Cheerleading tryouts approaching for 2018-2019 year

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With Canfield cheerleading tryouts approaching, new and returning cheerleaders are getting excited about their opportunities to cheer for 2018-19 sporting events.

Now is the time for anyone interested in trying out to get information and to start to prepare by developing and improving on their existing skills or learning new ones.

If you are new to the cheerleading program and are nervous about trying out, head coach Ashley Gibbs explains the tryout process as well as provides a few pointers and tips to ease your nerves.

According to Gibbs, “The tryout process consists of three days of cheer clinics (May 8, 9, 10 form 3:15 – 5:15)  followed by formal evaluations (May 12th at 8am). At clinics, candidates will be taught 3 sideline cheers, a main cheer, a dance, jumps, and the fight song.”

For “newbies” Coach Gibbs suggests to “come to clinics with a positive attitude! Show that you want to be a Canfield Cardinal Cheerleader. We encourage new candidates of each grade level to join us at clinics. Even if you haven’t cheered before we encourage you to show us your spirit and potential. I would also point out that sometimes initiative is more important than raw talent. New skills can always be taught, but having a positive attitude is just as important.”

For anyone interested in trying out, according to Gibbs, cheerleaders are judged on the following: “Overall cheer ability which includes motion placement and sharpness, rhythm, voice control, overall execution of each cheer and dance, and spirit/ enthusiasm. Additionally, we are looking for candidates who have a positive attitude, a good work ethic, and individuals who show initiative, leadership and are an overall good representation of the Canfield community.”

To determine your final tryout score, Coach Ashley said, “Your athleticism while performing, in addition to tumbling, knowing the words to Canfield’s Alma Mater and Fight Song, coach evaluations for returning girls and teacher evaluations for all candidates determines your placement and score.”

Returning cheerleaders are also getting excited for tryouts. Upcoming seniors shared their thoughts on tryouts and how this excites them for the upcoming seasons.

Isabella Audia says “Cheer tryouts are always really fun and exciting because we learn so much content and get to meet all the upcoming freshmen and new girls. Cheer tryouts also gets me really excited for the season to start because the beginning of summer is when cheer camp takes place and also is the start of stunting season.”

No matter how much experience you have, you are always welcome at cheer clinics. If you are interested in trying out, attending the pre-tryout meeting (Wednesday, May 2nd at 7pm in high school cafeteria) is a great idea. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Mrs.Gibbs in her classroom, room 203 or by emailing her at [email protected]

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