Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Run-Thru for Friday

Winter Cheer Tryouts

I couldn't be more proud of or more happy with this season's squad, but so many students are interested in coming out for cheer, that we will be having tryouts for basketball season. I've said before, the increased interest is evidence of the great job the current squad is doing. You're making people want to be a part of it too. 

Don't be intimidated or worry too much about the competition, you've done the work, developed the skills and have the talent and experience to perform great in any tryout. And if somehow you don't make it back on, don't let it rock your world, choc it up to learning and growing and give it another try next Spring when we have tryouts for football season again.

Remember, there are three metrics I use to help me choose candidates; 1) the average of their three teacher-recommendations, 2) their GPA turned into a percentage, 3) and the average of judges scores at the actual tryout. This means that character is important, grades are important, and knowledge/skills/effort/talent are important. To be considered, candidates should have an aggregate score above 60%. Ultimately I reserve final determination and that's based on how well candidates will positively represent Boyer Valley, how well they can cooperate and collaborate with other cheerleaders, and how cooperative and coachable they'll be for me as the coach.

Candidates must have their physical & concussion paperwork current and submit their parental release form and teacher recommendation forms before they can tryout and be considered. Candidates should attend at least one, preferable two of the three tryout-practices.

2012-13 Basketball Cheerleading Tryouts
• Teacher Recommendation Forms, Parental Release Forms, Physicals, & Concussion forms due Fri. Nov. 2
• Tryout practices Nov. 5, 6, & 8
• Tryouts Friday, Nov. 9

Sunday, September 23, 2012


THIS WEEK: We'll have practice Monday and Wednesday, but not Tues or Thurs. I'm covering detention for Mrs. Lee.

Heartland Christian are the Eagles. Anyone got any Run-Thru ideas?

NEXT WEEK, We'll practice Monday but NOT Tues,  Wed, or Thurs- because I'll have my own detention duty and we have an early out that Wed. Charter Oak is pretty close, so we won't have to leave till after 5:30pm. Supper on your own.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Pyramid of Success; Third Tier

"Some believed my players were simply in better physical condition than the competition. They may have been, but they also had tremendous mental and emotional conditioning. You must identify your conditioning requirements and then attain them. Without proper conditioning in all areas, you will fall short of your potential. It is impossible to attain and maintain desirable physical condition without first achieving mental and moral condition." ~ John Wooden
"A winner is somebody who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses them to accomplish his goals." ~Larry Bird, Boston Celtics "You have to know what you're doing and be able to do it quickly and properly." ~Coach John Wooden
Coach Wooden on Team Spirit: "This means thinking of others. It means losing oneself in the group for the good of the group. It means being not just willing but eager to sacrifice personal interest or glory for the welfare of all. Team spirit means you are willing to sacrifice personal considerations for the welfare of all. That defines a team player."

Friday, September 14, 2012

Watch Us Fly!

Practicing Mount Building at Practices this Week;
Back-Kneels, Back-Stands, Extension-Preps from step-up and from elevator.

I sure didn't think I'd still be basing back when I did this in college!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Cheerleaders at Jersey Auction

Auctioneer and Coaches-

I'm not going to be able to make it Sunday to the jersey auction this year. We have family coming from California, Kansas, and South Dakota this weekend for my in-law's 50th anniversary. I feel REALLY bad about it, especially since we have so many freshmen on cheer squad this year.

Jon- It would be great is you could auction the cheer squad before the football team. There's fewer of them, the boys are the real anchor of the auction anyway, the boys will draw more money and it will be kind to get it over with fast for these poor freshmen girls. Thanks. You've been doing it that way the last few years anyway.

Stacie or Kent- If one of you is there and you wouldn't mind, maybe you could say a quick something about the squad over all since I won't be able to. You guys at least know the Zehner sisters. 

