Cheer Blog

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Ask an elite athlete in any sport how they achieved success and they’ll tell you they had high expectations for their success and got where they are today by setting goals and working hard. Cheer Sport Shark athletes develop a set of goals as a team and individually, guided every step of the way by our coaching staff. What can you do to prepare to meet those goals?

If it feels like a workout in hot, humid weather is way harder than in an air-conditioned gym, that’s because it is! Your body cools you down by increasing the flow of blood through your skin and by producing sweat. The hotter your workout environment is, the harder your body has to work to do that, and even the most highly trained athlete will feel the difference. But that doesn’t mean you have to avoid outdoor exercise in the summer. Here’s what you should know before you head outside.

For many young athletes, their season to shine takes place during the school year, with a grand finish somewhere around April or May. In August and September the fun starts up again, but what’s an athlete to do with a couple of months of down time?

Positive attitudes.

Cheerleading began as a way to pump up the crowd and the team at sporting events, and that positivity leads the way in competitive and recreational cheerleading today. You’ll hear coaches provide constructive criticism packed with support for the athletes mentally as well as physically, teammates lifting each other up through challenges and sharing the joy in individual successes, and families uniting as they band together on the sidelines during practices, competitions, and performances. The power of positivity in the cheerleading world is truly JAWsome!

It’s hard to believe that another season of competition has almost come to a close, but that means it’s time for all of our gyms to burst with the excitement of May tryouts! If you’re new to our family or a returning Shark, spark some good cheer with these JAWsome reasons to be a Cheer Sport Shark!

Cheer Sport Sharks have been active members of the cheerleading community since 2003. Over our many years interacting with athletes from across the country, we have had the pleasure to watch thousands of children blossom as they progress through their cheerleading goals with their team members and coaches. The transferable skills gained by Cheer Sport Shark athletes gain are abilities they can rely on right into adulthood. Here are a few reasons why we believe joining the Cheer Sport Shark family is a benefit to any childhood.

Making a safe, strong return to sport after an athlete has been hurt requires physical rehabilitation as well as mental preparation. How your mind thinks about your next move is equally important as how your body works when you head back to the gym. It may sound strange when it was only your body that got hurt, but your body and mind are a team, so focus on making sure both are strong as you come back from an injury.

You’ve heard over and over again that it’s important to eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes lean proteins, healthy fats, fibre, lots of vegetables and fruit. And you’ve experienced how much easier it is to approach a training session with a positive mindset and leave the mat on a high note after a day of healthy meal options. But why?

You know them, you love them, and you want to be one! But do you really know what it means to be a Great White Shark?

When you’ve got a competition coming up, start your packing list early so that you don’t have anything to stress about! Whether you’re a cheer sport athlete packing for yourself, or you’re packing on behalf of one, follow our tips so that on competition day you can focus on having fun.

Someone once said that having a child is like deciding to let your heart walk around outside your body. And if you’re a cheer parent whose heart is about to walk into a big competition, you’re probably feeling the truth of that statement right now.

In a word: yes! It is never too late to learn how to cheer.

Consider the Canadian National Co-Ed team, winners of the bronze medal at the World Championships this past April: of its 27 members, only six started cheering before high school.

Youth and Teens who are part of competitive team sports learn early on how to balance a fulfilling schedule. They have practice, training, and performance plus school, family time, and a social life. Seems like a lot to take on, but a positive attitude and realistic scheduling can make it all possible. Often it’s the parents and guardians who face the greatest challenge.

You already know that physical activity is a great support for mental as well as physical health, and that participating in recreational and professional sports also provides boosted confidence and perseverance to the athletes.

Cheer Sport Sharks of all levels have the opportunity to perform in front of an audience, whether it’s in local competition, national, international, or for our family and friends. It’s such a blast to get up in front of a crowd and show everyone how much fun cheer sport is! The best way to have your best performance is to have fun.

As the excitement of Tryout season approaches, we often receive questions from new cheer families as well as experienced athletes who are new to our gym or advancing to a new level. We’ve collected several of the most frequently asked questions here.

No pain, no gain: it seems true enough. The right amount of stress is good for your body. You get a bit of an adrenaline rush when you push yourself to finish your workout or challenge your mind with a difficult book, but too much of a good thing can make it a bad thing. Too much pain, and (we think) you’ll lose the gains you’ve made in the past.

You did it! You tried out and you made it. Yay! We’re so excited about the new members of our Sharks family. It took courage to try out for a new sport (or come back for another season) and we want to sincerely congratulate you. (You’re awesome!) And what better way to welcome you to the team than to share some cheer wisdom.

Take a look at these excellent tips!

B-E aggressive! … Not.

Cheerleaders are athletes who push their bodies to the limit day in and day out. With the intense training that comes with our sport, sometimes comes injuries in many different forms. With the competition season, just around the corner, now is NOT the time to get hurt. And to be honest, there never is a good time to get hurt. But when injuries happen the focus needs to be on getting better properly and fully, not quickly. We talked with Tanya Doerr, a Registered Physiotherapist and Owner of CheerMed Rehabilitation on Injury Prevention and Care to help athletes and parents stay smart for the cheer season.

The time is near for our first competition of the season! We asked Coach Jo to help give parents the upper hand when it comes to competition day for the cutest Sharks we have – our Tiny and Mini teams! Coach Jo is a pro when it comes to this age group and she has years of knowledge to share to help make cheer and competitions fun and stress free! Get to know more about Coach Jo and what tips she has to make your cheer life with a tiny or mini shark just that little bit easier!

Registration is NOW OPEN for our three amazing winter camps at Cheer Sport Sharks!

Join us over the winter break to continue to develop your tumbling skills for the New Year or to fall in love with something new. We have three great camps to choose from whether you are brand new to cheer or a cheer veteran.

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year. COMPETITION TIME! All of the hard work, the many hours of practice, the sweat and tears all come down to two and a half minutes to showcase the best that you can do. It sounds stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Competitions are about more than winning and trophies. They are about showing everyone what you have worked so hard for and what you and your team can do when you work together!

Come join us for a spooky night of open tumbling, a Halloween themed movie and activities.

We have all heard the expression “You are what you eat”. Food is important to all of us, we need it to fuel our bodies and help them grow.  In Part Two of our Focus on Food, we talked with Trish Clarke, Cheer Sport Sharks coach and bodybuilding athlete, on specific ways for cheerleaders to make the right food choices for practice and competition days.

We have all heard the expression “You are what you eat”. Food is important to all of us; we need it to fuel our bodies and help them grow. But with a full schedule trying to balance work, school, family and fun – sometimes healthy food can take a back seat, especially for athletes. In Part One of our Focus on Food, we talked with Trish Clarke, Cheer Sport Sharks coach and bodybuilding athlete, on the importance of healthy food choices. Trish offered some tips to make it easy for parents AND athletes to make the right choices.

Do you want to be a better tumbler? Read what Coach J has to say on the importance of understanding and mastering tumbling basics and having the patience to do things the right way.

Now that summer practices are over, the cheer season can officially begin! Routines are being choreographed, the intensity of practice is increasing and the first competition of the season is just around the corner. For a new cheer parent, this can be a very busy and stressful time. But fear not, you not alone and we are here to help!

Sadly, the season of Cheer Squad has come to an end! We have Coach Ali with us to talk about the final performance and her thoughts on the season.

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