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National Council for Spirit Safety and Education Newsletter
February 2009 News 
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Safety in a Slow Economy
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Power Bows
SITA
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Safety in a Slow Economy
With money tight, it's natural to think about cutting costs--don't cut corners on safety.
  1. To save money, gyms may be using junior coaches (coaches under 18); remember that an adult coach should also be present in close vicinity.
  2. Keep your gym insurance coverage current. Don't let the policy lapse.
  3. Keep your safety certifications current.
  4. Maintain your equipment. Repair what can be repaired and discard unsafe items.
  5. Check your fire extinguishers to make sure they are still working.
  6. Continue hygienic practices in cleaning bathrooms, mats, common areas, etc.
  7. Inspect fire alarms and their batteries.
  8. Post, practice and revise (if necessary) your emergency plans often. Post emergency phone numbers near the telephone.
  9. Continue to require background checks on personnel you hire. The prospective employee can pay for the BC.
  10. Keep your first aid, CPR, and other health certifications current.
Conference Time
NCSSE will be at the following conferences:
Illinois Cheer Coaches' Conference--3/13
Georgia Cheer Coaches' Conference--3/26-3/28
Washington State Cheer Coaches' Conference 4/17-4/19
CheerCon--Cheer Ltd. Inc.--5/14 - 5/17
If you don't see your state conference listed, contact them about adding NCSSE courses to their curriculum.

Welcome to Power Bows

Welcome to Power Bows, the newest sponsor of the NCSSE. Power Bows was founded in 1998 by Tammy Klomps who had a daughter in youth cheerleading but did not like the hair accessories that were being used by the team. Instead of complaining, she did something about it. She created a line of bows that consisted of 10 different styles, put up a free website on Angel Fire, and watched the business grow! Power Bows is one of the largest Hair Bow Manufacturers in the spirit industry, offering over 100 different designs with hundreds of ribbon choices. Visit their website and find the perfect bow to highlight your squad!
New SITA Memberships Available
The Spirit Industry Trade Association (SITA) was developed to provide networking opportunities for members whoshare ideas and benefits while working toward the positive development of the spirit industry. Membership is open to company members, affiliate members, international members, association members, gyms, and judging professionals
This is a great opportunity to join a professional organization dedicated to the industry in which you work--the spirit industry. Visit the SITA website (http://www.spiritindustrytrade.com/membership)
and see why so many in the industry say this is the place to be!

NCSSE DISCOUNT COUPON

SAVE $5
Register for an NCSSE class and receive a $5 discount on the regular price of $55.
 
Present the coupon at the class to receive the discount.
Offer not valid for conference classes or classes already discounted.
 
 Offer expires 5/31/2009                                              Coupon not retroactive.