Looking to spice up your regular pep rally routine? Follow the tips below to earn an A+ grade!
Identify the Purpose: It is important to let your audience know what your purpose is so they can plan accordingly. Not only is it important to let the student body know why you are having a pep rally, but provide them with ample information on what they can do to assist and any spirit elements to be included (ie: Various classes may be asked to wear specific colors, etc.).
A Themed Event: Themes add an extra element of fun to pep rallies, and are a great way to get everyone involved. Don’t be afraid to be creative and think outside the box, but at the same time choose a theme that you can successfully bring to life.
Timeliness: Pep rallies held during school hours are typically given an allotted time period. Create a schedule and make sure all major participants have a copy. Do your best to stay on time and stay on task. Proving that you can adhere to the time parameters will lead to being afforded the opportunity for future pep rallies. Even pep rallies held after school should be run according to a schedule. Be respectful of your audience’s time to gain repeat supporters! A master of ceremonies will help to keep the rally flowing smoothly.
Make an Entrance: Make your entrance exciting, flashy and fun! Be creative and original. Try to grab the audience’s attention by doing something new and innovative.
Involvement: To ensure that everyone feels included and is represented, select participants from various demographics (it may be helpful to pre-select participants). Don’t forget to include faculty members as well. You can incorporate short games, competitions, skits or cameo appearances.
Cheer: What’s a pep rally without cheer?!? Use easy to follow chants or well-known cheers so the crowd has ample opportunity to participate. Signs are a great addition to pep rallies as well. Pep rallies are also a good forum to show off new stunts or tumbling skills.
Here are some fun ideas to pump up the pep at your upcoming rallies:
-Have popular teachers dress up in old cheerleading uniforms for the day!
-Have football players carry your mascot in on a platform like a king.
-Paint faces during each lunch period for 25 cents! That way everyone can look spirited for the pep rally at the end of the day!
-Host a Mr. Cool Man contest. Choose 3-5 participants… but don’t tell them the details, just the name of the contest. Once they have agreed and the rally begins they are made to sit on a bag of ice the entire pep rally. The person who can stay seated the longest wins. Stop the pep rally occasionally to check in on them.