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What to expect as a

2020 RAMS CHEERLEADER

 Important Dates:

Please read carefully. All dates and venues are subject to change at any time.  Any changes will be announced as soon as possible.

Summer & School Practices:

Attendance is necessary for stunting and uniformity.

It is critical that your child attends practices in August, this is the time they learn their routines and are placed appropriately for various stunts. Choreography for competition may also begin during this time.

 

Uniform Fitting:  Patterson Rec Center (more info to follow). Please bring 6 checks. You will be using these checks to order all of the necessary items you may need for the cheer season.

 

Summer Practice:  Starts August, exact date TBD.

Grades K-1 - 2 days per week (1 1/2 hours) 5:30p - 7:00p

Grades 2-3 - 2 days per week (2 hours) 5:30p - 7:30p

Grades 4-8 - 3 days per week (2 1/2 hours) 5:30p - 8:00p (may vary depending on team)

Attendance will be taken and monitored.

 

School Practice:

Grades K-1 - 2 days per week (1 1/2 hours per day)

Grades 2-3 - 2 days per week (2 hours per day)

Grades 4-8 - 3 days per week (2 hours per day)

During competition season practice may be extended or extra days added on. There are also times when a Saturday or Sunday practice may be needed to prepare.

Practice schedule to be determined based on indoor facility availability.

Location:  All outdoor practices will be at GFMS.  Indoor practices are to be determined.  Most indoor practices will be held at Patterson Rec with some indoor practices requiring use of other facilities, for choreography dates and some school practices Sept-Nov.

Always bring plenty of water.

All Cheerleaders MUST arrive at practice in a t-shirt/tank (no spaghetti straps) shorts/sweatpants and athletic sneakers.  We would prefer all to wear red/blue shorts and t-shirt or tank to any Indoor practices.  There will also be “practice wear” for sale. If wearing inappropriate clothing or you do not have sneakers on, they will not be allowed to practice.

All girls/boys will arrive on time.  If you need a ride, please call one of your teammates.

All cell phones must be turned off during practices and games. Calls and texts can be made only during breaks and/or with coach’s permission.

Costs: THERE WILL BE A MANDATORY ACCESSORY PACKAGE THAT INCLUDES - BRIEFS, SNEAKERS, BRIEFS, BOWS, WARM UP JACKET AND PANTS.

PLEASE NOTE OUR K-1 mascot team registration fee includes their 1 bow THEY ARE REQUIRED TO BUY briefs for under uniform ($20.95) and WHITE cheer sneakers.

Conduct: Parents and Cheerleaders must sign the Code of Conduct.  Cheerleaders are expected to be on their best behavior during practices and games. They must show respect to all coaches, demonstrators, teammates, cheerleaders, football players, officials and fans AT ALL TIMES.  Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated!

Use of tobacco, alcohol, drugs of any kind will NOT be tolerated and may result in immediate dismissal of the squad.

Games: Cheerleaders must arrive in full uniform-top, skirt, briefs, socks, bows & sneakers. ALWAYS bring your warm ups and pom-poms. Any changes will be made as a group and together. If one girl does not have an item, she will sit out for that game.

Cheerleaders must arrive with their hair in a high & tight ponytail. Bow must be visible from the front and tails must face forward. All hair is to be pinned back (gel/pins, etc.) away from face. This includes short hair and bangs.

Cheerleaders MUST arrive on time.

Always bring a dry snack and water. Only clear liquids are allowed. Concession stand purchases will NOT be allowed due to time constraints.

No nail polish or earrings. Earrings hold a safety concern due to stunting.

Hands are to be kept folded and behind back in between chants and cheers.

Each cheerleader should carry their bag to every game. Girls/boys should pack their warm ups and a water bottle (only clear liquids). If one girl does not have their warm ups and it is cold, that girl will sit out during that game.

Competitions:

Grades K-1 - will exhibit 1 time at our annual Taconic Cheerfest (local)

Grades 2-3 - will exhibit/compete 2 times locally

Grades 4-8 - will go to to 2 local competitions and the regional competition in November in Trenton, New Jersey (IF THEY QUALIFY)

The regional competition is our final competition and closes our season.

Taconic League Local Competition: Date, time and location TBD

Regional Competition: TBD

Participation in a regular season competition team is mandatory

This is a National Track multi town team. More info will be available soon.

Parent/Coach Communication: Parent to go directly to Team Parent after practice has ended. If Parent feels that they cannot speak to team parent they can contact coach to set up a meeting. If matter is not resolved, parent should speak to Cheer Director. No matters are to be discussed in the presence of any cheerleader or any peer.

Optional Fundraising will be done throughout the year to offset competition entry fees, indoor facility fees, clinics, choreography, etc. This includes change for cheer a one box per cheerleader Mandatory chocolate bar sale.