The Six W’s By: Tayler Easton
Work Will Win When Wishing Won’t.
These six simple words are the difference between contenders and pretenders. We are smack dab in the middle of competition season, and it is so important to remember champions are made at practice. If you are a high school competitive cheerleader, you probably attended a regional and maybe even received a bid for nationals. All Star Cheerleaders have been competing at various local competitions, and it’s time to start competing on the national stage. If you’ve already received your bid to the competition you have been working for, great! However, now is not the time to relax. While you are relaxing, someone out there is working to win.
Around the holidays, it’s easy to just lie around since school is out. Just because school ended doesn’t mean cheerleading did! Even if you don’t have practice, you should still be conditioning and eating right. Sure, it’s okay to indulge every now and then over the holidays, who doesn’t?! But, try and find a friend and make a pact to push each other to work out and eat right over the holidays. Try to go to some tumbling classes if possible so you are still confident in your skills when you come back. There is nothing worse than having digressing from where you left off before break.
Now that you have your bid, it’s not time to relax. It’s time to step it up. Slowly start adding in more difficult elements that will positively influence your scores. Remember that execution is the key to success, and to only compete skills you know you can hit 10 out of 10 times! Bring something to the table that no one else has done yet. If you are in high school, the new inversion rules give you so much room for creativity in your stunts, so come up with something that will “WOW” everyone! This is your time to make a difference in your season. Don’t just hope to win the title, WORK to win the title when others won’t.