Can you be a Pompon Girl?

Pompon Girl's HandbookThe Official Pompon Girl’s Handbook

I was not a pompon girl (Pompon in my high school was for the cheerleader rejects and not cool!) and I doubt Holly was a pompon person. (I am certain she had NO school spirit!)  I do know that since my dark days in high school that cheerleading has evolved to big time dance routines and pretty impressive acrobatics.  I also didn’t think there was much of a difference between cheer and pompon. According to this book, I am wrong. They are different.

Regardless of one’s opinion on this as a school activity, these materials are important to teen collections. However, one look at these costumes and hair might send modern teens elsewhere. Specifically, this paperback edition that I had was overly taped up and still falling apart.  I would hate to see what the holding library uses as a standard for weeding on condition. Please upgrade to something from this century.

Go Team Weeding!


International Cheerleading Foundation

Cheerleader vs. Pompon Girl

Pompon Girls

Pompon Girls conditioning exercises

Pompon girl high kick

Uniforms, Pompons, and Props



  1. OH MY GOD I HAD THAT UNIFORM. Page 98. The girl in the upper right, the one with her hands on her knees.

    It was a navy blue vest with white on top, and our skirt to go with it just had one triple-folded pleat to it. We used to wear it alone for competition performances but would wear either a super-pointy-collared shirt or a white turtleneck for football performances or for wearing on spirit days.

    This was back in 1992-1995. Good times! And yes, poms and cheerleaders were very different. It would switch back & forth as to which was cooler, every few years….

  2. Hey, I was in the marching band! I had all KINDS of school spirit. In fact, this one time at band camp…

    Just kidding.

  3. The photo on page 162 (and costumes on page 172) look like what we called “drill team” at my high school. Drill team was a big deal in Texas, at least in the 80s!

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