It is that time of year again: football is coming to close, and basketball
season is on the horizon! As cheer parents, you support your cheerleader by
going to all the games to cheer them on. Sideline cheer is not always created
equal, and there are positives and negatives to both football and basketball
but here are five reasons why cheer parents should absolutely love
basketball season.1. It is indoors.
FINALLY, you get
to sit inside! Football season starts at the tail end of hot summertime, and
then ends at the onset of winter. Friday night games are either so hot you wish
you could bring a portable AC, or so unbearably cold that you might lose a toe
to frostbite. Basketball season might be
in the dead of winter, but at least you’re indoors! It might get a little
stuffy at times, but at least you leave with all your fingers and toes.
2. The excitement.
Let’s face it–there
can be a lot of downtime at football
games. It is not that you do not enjoy watching and supporting your cheerleader,
but watching footballers running on and off the field, is not that exciting. Plus,
it does not give your cheerleader too much to cheer about. On the other hand, basketball
season is action-packed! The basketball players are running up and down the
court, your cheerleader is cheering and jumping with their team the entire game.
There is a lot going on, and a lot to be excited about!
3. Better seats.
are huge, making it sometimes hard to see your cheerleader when you are so far
away. Basketball season is a more intimate setting: gyms are not as big, and
there is not a lot of sideline space for your cheerleader. You can be as up
close and personal as you want with your cheerleader, and really see and hear
the cheers. You might be packed into the gym like sardines, but it is worth it
to see your cheerleader having a great time getting involved in their school
and sharing some of that school spirit.
4. New cheers.
Because basketball is
such a fast-paced, constantly moving game, cheerleaders do not have a lot of
downtime. They constantly have to change up cheers depending on if the team is
on the offense or defense (which can change in an instant). Cheerleaders need
to prepare for what type of shot the players are going to take, and if there is
foul, to change up the cheer for a free throw. The cheerleading squad gets a
lot of time to really show off their skills, and you can feel the excitement and
high energy at a basketball game.
During football season,
halftime usually involves the marching band, a flag or dance team, and the
cheer squad. However, basketball season is when the cheerleaders get to take on
the full halftime show! You finally get to see all the stunts and performances
your cheerleader has been working so hard on. Plus, it is great to see the
improvements your cheerleader has been making since the beginning of the school
year back in August!
Why else should cheer parents love
basketball season? Share your thoughts in the comments!