if it makes you feel any better, my 9 year old is a cheerleader..and she says real cheerleaders don't use pom poms...lol.
and if that didn't work..this should...
my dd is an allstar competition cheerleader for a private gym - like you see on ESPN and foxsports occasionally.
we pay (monthly) $95 for allstar fees and tumbling class; $72 for stunt class; $100 for private tumbling lessons (only do privates for 2 months each year)
practices are year-round. there is no off-season..ugh.
$200 bi-yearly for uniform
$55 annual booster club fee
$65 x 2 annually for shoes...one pair for practice, one pair for competitions
$50 annually for bows, competition make-up, etc.
$150 jacket (first jacket is on its 3rd year of use..yay!)
$75 annually for goodie bags at competitions
entry fees for regionals and nationals...$600 total?? depends on how many we enter.
her squad travels to chattanooga, dallas, tampa and jacksonville to compete...so tack on airfare, hotels, meals, etc. we're fortunate in that we live in the atlanta suburbs and a couple of the big nationals are held in atlanta.
and after all that...when we go to competitions, i have to pay to see my own child compete!!! lol...
these people are raking it in!!! that being said, it really has been a rewarding experience. my only child now knows she is part of a team and that the world does not revolve around her. she's made a ton of friends and learned to deal with all personality types. her self confidence is through the roof. she knows how to set goals for herself and works to achieve them. she's gone from not having a back handspring to being able to do things on a university's tryout list.
thanks for letting me vent and brag in the same post!!