Having been in gyms all around the county, both big and small, there’s definitely a flavor to each one. Before I begin, I guess I might want to add a caveat to quell the torch-bearing, pitchfork-carrying townsfolks, aka angry mob, which might diverge from my opinions stated herein.
I am not a big fan of the raucous style of cheering. I’m the reserved, English hand clapper who, if you didn’t know any better, would think I don’t feel any internal excitement watching a game. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I can have fun on the inside without my outside turning from Dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hyde. In fact, if you see me jumping around and yelling at a game, someone probably stole my wallet.
I like to study the game’s nuances, and that’s sometimes hard to do with a pom-pom waving around in front of me and two teams’ worth of cheerleaders, plus a dance team fighting for the same space the basketball players are using to, well, play basketball. In some gyms, if you sit in the front row, there’s a danger of tripping a point guard on his/her way down court.
Cheerleading ranges from yelling to intense physical activity for sports team motivation, audience entertainment, or competition based upon organized routines. The routines usually range anywhere from one to three minutes.
Now some of you probably read through the first sentence and said there you go Warner, you’re wrong. Well, please read the second, the one-to-three minute little detail. I wouldn’t mind one to three minutes of cheering routines, but to keep it up for four quarters of game play is a bit much. I’ve seen officials have to warn people to back off the court.
The TSSAA just announced our high school football team has the same play list, minus one school – Smyrna – off the dance card. The reason we are placed where we were is the size of our high school populous. What’s that got to do with cheerleading you might ask?
How about we allot the size of the cheerleading going on to the size of the gymnasium said sport is being played in. For example, might we have a ban on outside cheerleaders coming to a gym where a sideline is nonexistent? Seems logical to me.
It’s kind of like we elect our president, an Electoral College of cheerleading if you will. Now I promised not to write about the Electoral College in sports, but I digress here as it was the only example I could think of at the last minute. We could allocate cheerleading positions based on size of school and gymnasium. That way, everybody would still have their roles to play, there would be more room for the ballplayers, and I might get a picture without a pom pom in it.
Well, it’s something to think about.