Posts tagged ‘NCA Nationals’

April 11, 2011

Week 9

Some succeed because they are destined to.
Bust most succeed because they are determined too

They day finally came. Towson’s cheerleading team was walking out on to the band shell for the first time ever. Twenty girls with big gold bows, holding hands with their chins up high were ready to prove themselves.

Wednesday morning, nationals were here. We were on our way to Daytona, Florida. Once arriving we had a team lunch and a practice in the arena. Our practice was not one of the best ones with the stress and pressure with teams all around us, our team was not focused. Our coach reminded us why we were here “for us”. We had a team talk and reminded each other what our goal was, “to make it to finals”.

The next day was prelims, this is where all the teams in your division compete and the top half advance to finals. This ended up being one of our worst performances; we rushed the counts, let our nerves get to us and didn’t stay focused. We had some touchdowns in our tumbling and our pyramid did not go up. We got off the floor and looked around with disappointment all that work we let nerves get to us. But we held our heads high and just waited for the scores we came in fourth place and advance to finals.

We were lucky, and we knew we weren’t going to allow that to happen again, we went back and practice more did what we were worried about. We gave each other confidence and the drive to show people how hard we worked and how good we are.

The next day was Finals. We all got up and watched our dance team who received first and it inspired us. That was our goal to just hit our routine. After spending hours of getting ready curling our hair and doing our makeup we were off to warm ups.

Well the moment was finally there, we were holding hands, praying for everything to hit, telling each other last little reminders and before we knew it we could hear our family and friends chanting TU! We knew it was our moment we had one shot and one opportunity. We walked out on that mat with our heads high and smiles on our faces we set in our spots and waited for the music to begin.

Once the music started you could see on our faces we were determined to hit this we were going to give it everything we had, and all of us did. We hit our routine, we reached our goal. We ended up placing third in the nation in division 1 all girl.

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February 20, 2011

Week 1

Never settle for less than your dreams

Somewhere someday somehow

You’ll find them just

Believe


This week our team’s goal was to try to learn the rest of the routine. We are increasing our difficulty this year from our routine last year, but we are still going for a clean look. This year we want to go to nationals with a routine that we feel confident about and know we can execute successfully. It is important not to put things in a routine just because they look good or have a high difficulty level. You want to be able to show good technique and hit your routine.

“The drive to be better than the other team should be changed to a drive to be the best “your team” that your team can be.” – The American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators.

My personal goal for this week was to improve my full basket. Sadly, at Mondays practice Morgan, one of my bases, injured her hand catching me in my full. Luckily it is not broken and she will be fully participating again next week.

During this week at practice we did a team bonding activity. We all sat in a circle and explained something positive about our team and what inspires us. This helped us get motivated and keep a positive attitude to reach our goals.


Goals for next week:

Be able to hit the first half of our routine and perform it at our last home men’s basketball game on Feb 26.

 


May 4, 2010

Towson Cheerleading goes to Nationals!

Towson University’s Cheerleading team made their dream come true this year by making it Nationals. Something that seemed impossible. For more coverage on the girls journey, Click Here