Cheer InformationUpdated Friday June 23, 2017 by Kate Karmelek.
Overview and scope of Nipmuc Youth Cheer Program:
We know as new parents to the cheer program that you will probably feel overwhelmed from all of the information outlined below, but please keep in mind that our rules are created and enforced for the safety of each cheerleader. We want you to have as much information as possible so that you understand the commitment involved.
COMPETITIONS and IMPORTANT DATES:
Bonfire: August 18, location TBD
Fun Comp: September 25, Westborough
Local Comp: October 28, Lowell Auditorium
State Comp: November 4, Lowell Auditorium
Regional Comp: November 18, Providence
Nationals: December 7-11, Orlando
Cheerleading is an interdependent sport. Each person on the squad has a position that relies on others. If someone is missing from a stunt group, that stunt group isn't able to practice to their fullest capacity. Therefore, it is extremely important that each cheerleader attends all practices.
The official cheer season typically begins the week of August 1st. All practices are closed (meaning just cheerleaders and coaches). Our reason for having closed practices is first and foremost for the safety of the cheerleaders as they are the priority. In the past we have had issues with people walking in and out of the gym which is very distracting to the girls while they are trying to learn.
Practice Dress Code
Cheerleaders will be required to cheer at games for their assigned football teams. Teams and schedules will be determined at a later date.
Three (3) unexcused absences (at games, practices and competitions) result in a cheerleader being ineligible for competition. All practices during the week of competitions are mandatory. Cheerleader’s parent(s) will be informed when their daughter incurs an unexcused absence.
An absence is considered unexcused when no one (Squad Coaches or Cheer Director) is informed of the absence. A cheerleader is considered to have an unexcused absence if she does not have a medical reason; a family emergency (which will be at the Cheer Directors’ discretion) or prior arrangements are made with the Cheer Directors.
An absence is considered excused if the cheerleader informs her coach or the cheer director (prior to the absence) of the impending absence and it is determined that the absence is acceptable.
This year NYFC will be ordering new uniforms for all squads. These will be distributed during practice once the season begins.
All squads will receive a long sleeve top and skirt. You will be required to purchase white cheer sneakers, a game & competition bow, and black cheer bloomers. Instead of warm-ups each cheerleader will be required to purchase a NYFC jacket ($40) that will be embroidered with their name. This will be worn with black leggings or yoga pants over uniforms when needed for games and competitions.
We understand that this is a lot of information. Please feel free to contact either Cheer Director with any questions that you may have.
Carrie Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Karmelek email@example.com