Play-By-Play

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  1. May 8, 2015: I had a wonderful opportunity to work with the cheerleaders for the first time from 3-5pm during open gym. This was my first experience with a couple of dedicated girls who wanted to practice and prepare for try outs. I was there to direct and lead the open gym having them push their comfort zone and allowing me to spot them. Many girls accomplished or regained a skill that was previously lost or scary to do.
  2. May 20, 2015: I was able to sit in and be a judge during the high school try outs from 3-5:30pm. We picked the Varsity (13 girls) and JV (11 girls) after deliberating their tumbling, flexibility, and motions/memory. I can already tell that this young group of Varsity cheerleaders have so much potential and room for growth that I will be able to tap into.
  3. May 21, 2015: Had an all cheerleader meeting with the 23 girls going over fundraisers, volunteer opportunities, and camps from 3-4pm. Spent another hour planning a volunteer opportunity with the mint festival. The girls will be able to work with kids and mandating games in the “kids world” section for two different shifts.
  4. May 25, 2015: Planned leadership and team building activities to do in future practices for an hour.
  5. May 26, 2015: Planned the shifts, wrote the addresses, names and shirt sizes for the mint festival. For the rest of the hour, had the girls do a cardio workout to T25.
  6. May 27, 2015: From 3-4pm, had the Varsity team do a speed workout to T25 and then talked about “Beast Camp” shirt ideas.
  7. May 29, 2015: Planned for an hour what team bonding or communication exercises/activities I could do with the team. Also planning on copying all the pages of how to do each one to leave for the coach to do the following years.
  8. May 30,2015: Volunteered with the Varsity cheerleaders with Uncle Johns Cider Mill for the Hard Cider Run 5k. From 7am-noon, we helped with registering the athletes, giving them their shirts and bid numbers, parking, and handing out water to the runners.
  9. June 1, 2015: From 3-4pm, had the Varsity team do a workout to T25 and then talked to Brewer (coach) about team bonding exercises.
  10. June 2, 2015: Did a T25 exercise with friends from other sports in the building requiring encouragement from me throughout the exercise as the coach left the room to work with potential JV members for an hour.
  11. June 3, 2015: I brought the group outside to do a leadership building activity called “log crossing” this requires leaders to emerge and provide directions for their “tribes”. After they successfully completed that with added challenges, I had them try a human knot in two groups again. After both activities, they did tumbling exercises inside for the rest of the hour.
  12. June 8, 2015: After doing a full body workout to T25, I lead them in a team bonding activity called “clump”. They walk around the room saying clump while representing so in their hands, and when I call out a number, they get in that amount of people per group. Once they were in said group, I gave them a question to discuss. If there was one person or more who did not fit into that certain number group, they were “out”. I also added if they were to become out, they start their own group and continue the conversation. Afterwards, they played another game called “Chicken in a Hen House”, a cheerleading classic. They have a partner who has to do whatever I call out (i.e., chicken in a hen house, koala, bunk beds, monkey in a tree, bridge over water, captain, santa claus).
  13. June 10, 2015: I started leading the day with a team bonding activity called “5 fingers” where the thumb represents where they are from, pointer represents where they are going, middle finger represents what they hate, ring finger represents what they love, and the pinky could either represent an embarrassing moment or interesting fact. This was just another way for each of them to get to know each other on a surface level where later on in the summer, they will be doing activities that require them to get deeper. For the rest of the hour, they worked on chants to show the little’s for camp in a couple of days.
  14. June 15, 2015: Had the Varsity and JV move the cafeteria tables and pull the mats out before stretching/going over cheers for the Little’s Camp the next three days. For the rest of the hour, we did some team bonding activities again, practiced the counts for stunts, and went over our plans for what to teach the kids tomorrow.
  15. June 16, 2015: From 9am-1pm, we taught the 10 girls from 1st to 8th grade, the fundamentals of being a cheerleader. We taught them a couple chants along with all the basic motions in cheerleading, jumps, tumbling, and stunts. We also played “all of my friends”, chicken in a hen house and log tag or elbow tag. I also spent another hour on making the playlist for the camp.
  16. June 17, 2015: From 9am-1pm, we taught the 10 girls from 1st to 8th grade, the fundamentals of being a cheerleader. We taught them a couple more chants along with all the basic motions in cheerleading, jumps, tumbling, and stunts. We also played duck duck goose, guess who’s changing the moves, barnyard (try to find your group of the same animal as you by doing that sound i.e, ducks quack, cows moo, etc..), chicken in a hen house, and log tag or elbow tag.
  17. June 18,2015: From 9am-1pm, we taught the 10 girls from 1st to 8th grade, the fundamentals of being a cheerleader. We taught them all of the chants along with all the basic motions in cheerleading, jumps, tumbling, and stunts. We also played chicken in a hen house, clump, alphabet soup (spell letters on ground with bodies with 5 other people on your “team”), and log tag. We had them show their parents all of their hard work the last 3 days and we handed out their certificates with a T-Shirt.
  18. June 24, 2015: From 9am-11am, I worked with a couple of the girls for open gym in the balcony. I was able to focus and help these individuals one-on-one and really get to show them the little techniques that the coach/judges are looking for.
  19. July 7, 2015: From 9am-11am, we had the team do tumbling drills and stunting drills.
  20. July 8, 2015: I led the team without the main coach for the 9am-11am practice as we ran through tumbling drills, went over old chants and created new ones (to spark and get their minds rolling for camp next month), and did some tumbling. This was the first time I really took over the team and tried new things with the chants (which turned out pretty well).
  21. July 9, 2015: Had our last practice for the week running through a little bit of everything 9am-11am.
  22. July 14, 2015: From 9am-11am, we worked on chants and stunts, some drills and stations to tone everyone’s bodies back into cheer mode.
  23. July 15, 2015: From 9am-11am, we did tumbling exercises, stations, and chants. Handed out camp shirts and discussed camp details. From 5pm-9pm, worked a fundraiser as concessions for the St. John’s Car Show. We raised a lot of money for camp and a new tumble track.
  24. July 16, 2015: From 9am-11am, we did a little bit of everything again to prepare for camp next month.
  25. July 29, 2015: From 9am-11am, we had a team bonding day.
  26. August 4, 2015: From 4-6pm, the JV coach and I got the girls ready for camp with stunting drills and information/details about camp.
  27. August 6th-7th, 2015: Spent 48 hours with the Varsity girls at Beast Camp. Details in my post; “PrACTice Like A Champion”.
  28. August 11, 2015: Recapped what we learned at Beast Camp from 9am-11am.
  29. August 12, 2015: Cleaned and tightened chants from and before camp, also worked on removing and replacing people in the stunt groups to what would work best for the team for the rest of the practice from 9-11.
  30. August 13, 2015: Worked with the cheerleaders on cheers and cleaning up stunts from 9-11am.

Total hours: 123 & 1/2

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