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Top 5 Things I, as a Coach, Look for in a High School Cheerleader

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Cheerleading. Why “cheerleading” isn’t considered a word is beyond me. My spellchecker always wants to make it cheer-leading or cheerleader. I try to abide by my spellchecker as much as I can, but I just can’t on this one. I will always write it incorrectly as “cheerleading.” Make it a word already, Merriam-Webster Online.

Now that I’ve finished my rant, cheerleading is my main hobby. It consumes most of my free time. I volunteer coach, and manage, the cheer program for my town’s youth league (that would be the black and red “Jackson” logo on the left). And I’m an assistant coach at one of my town’s two high schools (see the lion head logo on the right). There was once a time when cheerleading only spanned a few months out of the year. That time no longer exists. Now I’m lucky if I get one month off. But I can’t really complain–I love this damn sport (and yes, I also incorrectly call it a sport). Cheerleading is my abusive relationship.  Continue reading Top 5 Things I, as a Coach, Look for in a High School Cheerleader