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Staying in Shape this Summer

Just because it's summer, doesn't mean you can't still train! Here are a few tips and tricks from TCU Cheerleader and former Sideline Spirit athlete, Megan B. about how she stays in shape for game day in the fall.

1. STAY HYDRATED - It is extremely important that you get plenty of fluids during these hot summer days, especially if you are working out. Fun fact...You lose a under a liter of water daily when it evaporates from the skin. This amount can increase dramatically when you sweat profusely due to vigorous workouts or high body temperature. Without water, it is hard for our bodies to perform to our best potential!

2. STAY FLEXIBLE - Stretching for a few minutes each day helps to loosen your muscles. When your muscles are tight, then this can increase the risk of injuries. This also prevents extreme amounts of soreness when you return to normal practices. I try to stretch every day for at least ten minutes to keep up my flexibility.

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Happy summer

and happy training!

- Megan B.

3. KEEP UP THE CARDIO - In games, you are constantly moving and cheering on your team. You can make this easier on yourself by doing workouts that include getting your heart rate up. I think jumping rope and running are really helpful.

4. REVIEW - It is important to review whatever material you know. Whether it is a few chants or cheers from the previous year or tryouts, it helps your team as a whole and you individually. The more you practice, the better your team looks on the sidelines. I like to practice super sharp motions in the mirror or have a friend video me so I can critique myself.

Why Choose Sideline Spirit?

Hey there, it’s Coach Jesse! Just a little about me…I cheered at the University of Houston for three years and have traveled all over Texas teaching summer camps and choreography to many school teams. Sideline Spirit is unlike any gym that I have worked for in all my seven years of coaching. Why? Sideline Spirit pushes their athletes to lead on AND beyond the sidelines. From our awesome coaching staff that teach athletes what it means to be a cheerleader, to our involvement in the community, many soon discover why Sideline is answer for all of their cheerleading needs.

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…is unlike any gym that I have worked for in all my seven years of coaching. Sideline Spirit pushes their athletes to lead on AND beyond the sidelines.

Sideline Spirit has been around for the past 5 years and has been steadily growing. We host classes for every aspect of cheerleading and with our elite coaching staff, we can help your athlete excel. Motions, jumps, dance, stunts and tumbling are just a few of the classes that you can experience when you come to Sideline. Within no time, you’ll see that we work hard, but have a great time doing so. We also like to keep our classes small enough so that we can guarantee that each athlete will receive the one-on-one training they need to get great results. Not to mention, you’re going to love our coaches! All of our staff have been cheering for years and many have cheered at the collegiate and/or professional level for teams that include the University of Houston, Sam Houston State University, the Houston Texans, Houston Astros, and even the USA National Cheer team.

At Sideline Spirit, we also love to host fun events like Open Gym where your athletes can come have free time to work on whatever skills they want each month at their own pace. If you’re looking for something with more structure, you should check out our summer camps and annual tryout prep clinics like Operation Tryout and FIRST !5. Operation Tryout is a clinic where we simulate the cheer tryout process to prepare all high school and middle school tryout candidates for the big day. This event typically takes place in February. FIRST 15 is another S! favorite and is offered the week of your athlete’s cheer tryouts. This event is open to the FIRST 15 people that sign-up and will give your athlete private floor time and the opportunity to work with our experienced coaching staff to clean and polish their tryout material. Many parents believe that Operation Tryout and FIRST 15 help give their athlete the confidence that they need each year to make the team. These are just a few of the events that set us apart from other gyms in the area.

Over the years, we have found that many cheerleading gyms focus on gaining quick skills instead of technique. At Sideline, we not only care about technique, but we also want to keep your athlete safe and help them gain the confidence they need to perform those skills. Therefore, we teach proper progression in every class be it stunts or tumbling.

We also know how expensive cheerleading can be, so we have made our classes and events affordable so that you can save on cost without compromising on quality of service.

For these reasons and many more, I hope you choose Sideline Spirit for all of your cheerleading needs.

It's time for you to bring it on!

It’s time for you to bring it on! Tryout season is here and there is no stopping it. For some, this is your first time to every tryout and for others this could be your last. You may think it gets easier the more years you tryout, but the nervousness will always be there. You just need to figure out a way to control it.

Sideline Spirit has been packed with classes and events since January to get you ready for those tryout jitters. From motion tech to dance classes, we break down the sport of cheerleading into specific segments. This allows us focus on one aspect at a time and help the athletes perfect their skills. We hope everyone who attends Sideline feels ready to tackle tryout day.

