2012 FORKS CHEERLEADING RULES
The Forks Township Recreational Board and the Forks Township Athletic Association (FTAA) state that children may only participate in one sport per season for Forks Township. Cheerleading begins the first week of July until approximately the end of November. Jr. Pee Wee, Pee Wee, and Midget levels may advance to the playoffs/championship.
1. Practices will be held at the Forks Municipal Park. Coaches will provide times and dates.
2. Games are held on Thursdays/Sundays. Cheerleaders should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to games and events unless otherwise instructed by the coaches. If you are late to a game, you may not be eligible to cheer during the halftime. It is the coach’s discretion.
3. Unless you have an excused absence, Cheerleaders are expected to promptly attend and participate at practices, events, competitions, Football Games, The Easton High School Cheerleading Clinic-August, Community Days-September, Blue Mountain Valley Competition-October, Easton Halftime, Showcase-October, Easton Cheerleading Challenge-December. The dates are to be announced. Additional Competitions maybe added to the Cheerleading schedule. These events may charge an entrance fee and are mandatory unless there is an excused absence.
4. Excused absences are sickness, doctor/dentist appointment, vacation, or family emergencies. Excessive vacations may effect a cheerleader’s time on the field at halftime.
5. NON- FORKS ACTIVITIES are considered unexcused absences.
6. One unexcused absence will result in Discipline Procedure 2. Two unexcused absences will in result in Discipline Procedure 3. Three unexcused absences will result in the Final Discipline Procedure. (See page 2)
7. If you cannot attend a practice or game, or you will be arriving late, you must call your coach. Unless there is an emergency, having a friend report your absence is not acceptable.
8. If you arrive late and do not notify the coach, you will not be allowed to cheer at halftime.
9. If practice, games, or events are cancelled, you will be notified. Practices may be held in the community center or games may be played if there is inclement weather.
1. All cheerleaders are expected to act in a well-behaved manner and show good sportsmanship at all times. This includes showing respect to coaches and team members of their own as well as opposing teams.
2. If a cheerleader is disruptive or chooses not to participate, they may be moved or asked to sit by the coaches during a practice/game.
3. Cheerleaders must remain with their squad and coaches at all times during practice, games, during half-time activities, and events.
1. The uniforms are the property of Forks Township. Uniforms are to be worn at games or as required by the program.
2. Cheerleaders are not permitted to eat food including candy and gum in uniform. The uniform must be covered or changed. Please provide water or clear liquids. If you plan on staying for additional games, please bring a change of clothes.
3. Parents will be responsible for replacement costs of dirty, damaged, or lost uniforms.
4. Uniforms must be cleaned before being returned at the end of the season.
5. All cheering articles provided/purchased must be brought to each game in the duffle bag provided.
6. Articles purchased by you for the cheering season, e.g. sneakers, should be worn only as required until after the season.
1. There shall be no mascots.
2. Each squad shall have two captains. Captains will be selected through a competitive process and will be in effect for the entire season. Tryouts will consist of a cheer, a dance, and jumps one or more times for an outside judging panel. Any cheerleader may try out for the position (s).
3. Exception-Midget Level-If there is more than one age group at a level the oldest grade is eligible to try out for captain. Tryouts usually take place the last week of July.
4. Squad grade levels are subject to change and will be determined by the commissioner once sign ups are closed.
Appearance at the Game:
1. Hair must be neatly pulled back. While in uniform the cheering hair ribbon must be worn.
2. For safety reasons no jewelry may be worn during practices, games, and events.
3. No nail polish (Exceptions clear or a French Manicure), glitter, excessive makeup, tattoos, no hair beads or wraps.
Stunting and Gymnastics:
Partner stunts, pyramids, and gymnastics are prohibited without the consent and immediate supervision of the coaches and/or assistants at any practice, game or authorized cheering activity.
1. All parents/guardians are responsible to volunteer three (3) hours of time per child in the snack bar, the Cheerleading Dance, or another volunteer activity approved by the coaches/commissioners. If you do not wish to Volunteer, there is a $50.00 Opt Out Fee Charged at Signups.
2. All cheerleaders are encouraged to participate in the fundraiser.
1. Discipline problems will be handled in the following manner by all coaches:
· 1st time – The cheerleader and the parent will be made aware of the problem by the coach.
· 2nd time – The cheerleader and her parents will be made aware of the problem by the coach and the commissioners will be notified.
· 3rd time – The Forks Township Athletic Association will be notified. The cheerleader will be benched for the game. She will be expected to be at the game in uniform and must sit by the coaches, but will not be permitted to cheer.
· Final – The coach and commissioner will go to the FTAA and request that the cheerleader be dismissed from the squad. If dismissed, the cheerleader will be required to turn in her provided uniform and equipment upon request.
2. Any problems that occur during the season should be discussed with the coach(s). If a solution cannot be reached, the commissioners will assist in reaching a resolution.
These rules are established to encourage cheerleaders to be responsible for themselves and their actions as well as be cooperative and courteous with their teammates and coaches. These are important life skills, and they are necessary for a team to be successful. Cheerleading is a team sport. While this is a recreational level program, it is still a commitment that has been made by the cheerleaders and their parents. Please honor this commitment accordingly.
FORKS CHEERLEADING 2011 SEASON RULES AND GUIDELINES:
Your signature will represent that you have read and understand all of the rules and guidelines of Forks Cheerleading for the 2011 Season.
Cheerleader’s Name: __________________________________ Squad: _____________________
Parent’s Signature: ____________________________________ Date: ______________________
(Return this slip at Try Ons Scheduled for 2011 at the Forks Community Center)