Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My Big Lesson

When I first read that Cheer Mom was looking for guest bloggers, I started thinking about my experiences with cheerleaders. I was on a pom squad in the 7th grade & was a cheerleader in the 8th grade, but I never quite understood their importance. To me, a cheerleader was just some girl who put on a cute outfit & stood around at football games. Fast forward to my senior year of high school & I’m standing in a packed gym during a home senior girls basketball game where I’m about to shoot free throws that could potentially win me a state championship. There were our cheerleaders & dance team, always the steady leaders of spirit in the gym. Little did I give their importance recognition.

When I was in high school, our Dance Cats (our school mascot was the Lions) & Cheerleaders were the heart of our games & our ball team was the soul. While most people file out of a game at half time to go venture out to the concession stand, our fans stayed in their seats, glued to their spots for fear of missing our state champion dancers & cheerleaders. Heck, people who didn’t even watch basketball came to those games just to watch our girls & guys do their thing (we had some awesome guy back flippers!) They brought the spunk, the fire, & the thrill of the competition to that gym every halftime. And I often just shrugged them off as the girls who were silly & wannabe athletes.

Fast forward to my days of being a college athlete & yet again there are the cheerleaders standing under the goal, but something was lacking & they were often a joke around campus. They just didn’t have a clue about how to bring in the crowds, to get us moving, to get the fans going, to get everyone excited about the game. They weren’t vibrant or full of the spirit & let’s face it, the “cheer” that I was so accustomed to during my high school days. It was then I fully understood the great, great importance of cheerleaders & dance teams that I had always taken for granted. I realized that they were a crucial element to bringing the gymnasium alive. It wasn’t until college that I realized a good ball game has so many more elements than the ballplayers & points on the board; it requires the heart of the game, the cheerleaders & dance teams (fellow athletes I might add!), to be there as well.

In high school, I went on to win 2 state championships, had fans that literally travelled with us around the US to watch us play & watch our squads cheer & dance. Basketball players + Fans + Cheerleaders+ Dance Squad= A great basketball game! I never quite understood that I was so in love with basketball games not only because I loved ball, but I loved the atmosphere that had so much more to do with cheering than I ever knew! I often think about the high school dance & cheer captain, Samantha Joy & Ashley Cherish. I think about how they were underestimated & taken for granted. They will never, ever know how much I sorely missed them while I was a collegiate ball player. Our halftimes were literally a YAWN, our stands were empty & so friggin’ boring!

To all the girls & guys out there who are cheering & may get discouraged: Remember that you are the heart of those games, winning or losing, you are just as important an element as the ball players at those games. I wouldn’t have gotten rid of our girls & guys for anything. I wish that I could go back to my 10th, 11th, & 12th grade years & just watch myself play ball, watch our halftime show one more time, & tell my high school self to thank our squads for all their two a day practices, hard work & sweat. So, in order to not take another generation of cheerleaders for granted, I’ll thank you!

And I’ll Thank all the Moms & Dads who get their kids to practice, they are also the unsung heroes of those games as well!

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Hello Fellow Cheer Moms

Thank you so much for asking me to be part of this very fun & exciting FB group for Cheer Moms from across the globe to meet and discuss our passion.....Our kids and cheerleading :)
I have been involved in Cheer for 6 years now. My daughter is 10 years old and cheering since she was 4. We have found it to be such a positive environment for maturing and growing up in a crazy world. Within our club - the Cheer Sport Sharks in Cambridge, Ont. Canada I am part of a group of Team Cheer Moms. Each team has a parent Cheer Mom that is "assigned" to a team that their athlete is a part of. I am the Coordinator and we find that this system is so beneficial within our gym. These volunteers help the coaches, owners and parents to communicate valuable information, assist in fundraisers & plan team bonding.
Does anyone else use this or a similar system within their gym?
If you do how does yours operate? What would you change?




I am so glad that I was considered to this blog! I am a cheermom of an allstar cheerleader. I love cheerleading compeitions! We just finished our last compition for the season last weekend, and my daughter cheers for 2 teams she cheers for Junior level 2 and Senior level 5. Our Juniors finished 2nd place and our Seniors placed 1st. We are gettting ready for our banquet and tryouts again! I can't wait! We just also did Cheersport Nationals in Atlanta, GA this was our first year ever going there. I really enjoyed that compition our Juniors finished 4th which was really good for the first time being there and our Seniors placed 1st! Which is awesome. Our Juniors won the Jamfest Supernationals this year for the first time. I would like to know which competition is your favorite or had good times at?

Friday, March 26, 2010

I am super excited- Thanks everyone!

WOW- I was aiming for 100 followers on Facebook by April 1st. Last night we were at 135!! Thanks to everyone for getting the word out :) Keep it up!!

Right now I am getting ready to post the 1st review on here- it should be up by tomorrow. I am also looking for someone to be a guest writer, I would love to find someone who is still competing for the season to do a review on the next comp that go to. I love the idea of doing comp reviews- sometimes when you go you have no idea what to expect!! What do you guys think?

I would really like to get a "team" of writers, if you think that you would be interested please send me a message on Facebook. I want this to be a community of Mom's- not just all what I think about things! So let me know!!

Thanks again to everyone for getting the word out- I think this is going to end up being a great thing!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Here's my 1st Post!

I guess with my first post I should really state why I am doing this, and what I am hoping to accomplish. I have girls that cheer, and I am sure if you are a Cheer Mom you know that it can keep you very busy!!

Well it seems like whenever I am looking for something- rather it be bows, or idea’s for comp bags for the girls, or anything I have to go to 20 different sites to find what I am looking for. Then if it’s not from a company that I normally use I have to wonder how good they are- so I am trying this out. I want to see how many followers I can get on my blog, how many fans on Facebook and then look into launching a website- were all this “stuff” that I am looking for is all together. I am sure I am not the only one with this problem!

Plus I thought this would be a really good way to share idea’s with other Moms. I think something that would be really neat for the Mom’s that have girls that cheer All Stars, would be to have Mom’s review compatisons!!!

Also if you have a blog, about anything let me know. I would love to be able to link to you!!!!

So hang in there with me, tell your friends!!!