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Fire Up Tryouts with These Spirit Boosting Ideas

Posted by Stumps Spirit on July 5, 2013

You build the best teams with the best performers, and the best tryout performances come from the kids having fun and playing hard without self-consciousness. Help the process along by encouraging team spirit and minimizing jitters from Day One of tryout practice. Here are three ways to do it.

1. Warm welcome. A distinctive sports welcome banner or sign should catch participants’ eyes upon arrival and is especially appreciated if the sport or activity is one that does not normally capture a lot of popular attention. Increase the “mileage” with personal greetings as players arrive if at all possible.

For a large school or group where many of those trying out don’t yet know each other, you might consider providing adhesive name tags the first day.

Start right away to notice and verbally reinforce the best demonstrations of positive attitude, hustle, support for others, and the sense of humor that uplifts and never denigrates. You can also chat about behaviors outside of practice, particularly nutrition, sleep and others concerned with players taking care of themselves.

2. Ice breakers. Often, tryout participants arrive with their own teams. There’s nothing wrong about coming in with friends, but if you let them, they’ll tend to stay in their personal comfort zones even though it’s important for everybody to feel comfortable with everybody.

Break up cliques systematically by never allowing participants to form their own groups for warm-ups and other small group activities. Instead, have them count off and keep mixing up the groups frequently.

Counting off is also handy for corporate-style team-building exercises, which we recommend for large and/or disparate tryout groups. These activities are usually a little silly on purpose, because nothing is as cohesive as shared laughter. Consider these team-builders to open a practice, or lengthen break times a little to include them. We particularly like the subgroups to do list-making such as “Five Things We Have in Common” (no body parts or clothing!) or “Five Shared Favorite Things” and then present their lists to the rest.

3. Something unexpected. Pull out a surprise every once in a while for a shared pleasurable experience. These can be things or activities.

When it comes to the first category, rest assured that many ideas – even for personalized spirit products — are quite easy on the budget. For example, you could replace the labels on a case of 20-ounce bottles of water with customized labels for less than $12, personalize static (“window cling”) car decals for as little as 25 cents, or outfit all but the largest tryout groups in temporary spirit tattoos for well under $10.

Another way to go is to have activities in your repertoire that you can pull out during “time for something completely different” moments or reserve for the ends of practices. We particularly like stress-lowering exercises such as deep muscle relaxation, yoga relaxation poses and breathing exercises — all skills that are helpful to spirit and state of mind, with the bonus of being completely portable.

Have a tryout spirit boost you don’t see here? Please share in comments!

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Make Your Stadium More Fan-Friendly – Ideas from top General Managers

Posted by Stumps Spirit on February 6, 2013

Back in 2001, a marketing agent created loads of hype for the Baltimore Ravens when they faced off against the New York Giants during the Super Bowl in Tampa. The hype was created by placing tons of Ravens advertising support all along the route from the airport to the stadium, to the effect that then-president of the Ravens David Modell said that “it really made the players feel like they were at home, that this was a home game.” While this was the Raven’s first time at the Super Bowl, they certainly didn’t act like it, destroying the Giants in the process.

Peace Love Spirit Travel Mug

Peace, Love, Spirit!

While it’s certainly true that in the minor leagues (and high school or grade school), there’s no event with quite the away game/home crowd draw like the Super Bowl, promotional directors and general managers still have plenty of advice to give.

Keep it fun and affordable

Paul Taglieri, general manager of the St. Lucie Mets, says that “We’ll do basically anything as long as it’s not stepping over the line that we draw for ourselves. We just try to stay with fun, family, affordable-type atmosphere. That’s where our promotions are centered.”

Theme night

In that vein, one of the promotions the St. Lucie Mets undertake is 70s night, complete with 70 cent dogs and drinks, and fans are encouraged to wear clothing mimicking the look of the 70s. You could make your theme night stand out a Tie Dye or 80s Water Bottle Label. Perhaps offer drink refills for 80 cents for fans with a theme night stadium cup.

Green Lighted Spirit Poms

Light it up!

Oklahoma Sooners encourage their baseball fans on “Cheer like a Champion” night, handing out special spirit apparel to the first 50 fans in the door, encouraging team support. You could recreate that with personalized #1 Spirit hand mitts.

Make it a holiday

Celebrate Earth Day like the Sooners and other college and national teams, and have personalized travel mugs for cold or hot drinks.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Get the crowd going with these green hand clapper necklaces and inflatable bam bams.Use green drink cups for refreshments and don’t forget to offer special treats for those wearing green (or your team colors), like fun lighted spirit poms or lucky candy bars.

Create-a-Letter

Be a helper for your mascot!

How old is your mascot?

Finally, the St. Louis Cardinal’s celebrate Fredbird’s birthday – why not celebrate your mascot’s birthday? It’s a terrific crowd draw for a theme as well as providing great incentive to get pumped up during halftime. Make a week out of it like the Cardinals.  Students can walk in under a reusable archway and compete to become the mascot’s helper, as he probably needs it in his old age.  Finally, the night of the big game (and the big birthday bash!), create a banner for your mascot to run through as your fans herald the mascot (and your team) with fun stadium horns.

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Glow at Your Next Pep Rally

Posted by Stumps Spirit on January 3, 2013

Glow at Your Next Pep Rally

Don’t just deck yourself out in your school colors, literally GLOW! Take your next pep rally to a higher level by lighting up the entire place with school spirit!

Glow Jewelry

Glow necklaces can be a big hit!

Glow necklaces can be a big hit!

 

When the gym lights go down, or simply to be a little flashy, have students wear glow necklaces. They come in solid colors or with two colors in one. Glow sticks also work when hung around the neck on something like a lanyard. Glow sticks come in purple, yellow, pink, orange, green and blue. If the color doesn’t matter and you just want to stand out, wear some glow beads.

Paint the Gym in Glow

Glow-in-the-dark Paint can really jazz up posters before the big pep rally. If you can get ahold of some large black lights, that will really make the glow of the paint stand out to everyone in the gym. Use the paint on banners or on paper for a run-through for when your school’s team comes out for the crowd.

Light Up Bam Bams

Everyone loves Bam Bams. They’re fun, loud, and a great way to show your school spirit. How could they possibly get any better? If they glowed, of course! Light Up Bam Bams are the loud noise-making sticks you’ve always loved but with a burst of light!

Shining Stars

Star balloons can light up the place with spirit!

Star balloons can light up the place with spirit!

Perhaps nothing glows brighter than a star! Pack the gym with star balloons for a seriously spirited pep rally. Have a mixture of regular latex balloons and some filled with helium so the place will literally be glowing with stars.

Glowing with Pride

There’s no greater way to show your school pride than by making giant Big Heads of your favorite athletes. At 36 inches high, they will simply glow with spirit at your pep rally! These popular, giant cardboard heads are super popular right now and will leave fans and athletes glowing with pride for their school.

There are many ways to glow at your next pep rally. How will you make the place shine?

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