Published on October 21st, 2013 | Posted by: americancheer
All Access with Allison: Preparing for the First Performance
ROLL TIDE ROLL! It has been a GREAT season so far for the Crimson Tide and I am so proud of how football season is going. From running the team out to singing “Rammer Jammer” and “Yea Alabama” at the end of the game, I am enjoying every single minute! One of my favorite parts of game day is getting to tailgate with my family before the game. My friends and I always set up the tents the day before to get the perfect spot on the Quad (a huge area in the middle of campus where everyone tailgates). A couple of my friends’ parents and mine bring up tons of food, lights, a TV and chairs: the essentials for our tailgate. Lots of people stop by our tent to eat and watch other football games on our TV. Practicing extra for competition and cheering volleyball games has made it difficult to find time to go home this semester, so I love that my mom and dad are able to come see me! They are my biggest supporters and they even bought season tickets almost directly in front of where I cheer on the field. On game days, you will find my mom taking TONS of pictures of my team on the sidelines and on the Quad. I’ve been having so much fun this year; it’s hard to believe that there are only three more home games left! It makes me sad that my senior year is flying by so quickly, so I am trying to soak in every minute of it.
Speaking of time flying, our first performance is in two weeks! My team has been working very hard putting together our routine and we will have the first half and the cheer ready to show off at our performance. We have been pushing ourselves more than ever before with workouts and extra practices, but I can tell that my team wants this opportunity so much to show everyone what we can do. Just in the last couple of weeks we have learned new baskets and placed a lot of emphasis on perfecting our tumbling. Our stunt sequences are also coming along. About a week ago, we did the opening of the routine along with the stunt sequence and everyone hit! While it was just a small part of the routine, the feeling of achieving that goal was just a sample of what we can accomplish. In that moment, everyone was smiling and happy at what we had learned in such a small amount of time. The whole team is also being pushed to try new skills and positions and it is great to see the amount of positive encouragement my team is providing. With nationals about three months away, we are really focusing on hitting the difficult skills we want to put in the routine. I can tell that it is going to be a challenging routine for everyone, but our goal is to hit the entire first half of our routine in a couple of weeks at our first performance.
Life outside of cheer has been pretty busy lately also. Studying, midterms and work have been occupying most of my free time! Since it’s my senior year, classes are harder than ever before and I feel like every moment I‘m not cheering, I’m studying. I do, however, manage to set aside time to watch my favorite TV shows: The Walking Dead, New Girl, American Horror Story and Glee. Usually I take that time to hang out with my roomies and relax a little bit, but with a test and the GRE next week, I may have to let the DVR hold some of those shows for me.
Well, it is finally feeling like fall and I’m off to grab a pumpkin spice latte! So until next time, ROLL TIDE!
- Allison Terrell