Cheerleading hotel prices

When my daughter first started cheering 11 years ago, we would travel and stay at a hotel that gave our team the best group rate. We actually had a great parent volunteer who made endless calls to negotiate free parking, complimentary breakfast and more – at a great rate! About 5 years ago it all started changing. As Varsity took over more and more of the little event producers things began to change. Registration fees and spectator fees went up. And the larger competitions came with lodging requirements. Now, virtually all the competitions through Varsity require that you get lodging through their “stay to play”Read More →

Gym closes

Competitive cheer is a sport that forges bonds between coaches and athletes, and even closer between athletes and teammates.  When you’ve competed with the same gym for a number of years you are more than just teammates, you’re family.  And when cheer gym closes, it feels like a huge loss of community and support. I have firsthand experience with gym closings. The first cheer gym my daughter ever attended closed when the owner couldn’t find coaches.  We had left just before the closing.  We are still friends with some of the parents and girls at that first gym. This week, the gym where my daughterRead More →

Cheer Goals

This year is coming to a close.  Most gyms are about 1/2 way through the cheer season.  Looking back there are undoubtedly things you might think you would want to do differently or change up a bit.  Now is a great time to look forward and think about getting to the ultimate end game: Summit & Worlds! Here are some ideas to make your new year cheerleading even better: Think of each practice as a step towards the goal.  There are times you don’t feel like being there. There are days you are more sore than others. But you know, the minute you hit theRead More →

Every year the new season kicks of with brand new shoes.  Most of the teams choose white shoes, although a few are now looking at black to compliment uniforms.  Cheer shoes are specially made to be lightweight so cheerleaders get the best bounce and don’t have “drag” to slow them down when tumbling.  Special shoes require special care. No matter the color, all cheer shoes have one thing in common: Very lightweight soles.  These shoes are clearly not made to stand up to the friction caused by walking across rough surfaces.  If you think about it, all the mats and floors in the cheer gymsRead More →

Show your coach some blingtastic love! Your chance to win a custom bling cap for your favorite coach. Cap includes gems and team logo in team colors.  Here’s how it works: Add your cheerleader’s best athlete / coach photo in the comments on the FB “win a cap for your coach” post We are looking for photos that show a love of the sport with both athlete and coach. If your coach is male, we can make a team cap without bling – just team logo. Like and SHARE the Coach/ Athlete photo post to your cheer community. Ask them to come over to the Cheerful IdeasRead More →

Originally posted Aug 1, 2016 by Haley Jenkins via Odessy Online Whether it’s all-star cheerleading or school cheerleading, everybody has a certain view of how cheerleaders act or how they’re supposed to act. Sometimes, cheerleaders wished people would understand a few things about our sport and stop having such negative connotations toward us. So, here are 11 things cheerleaders wished you understood: 1. We’re not stupid I know this is completely shocking to some of you. But, just because we’re cheerleaders doesn’t mean we’re stupid. Actually, just like any other sport, you have to maintain a certain grade point average or you can’t cheer. And all-star cheerleadingRead More →

There aren’t too many coaching gigs that are more tough than being a cheer coach.  You have to be a dance instructor, tumbling expert, spotter and personal trainer all rolled into one.  You have both girls and boys on the team and each has his or her own distinct strengths, flexibility and weaknesses. Your a teacher with the additional duty of making these kids into top notch athletes.  It’s a very rewarding experience . . . and then the parents come in. Parents can really make or break any cheer leading program.  It all comes down to how parents work with the coaches and gymRead More →

Everyone involved in competitive cheer has at least seen an athlete using crutches, wearing a boot, avoiding practice due to a concussion or some other injury.  During my tenure as a cheer mom I count my athlete fortunate to have only had a sprained wrist and 2 broken fingers (on separate occasions).  Although we’ve had teammates with ankle injuries and even concussions.  You might find it shocking but looking over a 23-year stretch, annual emergency room visits by cheerleaders has increased 189 percent.   There are over 4 million cheer leaders from elementary school through college and more than 70 countries participating in cheer leading.  And withRead More →