If not, maybe Jon, Ernie, or Jay could just read this for me:

I'd just like everyone to know that I'm incredibly proud of this year's squad. They get along well, they work hard, they've been practicing stunts and pyramids this year and since there's 6 Freshmen, we're looking forward to having a great program for the next few years. Our Seniors Quincy and Shannon have come a long way since they've started and I'm particularly proud of them. We have a new mascot for the first time in for years and she shows an incredible amount of spunk and has a lot of energy. We're all really proud to be supporting our boys because they work so hard and deserve it.

I'm having them bring their current uniforms this year, so if someone could make sure each cheerleader knows who paid for it so they can write them a thank-you and so that they can get their uniform back by next Thursday, that would be great.

Thanks, sorry to miss it.

Here's our roster if anybody needs it. 
2012 Football Cheer Squad
Seniors Quincy Baker & Shannon Zehner
Sophomore Jennifer Zehner
Freshmen Catherin Dublimske, Larissa Hollinger, & Kaitlyn Holden
Alternates, Freshmen Jessica Hollander & Mali Bounsana
& Mascot, Freshman Chelsea Willis

Ted Mallory
Boyer Valley Community Schools
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Jersey Auction THIS SUNDAY Sept.16

4:30 pm Homecoming Week Soup Supper
6:00 pm Jersey Auction & Coronation

>>First thing I need you all to know about it, is that I won't be there this year. Sorry. We have family coming from California, Kansas, and South Dakota this weekend for my in-law's 50th anniversary. I feel REALLY bad about it, especially since we have so many freshmen this year. But just follow the lead of Shannon Zehner, Jennifer Zehner, Tammy Zehner, Quincy, and Paula Ritterbush Eickholt- they'll get you through it.

>>BASIC JIST- You get on stage and the Schabens auction off your shell to raise money for the Athletic Boosters. We need this because the're gonna help us get new uniforms for next year. Your parents and/or grandparents may bid, but so will local businesses.

>>I won't make it "mandatory," in other words, I won't MAKE you attend, but it will really look bad if only 2 or 3 out of the 10 of you go. SO PLEASE TRY TO MAKE IT IF YOU CAN. However, I understand you don't all have rides, this was short notice since it slipped my mind, your parents may have other previous commitments for you, and after all, I won't be there (although XC and VB coaches often aren't there either).

>>Please try to be there by 5:45 or so. Unless you want to come eat, then by all means, come anytime after 4:15. Please bring your family and guests, this is a great way to support ALL the sports programs at BV (its not just about football, in spite of whatever you've heard). Sit together if you can and introduce each other's families and get to know each other.

>>Not enough old "jerseys"- usually we have them auction off old shells (tops) but since there's 9 (plus a mascot)  of you this year and the 2 alternates are stuck wearing older shells anyway, let's just bring your current uniform top- but IMPORTANT- YOU MUST KNOW WHO PAID FOR YOURS AND RETRIEVE IT FROM THEM BY NEXT THURS 9/20 so that you can wear it next Friday! Got that?

Chelsea Willis, you bring the older mascot head (whichever one you don't use), you'll still need to get it back from your donor, but its not as urgent that you get it by Thursday.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


>>You all did a FANTASTIC job last Friday night. Thank you!

>>Van Time for Friday's away game in Stanton- 4:00PM
Bring money and we can have supper in either Harlan or Avoca

>>Warm-ups came in. If you're missing some and need them, please bring a $30 returnable deposit and pick yours out.

>>Please be sure to attend practice Thursday to be eligible to go Friday (except of course Zehners at XC)

>>If you can't come Friday, please let me know ASAP so that I can let alternates Jessica &/or Marissa know.

>>This week we've been working on back kneels and back stands. Today we got Kaitlyn up to a prep with an "elevator" instead of stepping up from a thigh stand. Just think if we had 6 or 8 people at practice and not just 4? Always 3:30-4:30 M-Th unless I let you know. No practice on early out Wed.

>>Next week we'll need to work together on the run-thru and the pep-rally; this one's the biggie, it will be Homecoming. I know XC runs the ball from Whiting or Sioux City or wherever, but it would be ideal if we can have Jennifer & Shannon at least one day next week. It might be better if its Monday rather than Thursday- but see what works with Coach Hall.

