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                            2012-2013 Westlake High School Cheerleader Handbook



The Cheerleaders of Westlake High School are the athletic spirit leaders of the school. The Cheerleading organization includes
Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Freshman cheer squads; a Push-Up squad; two mascots; and two managers. A director, coaches,
some consult(s), and a parent organization support this student organization. The Cheerleading Handbook has been designed to
clearly outline the policies and procedures that will guide the organization during the year. Please note that although the most
common kinds of situations have been identified in this handbook, the list is not comprehensive. It is the responsibility for every
member of the cheerleading program to be familiar with this handbook. A copy will be given to each parent upon request. In
addition to being held responsible for the policies and procedures identified in this handbook, the members of the WHS
Cheerleading organization are also responsible for abiding by the EANES Student Code of Conduct and the Extracurricular Code of
Conduct. It is an honor and privilege, not a right, to be a WHS cheerleader; therefore, excellence is expected and required. It is
important for each applicant to fully understand that cheerleading is a time consuming activity and must be a priority. It is a year
long season; therefore, a year long commitment is absolutely necessary.

Why we do what we do:
We believe cheerleading should teach teamwork, discipline, setting and reaching goals, hard work, sacrifice, and determination. We
believe those who have character, work hard, and have a good attitude are the most successful in whatever they do. We believe
learning these qualities in High School prepare you to succeed later in life. These rules are made so we can have fun, be safe, work
hard, and develop character qualities that make us successful.

1. We have discipline so everyone will be safe.
For example, we require that your hair is pinned back and tightly secured at all times. This is not an appearance/vanity issue; it is
unsafe to stunt, tumble, or do other cheer activities if your hair is obstructing your vision. It is also important that everyone is quiet
and attentive while coaches/captains are talking. Everyone must hear instructions and counts so we’re all on the same page and no
one is hurt by a mistake.

2. We have discipline to maximize the use of team time and create a team atmosphere.
We expect you to be on time and ready to every practice and event. We want to start practices on time so we can be productive, get
the job finished, and go home. We respect YOUR time, please respect OURS.

3. We have discipline to foster respect and build character.
Many decisions made by the coaches are in response to desires voiced by cheerleaders, parents, and/or administration. The rest of
our decisions are made from our years of experience. We want to hear your input and we promise to listen. Sometimes we will
compromise on a situation, and other times we will “stick to our guns” and make the best decision for the program. We respect and
trust you enough to let you have a major say in this program; you should respect us enough to follow our leadership even if you
don’t agree.




     "Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are to some
     extent a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by
     piece—by thought, choice, courage and determination."                                                   — John Luther
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SECTION 1: EXPECTATIONS

   1A: ATTITUDE & BEHAVIOR
    As a WHS Cheerleader, I will abide by these statements for the betterment of my team:
       1. I will step into all cheerleading activities with a positive, encouraging attitude and a smile on my face. Even if I’ve had a
           horrible day, I will try my hardest to set that aside and step up for my team.
       2. I will set a positive example for and be respectful to all peers, students, and parents, as well as competitors and all other
           affiliates. I will not be rude or disrespectful to any of these entities. I will not use foul language, show poor sportsmanship,
           participate in “Public Displays of Affection”, or be unprofessional at any time in public.
       3. I will be dedicated, accept responsibility, and maintain good public relations with every faculty member and staff, the
           student body, and community to ensure success and respect of the squad.
       4. I will respect my squad’s captains, the varsity captains, and my coaches. I will not argue with them, gossip about them, or
           disobey them. I will listen and pay attention when one of them is speaking.
       5. I will be honest with the coaches about issues that really bother me. I will only discuss these matters with them in a calm,
           respectful, mature, and private way. I will wait until after practice (or set up a meeting) and meet in the coaches’ office to be
           heard. I will not throw out disagreements/opinions/concerns before or during practice or another event. I
           understand that the coaches will listen to me, but if they disagree with my issue, I will respect their decision as the leaders
           of this program.
       6. I will get along with everyone that has any part in the WHS Cheer Program. I will not intentionally exclude, be mean to, or
           gossip about any cheer team member. I will follow the guidelines in #5 and seek help if needed.
       7. I will be on time and ready to all practices and other cheer events. I will hustle everywhere I go (to practice, onto the field,
           to the formation) and not be lazy.
       8. I will put 110% effort in every motion, jump, dance, routine, workout, conditioning drill, and cheer event. I will not give up. I
           will be a team player. I will encourage all other team members to do the same. I will not whine or complain about workouts
           or coach/captain directions.

   1B: ATTIRE
   Cheerleaders will wear appropriate attire for every event:
       1. Practice: designated practice outfit, running shoes, cheer shoes, no jewelry, short fingernails, and hair completely up.
       2. Games/Pep-Rallies/Events: assigned cheer uniform, bow, white socks, cheer shoes, tights, no visible undergarments
           (including sports bras), no jewelry, short fingernails with no polish, and hair completely up and pinned back. May include
           body liners, pullovers, pants, gloves, and other accessories.
       3. Freshmen & JV football game days: team top and jeans.
       4. Football Fridays: Game Day shirt
       5. Any time we will be cheering or working out, hair must be completely up, tightly secured, and pinned back AT ALL TIMES.
           This includes bangs and fly-aways.
       6. Your attire must be properly fitted and clean. Due to safety issues, no baggy/bulky clothing may be worn to stunt in.
       7. While changing on the bus, you must use discretion.

