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Q: 

Is it safe to scotch guard uniforms to protect against discoloration and staining (i.e., lipstick stains)?

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Spray it with Oxy Clean, let it set about 15 minutes. Put in washer (I use a short delicate cycle to wash these) If it has some different colors, put a color grabber (located in the section of the grocery store where laundry detergent is located. And wash in cold water. Do not put in dryer, Just hang on hanger and let air dry overnight.

You can also use these Garment Care Instructions from VSF too!

-Charlotte (Varsity Spirit Fashion)

Date posted:  11/08/2013
Q: 

"Hi I am a guy planning on trying out for cheer squads at colleges in CA, NY, or OH for next fall. I have never cheered before since my high school didn’t allow male cheerleaders. This is something I’m really passionate about and want to do so badly. Since I really don’t have any experience is there any way I can prepare or become “cheer-ready?” Are there camps or clinics I can do to prepare? Also is it easier for males to make the team? Do schools offer scholarships for cheerleading? Thanks"

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There are dozens of high school males who are in your same shoes, and luckily there are lots of answers to all your questions! The place to start is to research the cheerleading website for each school that you are interested in. I cannot imagine a school not having one that directly links from their website. Some programs may fall under the athletic websites and others may be in the activities page. 

The next most important thing to do is show interest in the cheer program. Email the cheerleading coach and ask about doing a visit to the school and for the chance to meet to discuss the program. 

Find out if the cheer team offers a stunt clinic for those interested in cheering at their school. This is a vital part of the process. It is important, like I mentioned earlier, to show interest and get to know first hand about the requirements for the program and where you may stand in the skills department come tryouts. If you cannot attend any of the clinics because of your geographic location, I would do as much research about the program before you show up. Here are some KEY things to find out: do they compete, if so, and what competition, do they allow males on the team, what are the stunting requirements, running and standing tumbling requirements, how many squad members they take, and what kind of scholarships, if any, are offered.

Another resource for you, depending where you live geographically, is a local cheerleading gym or gymnastics facility. Often times they offer stunt classes for guys and girls who want to learn to coed stunt. If you don't have one in your town, check your nearest big city and see what gyms that exist and find one that offers classes. 

For a competitive team, it may be easier to make the team with little experience since they are not trying to field a team with standard requirements. It definitely varies from school to school, and definitely relative to the size of the school! Best of luck at tryouts! 

Hope this helps! -Josh McCurdy

Date posted:  10/23/2013
Q: 

We are working on regular libs, not full ups. Usually they are very easy and we hit the stunt almost every time. Now my stunt group cannot hit our lib, something that we usually think is no problem. I'm the flyer of the stunt, our lib is fine up until when I start pulling my skills. When I do, I feel the back spot pushing my thigh forward on my base leg and I'm unable to keep my leg locked in turn I lose my balance and the stunt falls. I'm not sure if the back spot is pushing me forward or if it is just me because my entire stunt group are all new to cheerleading, except for me...... Any help or advice would be appreciated!

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Dear Troubled Flyer,

When things are not going well with stunt groups on teams I am working with, I have them revert back to the basics and move down a few progressions. For example, if I have a group who is struggling with a liberty, and normally they hit it every time, I make them work on straight up to extensions, with 2 feet in a load in. When they do those with ease, we move to step in preps and step in extensions. By this I mean- the top is loading in like she is going to do a liberty, bases are also loaded in a liberty position. As the stunt builds up, the secondary assists all the way towards the top and then releases and grabs the other foot in an extended position. Once those are good, we go up the same way with feet together and  from there we begin to re work liberties. If you strongly feel it is the back spot, I would try another back spot and see if the same thing is happening. Or even try an entirely different stunt group and see if they can spot who is doing something out of the ordinary!

-Josh McCurdy

Date posted:  09/19/2013
Q: 

Can you cheer for Varsity at your high school and cheer for an outside team such as all-star team at the same time?

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Most likely, the answer to your question is 'yes.' That said, certain school districts around the country forbid their school cheerleaders from cheering all star. And on the flip side, some gyms have such an intense practice schedule that its physically impossible to do both. Usually, the two groups try to work together for the good of the athlete. I'd reach out to your potential all star gym and school administration for clarification.

-Justin Carrier

Date posted:  09/18/2013
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