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MCDONOUGH YOUTH ASSOCIATION CHEERLEADING LEAGUE 2011 Rules and Guidelines Page 1 of 7 Revised 2/13/2011 GUIDELINES FOR MYA CHEERLEADING MYA Cheerleading will follow implemented rules and guidelines of the McDonough Youth Association and Henry County Youth Football League. These rules have been implemented to ensure each child has a safe and enjoyable cheerleading experience. Due to the increased athleticism and stunt difficulty in the sport of cheerleading; safety is a priority! MYA will follow the HCYFL rules for safety: HCYFL Cheerleading shall be based on the National Federation of Georgia State High School Association (www.nfhs.org) rules, including any addendums added since book release and/or any HCYFL rules and guideline amendments. HCYFL Cheerleading Division Rules and Competition Guidelines supersede all other rules and/or guidelines. Each MYA Cheerleading coach should review thoroughly in order to be aware of their responsibilities to the Association. MYA BOARDS MYA is under the direction of a Board of Directors. The MYA Executive Board of Directors meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each odd month at 7:30 at Alexander Park. Everyone is invited to attend. MYA Cheerleading Board is headed by the Director of Cheerleading. Board members are appointed by the Director of Cheerleading which consists of parents, coaches and others desiring to volunteer their time for the Cheerleading Program. COACHES Coaches are on a volunteer basis. Please encourage and support your child’s coach. Negative remarks made to and around the participants will only make for a miserable time. COACHING REQUIREMENTS Rules and Guidelines Coaches are expected to be familiar with the Rules and Guidelines set forth by HCYFL Cheerleading and MYA Cheerleading. Anyone representing MYA is to follow and support the guidelines. MYA Cheerleading shall be based on the National Federation of Georgia State High School Association (www.nfhs.org) rules, including any addendums added since book release and/or any HCYFL rules and guideline amendments. MYA will provide one copy of the rule book to each squad. Coaches are responsible for being familiar with these rules. Application Each coach is required to complete the MYA Cheerleading Coach’s Application which will be kept on file by MYA. MYA will provide an I.D. to each Coach and Assistant Coach which is required to be visible while on a football field or cheer related event. Each person including coaches, team moms/dads, etc. having contact with participants will be required to have a criminal background check. Anyone with a criminal record involving the endangerment of children will not be allowed to coach for MYA. Each person having contact with participants is required to sign a waiver giving permission to MYA for background check. Each coach is required to be certified. The cost of certification will be determined a later date; however coaches will be responsible for this cost. Only certified coaches are allowed to work with the participants and perform stunts at practice, games or competition; no exceptions. Coaches not abiding by the rules and guidelines set before them will appear before the cheerleading board and can be subject to dismissal. Alcohol/Tobacco/Profanity The use of alcohol/tobacco products by a coach during the time cheerleading participants are under the coach’s instruction (practice, games, competition, etc) is prohibited. The use of profanity will not be tolerated! Coaches’ Meetings Page 2 of 7 Revised 2/13/2011 Head coaches are expected to attend all monthly meetings. If a head coach is unable to attend, a representative from the squad must be present. If the team is not represented then the coach will be subject to removal from the team. REGISTRATION Sign-ups Head coaches are required to work at least 2 days of registration. (One weekday and one Saturday) Participants will register by the league they are age eligible. Once a league is full, we will start a waiting list. Returners will be given the opportunity to register before registration is open to the public. Once open registration begins, it is first come, first serve. Returners can not be guaranteed a spot at this point. Registration fee is due in full at the time of registration. Cost: $225 which includes: Uniform, briefs, shoes, T-shirt, shorts, county impact fees, registration cost, gate fees, insurance, clinic cost, referee cost, and utilities cost, “league” fundraiser – you keep the proceeds from the ticket sales! Registration Fee DOES NOT INCLUDE: pom poms, hair accessories, socks, sweat suits, competition fees, etc T-shirt & Shorts League t-shirt and shorts will be provided to each participant at registration as quantity permits or an order placed and provided to the participant with the shoes. League t-shirts and shorts are available for coaches/parents to order at registration. The cost is $15.00 per set. Uniforms/Accessories Uniforms package includes a shell, a skirt, a pair of bloomers and shoes. It takes approximately 10 weeks; from the time the order is placed for MYA to receive the uniforms. The