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Seventh grade cheerleading

Original post made by Cheerless, Stoneridge, on May 18, 2014

What a disappointing experience . . . young middle school girls get a few hours to learn routines, are sorted into teams of twos, and never know the other girl is their competition for a slot. They show up with smiles, pony tails, curls, school colors, and a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. Is it that difficult to let all the girls at this level be cheerleaders (twenty girls)? They might learn and excel, like any experience. And maybe they won't. Maybe they could be second string like other sports? It's expensive, but their parents were already willing to foot the tab (thousands). Wouldn't it be better to give these young ladies a chance to keep a spot at eighth grade, after a year of working as a team? Aren't there enough sports teams to cheer for? Instead, these girls do their best in a short time and show up to see they aren't included. I understand, at some point there is a cut. It just seems unnecessarily soon. And yes, our little girl who loves her school didn't make it, nor did many other energetic girls. She'll be fine and I hope the others are as well. Just wondered if this is something worth finding a different approach.

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Posted by Kathleen
a resident of Hacienda Gardens
on May 18, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Your helicopter parenting makes me feel worse for your over-sheltered daughter than her not making the team. This is why America is on the decline.

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Posted by Cheerless
a resident of Stoneridge
on May 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Our family is fine. This was a small heartbreak.. Is there a problem with allowing these girls to participate the first year?

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Posted by Lileth
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on May 18, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Might I recommend a little bit more emphasis on chemistry, a little less emphasis on cheering on the sidelines for the boys?

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Posted by Kathleen
a resident of Hacienda Gardens
on May 19, 2014 at 5:55 am

If it was a small heartbreak, why didn't you simply ask the coach? The Pleasanton Weekly forum does not run the cheer program. Be honest, you posted here because you wanted to stir $#!t up.

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Posted by Cheerless
a resident of Stoneridge
on May 19, 2014 at 7:42 am

It is a one question poll. A quick tally here shows no interest worth bringing to a coach.

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