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Cheer coaching is one of the most rewarding and exciting jobs you can have that is often voluntary. If you are a first time cheer coach, however, it may be a bit overwhelming and intimidating. Hopefully I can help you get off to a great new start of coaching cheerleading! We will cover some of the basic tasks that will help to make the transition to your first coaching experience a smooth and uneventful one, including pre-coaching activities, pre-tryouts and post-tryout tasks.

As soon as you know you will be coaching a cheerleading squad, put together an organized binder with specific sections, such as Rules/Regulations, Tryout Details, Personal Info (for squad members), Attendance Chart, Cheers/Chants, Orders/Materials, and Photo Gallery (stunts, uniforms, your squad, etc). Most of these sections should be self-explanatory. You can change these sections according to your needs. The quicker you get yourself and your materials organized, the smoother your experience will be.

Following your organization time, you will need to begin promoting tryouts and drawing in interest. Get your tryout details on flyers and out at least 4-6 weeks prior to tryouts. Set a deadline for paperwork and organize your tryouts (get scoring sheets, hire judges, decide number on squad, etc). Be very detailed and certain about your requirements and expectations.

Tryouts can be a very overwhelming experience as a new cheer coach. The pressure from some girls and/or parents has the potential to get the best of a person. State your rules and tryout srequirements and STICK WITH THEM! Choose judges who aren't familiar with any of your girls, and do not let those names be known. No one should be allowed inside during tryouts or you will set yourself up for a lot of complaints. Notify those who made the squad and those who do not make it in the most respectful method possible. Examples would be passing out letters, putting a list on a board inside, meeting with each girl individually, etc. Don't set up a situation where participants are embarrassed in any way.

Immediately following tryouts, get all contact and personal information from your new squad members. This would also be a perfect time to have girls measured for uniforms, shoes, etc. You could have a practice schedule prepared and ready to give them as well. Have a meeting as quick as possible to discuss squad rules, expectations, and consequences.

This is just the beginning of your new job of coaching cheerleaders. You are about to have the time of your life. Cheer coaching can be the most enjoyable thing you do, or the most stressful. It all depends in your preparation and attitude. Just remember... get organized, get your info, plan plan plan, and enjoy your experience!

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