>>If you can't make it to practice, please let me know. Work, parents, injury, illness- I'm very flexible & understanding. If you just don't want to practice, ask yourself how much you really want to be on squad though. No hard feelings if you don't, but please let me know and please return your gear if that's the case. I don't know if you realize it, but rumors seem to be out there about whether or not some of you are quitting. Its your business and I won't be mad at you but if I never see or hear from you I don't know where you stand, so let me know. Thanks.


Alternates- The BVCS Cheer Squad may or may not have alternates depending on the talent level at tryouts. All alternates are required to attend all practices and other events with the team. Alternates will only perform in uniform if another squad member is absent (due to Illness, injury, academic eligibility or family function) or if asked by the coach. 
If uniforms are available, the coach may decide to have the best performing alternates perform at home football games and/or pep-rallies during football season, but only full-time squad members will perform at away football games and at all basketball games.
At the coach's discretion, an alternate may be asked to take over a position of a team member if their skill level is higher than the current holder and the current team member is not able to perform their duties as a Cheerleader and is not progressing in their cheerleading abilities. 
Alternates who perform well and attend practices regularly will be given special consideration at tryouts; this may include receiving up to but no more than 10 extra points added to their lowest judges' score or waiver of one of the three faculty recommendation forms.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Pyramid of Success; 2nd Teir

"You must not be afraid to fail. Initiative is having the courage to make decisions and take action. Keep in mind that we all are going to fail at times. This you must know. None of us is perfect. But if you're afraid of failure, you will never do the things you are capable of doing... Never fear failure. It is something to learn from. You have conquered fear when you have initiative." ~Coach John Wooden

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” ~Albert Einstein

“For an athlete to function properly, he must be intent. There has to be a definite purpose and goal if you are to progress. If you are not intent about what you are doing, you aren't able to resist the temptation to do something else that might be more fun at the moment." ~John Wooden

You don't have to be a Vulcan or a robot, emotions can be valid and its certainly healthy to be in touch with your emotions- HOWEVER, emotions can cloud your judgement and lead to mistakes or worse, injury- not to mention hurt others and damage relationships. If you're going to base your actions on what needs to be done and what's best for everyone in stead of reacting or over-reacting to situations, you need to keep your feelings in check.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

No practice Wed, Yes Practice Thurs

Wanted to let you know- no practice tomorrow Wed 9/5 due to teacher in-service,

but we WILL practice Thurs because we need to finalize & run through Friday's pep rally (any game ideas?), also review a few cheers (esp. New ones) & stunt some too.

We're Marching- Lyrics

And we're marching...
to the beat...
to the beat...

Let me hear your Bulldog spirit!
>>What's that you say?

Let me hear you scream and shout!
>>What's that you say?

Make the Crusaders cry and pout!
>>What's that you say?

Go Bulldogs, go Bulldogs
GO Bulldogs GO!

Fight Bulldogs, fight Bulldogs

Win Bulldogs, Win Bulldogs
WIN Bulldogs WIN!

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Pyramid of Success

Here are the first 5 bricks in legendary UCLA Basketball Coach John Wooden's "Pyramid of Success." If you want to read more about them, visit our Cheer "Wiki" at
Next week I'll try to post 4 more bricks, then 3 more the week after that, then 2, then one last one.
You can also search for either the pyramid or Coach Wooden on this blog to see things that I've written in past years. I'm also posting these bricks on Pinterest & Facebook- so don't trip over them.

Saturday, September 01, 2012


Both for the sake of your voices and FOR your muscles, drink non-sugar/caffeine drinks all day every Friday. ALWAYS BRING A WATER BOTTLE TO EVERY GAME. ALWAYS be sure to stretch good, even if you don't expect to jump or stunt. Finally, drink lots of room-temperature or warm non-sugar/caffeine drinks Friday night after games. Hot lemon water is the best (for healing and re-hydrating, not TASTING).


 Notice how Katlyn even kept doing the P-U-R-P-L-E cheer in a half-extension prep.
Here are a couple of pictures from last night. Remember, to see more AND to share YOUR pictures with the Yearbook, go to