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Published on August 13th, 2014 | by Ashley Draper

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Lead the Crowd, Rule the Sidelines

It’s the first football game of the season. The stadium is packed. The game is tied with 10 seconds left and your team is on defense. Who can muster up enough noise to regain possession and help lead the team to victory? The cheerleaders of course! Use these spirit raising techniques to lead the crowd and rule the sidelines this fall.

1. Be Loud
Together as a team, cheerleaders can use their voices to inspire the crowd to rally together! One person alone only sounds like noise, whereas a joint effort with clear intentions of yelling a single phrase together can impact the outcome of a game. The next time your football team is in the red zone, begin a slow chant. As you continue, grow louder and more energetic!

2. Be Sharp
Want to help your fans yell the words to your cheers at the right time? Be sharp! Hitting your motions together on exact words will give your fans visual timing to yell with you. Sharp signs will keep the rhythm and pace of sidelines, so even the students in the highest bleachers can shout the words at the right time.

3. Be Personable
One factor that gives all cheerleaders an extra edge is being personable. Chances are that the same parents, teachers and students will show up at every game and sit in the same section; this is your chance to make your own raving fans! Learn your fans’ names and make it a point to go say hello before the game starts or during halftime. You’ll be spending several hours cheering with them, so it’s a great idea to know who they are.

To see more game day tips, download our Back to School issue.

by: Ashley Draper
photo by: Chris Reilly

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