Cheerleading is a very well-known sport, rich in history and tradition. However, it’s not right for everyone. How do you know if it’s the right fit for your child? Many children go into sports just to find that they dread each practice and game. Before your child heads off to build a pyramid, here are some ways to tell if cheerleading would be a good fit.

Cheerleading is a very well-known sport, rich in history and tradition. However, it’s not right for everyone. How do you know if it’s the right fit for your child? Many children go into sports just to find that they dread each practice and game. Before your child heads off to build a pyramid, here are some ways to tell if cheerleading would be a good fit.

Benefits

The benefits of cheerleading for children are quite numerous. For instance, it allows them the chance to build lasting friendships with kids their own age. It also encourages them to stay active and physically fit. Cheering can help ease a shy or hesitant child out of the background by giving that child a sense of pride and confidence by learning how to perform in front of an audience. Not to mention the pride that comes with perfecting a new move, or memorizing a new cheer.

Apparel

Cheerleading apparel can also be a fun aspect of the sport. Youth cheerleading uniforms, including cheer spankies, are becoming so professional looking that it’s no wonder that kids want to be cheerleaders if for no other reason than the cool uniforms they get to show off in the halls. If the “looks” and popularity of a sport are important to your child, cheering has one of the best.

Cost

But cheerleading also has its drawbacks. Like many uniformed sports, it can get expensive; thus, many families will find it hard for more than one of their children to be a cheerleader at the same time. The expense would be lessened, of course, if you make the most of fundraising activities.

If you are considering competition cheerleading, then the expense can become even greater. You have to account for hotel stays and the expenses that come with traveling. Not to mention any additional training your child will need to be able to make a competition team. For example, to perfect that back hand spring they may need the help of a professional, and that can add expense.

Dedication

Cheering also encompasses a whole family. It may be your child that is the cheerleader, but be prepared for it to take up many weekends and evenings. The impact depends on each individual family, but it’s another aspect that needs to be considered when deciding if cheering is right for your child. It also has to be right for the supporting parents and siblings. If dedicating yourself both in time and money, or committing your whole family to the success of your child isn’t possible, the sport may have to wait until a time at which your family can fully support it.

All in all, cheerleading is a wonderful sport that can benefit your child greatly both physically and emotionally by building up of their self-esteem, teamwork, and coordination. If your budget and your family can handle the engaging sport of cheerleading, your child can benefit by a sport that focuses on strength, health, and personal confidence.

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