participant will be measured at registration and parents are responsible for the size ordered for their child. Any additional items desired are the responsibility of each individual squad. NOTE: Parent can not be required to pay for any accessories above and beyond socks and hair ribbons/bows, unless the parent has agreed to the purchase. Additional accessories need to be voted on by the parents and majority rules. Uniforms will be handed out to the head coach. Uniforms will not be provided to those participants with outstanding balances. Shoes will be handed out at the July coach’s meeting. Extra shoes are ordered for swapping; however the cannot be dirty or worn. Shoe exchanges must take place the first week of practice, no exceptions. Alterations are the responsibility of the parent. If uniforms have not arrived by Jamboree, squads are required to wear their MYA t-shirt and shorts. SQUAD ORGANIZATION Coaching Priority Squads are awarded to those desiring to coach in the following manner: (1) Returning coaches may return to the same squad at the same level (this is only if football has a team returning) and will have any eligible Returners. (2) Returning coaches moving up a weight class will have first choice of any squad that has an opening for a coach. (Coaches will choose squads according to seniority.) There will be no Returners. Squad will be formed by freezes due prior to placement clinic. (3) Squads without a returning head coach will be abolished and girls are eligible to be frozen. (4) Returning coaches in the same division of play where the team has been dropped from the league may take an open team in the same age division and carry over their Returners (if available after placement clinic) to the new squad. Page 3 of 7 Revised 2/13/2011 (5) New coaches are awarded squads that are available according to the order they will be filled by football. This is a first come, first serve basis. Squad Formation MYA Cheerleading Squads will be formed as follows: Tiny Mite and Mighty Mite will be held in one day. Blazer, Pony, Colt, Mustang, Bronco and Stallion will be held 4 days. Recreational squads will be formed once Select squads are in place. Recreational squads returning status is only valid if child is not placed on a Select squad. Transportation tags will not be honored. ONLY sister/sister tags and sister/brother tags (as long as football is in agreement) will be honored. Coaches are provided with 12 freeze forms. This includes the coach’s child. Only 12 freezes are allowed per squad. Freezes will be adjusted based on the number of registrations received for each level. Any participant not taking part in the placement clinic will be a hat pick and is ineligible to be frozen or return to their previous squad (if eligible). The Coach is responsible for notifying each participant on his/her squad within one (1) week of the draft. Freeze forms must be submitted (this includes coaches child) the day prior to the beginning of the placement clinic. (NO FREEZE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED THE DAY THE CLINIC BEGINS OR THEREAFTER) Once a cheerleader has been placed on a squad, she may not change squads. (1) Every squad will have a First Round Draft pick. (this will not apply to squads with a FULL freeze list) (2) Then the team with the fewest participants will have the first pick or will pick to bring the team even with the team with the next fewest participants. EXAMPLE: Team A begins with 10; team B begins with 7 and Team C begins with 3. 1st Round: Team C picks (4) first putting it even with team B (7/7) 2nd Round: Team B picks (1) and then team C picks (1) (8/8) 3rd Round: Team B picks (1) and then team C picks (1) (9/9) 4th Round: Team B picks (1) and then team C picks (1) (10/10) 5th Round: Team A picks (1), then B picks (1), team C picks (1), (11/11/11/) Location/date/time for placement clinic: To be announced at registration. Tiny Mite and Mighty Mite Placement Clinic Location TBD May 19, 2011 Blazer, Pony, Colt, Mustang, Bronco and Stallion Placement Clinic Location TBD May 16, 17, 19, and 20, 2011 ALL SQUAD POSTINGS WILL TAKE PLACE WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE LAST DAY OF PLACEMENT CLINIC (5/20/2011) AND WIL BE POSTED TO THE MAY CHEERLEADING WEBSITE ONLY THE HEAD COACH IS ALLOWED AT THE PLACEMENT OF SQUADS. IF CO-COACHING, ONLY 1 COACH IS ALLOWED. Medical Release Coaches are required to have a completed medical release for each participant with the squad at all times and readily available in the even of an emergency. SQUAD PRACTICE/GAMES Page 4 of 7 Revised 2/13/2011 Practices The practice schedule and location will be set by each individual coach. Time limitations are outlined in the Henry County Football Cheerleading Rules. Coaches are required to follow these guidelines. Practice cannot begin before Monday, July 25, 2011 Tiny Mites are only required one practice per week but not limited too. Practice location is at the discretion of the coach; however, you must remain within Henry County. Coaches should take into consideration driving distances for your individual squad. Practices are limited to twelve (12) hours per week before the start of school and six (6) hours per week after the start of the school year. A week being seven (7) consecutive calendar days. Additional practices will be allowed the week before the Cheerleading Competition. This being eight (8) hours of practice the week of competition. Cheerleaders missing three (3) or more practices slotted for competition will not be allowed to participate in competition. (3 unexcused tardies; represents 1 unexcused absence.) Practices are first and foremost to be fun!! The teaching of cheerleading skills and working as a team is the main objective of practice. Make practices fun and productive. Organization is the key to a successful practice. Always go to practice with a plan. Positive reinforcement is a must! Each child’s ability will be different and they are all to be encouraged to do their best. Participants are expected to attend all practices. When girls are absent it affects the entire squad. If a child is going to be late or absent; please contact the Coach or Team Parent so adjustments can be made accordingly. Do not hold the child responsible for situations that are out of their control; they are under the guidance of their parents. Practice requires 100% attention from all participants. No socializing with friends or boyfriends during this time; which includes no cell phones. Proper attire is required for participants and coaches for practice and games. No halter-tops, short shorts, cut off shirts, jeans, overalls or inappropriate shoes, i.e., sandals, flip flops, etc. Participants are not allowed to wear any part of their uniform to practices. These are for games only. Cheerleading t-shirt and shorts are for practice. Participants 7 and under should always have a parent or guardian present at practices and games. However, parents should keep a reasonable amount of distance while practice is in session. Coaches need the cheerleaders’ undivided attention. Participants should be picked up promptly at the end of each practice and/or game. Every participant should be picked up prior to leaving the practice or game area. Coaches should always make sure an adult has picked up every child before leaving the practice area. Participants should bring water or sports drink to every practice and game. No food or candy will be allowed in the practice or cheering area. NO GUM, this is a choking hazard. The coaches will schedule a time for bathroom and water breaks during a practice session. At games; half-time will provide time for bathroom breaks. No jewelry of any kind is allowed. This means no watches, rings, bracelets, anklets, necklaces and metal barrettes. Games/Special Events Head Coaches are expected to attend all games. If a head coach is unable to attend a game, they are required to have an adult, 21 years or older, overseeing the squad that has passed a background check. Teenagers are NOT to be left responsible for the squad. Participants are expected to attend ALL games; including any playoff games and super bowl. Seventy-Five (75%) percent of the squad is required to cheer at all regularly scheduled football games, including Opening Day and Post Season games. There will be a $100.00 fine for not participating. Fines to be paid to HCYFL Cheerleading. Participants and coaches should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to game time. Stretching is required before the game. Coaches are required to remain for the entire game with their squad and until all participants are picked up by an adult. Squads are to cheer for the entire game with a 3-minute break immediately following half time; 3 minutes into the 3rd quarter the squad should be on field and in place. Since time is limited, have any snacks ready for the participants when they come off the field (remember those items that will stain and ruin uniforms…mustard; red dye drinks). A half-time performance is required for EVERY game; which includes Opening Day. Half-time routines will be performed at the 50 yard line. Home teams will allow for the Visiting team to perform first. The Home team will then perform their routine Page 5 of 7 Revised 2/13/2011 facing the Visitors. If there is enough time left, the Home team may then turn around and perform their routine for the Home team Run through signs are required for every game. Have a parent volunteer to take on this responsibility. Mascots are not allowed in MYA. Younger siblings must stay out of the cheering area and are not allowed to participate in the half-time cheer/performance. Only Coaches and Assistant Coaches with the appropriate badges will be allowed in the cheering area. No food or candy will be allowed in the cheering area. (This is for the safety of the girls) Water bottles/drinks are allowed in the cheering area. Absolutely no colored hairspray or glitter will be allowed. Uniforms must be clean and pressed. Shoes and socks are to be kept clean and only worn during games and competition. Wear only official team hair bows, ribbons, etc. Captain and Co-captain for each squad are optional. It is left up to the head coach if these titles are to be given. If so desired, titles will