Video:How to Organize a Pep Rallywith Lizzy Pribyl
A pep rally requires a team to plan and organize the event so that it is a fun and safe celebration for the entire school. Watch this how-to video from About.com to learn exactly what goes into organizing a successful pep rally.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Organize a Pep Rally
Hi, my name is Lizzy Pribyl and I’m here today with About.com to talk about how to organize a pep rally.
Choose a Location for the Pep Rally
The first step in planning a pep rally is choosing the best location. The most common places to hold a pep rally is in your school’s gymnasium. Not only can it hold the entire student body but the reverb from the open room will create louder noise, building excitement. Other options for locations may include your school’s football field or auditorium. Make sure the location has enough space for the live performances and sound capabilities.
Choose an Effective Time for the Pep Rally
You want to work with your school’s administration to choose the most effective time for your rally. Typically a pep rally is right before a big football game. If the pep rally is serving a different purpose than rallying around the school’s sports team, make sure the theme is consistent with the event’s purpose. Also keep in mind that the rally should be held at the end of the day, so that students don’t have to return to class after being pumped up.
Plan the Pep Rally Routine
Working with your cheerleading coach and live performance department, discuss the approach you want to take. You may want to include a cheerleading performance, followed by a marching band performance and ending with the introduction of the team members. Choose a student that is comfortable MC’ing and who can get the crowd worked up. You may also someone from the music department to sing a song that will wow the crowd.
Consider the Pep Rally's Logistics
Logistics are essential when planning and executing a pep rally. Make sure you have a meeting the night before with the teachers and students involved. Explain in detail the order of events, the logistics of getting the entire school to the location, the needs for any props or sound issues and the logistics for having everyone exit after the rally. Having a printout of the order of events and using 2-way radios can help keep the rally moving without any bumps.
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