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Author: David Hanbery

Do's and Don'ts for Cheer Parents

Coaches are always bombarded with the question, “How do you put up with those cheer moms?!” Well the answer is simple. Without the cheer moms and dads, we would not have successful cheerleaders, so great coaches work hard to educate parents on the best way to help their child reach short term and long term goals. The ones that listen typically form a great team of success with their child, their family, their coach, and their team. Here are a few tips we have learned over the years. DO realize that this is your child’s sport and therefore the goals...

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Starting a Cheerleading Program

I am not a psychic, but let me make some assumptions.  I assume that if you are reading this article, you are passionate about the sport we call All Star Cheerleading.  I assume that you have felt the internal power that starts when the team walks on the floor, and you experienced the rise in your heart rate as the music hits the very first note.  I know that you experienced the euphoric feeling when the crowd got as loud as any rock concert.  You saw the passion and the dedication required of the team.  You witnessed the overwhelming support...

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The Heroes of Cheer 

There is a cheerleading story that has needed to be told for years. Unfortunately, in a world of cheerleading ruled by industry, cheerlebrities, and mega gyms, this story gets over shadowed by many others. It is the story of how cheerleading grew to become the size it is. A story of where it came from. A story about the people that never stopped doing what they loved. A story of true dedication, overcoming obstacles, and never saying never. It is a story that every one of you will identify with and remember forever. This is the story of cheerleading’s...

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Opinion: Extreme Competition Times

I understand this topic has been addressed, but it obviously has not been corrected. I feel that it is extremely important to do so immediately at the risk of losing more all star kids and supportive parents. While many coaches are very concerned about competitive advantages, rules, scoring, ages, and many other things that are integral to the success of our sport, I am concerned about the parents’ investment in the activity. Courtesy Lisa Ringer I wish to keep parents and kids happy by providing them a safe and valuable experience to brighten their future. This is how our...

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Opinion: Extreme Competition Times

I understand this topic has been addressed, but it obviously has not been corrected. I feel that it is extremely important to do so immediately at the risk of losing more all star kids and supportive parents. While many coaches are very concerned about competitive advantages, rules, scoring, ages, and many other things that are integral to the success of our sport, I am concerned about the parents’ investment in the activity. Courtesy Lisa Ringer I wish to keep parents and kids happy by providing them a safe and valuable experience to brighten their future. This is how our...

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