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National Council for Spirit Safety and Education Newsletter
April News 
In This Issue
Lobby for Cheerleading
Top School Coach
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Free Class
Call now to schedule your 2008 NCSSE classes. Hosting classes at your gym, school or recreation center pays great rewards--if 10 or more coaches attend your class, your class is free! If you schedule all four classes and ten or more coaches attend each class, your four NCSSE classes are free.
This is a great opportunity to market your new gym, showcase your college cheer program, or demonstrate your school system's committment to cheerleading safety.
Call the office (866.456.2773) today to arrange scheduling.
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Participate in an NCSSE class and receive a $200 certificate good towards the purchase of 20 pairs of the new Panther sideline shoe. The offer expires 12/31/2008.
Lobbying for Cheerleading
This month I will be speaking at a conference for orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and coaches. The topic is Cheerleading Injuries:  Are We Overstating the Risks? In preparing for this discussion, I have come to the conclusion that we as an industry must do a better job of lobbying for our activity. We don't need to hire professional lobbyists to do the job--we need to be more outspoken about cheerleading. Our detractors are doing a great job of pointing fingers and lifting up perceived shortcomings. We must do a better job of educating the public about cheerleading and what we are doing to make it a safe activity.
As coaches we know that cheerleading has changed in the past three decades, but the general public still has that image from the 1970s of the cute girl shaking pom pons. It seems to many that overnight cheerleading has become a dangerous activity that is out of control. We must do a better job of educating the public about the national groups that develop rules for cheerleading safety and the national organizations that teach safety classes specifically designed for cheer coaches.
A good place to begin this education is with our parent groups. When you meet with your parent groups tell them about the certifications you hold, the workshops and conferences you have attended and plan to attend, and discuss your methods of keeping your squad as safe as possible. Display your certificates prominently so parents don't have to wonder about your qualifications. Discuss the rules you follow and why you follow that particular set of rules. Show parents how they can access the governing bodies and the national safety organizations. Education and safety--they go hand in hand.
Never underestimate your influence. You are the expert; you know the activity. Do your best to promote cheerleading as a safe athletic activity as often as you can. Our critics are taking these same opportunities to undermine the industry.
Top High School Cheer Coaches
Top High School Cheer Coaches
Nomination Form and Required Information

Cheer Coach & Advisor magazine is looking for the "best of the best" in high school cheer coaches. Do you know of someone that qualifies for this great honor? If so, please fill out the form below and attach the required information to nominate them for our prestigious award.

The selected winners will be featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine and receive the recognition they so greatly deserve.

Please send all nominations to or fax them to 903-678-1126 by April 23, 2008.

Recharge Your Coaching Batteries
With school winding down and competition season nearing its end, it is time to do something for you--attend a conference. This is a great way to socialize with other coaches--share problems and successes, learn new tricks of the trade to incorporate for next year. Check the websites of the companies listed in the side column and attend a conference near you. You will make a new network of friends and colleagues.