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 →

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 →

Before my first cheer competition, a more experienced cheer mom (okay it’s Rhonda) told me about saving seats.  We were sitting at practice waiting, a few days before the first competition of the season.  It was, I thought, a very strange conversation.  “You’ll have to be sure someone stays with our seats when we go to the floor to watch up close, otherwise other teams will come in and just move your stuff and take the seat,” she said. You can sum up everything about cheer leading by the fact that some people are fanatical about saving seats.  The same enthusiasm for cheer leading isRead More →

Dear Mini Parent sitting at our gym during every practice: I see you and I see your daughter and I’m so glad you both are here! I’ve been where you are many years ago and I’ve felt what you feel and my daughter has felt what your daughter is feeling now. I remember the excitement of being new to cheer and I remember my daughter loving and breathing cheer to the point of exhaustion. I remember being in awe of all the “big girls” and all their amazing skills. I couldn’t wait to have my child on those big teams. I couldn’t wait to haveRead More →

 Cheer dads are the unsung heroes of competitive cheer leading.  Though they are far outnumbered at any event, they proudly take on many tasks from chauffeur to make up artist.  We all love the cheer dads who often go above and beyond to make sure each competition goes smoothly for athlete and family. I am in awe of cheer dads and especially my daughter’s father when he is able to attend her  events. There is a special bond between a daddy and his cheerleader that moms just don’t fill.  Cheer dads seem to “get it” on some level that is beyond the norm.  Maybe it’sRead More →