Cheerleader Practice Updates

Our first cheerleading practice will be held on Thursday, June 28 at 10:15am behind TRE.  All further practices will be announced at this time. This practice is for all squads: MODS/JRS/SRS to begin learning routines for a performance at BHS Clinic and for game halftimes.

Please bring a check made out to Bedford Cheerleaders for $25 to pay for the BHS Cheer Clinic, which will be held on August 4th from 9:00am until approximately 4:00pm.

Parents – please bring your cheerleader’s shorts and tank top sizes so we can get Clinic/practicewear ordered ASAP. Be sure to bring a water bottle to practice as it will be hot and you will need it.

There will be no make-up days for missed content, you must catch up with another cheerleader if missing practices in June/July. Even if you are not attending the Clinic, please try to make practices to learn content.

Mandatory practices will start on August 13th at 5:15pm behind TRE. It’s going to be a great season!

Important Cheerleader Updates!

This week:
Sunday, August 28, is our final dancing day with Hank. We will take Labor Day Sunday off and get back with you in regards to continuing our tumbling sessions at Vibe.

Thursday, Sept 1, is cheer practice at 6:30 PM. We need everyone there as we only have one more scheduled practice before our first game. This is our last practice before tailgating at the high school game. We will be handing out uniforms and briefs at this practice. The practice time is being changed to 6:30 PM due to the amount of mosquitoes that we have encountered at the end of our later practices. Coach Jen will be initiating the practice with our stretches, chants and jumps. I am working until 7 PM and will arrive at practice shortly after. Then we can split off into groups to finish up our halftime routines and show them to the other squads this night.

I understand that everyone is trying to get all of their family events in before the end of summer, as I am as well, but please do not schedule these things for Thursday. We have made it a priority to be there and would appreciate it if you would as well.

Friday, September 2, is tailgating at the high school for the varsity football game. We will be tailgating behind the junior high building in the parking lot to cook out. Please check earlier posts on the Hornets website for more details and to see what you need to bring to the festivities. (Bring chairs if you would like to sit while eating.) We will walk with the girls into the game and go out on the field. Please, please…if you do not plan on staying for the game, pick up your cheerleader outside of the main ticket gate after the players run onto the field. It is difficult to keep them all together afterwards to get them back to the parking lot.

I will be taking a head count at practice on Thursday to see how many girls will be taking part in the varsity game activities next Friday.

Thanks for all of your patience with us. The girls are doing a great job and I am looking forward to our games starting up!!


A Message from Juniors Cheer Coach Wendy

Most everyone now knows our cheer, chant and 75% of the dance for half time. That’s huge! Now all we need to do is tighten it up and learn the rest of our dance and chants.  Below I have listed practices that will bring us up to our first game. All practices from now until game time are very important. Please give me a buzz or an email if you know you can’t make it to practice. We will be learning the last part of our dance this Sunday at Vibe. If you can’t make it, I will going over it again on Tuesday. If at all possible, please try to be at Tuesday’s practice as I plan to have half time completed.

Junior Cheer Practice Schedule:
Sunday, August 21 @ 1:30 PM at Vibe
Tuesday, August 23 @ 6 PM
Thursday, August 25 @ 6 PM (I will not be there but Heidi will be teaching another 10 chants that we need to know for games)
August 29 through September 4 – I will be on vacation; no practice this week. Any girl who wants to practice chants can attend senior cheer practice (check the website for dates and times). I recommend any girl that is new to do this as we have a lot of chants to learn.
Wednesday, September 7 @ 6 PM
Thursday, September 8 @ 6 PM (last practice before the game!)

Thanks a bunch!

Cheerleader Warm-up Fittings This Week

Fitting for cheerleader warm-ups will take place this week. We will have a variety of sizes available for girls to try on. Orders will be placed at the end of the week. It is not mandatory that your girl have a warm-up, but only Hornets warm-ups will be allowed to be worn on cold game days.

There is a small inventory of gently-used Hornets warm-ups available for purchase. Prices for each piece will be available at practice on Tuesday. To make it as fair as possible, Wendy Poignon will inventory all used warm-ups Tuesday night and send an email to everyone on Wednesday at 7 PM. Used warm-ups will be sold based on email responses — in the order received. If you are interested in buying one, be sure to check your email at 7 PM on Wednesday. After the sale, warm-ups for anyone that still needs one will be ordered.

If anyone would like to sell a gently-used cheerleader warm-up, make sure you have it to Wendy by practice time on Tuesday, August 23.


Parent Meeting Summary

“First and foremost, we are here for the kids…to give them positive reinforcement and allow them to have fun learning a sport.” ~ Coach Dennis Bugg

Thank you to all who attended our mandatory parent meeting. What a great way to get to know your head coach, board members and learn what the Bedford Hornets organization is all about. If you were unable to attend, here’s a quick summary of the meeting.

