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Keep your cool during tryouts

Whether you’re trying out for cheer squad or the fall play, we’ve got three killer tips to help you knock out nerves…
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I know this is an old article, but the key is to just relax. If you appear calm and in control AND SMILE, you are fine. Just practice and smile. It doesn't matter how expirienced you are either. I haven't ever done cheer in my life, but I am captain of my squad. Just remember to relax, smile, and have fun.

by cheerfulcheer on 7/3/2012 10:12:48 PM


HEY ok so i guess you won't get this soon enough (because this article is pretty old) but i really need your help. I do public speaking at my school and tomorrow is my tornament. I'm really nervous because last year i did amazing (6 first places throughout the season!) but now i feel like everyone is expecting me to do just as good. I'm scared because I don't think i'll do as well but i don't know how to say it to them. Thanks sooooo much. Please try to reply! Smile

Dont worry! Thats so impressive you got that far. I wouldnt fret about everyone expecting a ton out of you. You sound amazing ans just do what youre good at and I'm sure youll be fine. Focus on your skills and doing your best and let the expectations fade away. No one will be disappointed in you no matter what you do. xoxo kerra 
Kerra S.

by sunshinestar106 on 11/18/2011 5:44:15 PM


Don't feel intimidated, just because they're older. My friend is in grade 9 and plays starting line up on the school field hockey team, while some of the grade 12s are bench warmers. Just do your best!

by kgirlpanda on 10/7/2011 6:21:50 PM


immediately !! Okay so i stayed home from school today bc i had some MAJOR legs cramps (they're still there) and tomorrow is our first football game of the season !! I know the dance for half time really well since i went to camp. But they're adding new moves and stunts to it that i don't know and i'm missing practice today ! I don't wanna sit out bc i LOVE that dance and i'm a flyer ! What should i do ?? I was thinking about asking my neighbor (my teams "manager") what it is but i'm afraid i'm not gonna learn it in time !! Help !):


Hey chica! I think you should only participate if your legs are feeling better. Don't force that type of activity on your body if it will only worsen the cramps. If you feel better, definitely try to get together with another cheer mate and have her teach you the moves. If you feel like you won't learn the moves in time, then see if you can do the moves you do know well, then sit out for the rest of the dance. 

Amalia E.

by lilgymnast11 on 9/14/2011 11:14:21 AM


MOD MOD MOD !!! What should I put in my school cosmetic bag? I already have deodorant, lip balm, a hair brush and I'm planning on adding perfume! You know, like a little cosmetic bag for gym and make up touch up. But what else do i need? School starts tomorrow!

Hey girl,

That's a great start! Personally, I would add a few hair ties, bobby pins, and mascara if you normally wear it. And then you'll be set!

And PLEASE do not repost your question as many times as you did. Once is enough - we will see it! Smile
Lauren C.

by orangey98 on 8/29/2011 7:29:30 PM


I'm in middle school and I have step team tryouts this Monday and since I've been stepping since 5th grade it's really easy but I still get nervous sometimes when performances come and when I have auditions. These tips helped a lot and now I'm actually really excited for Monday.

by MegaNinjaLuv on 8/27/2011 4:59:50 PM


hey are you a cheerleader??? if you are pls join my club CHEERLEADER'S CLUB!! we will talk about anything and evrything cheering!!

by pink and purple girl on 8/27/2011 3:53:20 PM


I just had high school cheer tryouts too. I lost my cool so many times but i kept trying and i didnt stop and i made it Smile

by mirandaeb on 8/26/2011 11:11:06 AM


i have volleyball tryouts soon... i feel the same way cuz i haven't been playing very long

by jjinhc on 8/26/2011 7:48:25 AM


Hey girls!
Do you need advice?
I'm here to help! (:
Just comment on my profile, and I'll comment on yours, asap!
I can give you advice on just about everything, soooo, comment please! (:


by facebooker1240 on 8/25/2011 11:10:13 PM


There is this boy who is 2 years older than me,he's on the honor role every semester,and he is also a fan of the same team as me,the Red Sox. I like how he doesn't try to dress "cool" and just dresses as he wants to. Anyway, I can't ever get myself to talk to him. I always get so nervous,how do I get myself to talk to him?

Hey girl, why not ask about a homework assignment? Find something to make small talk off of and just dare yourself to. Sometimes all it takes is a push ...

Alyssa B.

by MadMaddie911 on 8/25/2011 9:42:29 PM


Its so normal to be nervous and feel intimidated. Just remember its in your mind and if you can think about something else and just do as good as you can it may make you less anxious.

by luckykel on 8/25/2011 7:45:38 PM


I'm auditioning for the King and I soon!!! It's the biggest audition I've ever done, so I'm kinda nervous! Laughing

by skichick95 on 8/25/2011 7:42:04 PM


I'm freaking out!! My musical "Footloose" auditions are tomorrow and I'm losing my voice!! This is the only year where we can have lead parts in our school musicals and I'm really nervous :/ We have to act and sing a really hard song called "Let's Hear it For the Boy". HELP!

Hey girl, I'd suggest just resting your voice for the night and not panicking. Drink plenty of water and know you're going to be fine. Don't let jitters throw you off! You've got this.

Alyssa B.

by fireworks1071 on 8/25/2011 7:36:29 PM


hey im sooo scared to go back to school!! im going to be in 8th grade and the teacher i had last year is now my homeroom teacher. anyways she is sooo mean and when u ask her a question sometimes she rolled her eyes at me or she'll tell us to figure it out ourselves!!! i got b's in her class last year and it dosent help that she teaches my weakest subjects (math and social studies) i get good grades in my other classes..but i want to get better grades in her class this year, and she only likes the boys that are awesome in her class, any tips? sorry this is so long! thanks!!! Smile

Hey girlie, study hard and do the best that you possibly can in her class. Put extra work in so she won't have any reason to be mean to you. 
Lauren T.

by doggirl2298 on 8/25/2011 5:33:16 PM


Hey girls! Just wanted to call attention to my advice club, maggiedog. The Irish have a long history of wit, wisdom, and friendship, so why not an advice club? Advice for school, friends, growing up, family, tough stuff and serious situations, but also for the small stuff and having fun! Dia Dhuit and a thousand welcomes! Smile

by maggiedog on 8/25/2011 5:31:06 PM

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