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Dear Dish-It: I Want to Be a Guy Cheerleader

Dear Dish-It,

I’m a guy and want to cheerlead but everyone talks me out of it. What should I do?

Ap

Dear Ap,

Being a guy cheerleader is fun – and it’s also a lot harder than most people think. I think it’s great that you want to become involved in such a tough sport. Here’s some information about male cheerleaders that will hopefully help you get past the haters so you can do what you love!

Silly Stereotypes

There is no denying that male cheerleaders get a bad rap. People say that cheerleading is just for girls and “real men” should play sports like football, basketball or soccer. They feel that guy cheerleaders are weak, un-athletic and uncoordinated, and all they do is clap their hands, jump up and down and scream “rah rah rah” all day … but all of that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Cheerleading is a Sport

The fact is, unless you’ve tried it or have paid close attention, you’d probably be surprised how much athletic ability is required to be a cheerleader. You need tons of strength, skill and coordination. Throwing a cheerleader (usually a girl) in the air is no easy task; neither is holding up multiple people at the bottom of a pyramid. If you thought catching a baseball was hard, try catching a cheerleader who is high up in the air doing flips and making sure you time it right so that she doesn’t fall! Running and doing flips and somersaults take agility, endurance and athleticism, too. So much for cheerleaders being un-athletic …

Lots of Benefits

Because you are constantly moving and doing routines, cheerleading helps improve you stamina, coordination and strength. With flips and cartwheels, there is a lot of gymnastics involved. Being more conditioned and coordinated will help you in other sports. Believe it or not, a lot of male cheerleaders also participate in other sports throughout the year. It also improves your teamwork skills and helps you learn to trust your teammates. Cheerleading also improves your confidence because it makes you learn how to perform in front of a big crowd under pressure.

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hugebear
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You doesnt have to come out to your family until your ready and until they is ready too.  If you blurt it out it could be the shock.  You says that you think your Mums side of the family will be more supportive.  Has you got an Aunty or Uncle what you could discuss this with?  An adult member of your family what is most likely supportive  could probably give the best advises on how to tell your family and when and how and prepares you for how they will react. Good luck mate and takes your time :angel
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Mrawsomegamer
I think my mothers side of the family would be fine with it. It's my dad's side I'm most concerned about. My dad says some dreadfully terrible remarks about homosexual people. I think I'm not gunna tell him at all. Ever...  Either way. Thanks for the advice!
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