Dennis Bugg led the meeting by introducing himself, announcing who the coaches of the football team were, and also introducing the board members.

Coach Bugg encouraged parents to become more involved by attending board/booster meetings. Parent input is vital to the success of our organization. The next board/booster meeting will be held on August 29 at Jason & Tamie Spears’ home, 845 Fairfield, off Lewis.

Coach Bugg talked about the new website. The website contains important events, information and dates. It is updated daily. Should you have a question or a concern that is not addressed on the website, please know that you can come to any of your coaches. We like to provide answers and resolve conflicts as soon as possible, so don’t wait. Contact your coach immediately if you need something.

A birth certificate is needed for any football player new to the league. This must be turned in before your child is allowed to play football. Bring a copy to practice as soon as possible.

Volunteers are still needed. Therefore, if you have not signed up to volunteer, please do so. If you choose not to volunteer, you will be asked to pay an additional $25 to the organization. See Tamie Spears in regard to volunteer openings.

Coach Bugg is looking for someone to volunteer a video camera to record all home games. We own a “deer stand” for videotaping games, but do not have a good quality video camera. If you are able to loan a video camera, we have someone willing to videotape from the deer stand. This would be returned to you after each game and would be handled with extreme care. See Coach Bugg for more details.

Spirit Wear orders are due by August 24. Order forms were provided at the meeting. If you need a form, you can print one from the link below.

Hornets Spirit Wear Order Form

Several fundraisers were discussed:
Raffle tickets are being sold for a flat screen TV drawing. This will be a 42″ plasma TV and each player/cheerleader is responsible for selling 3 tickets at $10 each. Ticket stubs and money are due no later than Thursday, September 8 to a board member.
The cheerleaders are also selling raffle tickets at $10 each for a spa package for two to include manicures, pedicures and facial waxing. This is valued at $170 and each cheerleader will be selling 5 tickets. As well as the raffle, the cheerleaders have a Thirty-One representative who is donating 20% of her sales to the organization. For more info, please see a cheer coach.

The 3rd Annual Bedford Hornets Golf Outing will be held on September 24 at Sand Wedge Golf Course. This is a great event full of fun and friends! The cost is $45 per person and includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, cookout, prizes and more. We would love to fill the course with 18 teams of four, so start working on assembling your team! You do not have to have a full foursome to be involved in this event. You can be placed with others who do not have a full team or you can volunteer your time to help at the course that day. If you are unable to join us that day, consider sponsoring a hole for $50. Your name or business name will be placed on a sign located at one of the 18 holes. All proceeds support the Hornets organization. Registration forms may be printed from the link below.

Hornets Golf Flyer

Weigh-ins for all football players are mandatory on September 10 at 11:15 AM at the Rams Football Field. After weigh-ins, there is the annual Hornet Family Picnic at Vienna Park where kids and their families will enjoy a pizza party, watermelon eating contest, games, fun, etc. This is a great way for you to meet the coaches, kids on the teams and other families. This party is for all football players, cheerleaders and their families. Check the website for more details to come soon.

Thank you, again, to all who came to the meeting. We are looking forward to having a GREAT 4th season as an organization!

The 2011 season has begun!

The first Hornets football practice was a big success tonight. Way to go, guys! Hope everyone had fun and learned something new.

Several parents asked about a practice schedule. All important Hornets dates are listed on the right side of the home page, but here is the current football practice schedule* in a calendar format for those who prefer this to a list. Please note the parent meeting at 5:30 this Wednesday. This meeting is for both football and cheerleader parents, so plan to attend.

*subject to change

If you have not yet turned in registration forms, paid your fee, volunteered for one of the home games, or picked up TV raffle tickets to sell, you may do so at the next practice. Please see your coach or a member of the Hornets Board to submit any necessary items. If you are in need of a uniform or equipment, please see Equipment Manager Tim Werner at the next practice.

Cheerleader Updates…

The cheerleaders had a GREAT first practice today! The following information was given at practice. Please make note:
1. If your cheerleader does not have briefs we need sizes so we can place orders.
2. “No-Show” white socks are what we will be wearing for tailgating and games.
3. If you haven’t had your cheerleader fitted for a uniform, you need to see Coach Heidi by Sunday to get sizes so an order can be placed on Monday night. This is the last fitting day.
4. Hair ties are made and are $3 each. These will be available at our next practice.
5.  If your briefs or warm-ups do not fit from last year, you can sell them second hand.  Prices will be determined by coaches; max is $25 for warm-up and $2.50 for briefs. If you wish to purchase gently-used items, please see your coach.
6. We will continue to meet at Vibe on Sundays through the rest of August to learn dances.

See you next Thursday, August 11 at 7:30 PM for cheer/chant practice!