As I’m watching the recent comp videos, I’m noticing a trend that annoys me: I hate when teams take forever getting on/off the floor. The necessity of moving quickly before and after a routine was one of the first things I learned in competitive cheer, but it doesn’t seem to be a priority anymore. Obviously rallying and setting up takes time, but it drives me insane when teams dawdle, fidget, and engage in lengthy good luck rituals (you can do that backstage). There’s even a specific rule about how rituals/hugs/handshakes should be done prior to taking the floor. I just feel it’s so disrespectful to the judges to make them sit through fifteen excessive seconds of hair tugging and handshaking when they have a zillion teams to judge. This goes double for after the routine, especially at Nationals. UCA even has a rule about “excessive celebration” post-performance that can result in a deduction if broken. I’m always telling my girls, “There’s a reason those spotters are ushering everyone off to the side and it’s not to give you more room to celebrate by lying down and crying.” Jump up and down and hug and be happy all you want after a performance. I won’t deny anyone that. Just do it while exiting stage right. Maybe I’m just being picky and impatient. But this was one of those etiquette things I learned right along with staying seated until your name is read at awards. It’s practically gospel for me and it seems to have lost its importance over the years. How much time do you allow?