be given based on the following criteria: * Willingness to put the team first * Willingness to help others without being told * Displays a positive attitude * Aggressive and confidant Stunts Stunts are a part of cheerleading. For safety purposes, NO stunts will be allowed without the direct supervision of a Certified Coach. Parents should not comment negatively about the degree of difficulty involved in routines, unless safety is being jeopardized. If there are any concerns are suggestions please meet with the Coach prior to or after a practice. Equal opportunity is to be given in regards to different stunting positions. Final decision is for the head coach to make. Do not place a child’s safety in jeopardy! A POSITIVE ATTITUDE WILL GO A LONG WAY IN HELPING TO BUILD A CHILD’S CONFIDENCE! Discipline Coaches are not required to tolerate un-sportsman like conduct or disrespect from participants or parents. Coaches and Cheerleaders must display a good attitude at all times and be respectful towards one another. The coaches may attempt to correct any discipline problems by speaking to the child and asking the child to correct the problem. If discipline problems continue then the child is to be directed to their parents for correction. If a problem persists, the coach may sit the cheerleader out for one or more quarters of the game/or 10 minutes of practice time. If a discipline problem continues, the cheerleading director will be contacted to meet with the coach, parent and child. Exercise should not be used as a form of discipline. All parent’s complaints and/or suggestions will be addressed by the Coach. This should be handled at a scheduled time before or after practice, but not in front of the participants. When addressing complaints/problems, there should be an impartial third party present. This is for protection of all parties involved. The Director of Cheerleading will become involved in any situations that remain unresolved after the parent/coach meeting. Team mom/dad Coaches should recruit a team mom/dad (dad’s can make some of the best team parents!) 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 head coach and final decisions are the responsibility of the head coach. FINANCES Sponsors Squads may obtain sponsors to help offset cost of additional items for the participants. Page 6 of 7 Revised 2/13/2011 Sponsor forms are provided for use by the association. Sponsor checks should be made out to the individual squad. All sponsor money goes directly to the squad. MYA does not require a portion of sponsor money. Sponsors are to be given a plaque or thank-you letter as a token of gratitude for their support. Sponsor signs/banners can be hung at each game, but must be removed at the conclusion of the game. Financial Statements It is the responsibility of the Head Coach to provide a monthly Financial Statement to the MYA Cheerleading Board at every coach’s meeting for the months: August, September, October and November. The failure to provide the monthly Financial Statement will result in discipline which may include dismissal from MYA. Season budget is due MYA Cheerleading Board by July 10, 2011. o Set aside money for the banquet and trophies FIRST. Monthly financial statements are required for the months of August, September, October and November. August & September statements are required before competition. Financial Statements are to be signed and provided to the MYA Cheerleading Board Cheerleading accounts are subject to audit at MYA’s request at any time. COMPETITION Competition should be a fun and exciting event for the all involved. MYA every squad to participate; however, COMPETITION SHOULD NOT BE THE MAIN FOCUS FOR THE SEASON! Parents not desiring their child to participate in competition are asked to inform the coach no later than September 1 of such decision. If you have children not going to competition, you are required to provide practices that do not center on competition. These children are entitled to practices that involve their participation. Any cheerleader not attending an adequate amount of practices slotted for competition can be cut from performing at competition. Any cuts must be approved by the Director of Cheerleading. Certification Books are required for competition. Coaches will be supplied the materials for assembly of the book. Books will be due by 2nd Sunday in September. Tiny Mite League may perform at competition; however they do not compete. Mighty Mites will be excluded from the tumbling score. MM restrictions are as follows: o No stunts higher than a half o No Full Allowed o Front & Back spotters are required each half o No shoulder stands Both feet MUST remain in spotters/bases hands Shoulder sits are permitted Communication, Communication, Communication is a priority with parents! The head coach is responsible for making sure parents are well informed with what is happening with the squad and with the association. Parents want to hear from the coach, not always the team mom/dad. Cheerleading is a TEAM sport and everyone plays an important role! Page 7 of 7 Revised 2/13/2011
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