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Some important things to remember and do on GAME DAY!

1) Remember this is a game and it is supposed to be fun for the players & cheerleaders, coaches, parents and even the officials.  "Serious" will come as the kids reach high school.  Take the time to enjoy this moment!

2) Hydration is key to the early season practices and games.  So many injuries and sickness are created because of a lack of hydration.  Teach your son or daughter to drink water on a regular basis.  Don't over consumer before practice or a game - that just doesn't work.

3) Patience!  Remember that these are very young athletes.  They are doing this to learn and prepare for the future.  In some cases you have first time coaches.  Instead of criticizing, take the time to volunteer and coach. There is no greater thrill than years later having young adults saying, "Thanks Coach!"

4) Cheer Voice!  Football is a game played outside and should be cheered for in your very best outdoor voice.  The cheerleaders are trying to help you.  Take a second to learn the cheers and get VERY LOUD.  The players and cheerleaders will enjoy the noise as much as they enjoy the game.

5) Your equipment.  Always take the time to teach your player or cheerleaders the importance of double-checking to make sure they have all their equipment.  A mouth piece and a pom-pom are very important.  Help them learn responsibility by making them pack their bag.

LEAVE AT HOME....

1) Sodas, sweet tea, other non-hydrating fluids.  There is nothing wrong with water and other hydration oriented fluids!

2) Negative attitude.  If you don't like something, help make it better or just help by not causing negative vibes!

3) "I" -  football and cheerleading are the ultimate team sport!