Now that the summer is coming to an end, it can only mean one thing: high school football season! As cheerleaders, it’s essential to have an understanding of the game and provide lots of spirit and encouragement for your team. Here are a few things to remember when cheering on the sidelines at football games: 1. When you’re on the sidelines it is your job to be aware of what’s going on during the game. Knowing whether your team is on offense or defense will help you determine which cheers are appropriate at that moment. Also, players tend to run out of bounds pretty often, so paying attention will help you avoid any unnecessary collisions! source 2. Because football games are an outside event, it often gets very loud and hard to compete with the noise of the crowd, the players and coaches, and sometimes even the weather! Using megaphones to lead the crowds in cheers will make things much easier for you. Cheering in unison with your team also provides a louder sound and more enthusiasm for the game. source 3. Poms are also an essential accessory for football games! They accent each and every cheer you perform and let the audience know to join in on the cheers. source 4. As the season progresses, the weather starts to change, so having appropriate warmup gear is essential. Sticking out the cold weather shows your school spirit and support for the team, and warmups make that possible! You can still look stylish and represent your team’s colors while staying warm and comfortable. source Use these tips to make the best of your high school football games. Having loud and supportive cheerleaders is always appreciated by the football team and fans!