Tryout Season

Discussion in 'High School Cheerleading' started by AScheer, Mar 1, 2017.

  1. retiredl5cheer

    retiredl5cheer Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    Give them the taste, and they'll never want to go back. But seriously, I assume she won't make your team?

     
  2. AndyT_T

    AndyT_T Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    "Keep stretching and maybe you'll get to fly the group stunt in quantity while the other flyers are in two mans, but right now we need to work on groups that would be groups for elite stunts."

    Thats my go to. Works like 60% of the time :D:D
    Plus if they're really dedicated and do get flexible they're useful when comp season comes. If they don't stretch you have an excuse when that time comes "I told you you could fly quantity if you stretched, but you didn't get a heel stretch which is the quantity stunt so we'll have to use Suzy 2"
     
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  3. AScheer

    AScheer Slow your roll, Sparkle. Worlds T-Shirt Designer

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    We have an FCA (fellowship of Christian athletes) team huddle every Monday during season. We alot the first 20 minutes of practice. I consider this time to be crucial in our success as a team. We are a public school, so while there are references to faith, it's primarily about character building. We go through everything; boy stuff, teenage girl stuff, drinking, partying, sex, home life, being better teammates and of course cheer related stuff. The girls love Mondays. It's a safe space and really bonds them together while learning and discussing what they're going through. I can't recommend something similar enough!!
     
  4. OldskoolKYcheercoach

    OldskoolKYcheercoach I'm an announcer on CBS for Worlds (or should be)

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    Do you use FCA's Victory 365 book?

    It's sort of a daily devotional for athletes type thing. I just purchased it on iBooks and there are some things in it I will use, and there are others that are a little too biblical for my comfort level in a public school.
     
  5. OldskoolKYcheercoach

    OldskoolKYcheercoach I'm an announcer on CBS for Worlds (or should be)

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  6. Elle B

    Elle B I'm new. Don't Hurt Me

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    Ah! Thank you. But if a school had it's own booster club to pay the sideline coach themselves, is there anything to stop a sideline cheer team from carrying on as usual with spring tryouts and camp?
     
  7. Twinklestars

    Twinklestars Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    Our school has individual sport booster clubs: football, basketball, baseball, softball, even band. I'm not sure about soccer

    Cheer can not have a booster because they are not a sport. Our band is highly competitive and band counts as a physical education credit.

    We are on our own for fundraising
     
  8. oncecoolcoachnowmom

    oncecoolcoachnowmom Bestest Newbie '14

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    This evening's newest issue:

    Girl: "I hurt my back basing at all stars and my mom and doctor said I can't base anymore. I have to try out as a flyer."

    Me: "Oh ok. Hey well if your back hurts, you probably should be sitting out this open gym."

    *directs her to the seating area off to the side."

    Girl: "Well, it just hurts a little."

    Spoiler alert: If you "really hurt your back and it hurts really bad" you shouldn't be flying!
     
  9. dat.jpp

    dat.jpp I text ACEDAD all the time

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    I honestly got dejavu by reading that. Have you or someone else posted that before? :confused:
     
  10. AScheer

    AScheer Slow your roll, Sparkle. Worlds T-Shirt Designer

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    Should have clarified better... we have an FCA rep that comes in and does this. I don't personally lead them. I probably could, but it's not my strength and the woman that does it is phenomenal at it! I've not heard of that book, but its something to check out for sure.

    We live in the bible belt. Even though its a public school, most of the kids are religious or have a religious background. It's still a fine line of what to say vs. what not to say. We make sure we aren't "preaching" during these times. The focus stays more towards character building.
     
  11. CheerBank

    CheerBank Slow your roll, Sparkle. National Champion

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    What would you do if an athlete of a different faith told you they felt uncomfortable with that?
     
  12. AScheer

    AScheer Slow your roll, Sparkle. Worlds T-Shirt Designer

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    No one would be required to participate if they were uncomfortable. What that means specifically would depend on the athlete. We had an athlete once whose parent voiced her concern about having FCA at cheer. They weren't religious and she didn't want us influencing her daughter one way or the other. I met with her and she requested to come sit in on one, to which I agreed. Afterwards she decided that she didn't have a problem with it and actually liked it. I know it's FCA, and there is an occasional reference to faith, but we really don't focus on the faith part of it. The goal is to help raise the kids to be well rounded, young women with a good moral character. Occasionally we're the only source for some of these kids when it comes to girl problems, teenage pressures, etc. Many of them have wonderful families and parents that actually parent. Some of them are basically raising themselves. We try to invest in them in more ways than just cheer.
     
  13. OldskoolKYcheercoach

    OldskoolKYcheercoach I'm an announcer on CBS for Worlds (or should be)

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    AB-SO-FREAKIN-LUTELY.

    Of course you and I have discussed enough that you know I'm in the buckle of the Bible Belt. We try to do the same things.
     
  14. CheerBank

    CheerBank Slow your roll, Sparkle. National Champion

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    I guess living in the Northeast causes me to question this further. Telling a student they are free not to participate if it makes them feel uncomfortable when it involves religion and faith in a public school setting in an activity that has nothing to do with religion would not sit well with me as a parent. In a private setting I'd have no issue with it. But not in sports in a public school.
     
  15. OldskoolKYcheercoach

    OldskoolKYcheercoach I'm an announcer on CBS for Worlds (or should be)

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    Religion and character are not synonymous.

    There are a variety of ways to teach character without making an attempt to indoctrinate an athlete or teach theology.

    @AScheer can feel free to correct me if I'm putting words in her mouth, but what I get out of what she's saying is that the FCA lessons that are being taught are not heavily theological (ie. teaching religion), but rather speaking more about character.

    Virtually every school, public or private, in our area has an FCA chapter. If they had a set of resources I could use with activities designed to teach character. I would jump all over it, Biblical references or not. Whether you see the Bible as the infallible "Word of God," or just a collection of fiction written by a bunch of quacks 2000 years ago, there are words of wisdom to be found within it on a variety of topics: teamwork, personal finance, work ethic, sacrifice, etc. Using quotes from it to reinforce character lessons is really not that different from using quotes from Vince Lombardi or reading "The Little Engine that Could."