Most girls dream about becoming part of a cheerleading squad.

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Most girls dream about becoming part of a cheerleading squad. Cheerleading always looks like so much fun. You see the cheers at games and the flashy routines at competition. Everything looks great, until you realize what you're getting yourself into. Being a cheerleader isn't always the easiest thing in the world.

A lot of work is put into being a cheerleader. Those complicated routines aren't learned in a couple of minutes. There are practices for hours, and usually more than one per week. All of the stunts have to be just perfect so that the person in the air doesn't fall, so the bases have to be very strong. Practice makes perfect. That's for sure when it comes to stunting, it's one of the most difficult parts of cheerleading. Having girls fall from the air is not something fun. If they are not thrown right they can fall the wrong way and either hurt themselves or someone else.

'A squad is only as good as its weakest member'. We constantly hear this at every practice. When people mess up and things aren't going like they should, the girls on the team start to get mad. People start getting stressed and they want to quit. It is very important that you are on the squad because you really want to be. You have to want to be there to win. If you aren't there because you want to and you have a bad attitude, then the whole squad suffers.

Having fun, or at least looking like you are, is one of the key things to being a cheerleader. If you are having a good day or a bad one, it doesn't matter. The second the game starts, or you go on to perform, you must have a smile on your face. Cheerleaders get the crowd spirited at rallies, at school, and at the games. If you don't look good at the events that you cheer at your peers will let you know. They will through things and say nasty remarks behind your backs or even to your face. But then again, if you're good then your peers will let you know and they will cheer with you and actually get into it.

Being a cheerleader should not be about being popular, or just wearing the cute uniform. Cheerleaders are not picked because of appearances, but for how well they preform. There are a lot of stereotypes for cheerleaders. The thing that pops into most minds, is a stuck-up, mean, ditzy, anorexic blonde. The truth is that cheerleaders are not like that at all. We are here to win and to have fun. All of those judgments are false.

Cheerleading is more than what most people think. It takes a lot of practice and effort. But most of the time it's just really fun!