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Simple Crowd Cheers You Can Lead

Posted by Stumps Spirit on October 25, 2012

Nothing gets the crowd at a game more pumped up and excited about the action than cheers, especially cheers that everyone knows, that can be performed almost instantly during any part of the game, and that are simple enough to get the most amount of people in the crowd involved. Here are five chants that are classics and have been used across the nation at many different events.

Here We Go (Team Name) Here We Go!

This is a cheer that can be used for any sport. It lets the team know that you believe in them and know they can win. The cheer can be performed regardless of whether the team is winning or losing. If they’re winning, it lets them know that they can finish the game with a win. If they’re losing, it will give them the confidence and inspiration to come back and win, because they know that their fans have their backs. A good idea is to hold up signs that you personalize yourself to give the players even more inspiration. Here is a video to teach you how to perform this cheer, since the rhythm is more complex than other cheers.

Defense!

Another cheer that can be used for any sport, it makes the team stand strong when playing defense so that they can come back quickly to offense. Make sure you’re heard by the team by yelling the cheer into a megaphone. Megaphones also let more of the crowd know which cheer is being performed so that more of the crowd can join in with the cheer, causing a stronger fan unity and allowing the players to hear their loyal fans and gain confidence through them. The rhythm for this cheer is four even beats, where the first two are used to say “Defense!” and the next two are where you clap or stomp. For clarity, here is a video that shows fans using the cheer at a Bulls game.

Airball!

This cheer is almost exclusively used at basketball games. For those who don’t know what an “airball” is, it is when a player shoots the ball and the ball doesn’t hit any part of the basket, whether it be the hoop, rim, or backboard. When this happens, the crowd, if rowdy enough, will almost immediately start chanting “Airball! Airball! Airball!…” to get inside the mind of the player that missed the shot (only if the player that missed the ball is on the opposing team). While chanting, the crowd makes a hacking motion with one arm. The rhythm is simply two even beats to say the word “airball.” Need some help getting the crowd to hear you starting the chant? Use a cheerphone for that. Also, while hacking, wear a spirit mitt to let the other team know that your team is better than theirs. To get an idea of how fans have used this chant in the past, here’s a video of IU students chanting “Airball.”

Ohhh… Brick!

Black Hand Clappers

This cheer is another basketball cheer, although it could be used for volleyball, as well. The cheer is used when a player is at the foul line shooting a foul shot. Usually a player will take a few seconds after receiving the ball from the referee to focus on the shot that he or she’s about to make. During this time, starting yelling “Ohhhhhh!” continuously until the player takes the shot. On the release, yell “Brick!” to try to mess up that player’s shot (only used when the opposing team is shooting). Make some noise while yelling with cow bells and hand clappers. To use this chant in volleyball, start yelling when the referee blows the whistle for the server to begin serving. Yell before the player hits the ball. When the player hits the ball, yell “Brick!” or “Serve!” to mess up the player’s serve.

Hack! Hack! Hack!

Bam Bams

The “Hack” cheer is mainly used at volleyball matches. The cheer is very similar to the previously mentioned “Airball” cheer used for basketball. When a player “hacks” a ball, this means that he or she goes to swing at a ball that was set to them, and he or she completely misses the ball or whiffs it. When this happens, the crowd yells “hack!” multiple times (as many times as the crowd decides). Like the “Airball” cheer, the crowd makes a hacking motion with one arm every time “hack” is yelled. This cheer lets the opposing team know that the error made by the player did not go unnoticed! Instead of making a hacking motion, some members of the crowd can bang bam bams together. Have the mascot join in to make the cheer much rowdier!

These cheers are designed to get the crowd involved in the action of the game. They are simple enough to learn almost instantly and are powerful enough to mess with the opposing team’s morale and, at the same time, boost your own team’s morale. Cheer on!

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Invite the Team to a Film Reel Party

Posted by Stumps Spirit on September 18, 2012

After the big game, the team deserves a celebration. Invite them to something that’ll be the closer to a hard fought win: watching film from some of the best moments of the game! The team can relax, laugh, and have fun together at your film reel party.

Lights Out

Once the film is done, what is there left to do? Keep the lights off and have a glow party. Give out some glow paint and let the team paint some creative pictures or simply an inspiring message on a poster as a memoir to the big night. Throw in some glow necklaces, too, to illuminate the room. Play some upbeat music such as Sandstorm to get the party jumping.

To the Yard

If space is limited in closed doors, the backyard is a great place to throw a party. Everything that you need for your party can fit in one locale. Setting up the film is as easy as hanging a screen on the wall for a projector. After the film, plan some activities for the team:

What’s a backyard party without backyard sports? Ultimate frisbee is a simple sport yet is always a good choice for a team that just wants to have a friendly game. Volleyball is another sport that is easy to set up and fun at parties. Want to think outside of the box? Try this backyard sport:

Music is essential for any party. But for a team oriented outdoor party, some pump up music is a great idea, especially after a big game. Some recognizable songs that fit in this category include “We are the Champions” by Queen and “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey.

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Athletes are always hungry. Between games, let the team munch on some good food. Burgers and hot dogs have been the classic backyard grilling choices. However, if you want to spice things up, try this recipe:

Celebrate the big win or close the season with a bang with a film reel party. Ready, set, party!

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Soccer Spirit Gear that Really Kicks

Posted by Stumps Spirit on March 19, 2012

Soccer Items for Spirit Camps, Festivals, & Games

Soccer fans are some of the most passionate fans on the planet. Don’t let the football and baseball teams have all the glory when it comes to school spirit. There are plenty of great spirit items to support your schools soccer team, and any true soccer fan will be more than excited to show their spirit!

For the fans in the stands, these soccer spirit beads will add some fun to the game. They have soccer cleats and soccer balls on them, and come in black, blue, gold, green, orange, purple, red, silver, or white. Spirit beads are 21 inches long and come in packages of 12. Buy both your school colors and wear multiple beads at the same time!

Now that your fans are decked out below the neck, make a soccer statement on their faces with a soccer face painting stamp. The stamp, which is 1 inch in diameter, can be used with any face paint. Some fans will be content with one stamp on their cheek while others may put them all over. Make sure to have face paint available in both your school colors for fans who want to go all out.

While action isn’t going on out on the soccer field, keep fans entertained with mini soccer balls. These mini soccer balls come in blue, green, orange, purple, red, white and yellow and can be printed with your schools logo on them. Not only will it be fun to toss the balls around, but it will also make for a great keepsake from the soccer season.

True fans will do all they can to make enough noise to pump up the team. Inflatable Spirit Stix are the perfect way to make some noise that will energize soccer players and get the crowd cheering. Game come down to a shootout? Use the Stix to make lots of noise to break the concentration of the opposing team. Spirit Stix are known to get even the quietest fan to make some noise.

Some fans aren’t energized enough to stand the entire game, but they can show their spirit with a personalized seat cushion. Not only does this cushion represent your school with its name and/or mascot, but it gives businesses in the community the opportunity to support the soccer team by purchasing advertising space on one side of the cushion. Talk about a great fund raiser that fans of all ages will enjoy in the stands!

Bring your soccer spirit gear and soccer fan items to the Shindigz National Soccer Festival or display soccer fan gear at your own school, club, state, or professional tournaments this year!

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