Cheerleading at middle school
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|Fri, 02-20-2004 - 9:35am|
My dd brought home a notice about cheerleader tryouts for 6th grade. So being a naive mom and since I was off this week and able to take her to the meeting I said okay. I figure they will have a sixth grade squad and it would be a nice extracurricular activity during football season. Well, as soon as I saw the permission form that said I understand it will cost $700+ I was floored.
First of all, you have to pay $20 just to try out! Then if your child makes the team there is a required 4 day camp that is $225, plus $275 for the outfits to wear to camp and $100 for uniform rental. That's $600 for just the 4 day camp!!! What happens when school actually starts?! We already registered her for a week of girl scout camp that costs $300 and that's what we're saving for.
I don't really think she would make the squad just because they only pick 32 girls from all 3 grades and she would just be a sixth grader, plus she has no experience cheerleading. So do I pay the $20 to let her try out figuring she probably won't make it? but then I have to have a way to get her to the middle school after school for the whole week of tryouts and what if she does make it? I couldn't tell her congratulations but we can't afford it.
I think I'm also just ticked at the intensity of it all. Here my dd is saying "I have a good personality and would have a lot of fun" and they're talking about letting parents come in a videotape the dance routine the first day so your child can practice at home. I don't even OWN a video camera. I was always competitive as a kid and don't have a problem with having tryouts to choose the best girls, but let's level the playing field a little so everyone at least has the opportunity to participate.
I just hate being in a position to have to tell my dd she can't do something because of money. It's not like we're poor but let's get real, $600?! Is cheerleading like this everywhere?!
Thanks for listening to my vent on my first post LOL