This fall we signed Sabrina up for cheer leading at our church. I have never been involved with this before, so we had no idea what we were getting into with it. She had never taken dance, tumbling, or anything at all. But, she smiles a lot, is bouncy and is outgoing. She has a "cheer leader personality" and I thought would be a good fit.
Today was her first competition. I had seen the routine many times (they practice twice a week; Catherine and I do school work while she is practicing - but the last ten minutes they let people watch). It is a 2 and a half minute routine with tumbling, dancing, pyramids, etc. Very active and well choreographed.
Before the competition, each girl had to get "cheer hair." This was a totally new phenomenon to me. The coaches gave the parents a four page memo on how to do the girl's hair, in addition to giving us a demonstration. Plus, the night before the competition we met as a group and rolled the girls' hair together. But, by the morning Sabrina's hair was no longer slick and had tons of "wisps" in it. Apparently this violates the rules for how "cheer hair" is supposed to look. So, a friend of mine with FIVE YEARS of cheer hair experience touched her hair up for us in the morning (the little tugs of course are painful, but Sabrina was a trooper and did not cry at all):