You’ll find the Redding-Easton Falcons Cheer team participating in competitions rather than cheering on the sidelines for a local football or basketball team.
Established in 2018, Redding-Easton Falcons Cheer is a non-profit youth cheerleading organization and a member of American Youth Cheer. The team participates in local and state competitions and in regional and national competitions upon qualification. Board members and coaches are all volunteers.
“Many of our athletes join cheer with absolutely no experience,” said Pamela Friednab, president of the Redding-Easton Falcons Cheer Board. “Our goal is to teach the fundamentals of cheer as a competitive sport: stunting, jumps, tumbling, and motion technique; fostering health and fitness in our athletes.”
The competitive youth program is looking for new athletes in grades K-8. Registration is currently open for the Redding-Easton Falcons 2023 Cheer season. The deadline is July 1. Athletes can sign up online.
The upcoming season begins on Aug. 1. All fees are due upon registration. The registration fee includes uniform rental, competition hair bow, cheer shoes, team T-shirts, and all practices and competitions. Payment plans and financial need-based scholarships are available.
“We count on former athletes who are now in high school and have come up through the program or might have other cheer experience to become student demonstrators, or ‘dems,'” said Friednab. “Redding-Easton Falcons Cheer recognizes the importance of scholarship and academic achievement, and we award our dems academic scholarships when they graduate high school.”
The team welcomes parents to volunteer and bring new ideas to the organization. The team also supports the community through service and spirit.
“The teams develop friendships, participate in charity work/fundraising, and overall have an enlightening experience during this exciting and fun-filled season,” said Friednab. “We aim to provide a wholesome competitiveness within the scope of league rules and regulations that encourages strong team building centered in good sportsmanship.”
Practices will be held Monday through Thursday evenings in August. A more detailed schedule will be provided as the season gets closer.
Following Labor Day weekend as school begins, practices move inside and each team practices two or three times a week, typically one or two weeknights and Saturdays.
“It’s always amazing to watch how our teams transpire over just a couple of months in learning a cheer, dance routine, stunting, adding a tumbling component, and seeing how it all comes together,” said Friednab. “It’s a very exciting opportunity for these young girls.”
Athlete paperwork is due Aug. 1. Cheerleaders cannot participate until all forms are received. Athletes may mail their forms or hand them in at the first practice. Required forms can be found here. To sign up and view more information, visit falconsyouthcheer.com or contact them at email@example.com with any questions.