Ridgefield High School cheerleaders lift each other up by playing yard sign tag

The game started as a way for the cheerleaders to continue interacting socially while still observing safety protocols

RIDGEFIELD – Ridgefield High School cheerleaders are experts at raising team spirits.  So they came up with a fun way to entertain themselves while they were all stuck at home.  They started a game of yard sign tag — a safe, socially distanced game that sparked a lot of smiles.

Cheerleading coaches Alyssa Tomillo and Anja Felton kicked off the game of yard sign tag. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield School District
Cheerleading coaches Alyssa Tomillo and Anja Felton kicked off the game of yard sign tag. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield School District

The game started as a way for the cheerleaders to continue interacting socially while still observing safety protocols.  The team had two yard signs made, reading “Tag, You’re It!” with a picture of the Spudder mascot and polka dots in the school colors, blue and orange.  They played by circulating the signs from yard to yard among the varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders until everyone had been “tagged.” 

The Spudder mascot came to help with the first yard signs. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield School District
The Spudder mascot came to help with the first yard signs. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield School District

The game started just before winter break with cheerleading coaches, Alyssa Tomillo and Anja Felton.  The coaches and the Spudder mascot posed for a kickoff photo, then distributed the signs to the yards of the first two cheerleaders. 

Ridgefield High School cheerleader Rylie Simms showed she had been "tagged." Photo courtesy of Ridgefield School District
Ridgefield High School cheerleader Rylie Simms showed she had been “tagged.” Photo courtesy of Ridgefield School District

Each cheerleader who found a sign in their yard posted a pic on the Band app so others could see they had been tagged.  Then that person had to find a cheerleader who hadn’t been tagged yet, and get the sign to their yard.  The signs moved quickly from house to house, and the stream of photos got longer and longer.  They had a great time tracking the yard signs’ progress and sneaking into each other’s yards to post it for someone new.

Grace Gama also posted on the "tagged" thread. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield School District
Grace Gama also posted on the “tagged” thread. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield School District

“It was a fun way for us to work together as a team, even when we couldn’t be together in person,” Tomillo said.  The team enjoyed it so much they’re hoping the game continues with other groups.

Information provided by Ridgefield School District.

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