Cheerleaders work hard every day to follow their dreams and push themselves to
new levels of precision and fitness. They look at cheerleading as a way of life
instead of merely a hobby or something to do after school. But without the
right support system, gear, and transportation, cheerleaders would not be able
to meet their personal cheer goals or get to all the year-round cheer events!
Cheer parents are the backbone of cheerleading, providing cheerleaders with the
means to excel at the sport they love. Without cheer parents, cheerleading
would be a lot harder to pull off–not to mention, more expensive! So, with that
in mind, there are several things a cheer parent should possess in order to be
able to provide their cheer child everything they need.
1. A day planner. When we say
cheerleading never stops, we mean it! Cheerleading is a year-round endeavor,
and your child will probably want to participate as much as possible. That
includes sideline cheer, cheer training camps, all the practices involved, and
maybe even competitive cheer (which is a whole other schedule to put on the
calendar!) In order to avoid becoming stressed over what is expected of your
little cheerleader, have a day planner handy at all times. If you’re not a fan
of writing things down by hand, we luckily live in the age of technology and
you can program all of your cheerleader’s mandatory events right into your
smart phone. Just remember to set reminders!
flyers. The moment your child joined a cheer team, you probably realized
just how expensive cheerleading really is. Well, the costs don’t stop. From
annual participation fees to the necessary gear and uniforms, cheerleading
costs a pretty penny. The last thing you want to do is tell your child that you
can’t afford for them to continue doing what they love to do. Before you throw
in the proverbial towel, however, you can cut down the costs with strategic
fundraising! There are a lot of ways to raise money for cheer, and letting
people in your social circle know of your fundraising efforts is paramount to
sidestepping cost on a shoestring budget. Whether you decide to do a bake sale,
car wash, or other fundraising campaign, make sure you advertise it
3. A shoulder to cry on.
Cheerleading is usually a very fun activity with many memorable moments that a
cheerleader will cherish forever. But there are times that the sport brings the
water works, too! It might occur right after the loss at the big cheer competition,
the last sideline game of the season, a very bad practice, or after an
unexpected injury… but it will most certainly happen, and a cheer parent better
be prepared to empathize. Cheerleaders are strong individuals–who learn the
importance of teamwork and self-confidence as they grow on a squad–but are also
under a constant state of pressure to hit their marks, practice like champions,
and all the while succeed in school as they give back to their community. Talk
about a lot on your child’s plate! They can maintain a balance for all of these
high expectations only with the right support system, and that’s where your
role as a cheer parent becomes the most critical for their success.
What are other must-have items for cheer
parents? Do you think there are other ways to show your passion and support as
a cheer parent? Let us know in the comments below!