Published on July 23rd, 2013 | Posted by: Jessica Baker
5 6 7 8 – ORGANIZE!
It’s almost time to hit the sidelines. And for a cheerleader this means the busiest time of the year – football season! Being a cheerleader is a full time job and not an easy task when you’re starting a new year with a new team.
Start your season off right by keeping your cheer life organized. With practices, games and homecoming in your near future – you need all the help you can get to stay on top of your game!
5 – Things to keep in mind
- Take one day at a time – Don’t let your schedule overwhelm you.
- Make To Do lists – Break down your tasks, to make them much easier to manage.
- Work ahead – Procrastination will add to your stress, so don’t wait until the last minute.
- It’s okay to ask for help – If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask a teammate or friend. They will be happy to help you.
- Get into a routine – After you develop an organization plan that works for you – stick with it!
6 – Tips for Keeping an Organized Schedule
- Create a Cheer Binder
- Any time a document is handed out at practice, put it in your Cheer Binder.
- Print the words for your team’s cheers and chants.
- Print monthly calendar pages with space for notes. Then take notes at practice!
- Keep a contact list of all your teammates.
- Utilize technology – Learn to use the organization apps on your cell phone. Ex: iPhone: Reminders and Calendar (Set alerts for games and practices.)
- Reduce clutter – If you don’t need it, toss it! Only keep items that you need and will use. Clutter only makes organization more difficult.
7 – Organization “Must Haves”
- Cheer Binder
- Personal Calendar (That fits in your purse or bag)
- Post-it Notes
- Wite-Out Tape
- Mini Stapler/Paper Clips
- Portable cell phone charger/extra battery pack
8 – Team Organization Tips
- Decorate Cheer Binders as a Team – this is a fun team bonding activity and then everyone can have them at practice to take notes!
- Team Leaders – most teams have captains, but having team leaders or delegating duties is a very helpful tool. Having different people in charge of calling cheers, transporting props, or sending out uniform reminders – helps reduce stress.
- Be Early – When your coach tells you to be at practice at 5:00pm, show up ten minutes early to make sure you have everything you need for practice.
- Know your Material – By showing up to practice ready to go, you and your team will have more time to clean and perfect your material. Have a friend video the material for you to reference before practice.
- Create a Team Facebook Page – Everyone is involved in Social Media! Creating a Team Page, information can be shared quickly and accessed at all times. Just make sure you set your group settings to private.
- Download a Group Message App – There are a lot of apps out there for large groups to use for free! It’s like text messaging, but between many people at once. This is a great way to share information.
- Plan Ahead – Use the calendar in your Cheer Binders to plan pep-rallies, homecomings and game day routines in advance. By setting deadlines and having a plan, you will create more time to practice.
- BE PRESENT AND BE ACCOUNTABLE – When your coach or team members are talking, pay attention. It is easy to get distracted and use practice as a social hour, but by being an active listener and participating in the conversation, you will make practice much more effective!