The ability to work with other members of the group to accomplish a goal is a chief aspect of cheerleading. Teamwork helps you become a team member and a better cheerleader. What’s more, it also sets you up for progress outside of your gymnasium also. Here are five different ways cheerleading can teach you a lesson on cooperation and teamwork:
Most cheerleading skills require a variety of people. And, even with tumbling, one person tumbling alone doesn't make for an extremely exciting cheer routine. Teammates require each other, and each cheerleader should understand this clearly for you just can't do what you want to do without the help of other team members. It goes without saying, cheerleading is a team sport.
Apart from pyramids and perfectly planned choreography, everyone still needs each other. We've all seen days where we just weren’t in the state of getting through without the help other team member’s support and encouragement. Cheerleading is mentally and emotionally very demanding— and everyone needs help to get through once in a while!
There are a whole lot of decisions that a cheerleading team has to make, i.e., from what uniform to choose to what music to play and what to do at fundraisers, pep rallies or sport matches. Regardless of whether your coach settles a portion of these decisions, there's still a good deal of things you need to work together on as a group. Cheerleading encourages you to share ideas and conceptualize, listen to each other, and settle on the best choice with a mutual respect for the group.
Again, cheerleading is a group activity. Even a single member’s actions affect the entire team. If one member skips a rehearsal, the whole team suffers on the grounds that they won’t be able to practice certain tricks and stunts in the routine without her. Even, missing a night of rest can affect your team because then you wouldn’t be at your best for a game or competition. In cheerleading, you learn firsthand the ripple effects of one part's actions on the whole team. This encourages you to be thoughtful and considerate to do what's best for the team instead of doing what’s best for you.
Apart from their cheer coach, cheerleaders can only rely upon each other for extra critique and help. This is obviously because there is a difference between being bossy and being helpful. Experienced cheerleaders know this. They know when and how to give constructive input to their team mates, and they are thankful for the comfort and support that their friends give them, also. Learning and growing together is a big standpoint of teamwork.