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Preparation is the key to doing well at your high school cheerleading tryouts. The days of walking into a tryout with nothing more than a smile and a good attitude are, for the most part, over.
The first thing you need to do is check with either the high school cheerleading coach or the school's website as to what exactly are the requirements for making the team. Many high school teams now participate in cheerleading competitions in addition to doing sideline cheering at football games, so they may require that their members have tumbling skills, such as back handsprings or tucks. If you don't have these skills, you should definitely consider taking tumbling classes at a cheerleading gym.
It is also important to check with the school during the spring months before you actually want to try out for the high school cheerleading team because some coaches offer tumbling clinics and other gym time during the summer. These sessions are a good way for a prospective cheerleader to get to know the coaches and other students that are or will be on the team. It will also give you an idea of the skills you will need to work on, if any, to make the team.
Don't be afraid to talk to past and present cheerleaders about what they believe the coaches are looking for in a new prospect. For instance, some teams are interested in girls with tight motions. If so, use the weeks before tryouts to work on tightening up your arm motions.
The more you learn about a high school team, its coaches and its squad members, the better prepared you can be for tryout day, and the better your chances will be of making the team.