Cheer Guidelines

CHEERLEADING GUIDELINES

Cheerleading practice is held at The Upper Moreland Middle School Football Field. Parent(s) and/or guardians will need to attend the first practice so we can go over some policies and procedures and collect all forms needed to begin practicing. If you are unable to make it to the first practice, please email me and let us know at Cheer@wgbears.com. We will begin every practice with stretching.

  • Cheerleaders need to bring a water bottle with their name on it to every practice and game. NO SODA!
  • No food or candy will be allowed during practices and games. No gum, this is a choking hazard.
  • No jewelry of any kind is allowed. This means no watches, rings, bracelets, anklets, necklaces, and metal barrettes.
  • Practices are about learning the correct skills you need to know to cheer and of course, have fun! The teaching of Cheerleading skills and working as a team is the main objective of every practice and also teaching each Cheerleader to respect one another as a squad.
  • Organization is the key to a successful practice. Always come to practice with a positive attitude and ready to learn. Cheerleaders will be expected to leave any and all negative feelings off the field at all times.
  • Cheerleaders are expected to attend ALL practices. When girls are absent it affects the entire squad. If your Cheerleader is going to be absent or late, please contact your head coach directly, by phone, text or e-mail ASAP. Do not hold the child responsible for situations that are out of their control; they are under the guidance of their parent(s) and/or guardian.
  • Practice requires 100% participation and attention from all Cheerleaders. No socializing with friends or boyfriends during this time; which includes cel phones, ipods, etc. If a Cheerleader has any of these items they will have to remain in their cheer bag until the end of a practice and/or game.
  • Proper attire is expected at every practice. Only work out attire, hair up (out of the face) and sneakers are allowed. If a Cheerleader comes in anything other than these items, she will be asked to sit out and watch.
  • Cheerleaders are not allowed to wear any part of their uniform to practice. These are for games only!
  • Cheerleaders need to be picked up promptly at the end of each practice and or game. Cheerleaders are not allowed to "meet" their parent(s) and/or guardians anywhere but on the field. Coaches will make sure that an adult has picked up every Cheerleader before leaving the practice area.

GAME DAY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Coaches are expected to attend all games. If a Coach is unable to attend a game, they are required to have their team mom or dad oversee the squad.
  • Cheerleaders are expected to attend ALL games including playoffs!
  • Cheerleaders must arrive to the game 15-30 minutes prior to the start of the game so we can stretch and warm up for the game.
  • Coaches are required to remain for the entire game with their squad.
  • Squads are to cheer for the entire game and will have a break at half-time like to football players do. NO ONE is to come into the line or walk out of the cheer line while the game is in session. All Cheerleaders must have permission from their Coach to leave the line-up at all times.
  • Younger siblings MUST stay out of the cheering area and are not allowed to participate. Only Coaches and Assistant Coaches area allowed in the cheering area with Cheerleaders.
  • No food or candy will be allowed in the cheering area, only water bottles.
  • Uniforms must be clean at all times. Shoes and socks are to be kept clean and only worn during games and competition. A Cheerleader must notify her Coach if there is ever a problem with their uniform.
  • Your Coach may choose captain(s) at her own discretion. Captains are not always promised, but if your Coach feels it is necessary, the Cheerleader she picks will demonstrate the following:
    • Willingness to put the team first
    • Willingness to help others without being told
    • Displays a positive attitude
    • Aggressive and confident

TEAM PARENT

  • Coaches will recruit a team Mom/Dad at their discretion.
  • A team Mom/Dad is there to assist with keeping the team organized, i.e. organizing fundraisers, purchases for the team and distribution of information, etc.
  • The team Mom/Dad is accountable to the Coach and final decisions are the responsibility of the Coach.

Last Updated: June 2015