some cases they are thinking about next season’s routine and they are trying to visualize each person doing upcoming routines, and sometimes (and sorry but this is a very sad reality) they just chose teams based on current team members friends/family or kids they just have a preference too.

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A couple of things to consider, if you find yourself in this situation. First, if they don’t give you tryout score sheets, ask for some constructive feedback. Usually they will give you tips for the next time you tryout. Second, consider the fact that it may not have been you at all and just something that wasn’t a good fit for them as of right now. If you ever watch the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Show, think about the time the coaches pulled a girl in a room and a performer how much they love the her, how beautiful she is, how amazing she is but they just couldn’t see her on the team. There is nothing you can do about that, if they love you but don’t see you as a great fit, that’s just that. It’s like you meet a really awesome guy but you just can see yourself dating him, no matter how awesome he is the connection just isn’t there. That happens with cheer and dance teams too. Third, remember it is not the end of the world, you can still cheer or dance for a team. Consider joining an Allstar Cheer and Dance program. Our Nor Cali Bay Area Cheerleading loves accepting all members regardless of experience. We have met some amazing cheerleaders and dancers who didn’t make their competitive team, but they join us and they are some of our strongest performers. If you really love cheer and dance, go online and see if you can find a local cheer or dance team you can join. Its a great way to do what you had your heart set on and get the experience you may need in order to tryout for your school next year.

Good luck and always SMILE BIG!

High School Cheerleading Tryout Training for Northern California

31 Mar

Train to be Your Best

Everyday, our program receives phone calls from prospective cheerleaders/dancers or their parents asking if they have to take tryout training classes. Now most programs would ramble off an immediate yes in an effort to make the sale. But were a little different than that. First we go through a series of questions such as why are you looking for training and has the prospective cheerleader/dancer ever tried out for their team before. These questions are important and help our coaches give a very informed answer to the prospective student or parent.

You have to decide for yourself if you need the training because you don’t want to waste time or money if you already have the key elements needed the average tryout. Think about these things: If your trying out for the cheer team do you have the basic jumps, tumbling, “sharpness” and energy needed to make you stand out in a cheerleading tryout. If you can’t land with flawlessness some of the most basic jumps (toe touch, herky, pike and hurdler) then you should really consider taking a tryout class.

If you are shy and fell silly yelling out loud in front of a group of people by yourself, then you MUST take tryout classes. Tryouts are not the place to start to attempt to overcome your shyness. You need to knock all those “I’m too shy” bugs off you long before you hit the tryout training sessions. Being shy and quiet are the worst things you can be when trying out for any spirit leadership role. It’s almost worst than the snippy mean girl attitude. Trust me, you should never be mean or snippy, but shyness is a none option. As a cheerleading and dance tryout judge, there are plenty of talented kids who do not make the team because they are too shy and embarrassed to be loud or hit the routine.

For dancers, you need to make sure you have the flexibility and understand the basic dance turns. Training for dance tryouts are a little more challenging because if your school has a competitive dance team, they may require technique skills (that take months and sometimes years to perfect) during their tryout sessions. If you don’t have your splits, your going to find dance team tryouts far more difficult than cheerleading tryouts. The flexibility required to be a on dance team takes some time to gain. We are not saying give up your dream for dance team tryouts, but if you don’t have the most basic of flexibility and turns your going to have to train at least 3 times as hard as the next person.

Most importantly, when thinking about trying out for your cheerleading or dance team you need to be realistic. This means, if your school requires you to have a 3.0 to tryout and you have a 2.0 don’t waste your time. It doesn’t matter how great you do, they will not put you on the team unless you meet the minimum academic requirements. If your dance team is a Nationally ranked team that requires you to have quad piro’s and you don’t have the coordination to land one, then quickly get yourself into a dance or tryout specific training class.

Tryout training classes are important and very helpful to most young guys and girls. The right class will teach you the skills as well as the etiquette of tryouts. All tryout our classes should be well rounded and incorporate jumps, strength training, basic dance and cheer techniques, showmanship, tumbling, rallying, stunts and more. It doesn’t mean you will perfect it all, specially if you are taking a 6 week training session, but it will prepare you with the knowledge on how to do it all and terminology will make complete sense to you when you get to tryouts.

Our Bay Area Cheerleading and Dance Tryout class coaches have a 98% success rate for those in our 8 to 12 week program.

We have successfully training young students who have proudly made their teams. Here is a list of just some of the schools our students have made the Cheerleading or Dance Teams.

Beyer High School

Ceres High 

Cupertino High School 

Cypress Middle

Delano High

Downey High

Gunn High School

Hyde Middle

Kennedy High

Los Gatos High

Monta Vista High

Monte Vista High

Mountain High

Newark High

OC High

Saratoga High

Skyline High

Vincent High

Whitter High

*This is just a partial list that does not include colleges, middle schools and elementary schools*