Published on July 17th, 2013 | by Jackie Martin
Schedule Your Spirit
Back to school means one thing for cheerleaders – GAMEDAY!
Football season is almost here and tons of cheerleading teams are getting ready to raise some serious school spirit. For cheerleaders, a home game on Friday night means spending an entire week getting ready for the big game. It’s our responsibility to help spread the word about the upcoming game and get the players, students, fans and faculty ready to cheer!
Before school starts, get together with your team to discuss your plan of action. If you’ve already picked out your pep rally themes, stick with it for a whole week by planning dress up days, fundraisers and sign decorating around it!
We asked YOU to tell us your favorite ideas for the week of a home game. Check out what some of these squads do to prepare for a VICTORY!
MONDAY: Before the school year starts, the cheerleaders from Larry A. Ryle High School meet their “Big Brothers” from the football team. They receive a shirt with his name on it to wear to special events throughout the year. On Monday, the cheerleaders write a letter to their Big Brothers encouraging them and getting them pumped up for Friday’s game!
Tip: Have all of your seniors or captains draw names of the football players out of a hat. Throughout the year, do your best to get to know your Big Brother and help him get his team fired up.
TUESDAY: Cheerleaders across the country start making signs for the football team to bust through on Friday! You don’t have to be an artist to make a great sign. Stop by your local arts and crafts store to buy paper for the poster. Make sure to get your team colors! Then, decide if you want to stick to your weekly theme, draw your mascot or write something simple like “LET’S GO DOGS!” Some squads try to have a clever saying about their opponent for the week like the ones you see here.
These signs are a great way to get your school involved. Try stopping by the art room and asking for some talented students to help out. Ask your school to vote on the signs’ design, or keep the sign a secret until the team breaks through it on Friday night.
WEDNESDAY: During the week of a game against your rival school, try incorporating a “Spirit Week” to get the faculty and students involved and excited! Check with your administration then pick a theme for each day. For example, Wednesday can be Toga Day. Dress up every day of the week and make Friday “Spirit Day” so everyone can wear your school colors.
THURSDAY: At Homewood High School, it’s time to get an “Overall Victory!” The Varsity cheerleaders dress up in their overalls to help remind the school about the upcoming game and who they want to win. Invite the football team to dress up too!
GAME DAY: Since Friday is the day of the big game, there should be A LOT of activities happening around your school! Kick off Friday morning with a pancake breakfast for the cheerleaders and football team before school. During the school day, hold a pep rally to raise some spirit and remind everyone about the night’s activities.
Hoover High School invites their cheerleaders, football players and the booster club out on the patio for a pregame dinner. Before the game, their cheerleaders and fans make a tunnel from the school to the football stadium for the team to walk through called the “Buc Walk.” This is a great way to get your football team ready to WIN!
Football season is right around the corner, so get together with your team today and start scheduling your spirit!