In my experience, decorating posters or banners for school locker
rooms and around campus takes an entire practice–and then some! As all cheer
squads, practice is crucial and time is limited.
Taking away practice time
hurts squads, especially when there is a big rival game or Homecoming that
week. Here are some tips so practice time remains practice time, and poster
making is during a time that is not going to interfere with skill building.
1. Finish them during
This year, our upper-classmen will have summer
conditioning. Every Wednesday, we plan to take an hour to plug away on posters
and banners for the upcoming school year. If we don’t finish them on Wednesday,
no stress–we don’t have a deadline! We make as many as we can until the end of
summer. By the school season, we have a nice collection to choose from for every
game. When we get short, we can then
fit in some time to make a few more, but we don’t have to stress about making
so many. We may only need one or two to meet our quota!
2. Designate a banner night.
If you still are not too keen on decorating
during conditioning practice, designate a banner night. Set the time for a
one-two hour slot where volunteer cheerleaders from your team can come to help.
Chances are, you’ll get a good number considering there is no stretching,
warm-up, or running that they’ll have to do. They get to enjoy just a fun paint
night with some friends!
We always like to have music playing to add a little
fun and bonding time, too
3. Assemble an after-practice banner
If summer conditioning doesn’t work for you, hire a few artsy girls
on the team to stay after practices to make banners and posters.
especially smart to rope in those that are always picked up late, anyways. Have
a quota they need to fill and a time limit, so they stay on a steady schedule.
4. Use your booster team.
Alright–so you worked your tail off trying to get
that booster team in place, right? Put them to work! They’ll love to help out. Give
them some ideas (may be from Pinterest?) to work with, and I’m sure you’ll get
some fun, creative posters
as a result.
5. Give ‘em to the girls (or
Okay, so you don’t have a booster team, you do not like the idea of
taking up practice time, and no one wants to stay after practice, including you…
never fear! Give the girls the gear! Have some artistic (and responsible)
leaders take home paint, posters, brushes, and whatever else their creative
souls need. Have them work on a few banners at home over the next week, and
make sure they bring them back in one piece!
6. SOS to the Student Council.
Maybe, you’re not even into the whole decorating thing…
that’s fine, too! Give
the responsibility to the Student Council (after asking them, of course). Our Student
Council makes a ton of signs to hang around the school. Try working with the
sponsor of Student Council, and ask for some help with the banners. I’m sure
they would be eager to help out. Just remember to give them credit, considering
they are doing the work.
By now, you probably have a good direction of when you want to work on banners
and posters. Get creative, make it fun, and don’t stress! Remember: this is
also about making the football and basketball teams happy. I know our boys are
so grateful to see a big banner when they walk into the locker rooms! That is
what it is really all about!
How else can cheer coaches fit in time to
make banners? Share what worked well for your team in the comments!