Mascots 101

 

About This Class

So, you want to be a mascot? But do you have what it takes to represent your school or organization? Whether you are currently a novice or experience mascot looking to improve your program, a coach, an administrator interested in organizing a mascot program, or are simply interested in trying out for this prestigious position, you will find valuable, creative tools and resources to begin this new spirit adventure. You will learn exciting ways to bring more excitement and organization to your program through dTe's SpiritU mascot program! Let the magic begin!

About The Instructor

Tonya Cox
Email: jayhawk@terraworld.net

Tonya Cox brings to Spirit-U's Mascot 101 program 16 years of cheerleading, dance and mascot experience. She was a varsity high school cheerleader (Neodesha, Kansas), a member of the award-winning Independence Community College Cheer Squad (Independence, Kansas), and a volunteer cheer coach at Water Valley, Mississippi. Tonya is currently the head varsity cheer coach at Neodesha High School where her non-competitive squad has won four consecutive UCA camp cheer championships. She also choreographs her squad's stunt/dance routines. She is UCA cheer coach certified, has twice earned American Cheerleader Magazines honor of being selected among Who's Who of U.S. College and High School Cheerleading Coaches and was a nominee for the1999 NCCC National High School Cheerleading Coach of the Year. The highlight of her spirit career was cheering on the Jayhawks at the University of Kansas as the Baby Jayhawk Mascot.



Prerequisites

None.

Required Materials

None.

Tuition

$69.50

Course Type

This is not a certification course. Students will receive an electronic report card via email upon completion of the class in PDF format which students may print to hard copy version via their browsers. To view PDF formats, you may need to download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Course Objectives

  • To learn the history of Mascoting and itís vital role in the spirit community.
  • To help the student learn the tools to lay a solid foundation for a successful mascot program.
  • To teach the important skills of Mascoting and apply them to real life situations.
  • To challenge the students to use creativity when developing skits and routines.
  • To address the Mascoting safety issues, and physical conditioning.
  • To encourage and stress the importance of good sportsmanship.
  • To help students utilize their imaginations when designing and using props.
  • To discuss special mascot issues and use brainstorming techniques and problem solving skills.



Quizzes/Class Projects: Weekly quizzes will be given on various lecture discussions. Quizzes will include ten multiple choice or short answer questions. Each question will be worth 10 pts. Written research projects will be graded accordingly on the basis of accuracy of content, relativity to the subject given, creativity and originality. The instructor will not be grading on a curve. The grade percentages will be as follows:

90-100%=A
80-89.9%=B
70-79.9%=C
60-69.9%=D
below 60%=F


Course Syllabus

Week 1 BEGINNING MASCOTING
  • History of the Mascot.
  • Building a solid foundation for your mascot program.
  • Selecting the performers - what coaches look for in a mascot.
  • Acquiring a costume or updating your current mascot.
  • Tryout Tips!
Week 2 BRINGING YOUR MASCOT TO LIFE!
  • Developing your mascot's personality!
  • Assessing the needs of the Spirit Community.
  • Integrating your mascot into the spirit and band programs - Communication and cooperation are the keys!
  • Costume dressing - the do's and don'ts!
Week 3 THE CARDINAL RULES OF MASCOTING
  • The Basics of Non-Verbal Communication.
  • Developing appropriate skits and routines for your venue.
  • Working your crowd - audience response.
  • Magical Moments - Techniques with children!
  • Prop design and use - some side-splitting ideas!
  • Mascot sportsmanship.
Week 4 MASCOT SAFETY
  • Physical Conditioning.
  • Stunting with the cheer squad and other safety issues.
  • Mascot abuse and security.
  • The mascot interpreter or spotter.
  • Game Situations - problem solving.
  • Mascot first aid - know what to do in case of an emergency!
Week 5 SPECIAL EVENTS
  • Personal Mascot Appearances.
  • Personal Appearance Fees.
  • Scheduling, documentation and feedback.
  • Mascot competitions - what to expect, how to prepare!
  • Camps, training, research and continuing education.
Week 6 SPECIAL MASCOT ISSUES:
  • Fundraising - let's "entertain" some creative ideas!
  • Working with the media.
  • Mascot by-laws - laying down the rules.
  • Copyright laws and legal issues - know your boundaries.
  • Emergency costume repair.
  • Caring for your costume - storing, traveling, cleaning.

 

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