Cheerleading in Laurel County

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Bystander

Nicholasville, KY

#1 May 23, 2012
Cheerleading tryout took place a couple weeks ago for North Laurel Middle School. The girls that made the team were told it would cost a couple thousand dollars to be on the team. This included matching clothes, hair bows, bags, shoes and practice clothes. What different does it matter what they practice in? Also ,some girls maybe good enough to make the team but with today's economy may not have the money. Why is being a cheerleader so expensive? And what happens to these other talented girls? I attended most of the middle school ballgames and the cheerleaders were not there half the time and I don't recall them going to any away games. And when they were there they may have cheered 2-3 times, the rest was spend doing stunts on the sidelines for their parents and getting ready for competition. What would be nice is a cheerleading squad that cheers for the basketball teams and a competition squad that competes. I know these girls practice 5 days or more a week and have accomplished many awards and rewards at 'competition' but coaches and cheerleaders let's also cheer for our school teams next year.
Agreed

Somerset, KY

#2 May 23, 2012
Bystander wrote:
Cheerleading tryout took place a couple weeks ago for North Laurel Middle School. The girls that made the team were told it would cost a couple thousand dollars to be on the team. This included matching clothes, hair bows, bags, shoes and practice clothes. What different does it matter what they practice in? Also ,some girls maybe good enough to make the team but with today's economy may not have the money. Why is being a cheerleader so expensive? And what happens to these other talented girls? I attended most of the middle school ballgames and the cheerleaders were not there half the time and I don't recall them going to any away games. And when they were there they may have cheered 2-3 times, the rest was spend doing stunts on the sidelines for their parents and getting ready for competition. What would be nice is a cheerleading squad that cheers for the basketball teams and a competition squad that competes. I know these girls practice 5 days or more a week and have accomplished many awards and rewards at 'competition' but coaches and cheerleaders let's also cheer for our school teams next year.
Well said! I agree 100%. The high school will have to change some of these rules now that they are considered a sport under khsaa rules. They will not be able to cut anyone of money or cut them because of missing any summer conditioning. I am a huge supporter of our cheer program but I wish they would support the teams a little more. I have always thought that cheerleaders are the backbone of an athletic program. They can make a game alot more enjoyable.
cheerios

London, KY

#3 May 23, 2012
cheerleading is now it's own sport. these students no longer try out to be a sideline cheerleader at a game but to be a competetive athlete. perhaps the basketball teams should come and cheer for the cheerleaders.
the one

Madisonville, KY

#4 May 23, 2012
That's not to even mention the several thousand dollars that it costs for gymnastics classes in a given year. Sending your daughter to cheerleading can be a very expensive proposition these days, and yes, competition is a very big part of it now.
Bystander

Nicholasville, KY

#5 May 23, 2012
If cheerleading is considered a sport by KASAA, and I don't think that has been decided, but if so, then cheerleading is going more toward competition than it already is, all the more reason to have two teams. If it is considered a sport, then coaches and parents are looking at a lot less practice and a lot more rules and regulations.
I admire and respect the girls that compete and win trophies and awards for the schools they represent and themselves. They probably put in more practice time than any other athlete. I don't have a problem with the practice, that is between the coaches and the parents. I do have a problem with the money that it takes. Again why does their practice clothes have to match? If I am wrong about this would some cheerleader's parent let me know. The amount I heard was around $4,000. What if you are good enough for the team but don't have the money, should that child not make the team. Ball players are not told they can't be on the team if they don't have hundreds of dollars to pay upfront. I don't have a child or a grandchild that is a cheerleader. I overheard two mothers taking about this and I asked some questions. Cheerios, then maybe we need to change the title from cheerleaders to "Competitive athletics."
Cheer

London, KY

#6 May 23, 2012
The parents have the chance to fundraise all funds for the year. Several years ago a child raised all the funds necessary and then some within a couple weeks. As for practice clothes these are camp clothes that the girls use all year at camp and other public appearances. In the past churches, businesses, family friends and other cheer parents have sponsored cheerleaders to help pay for their funds. The school also provides nothing in the way of funding to the cheerleaders, that is not the case with other sports.
cheerfan

