I must confess that I am totally shocked by the cheer world today. There are approximately 60 kids without a cheer home today. They say everything happens for a reason and it wasn't really a home to begin with then. BUT that doesn't make it right. Everything is rumor and hearsay right now but the truth is that this person pursued athletes in this area aggressively. This person was messing with others livelihoods. You don't go and open a cheer gym in another gym's backyard then facebook all their athletes. Luckily, most of these kids have parents who intervened on their facebooks and blocked this person or drilled into their heads that is was inappropriate for this adult, a stranger to talk to them on facebook. Did this person care about the kids?! NO! It was all about money. 60 kids is a great start for a new gym with so many gyms in the surrounding area.
I am heading into my 7th year in the cheer world as an All-Star Cheer Mom. Here is my advice to all of you:
1. Never ever burn a bridge. I am sure I have burned a few but I am honest and true so in my mind I just tell it like it is.
2. There is no such thing as a secret in cheerleading. We all will find out the true story eventually.
3. Never ever pay tuition up front at a first year cheer gym!
4. Monitor your child;s facebook daily or twice a day. Yes, I think it is ok for them to have facebook. Why? because you can track what they say better than on an instant messenger.
5. Formspring, just say NO! Anonymous comments, nothing good ever comes out of that.
6. You or your child are not entitled to anything, they have to earn it. It doesn't matter how many years and how the stars are aligned that day but until your athlete earns it they do not deserve a spot.
7. Don't ever tell the coaches what team you want your kid on, you might get what you wish for. They are impartial and they know your kids skills better. We are their biggest fan but we may not know what is best for them.
8. Did I say there is no such thing is a secret?? I don't care if you say don't repeat it....someone will.
9. Before choosing to leave a cheer gym, ask your child what they want. They just might have the answer you have been looking for.
So, it looks like tryouts are over here in South Florida. Top Gun gets their placements tonite. What a crazy year?! Kids trying out at 4 and 5 gyms. I have seen Mom's spend less on college applications then cheer tryout fees. I have seen parents power playing by taking their kids to another gym to get what they want at their current gym. And guess what? Most of them get it. I had the most drama free year I have had in years, the parents at my daughter's gym seem happy. The first week of practice for the teams seemed to be amazing. The 2 teams I saw looked SICK!!!! No one was calling me saying, I can't believe so and so made that team or that team. Well, at least not about my daughter's gym. I heard it about some of the others. It seems to be the most drama filled tryout season as far as the area goes but the drama was the lowest for me. Why? It is all who you choose to associate yourself with. Your create your own destiny especially as a cheer mom.
Every year, they post the Top 10 Party Schools in Playboy Magazine, I think they need to post in American Cheerleader Magazine Top 10 Drama Free All-Star Gyms! Can we find 10? There will always be some drama but it is all in how it is handled. How does your gym handle drama? Does that parent get a talking to? Does that parent even care?
Wow, I feel better. I needed to get it all out. I just can't imagine what those kids and their parents feel like today. All the other gyms have had their tryouts. I hope their are gyms that will accept them with open arms and turn this around for them.
Peace, Love & Cheer!