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Cheerleading is so much more than waving and bouncing poms poms while spelling out your team's name. Cheerleaders need to be fit.

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Cheerleaders need to be flexible and ideally have flexibility like a gymnast. Make sure you work on your flexibility by stretching every day.

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A good cheerleader will smile even when their team loses. No matter how badly your team is performing or how difficult the stunt you're performing is.

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If you're going to be a great cheerleader, you need to make the most of your pipes. It's no good being a great mover if you don't express your joy.

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Have a friend video you performing your cheerleading skills. This will enable you to look at your skills and see where you need to improve.

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Keep your movements tight, and snap them into place. A good cheerleader's moves are always tight and rigid, not loose and limp.

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Cheerleading has its own vocabulary so it's best to get up to scratch with all the terms for all the steps as soon as possible.

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If you've never performed in public, now is the time to start. Start by performing your steps in front of friends and family so you get used to people.

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Don't do anything you don't feel comfortable doing. Be prepared to try things, of course, but don't force yourself to do something you haven't done yet.

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Remember, cheerleading is first and foremost about having fun. Yes, there are competitions that you can compete in and the expectations.