Pep Rally Activity Ideas

Written by carrie burns
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Pep Rally Activity Ideas
Feature more than just the star athletes at your pep rally. (football huddle image by sparkia from

Pep rallies are designed to get students excited about upcoming school events. While typically used to introduce members of the school's sports teams, making athletics the sole focus can be boring. If you are in charge of planning your school's next pep rally, incorporate new ideas and get more of the school involved. Make your next pep rally memorable and fun rather than just another boring school assembly.

Unconventional Hosts

The captains of the football team and cheerleading squad don't have to be the hosts for the pep rally, nor does the student council leadership. Branch out and ask someone who might be completely unsuspecting to host the pep rally. Choose hosts who are comfortable in front of a crowd, like the class clowns, drama department stars, or even everyone's favourite teachers. By asking people who might not typically be involved in the pep rally to host it, your rally will hold the attention of another demographic in your school. Once you have selected your hosts and they have accepted, you may find yourself inspired with activities that are your hosts' specialities.

Live Music

Rather than having the pep rally start and end with standard athletic department songs played under the announcement of the starting line-up, have a student rock band play during the assembly. Have the band play live music under any student announcements, including sports line-ups, the homecoming court, or any academic awards or other students being acknowledged. It's more exciting to have live music, especially when your peers are playing it.

Dance Routines

Cheerleaders or dance teams often perform the choreography at pep rallies. Switch things up and have all of the featured non-dance teams at the assembly put together a simple routine to perform for the school. Suggest that each team use props and costumes to ham up the performance. The school is sure to be taken by surprise when the entire men's basketball team comes out in drag to perform a dance to "Lady Marmalade."


Set up each segment of the pep rally with a short skit to bring humour to the rally and tie everything together in a more interesting way than mere introductions. Involve all of the people who deserve recognition but aren't already part of a featured group in the skits and sketches. Bring in the students who have won awards for choir, band, speech, debate, academic decathalon and other students to allow more of your audience to connect with the rally.

A Raffle

Few things keep an audience interested until the very end of an assembly like the hope of winning a prize. Hand out raffle tickets as the students enter the pep rally. At the beginning of the rally, announce the prizes that will be awarded. You can award just one grand prize at the end, or have a series of smaller prizes throughout the rally. Ideally your pep rally will last only 30 to 45 minutes, so time your prize-giving accordingly. Great prizes include gag gifts or front-row season tickets to a sporting events.

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