In the world of cheerleading, team dads may be a little overlooked. They definitely exist, but seem to be more of an afterthought when it comes to making team decisions alongside overly avid cheer moms. But what can they do? Whether they are single dads supporting their little cheerleaders’ passion on their own, or doing the wife a favor by helping out with the kids’ extracurricular activities, you can always find more than a few dads involved on any given cheer team. And, they truly bring balance to a predominantly female sport! Although cheer dads exist, they rarely get the credit they deserve. In reality, cheer dads get stereotyped more than team moms! Just to set the record straight, here is a list of four cheer dad stereotypes and why they are just plain inaccurate.

1. Cheer dads don’t have the same level of passion as cheer moms. Even though cheer moms can be intense, cheer dads will fight tooth and nail to get their little cheerleaders to the top as well! They might not engage in the same amount of team drama that cheer moms can sometimes pass the time with, but team dads sure speak up for their kids if necessary. Plus, you won’t find any true team dad without a utility belt or backpack full of the same cheer essentials and first aid that the moms have in their purse… just in case.

2. Cheer dads stay out of team decisions. Actually, it’s quite the opposite: cheer dads can spearhead team ideas, campaigns, and problem-solving strategies in order to take the weight off the coach and team moms. Dads love to be useful and needed anyways, and team management falls under their jurisdiction more times than you think! If anything, it would be unwise to keep team dads out of decision-making processes, because sometimes they bring useful insight to the table that may have been generally overlooked.

3. Performance makeup and hair are foreign territories to team dads. Maybe at first, this might be true, but any dad that has survived his first competitive cheer season comes out a pro! They know that makeup and hair are important factors in cheerleading, and their children can’t do it on their own. And, glitter glue? Once an enemy, now an art form.

4. Cheer dads don’t know how to mediate. Again, any cheer mom would know that team dads are useful diffusers in team drama. Whether there is a spat between the cheerleaders themselves, or it’s the parents who aren’t seeing eye to eye, cheer dads have a grounded air about them that can lessen the tension and calm down the people involved. This is also another way for team dads to stay involved with the team: assign them as official conflict mediators of the team for the cheer year. That way, if anything happens to arise over the season, you know who is in charge of handling it. Make your cheer dads feel valued by keeping the team together and making it stronger!

What other cheer dad stereotypes do you know of? Are you a cheer dad that has faced cheer stereotypes? Let us know in the comments!