Why use a pre-comp checklist?
Anyone who knows me could tell you that I am a bit of a checklist addict. This is purely for the reason that without a good thorough checklist, I would be lost, disorganised, and most probably late for everything, all of the time. This is particularly true in the case of cheerleading competitions, as anyone who has cheered will know, there is so much to do. Below, is an exhaustive list of everything I have on my cheerleading checklist. It ranges from the pre-competition hair and make up, to all the bits and bobs I take with me in my trustee cheer bag. You may want to read the whole way through from start to finish, skim through it for ideas, or even print it out, stick it on your wall and use it when you get ready for nationals like I do. I hope I've managed to cover everything in this article, but in the interests of exhaustive lists, which are my ultimate goal in life (please realise this is a joke), please do leave a comment with anything I have missed, and rest assured I shall keep it updated.
The week or night before:
- Take care of any hair removal. You don't wan't any unsightful surprises when your performing.
- Exfoliate and begin your fake tan application.
- Wash and dry your cheerleading uniform. Make sure you follow the washing instructions.
- Curl your hair extensions.
- Charge your camera and clear the memory so that you have space for new photos and videos.
- Practice your routine at every spare moment. You can never be too prepared.
- Flyers: Stretch lots, especially after training. Just be careful not to overdo it, you don't want to injure yourself.
- Bases: Train your stunts, then rest the day before so that you dont have any lactate build up on the big day.
- Pack your bag (see the chapter below for what to take).
- Check your list for anything you've missed.
- Watch bring it on or an equally cheesy cheer movie to get in the zone.
Bring it on: again and again and again...
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On the Day:
- Put a big cheer quiff in your hair first.
- Curl the rest of your hair.
- Clip in your hair extentions (if needed).
- Put on cheer bow, and clip your hair to make it stand up.
- Add a little more tan if needed.
- Do your make up. Don't forget your eyelashes and glitter.
- Put on your uniform or club kit.
- Get your cheer smile ready.
- Finally: Don't forget to post a photo of your cheer hair and performance face on facebook, instagram and twitter.
To go in your cheer bag:
- Strapping and supports.
- Cheerleading shoes: Nfinity Vengeance are my favourites (see the link below for these).
- Kirby grips and spare hair bands.
- Water bottle.
- Make up bag.
- Uniform (if your not wearing it already).
- Pain killers.
- Money to buy new cheer stash and compeitition t-shirts.
- Hair spray.
- Extra bows to decorate your bag.
- Your personal or teams lucky mascot.
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With all of these things taken care of, your day should run smoothly, leaving you with just one thing to worry about: Rocking that floor for the judges. I wish you lots of luck in your competition, and please tell me if I've missed anything from my checklist!
Lots of cheer loving
Ask Lou x