2020 NYO Cheer Information

Dear NYO Families,

NYO Cheer has officially opened registration for our fall activities planning to begin in late August.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we won’t be able to have our “normal” season filled with football games, pep-rallies, cheer-offs… all of the things we’ve come to look forward to.  That being said, the big question is… what does NYO Cheer 2020 look like?  The big answer to that is LOTS OF FUN!  Let me explain…

NYO Cheer 2020 will be organized in to three phases based on current, real-time Covid-19 restrictions placed on the park as a whole. Our goal will be to create an NYO Cheer Performance Squad to eventually perform at NYO and events throughout the community to create spirit.  For our kick-off week of clinics, we will bring in award winning, University of Kentucky National Champion Cheerleader alum, USAA cheer coach Lori Lee Mendieta to lead the girls and teach them a competition routine she created.  Lori Lee has been a World Cheer Championship judge, choreographed the Gator Bowl and many other noteworthy, celebrity filled events in the past so it is always exciting when she works with our NYO cheerleaders.

While in Phase 1, the girls will be lead by local cheer coaches in groups of 10 or less (divided by grade levels) in learning the cheer and dance portions of the competition routine.  The girls will maintain 6 plus feet of social distance at all times and practices will be held outdoors, weather permitting.  While in Phase 1, the girls will also review basic cheer foundation skills (jumps, dance, cheer, motions, terminology, etc.), learn proper stretching techniques and engage in appropriate training conditioning to build skills and stamina.

In Phase 2, the girls will be divided and confirmed into official squads based on age and skill. The girls will still maintain social distance as possible while moving in to formations within closer proximity but without physically touching to create a cohesive routine with order and direction. We will also begin occasional team building and spirit activities at this point while still maintaining cautious distance such as banner painting, surprise pep rallies for other sports sessions, create park spirit, etc.

In Phase 3, we will add stunts to routine.  Physical touch would be occurring throughout the stunt building and dismounting process.  A complete, “normal” performance routine would be in place in hopes of performance squad or squads performing at NYO and other community events as possible to create community spirit.

Regardless of phase, we are guaranteed to learn a lot and keep things very high energy.  While this is definitely not what we would have initially chosen or predicted for our 2020 Cheer season, everyone has come together with excitement to view this as an opportunity to really grow the skills and abilities of our cheer athletes.

Register today as initial spots will surely be limited and please reach out with any questions. The safety and success of our cheer athletes is our number one concern and goal…. hoping to see you all soon.

Margaret Bryant
2020 NYO Cheer Commissioner