Cheerleaders use spirit sticks to encourage team spirit and boost morale among the squad at games and competition. The spirit stick originated as a prize given to the cheerleading team with the most spirit at competitions, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, and later became a prize awarded daily at cheer camps.
Displaying Team Colors
Decorating spirit sticks with team colours spreads pride and shows support for your team, notes DTE Interactive's Coaching Corner web page. If members of the cheerleading squad each hold one or two colourful spirit sticks on the sidelines or during halftime performances, the venue will be dotted with the team colours to complement the players' uniforms and other decorations.
The team can use spirit sticks to make additional noise, enhancing the cheers and screams of the squad, according to DTE Interactive's Coaching Corner. Attach cowbells or small bells, found at craft stores, to the ends of spirit sticks. To fill a gymnasium or stadium with even more noise, distribute noise-making spirit sticks to the spectators as well.
To engage spectators at a pep rally, game or other team event, cheerleaders can make multiple spirit sticks filled with goodies to distribute to the crowd. Oak Harbor Cheer suggests filling empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls with candy or small treats, then wrapping them with tissue paper and pipe cleaners. Decorate the spirit sticks with the team name or encouraging slogans and pass them out before the game or event.
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