Reviewed by: Cecilia Wood
Do YOU think your school’s student section has the most spirit in Alabama? AHSAA is looking for videos of the loudest, proudest student cheering section in the state. The best part? There’s $1,000 in prize money on the line for the winning school. Hurry, the deadline to enter is coming up fast: Friday, October 14 at 5PM. Read on for details.
Win $1000 for your school!
When it comes to high school sports, it’s no secret that student sections across Alabama bring the noise with their amplified school spirit. Now’s your chance to win big for it!
What’s up for grabs? The school that comes out on top will receive a sportsmanship banner, promotion through Bham Now/The Bama Buzz and, of course, the ultimate bragging rights. In addition, the winning school will receive $1000 in prize money, to be utilized any way you wish to support your school, compliments of Bham Now/The Bama Buzz.
Are you up for the challenge?
The competition is heating up! Arab High School and Cullman High School have already entered to win, and we want to see which schools are going to take them on.
Don’t forget, judges will take into account the size of the school and the challenges each school has overcome in the past year when considering the winner. There’s no reason not to put a video together and get the hype train started for your school!
Arab High School:
Cullman High School:
To get in on the challenge, follow these three steps before the deadline on Friday, October 14 at 5PM:
1. FILM YOUR STUDENT SECTION
Get out your cameras and show us how loud, organized, positive and original you can be. Videos captured from your phone are fine!
- Videos must be no longer than 1 minute, with at least 15 seconds of dialogue describing why you deserve to be crowned as the top student section in the state.
- Footage may be from previous games in the 2021-2022 calendar year.
- Don’t forget, sportsmanship is a key component.
2. POST TO SOCIAL
Now that you’ve got the footage, it’s time to show it off. Post your video to Instagram or TikTok with the hashtag #AHSAAFans.
3. EMAIL YOUR LINK
After posting your video on socials, make sure to email the link to AHSAA@thebamabuzz.com to verify your submission. Videos that are not submitted via email cannot be considered.
Remember, your video must be submitted no later than Friday, October 14 at 5PM.
Then, you’re in!
Pro tip—when reviewing submissions, judges will be looking for these key components in your video:
- Positive sportsmanship
- Student body participation
- School spirit
- Originality of cheers
- Organization of the group
- Student section leadership
Choosing the finalists 🏆
After you submit your video via social media and email, The Bama Buzz will share your entry on TikTok (@thebamabuzz). Then, it’s time to like, comment, share and show us how much you want to see your school move on to the next round.
There will be SEVEN semifinalists, one for each Class (1A-7A), chosen by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association and Cheer Association. Then, there will be a social media voting period where you can like, comment and share to cast a vote for your school.
The Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association and Cheer Association will determine a winner based on the video, the school’s social media involvement, the follower-led voting on AHSAA’s social media and sportsmanship.
Representatives for each semifinalist school will be invited to the AHSAA Super 7 Football Championships to be recognized.
The winning school
The big winner will be announced on the jumbotron at the AHSAA Super 7 Football Championships, on AHSAA’s Instagram and The Bama Buzz’s social media. The winner will also be announced on AHSAA’s TV Show (WOTM/Broadway Communications + NFHS Network).
Here’s the official AHSAA Fan Challenge timeline:
- Fri. October 14 (5PM): Video submission deadline
- Fri. October 21: Semifinalists announced to schools and online
- Mon. October 24-Mon. November 7: Social Media voting period
- Wed. November 30-Fri. December 2: Winning school announced at Super 7 Football Championships with a representative from each semifinalist to attend
Well, what are you waiting for? Get your staff and students together to show us what you’ve got. Visit the AHSAA website for more details.
Note—schools must be an AHSAA member organization to qualify. Questions: Email us at AHSAA@thebamabuzz.com.