What do college coaches seek in high school cheerleaders?
If a cheerleader is talented, a college coach will find them. If they are good enough, there will be many coaches on all levels who want some of their attention.
But talent only is one element in the equation. An athlete's makeup, character and interpersonal relationships with teammates, parents and coaches speak volumes.
And there is one thing that stands out above all else.
If you're a lazy student, then why would anyone want to take you as a player? There is no reason for you not to work hard and work smart. You have to ask if you're a leader or a follower. There are plenty of followers in the classroom.
There are certain steps each player must take to be qualified to cheer at the college level. They include graduating high school, taking core courses in math, science and English, and earning strong ACT and SAT scores.
Some cheerleaders feel it is important to visit colleges during their Junior year, but don't take them unless you're serious about the school. Don't waste your time, your parents' time and the school's.
Another avenue is for athletes to scope out rosters on the Web and project who may be there to see if there is a spot for them.
A player must find the right fit.
College coaches know that lazy students make for lazy cheerleaders. Off-the-field stuff matters. I'll do my homework. I'll talk to as many people as I can to find out what kind of a person the cheerleader is.
I'll show up to their high school practice. I'll see who was the first out of their car, who was the last in after practice.
Cheering in college is the best for teaching resiliency. It's not going to be easy.