Training and events are a sure thing for cheerleading squads, whether you’re flying out of state to a competition, driving to a training facility, or performing on your home turf. While these events can be exciting, it can also be stressful. It’s important to plan ahead and prepare for the event to ensure the squad is safe. Use The Cheerleading Guide to Training, Event and Travel Safety to help you prepare for your next squad trip!
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As squads advance in skills, many times they may need to train at an offsite location, rather than just the school gym. It’s important to follow all the rules of the facility, which will be different from school rules.
Even though your team feels safe on home turf, there are still serious incidents that can occur if proper safety measures aren’t followed. Even at a home game, it’s important to establish communication and emergency protocol to ensure the safety of the squad and the fans. Check with your school to see what security measures are taken during games.
At an away game, the sidelines are unfamiliar and the crowds are large and intense. A squad should always check with the administration on safety guidelines. It’s important for a coach and squad to familiarize themselves with the lay of the land, from the sidelines of the field or gym to the emergency exits, bathrooms, and locker rooms.
On the Sidelines
Once you’ve arrived at the field or gym (whether you’re at a home or away game), run through a check list of safety precautions, including ensuring the surface of the sidelines is clean and suitable for stunts. Plan ahead and find a suitable warm-up area that’s not in the way of the players.
Traveling for Cheer
During competition season, traveling is unavoidable. It’s important for the coach to remain organized when planning the trip, from transportation and hotel accommodations to back-up and emergency plans in case of an accident or injury.
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With a background in dance and gymnastics, Melissa takes on the world of cheer as an editor for Cheerleading Blog and CheerLiving Magazine. She is a born and bred Californian and a lifelong book enthusiast. When not reading, she religiously watches The Soup. Melissa is obsessed with her orange cat, cinnamon rolls, and scented candles.