Make Some Noise with Thundersticks

 
Thunder Sticks

Thundersticks

I recently attended a football game at one of our local area schools and although there were moments that the crowd was excited, it was very short lived. Overall, the crowd was subdued and very quiet. Then looking around, I noticed that there were very few spirit items. I did see a few megaphones filled with popcorn that were sold at the concession stand, but nothing else. The other thing I noticed was how hard the metal bleachers were and yet the booster club was not selling stadium seat cushions.

Without school spirit items, the crowd is less likely to scream and yell for extended periods of time. It’s almost as if the fans come out of their shell when hiding behind pom poms or thundersticks. Stadium noisemakers is what that school needed to really get the crowd involved. Thundersticks are some of the most popular noise makers of modern-day football. Additionally, they are great for fundraising because there is a huge imprint area to advertise sponsors who have donated money to buy the thundersticks. Then, the items can be sold for $2-$3 per pair. After the sticks are inflated, you simply bang them together to produce a loud noise. When you get a stadium filled with hundreds of thundersticks, it can get very loud. Stadium horns are also a popular noisemaker for the stadium and are also another great spirit item for fundraising.

Football Shaped Stadium Seat Cushions

The biggest fundraiser of all for spirit items, though, is the stadium seat cushion. You can print up 16-20 different sponsor names and logos on one side of the stadium seat cushions and the school mascot and name on the other side, after charging each business a set amount of money for the sponsorship. Overall, the budget should work out so the school pays nothing for the seat cushions, but then turns around and sells the cushions for $5-$10 each making 100% profit. I can promise you that after sitting on those cold, hard, and sometimes wet bleachers for one game, $10 for a stadium seat cushions sounds like a bargain.

Be sure your school is equipped with plenty of options for school spirit items for not only fundraising, but also to keep the crowd happy and comfortable.

Top 5 Classic Spirit Items for Football Season

 

Spirit items are a vital part of all football games. Never will you go to a football game and NOT see any school spirit items around the stadium. These fun inexpensive products help keep the crowd cheering, yelling, screaming, and supporting their team. You will see typically “shy” people who are yelling and screaming when they are hiding behind a pom pom or behind a pair of thunder sticks. It’s like they are hiding behind the spirit items, which helps the shy fans come ALIVE!

Over the years, there have definitely been quite a few new spirit items introduced; however, there are several classic items that will likely never die. Below is a list of those classic spirit items.

Top 5 Spirit Items for Football Season

  1. Mini Footballs – There is no denying that fans love to catch mini footballs thrown by the cheerleaders. Or do they just like interacting with the cheerleaders?
  2. Pom Poms – The crowd loves to shake their pom poms and cheer for their team with each great play and score! It’s cool to see a big stadium full of cheering pom poms.
  3. Stadium Seat Cushions – Fans love to keep their back-end off of cold bleachers. I’m not sure what it says when they want to put their butt on their team mascot, but it must be all about comfort.
  4. Thunder Sticks – There is no noise like the deafening boom of thundersticks when being used by hundreds or thousands of fans. These are a relatively new spirit items, but have quickly become a fan favorite.
  5. Foam Fingers – Waving an oversized foam finger when cheering is a great spirit items and they are fun. Foam fingers come in a many different sizes, shapes, and colors.

Now there are many more spirit items that have been around for years, but these are the five most common items that are used at football games. And my guess is that you will continue to see these spirit items for years to come.

Alabama Rolls Past LSU in BCS Championship Game

 
LSU vs. Alabama 2012

LSU vs. ALABAMA 2012 BCS Champions, MICHAEL DeMOCKER / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE

Well, the Alabama Crimson Tide beat LSU in the BCS Championship game. It was not my desired outcome, but the good news is that an SEC team won the National Championship proving it’s dominance once again in College football. That makes 6 National Championships in a row for the SEC. Alabama played a stout defense shutting out the LSU Tigers.

The crowd was wild and crazy. The energy was high, typical of any College Football Championship game. There were thousands of Pom Poms waving in the crowd as well as many other spirit items, the majority of them were Crimson and Red. I have a hard time uttering the words, “Congratulations Alabama,” however, I have no problem whatsoever saying, “GO SEC!!” Will next year be another win for the SEC? I hope so.

Now there will be lots of spirit items such as mini footballs in Crimson and Red floating around and Championship T-Shirts that we will see Alabama fans wearing for years come.

Syracuse Still Number 1 in College Basketball

 
Thundersticks

Thundersticks

Syracuse is holding their #1 spot for the 5th week in a row with Kentucky right on their heels. But the question is, “Can they hold on to the top spot?” Well, according to their schedule they should easily be able to win their games over the next few weeks since their schedule is so weak. Kentucky, on the other hand, has a bit tougher schedule coming up, so if Kentucky wins their next few games too, will it be enough merit topping Syracuse in the polls? We shall see soon.

I’ve seen plenty of fans from the games on television banging thundersticks and waving pom poms. It reminds me of my college days when I use to attend all of the home basketball games at Mississippi State University. Fun times. There were spirit items galore, mostly being sold as fundraisers for the team.

So, if you get to attend college basketball games, count your blessing and enjoy the games. And be sure to proudly wave your spirit items and promote your favorite team. College basketball season goes by quickly.

Week 1 of College Football 2011

 

Week 1 of college football proved to be an interesting one with a few upsets, as expected. #14 TCU fell to Baylor 50-48 and South Florida upset #16 Notre Dane 23-20. While I really wouldn’t call it an upset, but #4 LSU took down #3 Oregon. Those SEC teams are tough as usual and the conference is very strong this year with 6 teams still in the AP Top 25 after the first full week of football. My Mississippi State Bulldogs look promising routing Memphis 59-14 and are now ranked #16.

With Tropical Storm Lee coming through the Southeast this weekend, Saturday was a great day to kick back and watch some College football games. While watching, I saw many different spirit items including thundersticks and mini footballs.

These school spirit items are not only great for college teams, but also for high school and middle school football teams. They make great fundraisers to help raise money for new uniforms, equipment, and field maintenance.

Stadium Horns

Root-N-Toot Stadium Horns

Solid Handle Pom Poms

Spirit Pom Poms

Mini Footballs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thunder Sticks

Stadium Seat Cushions

Foam Fingers