London, KY

#7 May 23, 2012
The cost quotes includes uniform prices as well. Which are typically only purchased the first year. It is MUCH cheaper the following years. From what I understand the cheerleaders were also allowed to purchased used uniforms for a cheap price.
Old Green Teeth

Manhattan, IL

#8 May 23, 2012
Tired of sports.... It's all about the money!!!
Blah

Ashland, KY

#9 May 23, 2012
The law states you are allowed to have access to a free public education!!! It doesn't state anywhere that anyone is entitled to participate in free sports. Nothing is free. There are many, many, many things that I didn't get to participate in and things my children won't particpate in simply because we cant afford it. I would LOVE to have a new car, but we can't afford it. I don't complain because others can.
Be careful

Somerset, KY

#10 May 25, 2012
Trust me the die hard cheerparents aren't going to like what comes next from the khsaa about cheerleading. They are discussing travel limits, competetion limits as well as fundraising caps required from individuals. Many sports has had this for years while cheerleading has been free of this. Trust me cheering as won a battle for equality but has Killed itself in the longrun! They will have a season and that will be the only required practice time. I wish that it would have never went this way.
Haha

Brownsville, TN

#11 May 25, 2012
Cheerleading isn't yet a sport

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#12 May 25, 2012
Agreed wrote:
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I have always thought that cheerleaders are the backbone of an athletic program.
other than some of the pro Obama, this may be the dumbest post i have ever read.
Boys Mom

Manchester, KY

#13 May 25, 2012
You are 100% dead on the money on this one. I don't have a dog in this fight. We have boys, and it is sickening to go to these other schools and even at our school & have cheerleaders from other schools turn out in big numbers and cheer for their team playing ball & we have no representation at all, and we are told our cheerleaders are off either practicing or in competition somewhere! Get the cheerleaders back on the side of the teams here cheering them on! Or....have 2 squads one that cheers for the teams and a competition team! Our school ends up looking stupid the way it is now!
For real

United States

#14 May 25, 2012
I had a child that played football and one who cheered at Dunbar in Lexington. Dunbar as anyone in the cheer world would know, goes to nationals just like North every year and has a great track record. I never had to pay a dime out of pocket for my son to play football. However cheerleading was a different story. We had to pay for the girls camp, camp clothing, and our own personal travel fees when it came to competitions. The coaches had fundraisers for us to cover the costs of uniforms and other things. Sounds like you all need better fundraising management. Finally, my daughter practiced several days a week and yet her team cheered at Every game! Even though they were a great team in competition the main reason they are there, is to lead their teams at games. If you are only interested in competitions join and all star team. There are a couple around the area. I just feel like if you can't do the primary part of your job, you shouldn't do any part of it!
Nice

Somerset, KY

#15 May 25, 2012
For real wrote:
I had a child that played football and one who cheered at Dunbar in Lexington. Dunbar as anyone in the cheer world would know, goes to nationals just like North every year and has a great track record. I never had to pay a dime out of pocket for my son to play football. However cheerleading was a different story. We had to pay for the girls camp, camp clothing, and our own personal travel fees when it came to competitions. The coaches had fundraisers for us to cover the costs of uniforms and other things. Sounds like you all need better fundraising management. Finally, my daughter practiced several days a week and yet her team cheered at Every game! Even though they were a great team in competition the main reason they are there, is to lead their teams at games. If you are only interested in competitions join and all star team. There are a couple around the area. I just feel like if you can't do the primary part of your job, you shouldn't do any part of it!
This is the best post I have seen in awhile. It has actual common sense in it!!
alsocheerfan

London, KY

#16 May 26, 2012
The middle school cheered more than the majority of the games. I know of only a couple that they missed. One of which I was told was because several of the girls were ill and another that was a weekend tournament game that was scheduled after the team had registered for their national qualifier. They also missed a game because there were two games scheduled for the same night, a football game and a girls basketball game. That's a scheduling issue. No, they don't do away games but very few middle school teams do. I"m proud to have such a talented group representing our school, they do a good job. And to the post about them stunting at the games for their parents, their parents are there to watch them and its not done during the actual game why does it matter? They wanna show their parents what they can do and the parents enjoy watching it, just like you enjoy watching your child play. Seems like something awful petty to complain about.

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