Coaches may think that cheer parents are intruding into their Jacksonville cheerleading program. The cheerleaders may think that their parents are stalking them to school and their activities. But for parents, their presence in cheer practices and performances means only one thing: they are 100-percent behind their children’s passion for cheer and dance.
Some cheer coaches hate the idea of seeing cheer parents during practices because they think this interferes into their ability to decide rationally.
While some cheer parents can become excessively passionate about seeing their daughters become a head cheerleader, most of those who go to practices are simply proud of their kids’ achievements. They are not looking for special treatment and they don’t expect you to give their daughter preferential treatment just because they were present during the practice.
The squad needs any help they can get and so do you. Alone, you cannot manage all the ego, hormonal imbalance, and millennial mentality of the whole squad. You would need someone else to help you manage the girls and explain to them that you’re only trying to decide what’s best for them. That’s why you absolutely need the loyalty of your cheer parents.
They are the ones who can and will be able to explain to their daughters that your decisions are what’s best for the group. Do not try and become the enemy for the cheer parents because it is very easy for parents to affect the relationships between you and the rest of the team.
Having the parents’ support also means you don’t have to worry about cheer uniform and gear. If your school budget does not allow you to purchase a new set of uniform or to travel for a regional or national competition, you can be assured that the cheer parents will do all they can to finance the squad. If cheering is something their daughters enjoy and are passionate about, they will surely look for ways to raise funds for their goals.
Another thing that you won’t need to worry about when the cheer parents are active in managing the team is the logistics side of cheerleading. Someone, of course, has to take care of the food, the drinks, the transportation arrangement, and many others.
While you can do it among yourselves and be responsible for each of your needs, there’s nothing like simply focusing on the task at hand. Instead of having to take care of so many non-cheer things happening around you, any cheer parent can take these duties off your hands.