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Whether you’re looking for ways to whip fans into a frenzy on a budget or want to breathe fresh life into Homecoming Week festivities, you’ve come to the right place. At Spiritline, we hear from thousands of cheerleading squads and planning committees every year. And while one football team would never swipe an opponent’s playbook, we believe in sharing ideas all across the country. After all, White Out Night will intimidate the other team just as effectively on the East Coast as it will on the West. Rallies to declaw Wildcats work the same in Arizona as they do in Kentucky. We’re just not an idea place, though. We’ve also created shopping lists and scheduling calendars to make planning easy.
Rally the crowd with a tug-a-war between your mascot and the rival team's mascot! Rent the rival team's mascot costume and recruit a student to play the part for the game. Your mascot and "their" mascot then fight it out-and your mascot wins! Mock fights between the mascots during the game also keep the victorious spirit alive!
2. Zip Your Lip
Shhh! Save your spirit for your team's first touchdown. Instruct all the fans (at the pep rally) that they are to be completely silent until their team scores. Then unleash all that pent-up energy in a torrent of school spirit! A great way to intimidate your rivals while super-charging your fans!
3. Bring It On
Give 'em a real spectacle! Play the loudest music, perform the hippest dances, and execute the most daring stunts during half-time. This will energize the fans for another round of game action!
4. Use Your Lungs
Who's got the most school spirit? Find out in a shouting contest (held before the game or during a time-out). It's the left side of the crowd against the right in this exciting battle of spirit!
5. Play Ball
Get the crowd in the mood for fun! Provide one or two colorful beach balls for the crowd to bat around before the game. Once the game starts, have the fans autograph the balls as a fun gift for the coach or MVP!
6. Sea of Fans
Create a sea of color in the stands! Give the first person in each row a 19" roll of gossamer. As the roll is passed from person to person along the horizontal row, your school's dominance unfolds. (A 100 yard roll covers the length of a football field!) When the fans are covered, start a giant wave. The opposing fans will be shrouded with embarrassment when they see a GIANT flag of your school colors.
7. Noise Power!
Sell a variety of noisemakers (cheerphones, cow bells, horns, kazoos, imprinted clicker poms, and spirit clappers) to the fans so they can distract the rival school and applaud their own team.
8. Wear It with Pride.
Bandannas, foam mitts, spirit towels, and poms are great visual ways to increase enthusiasm.
9. It's a New Wave
Start a unique wave in the bleachers. Instead of the normal wave where fans rise slightly and raise their arms, encourage them to do the "twister" (Fans stand up completely, turn all the way around, and sit back down).
10. Spread the Word
Put up banners and signs in the gym before each game. Use your opponent's name, and give each battle a new weapon. A few rolls of our seamless paper in your school colors will work perfectly (For big games, give the gym an extra boost with balloons, metallic streamers, and crepe paper too)!
11. Time for Traditions
Create and promote traditions. Use the same cheer for free throws, feature your fight song each game, use the crowd's favorite chant at time-outs, etc.
12. Mascot Madness
Nothing gets a crowd more excited than their school mascot brought to life! Put your rowdiest fan inside your school's biggest hero and watch the crowd fire up!
If they can't hear you, how can they join in? Use megaphones to help project your voices, and get your cheers heard loud and clear!
14. Spell It Out
Make hand held signs with big, clear words to lead the crowd - our strong corrugated paper works really well for this.
15. Educate the Masses
Teach new crowd cheers at pep rallies so that your fans will know it in time for the big game.
16. Powerful Poms
Pass out our popular pom poms in your school colors. They are inexpensive, and your rival will be green with envy when they see the sea of your school colors on your bleachers.
17. Giant Flags
Run around the field with giant school flags to pump up the crowd.
Do push ups in the end zone for each point scored.
Get Foam noodles or skinny balloons in your school colors, pass them out to the crowd for a sea a waving school spirit. Our BamBams are a great alternative.
Here’s a list of essentials for your school store.