Last night was a hard practice for me. Still having my boot on, I was unable to participate in practice. It was definitely hard sitting there watching my team learn new things without me. Hopefully, only a couple more days remain with my latest injury then I’ll be back in groove again.
Normally, a majority of my posts are about co-ed and our accomplishments but I’m going to focus on all-girl right now. Practice might have been depressing for me but not for the all-girl team. It was the start of our first split practices where the teams aren’t practicing together the whole time. Split practices are beneficial to both teams. The coaches are able to put more one-on-one time into each individual team, which is helpful. All-girl had practice first for an hour before co-ed showed up. The girls accomplished two new pyramids prior to our arrival, the 2-2-3 and the tower.
The 2-2-3 and tower are pyramids that co-ed performs so I couldn’t wait to see how the all-girl did with the difficult pyramids. All-girl has hit the tower before in past years but never the 2-2-3. Sitting there watching the girls put this together my excitement was through the roof. This pyramid starts out with two girls holding two other girls on their shoulders. These middle layers then hold a girl on their forearms then have a girl stand on their legs. They have the perfect girls to perform this pyramid and it was definitely time to try it. As soon as the pyramid hit my heart dropped. I don’t think I ever been more proud of those girls. The pyramid is a challenge for co-ed and seeing all-girl master it made me smile. The same goes for the tower. This pyramid has one girl holding a top girl while standing on two girls thighs with little side support. It takes some extreme muscle to get this pyramid in the air. Leave it to Ashley Dylik to pull this stunt off like she has been hitting it for years. She did amazing, as well as the rest of the girls assisting her.
My team means everything to me; not just co-ed but all-girl also has a special place in my heart. Freshman year, I was on the all-girl team before moving over to co-ed sophomore year. I will point out that I was seen as a traitor for moving to the “dark side” but that only lasted about a day before the girls liked me again. Seeing them accomplish something amazing makes me feel like I have done something right. By having me switch teams, it made room for another girl to come on and be apart of something great. Each girl on that team, veteran or new, has learned something and grown into a better cheerleader since the beginning of the year.
This is just a start to the season. I can’t wait to see what else they have in store for me.