MUNCIE, Ind. (NewsLink) — The Ball State cheer team’s smiling faces are always seen by fans on the sidelines. But what’s going on behind the scenes?

The cheer squad is welcoming nine new freshmen to the team this year, according to head coach Wendy Richards.

Coming onto Ball State’s cheer team has a bit of a learning curve. Richards said that even incoming freshmen from high level club teams will struggle when joining the new team. Despite the difficult learning curve, the new class of 2019 has been adjusting well.

Freshman cheerleader Jessica Bryan is new to the team this year.

“It’s just really fun how I do have a family away from home,” Bryan said. 

She has been cheering since second grade. Bryan said she has always dreamed of being on a college team, so she was very excited to become a cardinal cheerleader.

The team practices two days a week for about 3 hours, according to head coach Richards. Over Christmas break, their competition team will practice every day.

The Cardinals have certainly been working hard in the gym, and they will be ready to cheer on their football team at the home game against the Ohio Bobcats Saturday.

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