Cheering On Kids - Small Gym

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  1. VACheerMom2014

    VACheerMom2014 Cheer Stalker

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    What are some ideas of making noise and/or visuals to cheer on teams of small gym. So hard when there are 20 folks at the stage cheering after a mega gym just finished with 100s - almost like crickets.

    Looking for ideas on visuals and noise. I’m hearing cowbells are not allowed at most comps but having a hard time finding information on comp restrictions.

     
  2. CLynn

    CLynn Best Flyer.. on a parent team

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    Cowbells are allowed at many, particularly the smaller ones. The loud gyms have athletes and parents of all the teams in the gym supporting them, not just parents of the team that is performing so encourage everyone to attend every performance. Also, to the extent possible find one parent who can video tape and distribute that to the other parents in the gym via posting on youtube or private posting so that the parents stop filming and start clapping! Lastly, when all else fails, if you know any coaches at other programs and you don't overlap teams ask them to support your kids! our program often encourages us to cheer for xyz gym for a variety of reasons and we happily do it!
     
  3. Sterling von Shimmer

    Sterling von Shimmer Best Flyer.. on a parent team

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    You could do the pennies in a milk carton thing. Just put some change in an empty milk carton and shake the ever-loving life out of it. You can also decorate them. But full disclosure: these have been banned at swim meets.
     
  4. molls

    molls I shimmy daily

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    it truly is such a shame to see so many parents holding their phones, silently video taping instead of cheering their kid on. i wish all programs would designate one coach or parent from another team to video for them.

    i don't know of any hard restrictions on noise makers, aside from air horns. if there are any restrictions, i would think it is a venue restriction rather than a restriction put in place by the EP.
     
  5. CLynn

    CLynn Best Flyer.. on a parent team

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    Probably my biggest pet peeve, when everyone is standing next to each other filming the same thing!! Airdrop my friends, airdrop.
     
  6. DonnaM

    DonnaM I named my pet Sir Fierce-a-lot

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    Also, find other small gyms, preferably ones not directly competing against you. I have gone to cheer for more than a few teams because a mom posted on a FB group that they could use some support.
     
  7. oncecoolcoachnowmom

    oncecoolcoachnowmom Bestest Newbie '14

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    Sidenote: I thought the "designate one parent to video and share it with others" was what everyone did? That is what my neices' team does (so others can just watch.)
     
  8. catlady

    catlady Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    We came from a large gym and parents from smaller gyms outside of our division would often ask us to cheer their kids on and do the same for us. At UCA, my kid's teams and us parents would cheer on the International teams in their divisions since they only had a handful people there. We had one team blowing kisses after their routine because they were so shocked and grateful. It's a lot of fun for both sides and it definitely beats going out and buying more stuff to haul around.
     
  9. Atxmom

    Atxmom Cheer Stalker

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    Sometimes though I want to focus on recording my child individually.

    I would ask people around you to help cheer. I would absolutely do it if someone asked, regardless of whether we are competing against a team.
     
  10. mischiefmanaged

    mischiefmanaged I nugget in the back

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    Usually the team that performs after us their parents/fans are already waiting to go in the viewing area after us so we will ask them if they can fill in around us and cheer our team on as well then we move off to the side and cheer on their team.