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National Council for Spirit Safety and Education Newsletter
March 2009 News 
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MARCH IS SAFETY MONTH
FUN HOLIDAYS
CONFERENCES
SITA
VISIT THESE SITES
UPA 
 
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MARCH IS CHEER SAFETY MONTH

According to the Wild and Wacky Holiday website (www.brownielocks.com/march.html), March is National Cheerleading Safety Month. What a great time to remind ourselves about cheerleading safety! March and April are often months that cheerleading tryouts take place and new squads are selected. This is an excellent opportunity to review current safety measures, revise those measures if needed, and replace the 2008-2009 safety measures with the 2009-2010 safety measures.
Having an emergency plan for injuries is extremely important. This plan should be written on paper, shared with everyone involved with the cheer/dance program, posted, and practiced/rehearsed. Document the emergency plan practice session and indicate who participated. This documentation should be on file--forever! If a land line (phone) is used for emergency calls, the emergency number should be posted in a prominent place near the phone. The NCSSE advocates having an emergency plan for every place you practice, perform, and compete.
Introducing your emergency plan during cheerleading tryouts is an excellent idea as you may have students unfamilar with the facility. What better way to practice for an emergency! Take a few minutes to discuss the details of the emergency plan, distribute copies of the plan, and practice the plan. Check that the plan worked as you intended; if not, revise the plan.
It is also important for coaches to participate in training for first aid, CPR, and AEDs. This training should be updated as needed. Sponsor CPR training for your gym and your squads.
Keep cheerleading safety in the forefront of every cheerleading activity. Discuss your safety measures with your parents, cheerleaders and supervisors. Practice what you preach!

FUN HOLIDAY SITES

Keeping practices fun and fresh can be a chore. Are you out of ideas for adding that element of fun? Check out the websites below for ideas:
www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/index.htm  
www.brownielocks.com/month2.html
March 13 is
Friday the Thirteenth
Good Samaritan Involvement Day
National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day
Planet Uranus Day
South by Southwest (SXSW)
Anniversary - Earmuffs
Deaf History Month (03/13-04/15)

STATE AND NATIONAL CONFERENCES

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.

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.