Watching the docuseries CHEER on Netflix is not only entertaining but a wonderful look into what cheerleading is all about. Here is part 1 of our top 12 lessons to be learned from CHEER:
- Cheerleading is FUN!!!
Watching Cheer shows the ups and downs of cheerleading but it truly shows how much fun and pride you have when you are on a cheerleading team!
- Grades and your activities outside of cheerleading are super important!
With all school cheerleading teams, certain grade levels are required to maintain your position on the team.
As you get more visibility, like cheering on your high school or college team, your activities, including your social medial accounts, should represent you with integrity, social responsibility and show your personal best. At these levels, you are not only representing you personally, but your organization and you should be a positive ambassador for your team.
- Make your team a “family” environment.
Building strong bonds outside of cheer practice, will improve your cheerleading activities in a BIG way! Building friendships create trust which is required for a great cheerleading team. Team building activities that you can do include: slumber parties, lunches, dinners and scavenger hunts like they did on Cheer.
- Cheerleading is much more than cheerleading skills.
Being a part of a cheerleading team ( or most teams ) is also about personal growth, having a place to belong and identify with and building your personal brand. When you are on a team that you enjoy, it becomes a part of your personal identity. It will challenge your personal growth, communication skills and should build your confidence.
- Have more spotters than you need, especially at practice.
As seen on Cheer, even the best cheerleaders fall! Having more spotters than you need should be a regular part of your practices; it is better to be safe than sorry.
- Showmanship is important!
One of the best lessons from Cheer came at the very end of the series when their Coach was talking about what to do when the winners were being announced at the competition. Her instructions were clear that her team would be gracious, show respect and not “pout” if they did not win.
For the top 6 lessons we learned from Cheer: