There are mixed feelings about the value of cheerleaders in the youth football program. Personally, I feel cheerleaders make money from a financial perspective. Insurance is inexpensive and uniforms are not required. They can be seen as adding atmosphere to the entire football day.
As a coach, I find cheerleaders to be annoying. You should check with the league to find out their rules regarding how much cooperation and involvement they require. Talk to the person in charge of your cheerleading squad if you have to deal with them. It is best to establish the rules upfront so that there are no misunderstandings. You should let cheerleaders’ coaches know what you allow for homecoming and for each game. Your league’s rules will dictate what cheerleaders can do. If pyramids are not allowed, then it is important to know.
Rally night and/or Homecoming are the biggest events for cheerleaders. Give them some grace. After the game, I let my children run through a banner with me and then we share a snack together. If you’re having a huge feast, Team Mom should get the parents of the girls involved.
The cheerleaders have been a distraction during youth football games for many years. When you’re at halftime, they take center stage.
Jim has more than 22 years of experience as a youth coach. He has had great success with his youth coaching system for youth basketball and youth 24.live. His teams have won more than 80% of their games.