   1C: PRACTICES
       1. After tryouts, all cheerleaders will practice before and/or after school during the months of April and May.
       2. Summer practices will continue after school ends.
       3. The coaches will determine practice times. Mornings, evenings and/or weekends may be included in possible practice
          times.
       4. During Homecoming week and/or in competition season, extra practices may be required and are mandatory.
       5. Any cheerleader who must miss a practice is required to have a parent call or email the coach ASAP, PRIOR to missing
          (or it’s an unexcused absence- no matter what the reason for missing). This includes any summer, weekend, before/after
          school, or during class period practices. Making contact does not dismiss any consequences for missing a mandatory
          practice/event. If a cheerleader must leave school early due to sickness, therefore missing cheer class and/or an event, the
          cheerleader parent must contact a coach immediately after the student checks out with the front office.
       6. No excessive side talking, laughing, or goofing off during practice or performance; we will be stunting and doing potentially
          dangerous activities. Safety is a priority so it is imperative that everyone be serious and pay attention so no one is hurt.
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1D: GAMES, EVENTS, & PERFORMANCES
    1. At games, cheerleaders must pay attention to the game and spirit constantly.
    2. During play, cheerleaders must stay in their given formation at all times.
    3. If you are not performing at an event, you must not be in a cheer program uniform. If you finish performing at an event, you
        must immediately change out of your official cheer uniform.
    4. Cheerleaders may not take a bag of any kind down to the track during football games. If there are items(medical, or
        personal) that a cheerleader must have it can be put in the community bag under a coaches supervision.
    5. No cell phones are allowed out at games or events. Keep them in you locker.
    6. Do not eat, drink, or chew gum during practice, game, or a performance. The only exception is water.
    7. Cheerleaders will act professional at games and other public cheer events. Cheerleaders will follow the game etiquette
        rules.
    8. While in uniform, cheerleaders will remain with the squad during performances. Prior to taking breaks it will be the
        cheerleaders’ duty to meet with the coach as a squad for a report of expectations and responsibilities.
    9. If knowledge or execution of a routine is severely lacking, the coach reserves the right to remove any member from the
        routine or event.
    10. Mascots must be in full uniform and in character during all events. They may take breaks in their “nest” if needed, but must
        complete all events in costume until dismissed by the coach.

1E: EQUIPMENT & UNIFORMS
    1. Cheerleaders will be responsible for securing, storing, and maintaining all equipment before, during and after all
       performances and practices.
    2. The only uniforms, jackets, outfits, and warm-ups approved at events are those garments required and purchased by or
       provided to every squad member as an official part of the uniform. Cheerleaders must wear ONLY those uniform pieces
       designated by the coach to events requiring uniforms. Letter jackets are NOT a part of the official cheer uniform.
    3. No part of any cheerleading uniform may be given to or worn by another student or person who is not a member of the
       squad AT ANY TIME without the coaches’ permission.
    4. Uniforms will not be bought, made, or remodeled in any way without the permission of the coach. The cheerleader is
       responsible for the upkeep of the uniform and all materials handed out to the cheerleader. The cheerleader will replace the
       part or whole depending upon the damage or loss.
    5. Equipment provided by the school will remain the property of the school unless the individual cheerleader elects to
       purchase them and only if the option is offered by the coach.
    6. Equipment assigned to cheer program members is their full responsibility. If lost, stolen, or damaged in anyway, the
       cheerleader must pay the cost of the repair or replacement. This includes, but is not limited to: t-shirt cannon, signs,
       mascot costumes, permanent breakthrough, coolers, megaphones, poms, etc.

1F: FINANCES
    1. The costs of all uniforms and accessories are the responsibility of individual cheerleaders. Uniforms include those articles
        of clothing worn at games, pep rallies, camp, game days, and any other event where the squad is representing the school.
    2. Any uniform or part of the uniform paid for by the individual cheerleader will remain the property of the cheerleader. Any
        item purchased by the school will remain the property of the school. Except for normal wear and tear, damaged or lost
        property will be fined and reimbursed by the students.
    3. After tryouts, each cheerleader must have paid for their uniform(s) in full and met all initial financial obligations by the given
        date, or the cheerleader will be removed from the squad.
    4. Any member of the cheerleading program who does not pay a financial cheerleading obligation on time will be subject to
        consequences. This includes, but is not limited to: fundraisers, equipment, and other fees.

1G: COMMUNITY SERVICE
All members of the WHS cheer program will be required to attend community service projects chosen by the coaches. Examples
would be the Veterans Day Parade, Race for the Cure, Coats for Kids, etc. The goal of doing community service is to build
connections between the Austin communities and the Westlake High School community.
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1H: SPIRIT ACTIVITIES
    1. Cheer program members will participate in making and hanging posters, banners, and signs as scheduled by the coach.
       Supplies will be provided by the school.
    2. Cheer program members will participate in MANDATORY activities such as: WHS Kickoff, fall carnivals, parades, photo
       shoots, PR appearances at media stations, send-off’s for playoff teams, and other spirit activities as assigned by the
       coach.

1I: SCHEDULING
     1. Cheer program members will be provided a performance schedule by the coach to include all mandatory athletic events,
        academic functions, community events, spirit activities, fundraisers, and other functions. The schedule will be continuously
        updated throughout the year. Cheerleaders MUST participate in each scheduled event.
     2. Cheer program members will be responsible for informing parents of schedule changes, extra practices, and rule changes.
     3. Cheer program members will be responsible for all information given on the cheer website and through email.

1J: DUTIES
Varsity Cheerleaders
            a) Will cheer all Varsity football games, home and away.
            b) Will cheer in rotation with the other squads all district boys and girls Varsity basketball and volleyball games.
            c) Will cheer ALL playoff games. These will be tentatively scheduled from the beginning of the season and
                  confirmed with only a few days notice.
 Junior Varsity / