The South Loup Bobcat Cheerleaders were organized the first year of the sports co-op between Arnold and Callaway. They are a school sanctioned group which must follow all the rules of the school districts as well as NSAA. They cheer at all home games and most sub-district games. To become a cheerleader, the girls must go through tryouts in front of judges. Tryouts are usually in the spring, March or April. They have a panel of judges from out of town who have usually been involved in cheer at some point. The girls perform and chant, cheer and a short dance routine for tryouts. They are judged and scored. The three highest scores from Arnold and the three highest scores from Callaway are the girls who become the six cheerleaders for the next year. To be captain, the cheerleader must have one year of experience and must also be a junior or a senior.
However, being a cheerleader means extra duties that extend beyond the sidelines. Cheerleading is a sport that helps our young women develop leadership skills, organizational skills, how to work well with others, responsibility and also how to manage fundraising. They decorate lockers for each sport, hand out treat bags, prepare for the homecoming pep rallies, and try to be a supporter of the athletes.
To prepare for the upcoming year, the cheerleaders and sponsor attend a cheer camp. "This is where the girls learn their chants, cheers and dance routines that we will use throughout the year. The also get to compete against other squads for awards at camp. We have cheer practice in the summer and once a week usually to practice cheers and organize upcoming events!"