I Understand You’re Not In The Stadium To See The Marching Band Or Cheerleaders, But Please Clap For Our Kids, Too

“Dear high school football fans, This is a friendly seasonal PSA. Another season of Friday night lights is upon us. We’re all looking forward to seeing our kids play and perform.

We know you’re so excited to see the football team take the field. As marching band, color guard, cheer, and dance fans, we’re excited to see our teams take the field, too. We’re all here for the same reason: to cheer on our kids and and support our schools and communities.

We understand you might not be in the stadium primarily to see the marching band or color guard or cheerleaders or dance team. But when they’re on the field performing, we ask that you kindly show respect for the fan sitting next to you and let them listen and watch. They’re probably trying to hear and see their son or granddaughter or niece or friend. Talking or blocking their view while that happens is like standing directly and intentionally in the line of vision of a football parent while their child is making a game-winning play.

On the other hand, please DO cheer for these performers: clap and yell when they take the field and between songs in the halftime show and after a soloist finishes playing and pretty much anytime they do a formation that looks particularly involved. These are their equivalent of touchdowns. Football players work incredibly hard, but so do our band, color guard, cheer, and dance kids.

They march and practice and play and learn drill and put together routines and give up summer free time in 90-degree heat to get their ‘game’ ready, too.