Younger Cheer Teams
Choosing Songs For Younger Cheer Teams
Knowing how to choose songs appropriate for younger cheerleaders might feel like a balancing
act-what one parent deems acceptable, another might condemn. If you're a new coach and you haven't learned the
culture of the team and the parents, try asking for anonymous input from parents on songs that they feel should
remain off limits. While you don't want to run every decision by the parents, you do want to show them that you
respect their parenting skills and you want to help protect their daughters.
If you'd rather avoid involving the parents, ask yourself the following
questions before choosing songs for younger cheer teams:
- Does the song include any curse words?
- Does the song include any word that walks a fine line between cursing and
- Does the song include content that parents or fans might object to (i.e.
drinking, drugs or sex, etc.)?
- Does the song demean or discriminate against any group of people?
- Could I read the lyrics of this song in front of my most conservative friend
without batting an eye?
If the song passes the test on all accounts, then put it in the "yes" column. Keep in mind, once you know the
parents and the girls and have familiarized yourself with their expectations, you may have the opportunity to relax
your standards slightly.