Hey, Spirit Accessories fans! It is that time of year...Time to start preparing for Spring Cheer Tryouts! Are you trying out for the first time at your school? Are you looking for ways to take it to the next level from the JV to Varsity squad? We have some advice for you for the upcoming months!

1. APPEARANCE.

This means making smart clothing choices and having a genuine smile! It’s important to relax, be yourself, and have fun. Find out if there are clothing requirements and make sure you follow them; first impressions are everything! The clothes you pick should fit properly; baggy clothes look sloppy and wardrobe malfunctions are never pleasant. The key is to make sure that your clothes don't distract the judges from your skills. Don't forget your hair either! Make sure it is out of your face and that the judges can see your smile! Spirit Accessories has tons of options for your wardrobe, so don't forget to check out our Cheer Tops and Bottoms to look your best at tryouts!

2. GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP AND EAT HEALTHY.

In the months leading up to tryouts, make sure you get your sleep and eat right! Most importantly, the night before tryouts, get a good night's sleep. It will make a world of difference!

3. PRACTICE.

Train your skills early so you can master them before tryouts. Starting to practice for tryouts several months in advance is ideal. Spend time in a cheer gym, with coaches, and cleaning up jumps and tumbling skills. Sloppy toe-touches or back handsprings are going to cost you points.

4. DO YOUR HOMEWORK.

Different schools have different score sheets, so it is important to visit with the coach beforehand. See how the coach has the score sheet is weighted. You don't want to waste hours perfecting skills that are not necessary to make the team. This will make sure you focus on what is important to make the team instead! It is also super important that you Attend your tryout meeting. Take notes over requirements important deadlines for paperwork or fees. Some schools may require you to turn in teacher recommendations, medical releases, signed cheer constitutions, along with other various forms.

5. DONT WAIT.

Start now! Set goals for yourself leading up to tryouts. Write them down and put them in the place you will see them each day. The sooner you get started, the more confident you will be when it's time to get on the mat at tryouts.

For more tips and tricks from a Collegiate Coach, visit our YouTube channel! Amanda Snider, the Spirit Squad Director at the University of Tulsa, interviewed in our store and gave Spirit Accessories cheerleaders some great advice! To see the video, visit https://youtu.be/a6eSv3HO_5w