By Nicole Smith.
The beginning of a new school year is loaded with all kinds of emotions, but the Rally Cats are experiencing nothing but pure excitement for the first home football game and all of its festivities! The 2010-2011 team is full of talent and we cannot wait to show off all of our hard work on September 3rd and 4th. With the Welcome Back festival being a big letdown, due to a torrential rain down pour, the new teammates have yet to experience performing as a Clemson Rally Cat; so you can imagine how anxious and excited they are!
After an intense 6 day camp with the team before school started, a lot of team members experienced muscle soreness and strains, but thankfully no one has had any serious injuries. Nothing stops the Rally Cats from working hard though; practices have been kicked into full force three days a week with the team preparing for our very first dance performance which will take place on Friday, September 3rd. This two minute dance routine is full of technical elements along with high energy dance moves to get the Clemson family pumped up and excited for the start of football season! Prior to this dance performance, the Rally Cats will be walking and cheering in the First Friday parade along with many other Clemson teams, clubs, and organizations.
First Friday is an exciting time at Clemson University and all the excitement and anticipation leads up to the 3:30 pm kickoff on Saturday, September 4th. Along with practicing our First Friday dance routine, we have been drilling all the Game Day routines and sidelines, while making sure every finger is in the right place. Perfection is our team’s goal when we are on the sidelines dancing and cheering on our Clemson Tigers!
Although practice can be tough and preparation can be stressful, the thrill and excitement of being on the football field during pregame, hearing the cannon boom, seeing the Tigers run down The Hill, running the flag, and dancing our hearts out on the sidelines, it is ALL worth it for us as Rally Cats when it is Game Day in Death Valley!