Did you even know that was a thing?
Well, I hope you did … because it is. And it has been for a few years because safety is the number one priority when it comes to cheerleading (and especially stunts).
So I wanted to kick off this special month by giving a few general tips for running a safe practice. I’ve been having some internet issues, so I’ve put the tips in the email this week instead of having you click over to the blog.
Take the pledge
There’s an official pledge you can take over at cheersafe.org. It’s one that thousands take every year, and you should be a part of it. It shows your team (and their parents AND the administration) that you care about their safety and desire to take care of them.
Know the rules
Rules are in place for a reason. For years, cheerleading got a bad rap for being dangerous. And, you know what? It’s true. It IS dangerous … but the rules have helped to create consistency across age groups and divisions and eliminate unnecessary risks. Be sure you know your rules. You can also find these over at cheersafe.org.
Have an emergency action plan
Do you know what to do if someone has a terrible fall and is deeply injured? You need to have a plan in place. You should create an emergency action plan and have your team rehearse it so they know what to do in case something ever goes really wrong during practice.