Using gunny softball cheers is a great way to get the crowd motivated and rallying behind their team. Softball is a friendly sport, and adding a touch of humor to the cheers makes the entire experience more easygoing and fun.
Not So Funny Softball Cheers
In a word: don't be mean, because mean people are no fun. This means that there are a few "don'ts" to coming up with truly funny softball cheers.
- Don't use profanity. While it may be fine with everyone on both teams, with all of their friends in the stands and even with the umpire, don't give in to the temptation to make something funny by putting four-letter words into it. Why? Simple. The moment you do it is the moment you find out that someone is offended by that kind of language. There may also be younger children in attendance, so keep the cheers polite.
- Don't use scatology. That's just a big word for "naughty or suggestive words." For reasons why, see above.
- Don't pick on individuals. It's really in poor taste to single out individuals on a team and pick on them, especially if you're doing it based on some physical characteristic. It's one thing to accuse a team of not being able to hit; to single out one player and accuse them of being lousy is too much like a mob ganging up on an individual.
In general, keeping things on a positive note will set the tenor of the entire game. And it is much more effective and skillful if you get even the fans of the opposing team laughing at your cheers not because they're mean, but because they're funny.
So, how does one go about making something funny?
Curve Balls are Easy; Comedy is Hard
There are a lot of elements that go into a good cheer or chant. Using words that are short and easy for a crowd to pick up is one part of it. Picking a chant rhythm that is catchy and easy to keep going is another part.
In the case of softball cheers, a third part is the need to make the funny softball chants contextual. In other words, watch the game and what is happening, and then lead the cheers based on what's going on.
For example, if someone on your team just stole a base, then the following cheer might work:
Call the Cops! Call the Cops! We just stole your stinkin' base! Here they come: Whooooooo! (imitate siren).
What's funny about that? Well, it's a play on words for one thing - the concept of "stealing" a base. Speaking of which, while using the word "stinkin'" might seem mean spirited, it's really not, because you're talking about the base, and bases don't have feelings. Also, it gives the crowd a chance to make the siren whooping sound, which is always a fun way to make people smile as everyone makes ridiculous noises at each other.
Another way to make things funny is to use a parody or satire of a popular movie or song. Singing "There she goes, just a walkin' to first base, singin' doo wah diddy diddy…" when a player is walked will get the entire stadium singing to the chorus. Making up funny words to the songs (also known as "filking" a song) is a way to keep the music contextual and funny. Taking it from movie themes can also be funny. Consider this cheer based on the Oompa Loompa song from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Oompa, loompa, doompadee doo,
I've got another curve ball for you.
Oompa, loompa, doompadee ding,
It goes so fast, you won't even swing.
Another way to come up with a lot of funny softball cheers is to poke a little fun at yourself. Take a cue from the call-and-response cadences used by the military and create your own personal cheers filled with humorous references:
We don't play with little dolls,
We hit hard with bats and balls,
We don't got ribbons in our hair,
We slam that home run OUTTA there!
The possibilities are endless, limited only by the team's imagination. The only way to truly know if your funny softball cheers work, though, is to try them out. Notice what seems funny, what doesn't and keep polishing your material until you've got the crowd just like the softball - in stitches.