Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cheerleading is as much a sport as Chess?

Jeff Webb, CEO of Varsity Brands was quoted as saying "Competitive Cheerleading is as much a sport as Chess"  See article Cheerleading; Is it a Competitive Sport?

Well, if chess gave my daughter the muscle tone and physical conditioning that she gets from cheer then sign me up.  But, it doesn't and it never will.  I can just give you one word describing how I feel about this comment without cussing.....I am just PISSED!

Why doesn't Jeff Webb want cheerleading to be a sport??  Well, pure greed.  This is a business to him.  He even makes money if you file a grievance at a competition.  Some competitions it costs you $100 to just complain.  There are competitions where we are charged $25 a day to get in to watch two mins and 30 seconds of our childs routine. 

What is the definition of a sport?
Definition of a Sport

What is the definition of a recreation?
Definition of Recreation

Well, what do you think?  Sure sounds like a sport, huh?

I think what will happen is that cheer will be broken up into 2 categories and one will be considered a sport under Title whatever..... and the other will still be owned by Varsity. 


Friday, June 18, 2010

She's BAAAACKKKK but now she's gone!

Well, she came back from camp on Sunday.  No tears all week until the airport when the alarm was going off non-stop, it was pouring rain and the flight was delayed.  Understandable! 

So, she landed an hour later and we went out to dinner with another cheer camp family.  I went in her bag when we got to the restaurant to check the pictures she bought.  Last year they were crushed.  Well, we openned the bag and my husband made me seal it up fast before the odor got past the truck into the rest of his car.  He said it was like an "Entity"!  Boy was he right, It took days and lots of glade plug-ins, febreze and odor-eaters to get rid of it.  Anything her stuff touched began to smell like it.  So now the only thing that smells is her shoes..... Understandable!

Next morning it was time to go to Choreography camp at 8 am!  Understandable, NOT! But she was ready to go,  8-1, was coach crazy??  These girls are exhausted.  I heard there were a few tears over her power hurdle something something tuck.   I got there at 1 and she didn't want to leave!  So, they let her stay.  Well, not such a good idea.  They asked her to be on the team who had choreography after hers!  Sp, every day this week she has been there 8-1 and 4-8.  I didn't see her all week!

Now, she is off on a cruise with her grandparents.  It was not fun packing another bag but at least it was not gym clothes.  My wash consisted of red and black for days! 

So, she got her layout at camp and perfected the tumbling skills she has.  Choreography has been great.  She has great spots in the routine.  She is front and center for jumps!!!  It is a triangle and she is the point!  She has a tumble pass at the beginning and during everyones passes!!!!!   She came back from camp with more videos than pictures.  She posted one of a toilet on facebook from camp.  That was embarrassing!  There is a 25 min video of someone telling a story and to top it off a video of one of the girls standing on the toilet with her but in the area plunging away. NICE! 

Best of all, they got to really bond.  Some of these girls are girls she has been with for 3 years but never really bonded with.  They had the older girls in a connected cabin and they really took the younger ones under their wings and were mentors. 

I did get one call from the camp when she got kicked in the head and had a goose egg on her head......funny part was none of the younger girls knew what that meant!!!  She was fine and went back to stunting!  OMG! 

So, now I am all alone to gather my thoughts......SCARY!!

Monday, June 7, 2010

What happens at Camp....Stays at Camp!

Well, my daughter is off at cheer camp at Woodward in Pennsylvania,  Trying to get things out of her is like getting a prisoner to confess.  Yesterday she called me 8 times.  Today only 3.  She is so happy and excited though. I really can't complain. 

She is working on her tuck and her layout, she is determined to get it.  She said she will go to every open gym all week until she gets it!  Wow!  I have never seen this determination. 

I have been nagging her for 3 pictures a day! 

I am getting so much done so far with the kids at camp.  I cleaned out the bathroom cabinets.  Boy do we own a lot of products.   Tomorrow, I do the kitchen cabinets...I am know pathetic.

Well, thats about it!  And I am trying to figure how to create a signature for my blog.

Peace, Love & Cheer


Friday, June 4, 2010

“If you don't like their rules, whose would you use?" Charlie Brown

So, I got a call on my cell from Coach....this usually means her butt or her purse called me.   Well, this time that wasn't the case.

My issue with the gym is that they make a lot of rules and don't enforce them. They did tonight!  This is the 3rd time I have seen Coach strictly enforce the rules and I am likin it!!!I am so proud.

My daughter doesn't want to follow the rules  if she sees others breaking them.  She hates putting her hair in a "High Pony""  I understand because she has a lot of hair but she has total fits over her hair.  She got to the gym and her hair wasn't not up and Coach asked her to put it up and my daughter refused and wouldn't speak to her.  My daughter is 9.  This is Ridiculous.  She made her sit out the entire time.  I was so happy.  We have been battling hair for 4 yrs.  I think this may have done it.  Plus, I didn't drop her off so I was not happy to get the call and when I got on the phone with her, I think she realized how mad I was.

I am done with the attitude and disrespect. 

Peace Love & Cheer


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Summer's here and the time is right for???? WOODWARD!

Woodward Cheer Camp is absolutely amazing!  This time last year, I was a nervous wreck.  It was her first time going away.  This year I am so excited for her. 

I just hope that I don't get a call on Weds with the waterworks like last year,  she was fine when I talked to her at dinner time then by bed time she was a mess.  I asked why and she said because everyone else is crying.  Well, as they say "if they all jumped off a bridge, would you??" 

Her goal this year is to master her standing tuck and work on her layout.  Level 4 Skills, I don't know if I candle this. 

Today, it was the last day of school.  They are already driving me nuts.  My daughter wants to do the Ouija Board and my son Jenga....  They are already getting on each others nerves.  I am excited for woodward but wondering how to keep just my son busy for a week alone.

Well, wish me luck.

Peace, Love & Cheer