Shocking Rules Professional Cheerleaders Must Follow
On 18th September 2017
Cheerleading doesn’t only involve learning dance moves and making yourselves pretty. It is a tough job that requires rigorous training and following some crazy rules in order to make the cut.
Read on to learn about the insane rules that cheerleaders need to follow just so they can lift the players’ and our spirits up.
#1 Always remember your pom-poms
This quintessential cheerleading accessory is a must if you don’t want to face hefty fines, according to the Raiderettes who say they have been fined for accidentally bringing the wrong pom-poms to rehearsals. So, rule number one, make sure you have your pom-poms with you at all times.
#2 Stay thin or sit in the locker room
If you gain five pounds, or appear “too soft”, you won’t get paid and you’ll be spending the game inside the locker room. The Raiderettes have to give up their £75 ($125) game fee if they put on weight, but it isn’t just them.
If you’re a Raven, you’re “expected to maintain ideal body weight and physical look for the duration of your contract. Weigh-ins will be held at the discretion of the Ravens.” If you don’t want to have a weigh-in, you could be suspended from the team permanently, or on gamedays. If you miss three game days for this reason, you could be out of the team so put down those carbs.
#3 Don’t get assaulted
The Raider’s handbook suggests cheerleaders stay away from parties, such as one hosted by a player who was later suspended for drug use and arrested for date rape. It says: “For you on the squad who have attended those parties, just think how narrowly you missed having your photo in all the local papers and/or being assaulted.” So make sure you don’t get assaulted girls – if not for your sake at least for the team’s reputation!
#4 Avoid spots at all costs
“Proper skin care must be maintained by all cheerleaders,” says the Ravens rulebook. So if you have a skin problem, you will have to consult not with your doctor, but your director. Try not to let this pressure give you stress spots, or your cheerleading career could be over.