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cheerleading captain. advice?!

Question Posted Sunday April 13 2008, 1:25 am

This year I am captain of my jv cheer squad. I am a sophomore. For next year, I'm captain again on jv, and I will be one of the oldest. I'd say I had a pretty good year as captain, my team listened ok, but I feel like they didnt listen to me respectfully, like they didnt always seem to respect what I said. I know that comes with being captain..but anyways for next years squad, its a bunch of new girls idk, except for 2, so i want some advice on ways to make my new squad respect me and know that im captain, but that I AM going to be reasonable and not a huge b*tch like everyone things captains are. What Im really asking is basically just give me some advice for the new squad that starts next month..we are also going to camp this year for the first time, and my coach wont be there so shes really counting on me. but i want the girls to listen and respect me like they should. and im not one of the captains that think im all that, i do respect everyone elses opinions, i just want more respect myself. thanks!!!!! =D

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gor-loc answered Saturday April 19 2008, 9:22 pm:
you need to show your leadership skills. and if their not listening to you you may have to be more aggresive and show that your the leader. to get them to listen you cant be to nice or to mean you have to be just right

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varistygirl12 answered Monday April 14 2008, 9:46 pm:
You need to address your point as being captain to all of your team mates or squad. Let them know why it is important to you that you are captain.
You have to come across as to some one who can laugh and joke around with them , but also someone who takes their position seriously when needed. Get to know the girls and let them see where your coming from

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sugarplum07 answered Sunday April 13 2008, 2:34 pm:
Since most of the girls are new, I have a feeling that they will look up to you more since they don't really know the ropes.

When you guys all get together for the first time, you should recite a little speech and explain all of your intentions to them. Tell them your plans for the squad for the year, tell them your ideas, tell them your open for opinions and suggestions, tell them you're excited to work with the team. Most importantly, say that as long as they respect you, you will respect them. If you make a strong opening speech to your squad, they will look up to you a lot more.

If you find any of the girls disrespecting you, pull her aside and talk to her one-on-one. Ask her politely why she's being disrespectful and if she has a problem with your policies as captain. If you talk one-on-one with her, she will listen better to what you have to say and would respect you a lot more than if you were to call her out in front of the entire squad.

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