How to Prepare the Night Before a Cheer Competition

Competition season can be difficult for everyone. It’s not only physically exhausting, it’s emotionally and mentally draining, too.  From the long practices to the sore muscles, competitive cheerleading is an all-encompassing sport.  Whether you are a first-timer or a competition veteran, there are a few things all cheerleaders should do the night before a competition to prepare. And luckily for you, we’ve prepared the perfect list to prepare you for the big day!

Get Your Beauty Sleep

I know it sounds cliche, but it couldn’t be truer! There isn’t enough adrenaline in the world to fight off yawns. It can be tough to sleep the night before a competition, but try your best to get as much rest as possible. If you are well-rested, you’re less likely to make a mistake.

Plan Your Route

How are you getting to the competition venue? Whether you are carpooling, taking the team bus or driving yourself, make sure you’ve planned out enough time to get there. Cushion your time. Make sure to account for traffic, parking, and other issues that could arise. The last thing that you want to happen is to arrive late – then you’d really be stressed!

Pack in Advanced

Let’s face it, there’s a lot you need to remember to pack for competition weekends. Most importantly, your uniform and cheer shoes. Could you imagine, showing up to a competition without your uniform? What a nightmare! The best way to make sure you don’t forget anything is to make a checklist.  Some things to include on your checklist:

  • Uniform — duh.
  • Cheer shoes & socks
  • Competition bow
  • Makeup
  • Hairspray
  • Comb/teasing brush
  • Lotion
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair ties
  • Change of clothes
  • Team shirt
  • Camera
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks — because you get hungry while you’re waiting!
  • Pain reliever
  • Stain remover pen — this one can be a life savor.

Have Fun and Believe In Yourself

Competitions are rough for everyone, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Because the second you get on that mat, everything else washes away and all that’s left is you and your team having fun. Never let the stress of a competition affect your positive attitude.

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