Each squad collects team funds for use throughout the season for items such as: special bows for Childhood Cancer Awareness and Breast Cancer Awareness months, Cheer Bowl bows/socks, end of the season gifts/party, etc. Each squad sets their own budget; please speak with your coach or team mom if you have questions.
During the season, the program may hold a fundraiser(s) to help with equipment, game-day officials, administrative fees, etc. Participation is strongly encouraged.
Games are typically held on Saturdays. In the event participant registrations throughout the county are higher than expected, an evening game during the week may be required. The season runs from early August until mid-November.
Cheer participants and their squads must cheer at all events in which their football team participates. This includes, but is not limited to regular season games, playoffs and Lanier Bowl.
Paperwork Required Prior to Participation
Prior to participation in our football and cheerleading program, your child must have a current physical (dated December 1, 2018 or after to ensure your child is cleared to play their sport through our entire season) and a copy of her birth certificate. The birth certificate proves your child’s age and thereby participation in our program; this is also a country requirement. This paperwork, as well as consents to play (received from the coach), must be given to your child’s coach prior to practices beginning.
During the season, this paperwork is held in our coach’s notebook and brought to practices / games in case of question. After the season, this paperwork is given back to the family or shredded.
All practices are to be conducted outdoors at Midway or Sawnee Mountain Parks in the areas designated by the county for our program.
Cheerleading is a team sport and to effectively field a squad for half-time routines and Cheer Bowl, the team must perform in unison to a routine set to music. Each cheerleader has a part in every routine and must attend all practice for the squad to be successful. When members of the team are missing, formations will be off, partner stunts and pyramids cannot be executed. If the routine is not learned and perfected, the team will not be successful. Therefore, excessive absences or tardiness to practice cannot be tolerated and will be addressed by the coach and / or Director of Cheerleading. Practices during the month of October are mandatory for Cheer Bowl participants.
Practice schedules are determined by the Coach and must abide by the rules below:
Before school begins:
5-8 year olds can practice six (6) hours (3 meetings) per week.
9-14 year olds can practice eight (8) hours (4 meetings) per week until school begins.
After school begins:
5-8 year olds can practice no more than four (4) hours (2 meetings) during the week and two (2) hours on Saturday.
9-14 year olds can practice no more than six (6) hours (3 meetings) during the week and two (2) hours on Saturday.
When the season begins:
5-8 year olds can practice no more than four (4) hours (2 meetings) per week
9-14 year olds can practice no more than six (6) hours (3 meetings) per week.
5-6 year olds cannot practice past 8:00 pm*
7-10 year olds cannot practice past 8:30 pm*
11-14 year olds cannot practice past 9:00 pm*
*This rule does not apply to any participant choosing to cheer up.
Uniforms / Alterations
Each participant is required to attend one uniform fitting. This will ensure your cheerleader has a custom fitted uniform for games/Cheer Bowl. Please have your daughter wear a swimsuit and socks to the fitting.