Cheerleading Feature Articles

A Year in Review

February 17, 2016
By Mark Maloney R'85

When talking about sports and what goes into a season, one may not think of “Cheerleading” teams in the same way you would think of football, baseball or basketball for example. So I had to ask the coach, Jen Kocher, “what does a typical cheer season look like?” And below is a detailed list of a typical cheer season. Wow!. I had no idea. The amount of time and effort put into a typical cheer season is simply amazing. The team's impact our culture, spirit, faith, service and overall brand in the communities we live and visit. I remember watching my daughter cheer freshman year and when we would visit other schools for a sports contest, the difference in spirit and energy within our squad compared to most everyone we visited was very noticeable. Next time you see a cheerleader, say thank you!

Season activities:

  • Fall season tryouts - April (approx. 40-42 members chosen out of approx 75 girls)
  • Summer practice (3 times a week/2 hrs each) - June 1 until school starts
  • Summer Youth Camp (for 1st-9th grade girls) - June
  • Our summer training camp to prepare for the season 3 day/2 night overnight camp in late June
  • Host Freshman Orientation Pep Rally
  • Fall Sports Mass
  • Weekly sign making to decorate the school with signs supporting various Rebel athletics and events
  • Cheer football games (all freshman, JV and varsity home and away games)
  • Football CYO night - we invite all south deanery cheerleaders to cheer the varsity game with us
  • Home Varsity Football Game tailgate parties for students and community (face painting, games,
  • contests, etc)
  • Fall Youth Cheer Clinic (for 1st-8th grade girls) - September
  • Lead 2 fall all school pep rallies (back to school and homecoming weeks)
  • Make appearances on various news shows both in early mornings and late night (this year we did Fox and Wish-TV)
  • Decide, promote and carry out student themes for each varsity football game
  • Decorate Chick-fil-A and promote Chick-fil-A challenge
  • Hold and work private clinics for grade school cheer programs
  • Perform 2 varsity football halftime shows (freshman, JV and varsity squads combined)
  • Cheer a football game at Marian University
  • Hold fall season banquet - October
  • Winter season tryouts - October
  • Winter sports mass
  • Cheer basketball games (boys and some girls; mix of all home and some away games)
  • Perform halftime dances at all home games
  • Lead winter spirit week pep rally - February
  • Random service projects throughout the year