We have all heard the saying “practice makes perfect.” So, make sure that you practice every chance that you get. Yell those words in the car on the ride to school, work on the dance during commercial breaks at home and hit those sharp motions in the mirror while you’re getting ready for school in the morning. Take those free moments to perfect your skills and fight for your spot on the sideline. When tryout day arrives, just remember to take it one section at a time. Don’t focus on the cheer if you have to do the dance next. Don’t rush your jumps if you need a second to breathe. Take a second to breathe. This is your chance to show the judges why YOU deserve a spot on that team. Don’t focus on what skills someone else has. What is important is that you work on perfecting your strengths and improving your weaknesses. If you mess up, keep going. Show the judges that you won’t let a bump in the road slow you down. Be confident. Be courageous. Be fierce. Be you.Finally, when you hear your number called, it’s time to give it all you got! Straighten that bow one last time, show your bright smile, and place your arms tight and clean by your side. Get ready…it’s tryout time!

Since we've been gone...

Hey everyone! Since our last blog post, a million exciting things have happened here at Sideline. From moving to a new and more spacious location, to hosting events every month; we have been tackling everything coming our way and are happy to share it with you! Our new location is great, with more room for classes and school team practices. Something new we are starting at Sideline is #TeamTuesday. #TeamTuesday is where we dedicate time to helping out school teams with all of their cheerleading needs. Teams can sign-up for customizable training sessions with our experienced coaching staff.

Operation Tryout, First 15 and many more events are coming your way and filling up fast! Operation Tryout is our 2-day clinic that takes place February 23-24, 2019 from 1-6pm (a few weeks before tryouts). The clinic gives athletes an opportunity to experience the tryout process before their actual tryout as they learn new choreography and experience a mock tryout in front of experienced judges. FIRST 15 is another tryout prep favorite that we can’t wait to tell you about! So, every week during the months of February, March, April and May, Sideline Spirit will offer 15 lucky individuals the opportunity to have private floor time to train for their school cheer tryouts. Athletes will benefit from this exclusive and more personalized open gym experience as our coaches offer helpful critiques on tryout material and guidance for their upcoming tryout. Slots are filling up fast, so don’t delay. Register online at gosidelinespirit.com.

Thanks for reading this month’s blog post, and be sure to follow along for the inside Sideline scoop on all of your school cheerleading needs. For more information on S! news and upcoming events, subscribe to our monthly newsletter by visiting the homepage of our website (gosidelinespirit.com) and scrolling to the bottom of the page. Until next time…cheers!

Beyond the Sidelines: It's Time for Tryouts

There is something that needs to be said about the confidence, discipline, and courage it takes to try out for a school cheerleading team.  These athletes gather their skills and apply them all in one setting and hope that they performed well enough to impress those that were grading them.  Being on the side of the candidate, here's a little insight on what happens.  You prep all week before. You learn the material, practice that material until you are practically doing it in your dreams. The words of the cheers and chants replace those of your favorite songs or the ones that play on the radio far too often.  Your thighs are red with hand prints from cleaning as tightly as you can.  Your voice is raspy because you’re trying to yell from your diaphragm so mom stops picking on you.  You know it is out of love so you bear with her and yell a little bit louder because it’ll just make you a better cheerleader in the long run.  The night before you lay out your things and try to get a good night’s rest!  School that day could not be any longer.  The classes seem to drag on and every moment closer is a moment that you get more antsy and more nerves start to find their way in.  When that happens, this is my suggestions to you!

For me, I went through all of the clinic material that I didn’t know very well in my head.  Whether it was my tumbling pass, what exactly I was going to say for my spiriting, or when I needed to remember to breathe so that I didn’t choke up on my words during the cheer.  I would start from the moment I walked into the tryout and play it in my head all the way to the end because I knew that if I could see it, then I could do it! That is my biggest tip to you when trying out because your mind HAS TO know that you are capable of your skills to assure your body of the same thing when your nerves kick in!

When you are standing outside waiting to go in and show your skills, find the person that you were paired with and go through the chant only a handful of times!  You do NOT need to overwhelm yourself because I know that YOU know it better than you think that you do!  Then while you wait, whether you’re first, somewhere in the middle, or last, find the person you have the best time with and find silly things to talk and laugh about to ease your minds.  Find anything other than cheer to occupy your minds!

Then lastly, when your number is called, take a deep breath.  Tighten your hair, fix your bow and your number, and tell yourself OUT LOUD the one thing that you need to hear!  “You know your stuff!” “You have these skills solid!” “I’m going to show them how badly I want this!”  Then do EVERYTHING with the most confidence that you can because the judges don’t know your material.  The only way that they will know that you mess up is if your face shows it.  So chin up and if you mess up, then mess up with confidence and keep going!

We, here at Sideline Spirit, have so much faith in your abilities! So go out there, have fun, and prove to yourself that you can do this!

Written by: Autumn-Rose Gregory