March 03, 2015

20 Signs You Were a Cheerleader

I firmly believe that once you're a cheerleader, you're always a cheerleader. As any former cheerleader knows, you never lose your cheer spirit. Cheer is and always will be a part of you. Even on the worst days, you can turn things around with a smile and a good attitude.


1. You have perfected your cheerleader smile. When you meet new people, you give them your best cheerleader smile. When you have your picture taken, you put on your best cheerleader smile. Are you happy? Are you mad? No one will ever know because of your winning smile.

2. When you see cheerleaders, you judge and critique everything. (hair, uniform, motions, stunts, music, routines) Let's be honest. You know you could do it better.

3. Every year, no matter how hard it gets, you attempt back flips, toe touches, splits, and/or kicks just to see if you can still do them. In case you were wondering, I still have an awesome high kick.

4. Thanks to old cheer injuries, your knees, wrists and ankles are starting to give out.

5. You have a closet full of old uniforms and cheer gear that you'll never get rid of.

6. You still own and wear Soffe shorts.

7. When you hear a song from an old routine, you immediately stop what you're doing. If anyone's around, you have to tell them about it. And if you remember the moves, you do them.

8. You emphatically believe cheerleading is a sport. There is no debating this matter. Seriously. None.

9. You know the difference between a clap and a clasp. It annoys you when other people don't understand the difference.

10. You don't count to 10. You count to 8. And if you need to countdown, it's 5-6-7-8 not 1-2-3-4.

11. You have an ear for great cheer music. "Oh, this Uptown Funk song would be great for a routine!" Really, it would.

12. You have a battle wound, scar or permanent injury thanks to cheerleading. I have scars on my knees from cheer practice. You can read about how I got the scars here.

13. Football and basketball games feel like home, but you'd rather be on the sidelines than in the stands.

14. When you're at a game and cheerleaders need crowd participation, you always cheer loudly and get mad when people around you don't.

15. Something will always remind you of the pain and agony of long practices. For me, it's bleachers. Step-ups were the worst!

16. You hope you have a daughter. If you do have a daughter, you hope she cheers. And if she cheers, you hope you can coach.

17. You love it when you find out one of your favorite celebrities was a cheerleader. JENNIFER LAWRENCE WAS A CHEERLEADER! JUST LIKE ME!!

18. When someone says "Ready?", you want to reply with "Ok!"

19. You're a leader by nature. When you see someone organizing a group activity wrong, you step in and show them how it's done. You also understand the importance of teamwork.

20. You've seen Bring It On 872 times and still cry every time the Compton Clovers win the championship. What? Just me?!


Myra said...

LOL. I was not a cheerleader but the Bring It On movies always make me crack up.

Karen M. Peterson said...

I was never a cheerleader, but somehow I understood about 90% of this post. Go me!

Kristie's Blue Jeans said...

Haha, this is amazing. I was a spirit leader/dancer so I totally get it! Now I want to find my pom poms.

Mrs. Match said...

Hahah, I love this. I still have my cheerleader smile!

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

I was never a cheerleader, but a pom squad (dance) girl - but I can relate to nearly all of these... AND I still say... OK? whenever someone says "READY?" It's probably due to me watching Bring it on a MILLIONxInfinity times. haha!

PS I got most spirited on my squad so maybe, just maybe I missed my cheer calling ;)

Kelly said...

I agree, all cheerleaders are insistent it is a sport on the level with every other sport!

xx Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

Christina said...

Love this! My BFF in high school was a cheerleader. Then she got pregnant... Haha! I was a band geek though, so totally relate to the football and basketball part of it. I need to go watch Bring It On now.

CEK said...

I'm not, nor was I ever a cheerleader, BUT I'm a Cheer Mom and this post just cracked me up. Can't wait to forward it to my daughter, who is still cheering in college.