Game Time: The Game Day Experience
Join Mhkeeba and Brittany as they experiment recording Cheer Chat using Instagram Live to give listeners an inside look at how they record the Pro Cheerleading Podcast! During Cheer Chat the ladies discuss some new uniforms that debuted during Week 1 of the NFL regular season for a few teams that are changing the look of the traditional glamorous NFL uniforms. They also discuss some developments in a lawsuit brought by a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders against the team that resulted in a significant raise for the cheerleaders and a few inspirational stories that celebrate women on and off the playing field. In this week’s episode, Brittany and Mhkeeba walk you through the entire game day experience while reminiscing on some of their most memorable moments on the sidelines. They wrap up the episode with Locker Talk about a little post-game mischief from lingering in the locker room too long after the game!
Click here to listen to this podcast episode.
2019-20 Orange & Blue Ice CrewWhat does the Orange & Blue Ice Crew do?
The Orange & Blue Ice Crew is a co-ed interactive group that represents the Edmonton Oilers organization at games, events, and appearances throughout the community. The role is primarily responsible for making sure our fans have the best experience possible and create “I Remember” moments for them! At games, the team assists with in-bowl activities, contests, and promotions (t-shirt tosses, prize giveaways, etc.), and on-ice they are responsible for skating to remove snow build-up during television timeouts.
Do I need to know how to skate?
Not all members of the Orange and Blue Ice Crew will be required to be on the ice, as this team is also responsible for off-ice activations throughout Rogers Place and the surrounding community. Applicants need not be professionally trained (hockey, figure, etc.), but a strong skating ability allows us the flexibility to have you in skating and non-skating roles and will be considered a strong asset.Please note: Orange & Blue Ice Crew members are required to wear hockey skates when performing duties on ice. So, those accustomed to wearing figure skates are strongly encouraged to practice adjusting to hockey skates before the auditions.
I’m a guy…is this job just for girls?
Absolutely not! The team is co-ed (guys and girls). Our guys perform most of the same duties as our girls along with managing Hunter’s busy schedule during games.
Is being a member of the Orange & Blue Ice Crew a full-time job? What is the time commitment?
Being a member of the Orange and Blue Ice Crew is not a full-time job. Orange & Blue Ice Crew members should plan for 12-25 hours of work per week on average. We like our members to have a flexible schedule and be committed to being available for nearly ALL home games and 75% of the events and community appearances. Orange & Blue Ice Crew are expected to be at the arena fully game ready a minimum of 2.5 hours prior to puck drop (not all members work every game). Hours will vary based on the Edmonton Oilers event and hockey schedule. Most Orange & Blue Ice Crew members attend college and/or have additional full-time or part-time jobs.
Do Orange & Blue Ice Crew members get paid?
Yes. This is not only a fun team to be a part of but also a paying part-time job! Orange & Blue Ice Crew members are paid an hourly rate for all games, events and community appearances worked.
Does the Orange & Blue Ice Crew travel with the team?
No. Orange & Blue Ice Crew members only work home games and events in the greater Edmonton area. From time-to-time, additional travel-related opportunities do come up in other parts of Alberta.
Do Orange & Blue Ice Crew members get to meet/hang out with the team/players?
Absolutely not. As with most professional teams across the various leagues there are very strict rules and regulations prohibiting fraternization with the team, players, coaches, and officials. There is a zero tolerance policy in place.
Where and when are the Orange & Blue Ice Crew auditions being held?
Auditions will be held at Rogers Place on Saturday, August 10th. Registration will open at 8AM. Please enter via the Ford Hall gates.
How old do I have to be to attend the auditions?
You must be at least 18 years of age as of September 1, 2019
What happens at the auditions?
Our auditions are interactive and fun! This is your chance to show us your personality, athleticism and enthusiasm for the role. You will be taking part in a variety of off-ice interactive tasks, icebreakers and improv activities! After which the skating assessments will take place in the Downtown Community Arena featuring skill testing and skating circuits to best showcase your skating abilities. Any hopefuls moving forward to the interviews on Wednesday, August 14th and Thursday, August 15th will be informed on Monday, August 12.
What makes a good Orange & Blue Ice Crew member? What is the hiring committee looking for?
The hiring team is looking for new members who encompass all of the following traits.An outgoing personality, great energy and positive attitude. We are looking for you to showcase your individual personality and carry that enthusiasm for the Oilers out to the thousands of fans in attendance each night.With both on-ice and off-ice shifts strong teamwork and communication skills are necessary for fan interaction, mascot handling and community events. You will always be working with different team members.Professionalism, poise and a consistent work ethic are essential in our fast-paced, ever-changing, live entertainment environment.Confidence on-camera and on-ice in front of 18,000+ fans.Reliable: Not only is punctuality key but Orange and Blue Ice Crew members receive instructions and are trusted to complete tasks independently. The ability to troubleshoot situations and make changes on the fly are essential to your role. We also require all our members to work 60% of the games along with picking up event shifts throughout the season.Approachable: Greeting fans upon arrival to Rogers Place is a very important part of your role. You should feel comfortable initiating conversation, taking part in and explaining interactive contests to fans.
What should I wear to the auditions?
Both guys and girls should come in fitted, comfortable, athletic-style apparel such as shorts, t-shirt, tank top, and athletic footwear. Put your best face forward!Check out the current uniform HERE.
How should I wear my hair and makeup for the auditions?
Since hair and makeup as well as a consistently groomed appearance are an essential part of this role we ask that the guys have their hair styled and if not clean-shaven, have “groomed” facial hair. As if going out for a night on the town with their friends! Girls are highly encouraged to arrive to auditions with full makeup and styled hair – think “girls night out”! Hair should be worn loose and styled, no elastics and not hiding your face. No hats are allowed during the auditions. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR PICTURE WILL BE TAKEN DURING REGISTRATION.
What do I need to bring to the auditions?
- Water, drinks, and snacks
- Personal items you may need (makeup, brush, etc.)
- Skates for on-ice auditions (only if you are participating in this portion)
- Sweaters or jackets to wear while waiting as the arena can get quite cold
Can I bring friends and family to watch the auditions?
- Complete the online application form and RSVP online for the auditions
- Complete and submit the WAIVER online before the auditions
- Have confidence and be prepared to show us why your energy, commitment and positivity is needed on our team!
Do I have to RSVP online?
It is strongly encouraged that you RSVP online. Walk-ups will be allowed to audition, although in the event that we reach maximum capacity for the auditions, those who have submitted an RSVP online will be given priority to participate…CLICK HERE to Apply and RSVP online.