Does your school have a flag team and what do they do? Are they a part of the cheer program? In my day they were separate, but that was awhile ago and I’m wondering if maybe things have evolved. I’m asking because this teacher at work (who used to be the cheer coach but was fired before I was given her job, just FYI) recently started to make noise about a flag team. A cynical part of me interpreted this as a way for her to get back into a cheer-adjacent activity, but I also assumed that the flag and cheer teams don’t really interact, so I didn’t think much of it. Nonetheless, as soon as she got the go-ahead she asked me about “splitting” gym time, money for uniforms, and when her team can “learn sidelines.” Apropos of nothing. Like she thinks cheer and flag are the same? And I’m confused because 1) this is not my understanding of what a flag team does, and 2) she never discussed incorporating a new team into the program with me. And even if she had, it would’ve been a hard no. We have 80 girls across 4 teams. So a HARD no. After some back and forth, I explained to her that the flag team is really more connected to the band and that the cheer program isn’t really in a position to accommodate any more girls, but that she was more than welcome to book her own practice time and start fundraising on her own. She’s not having it. She keeps whining that I’m sucking up all (our) gym time, resources, and funds, and why can’t we just share? It’s bizarre and like I’m dealing with an entitled child. So we’re probably headed for a meeting with the AD to solve this “issue” and if/when that happens, I want facts on my side and my info to be current. So do flag teams nowadays share some cheer responsibilities? I mean, it doesn’t excuse her trying to shove her way into my program, but at least that would explain her attitude. Either way it doesn’t really matter since I’m not entertaining this issue with her further, but it would really be great to say, “This isn’t happening because this isn’t what flag teams do,” instead of just coming across as, “This isn’t happening because I don’t feel like it.” Which I don’t feel like it. But that’s my right.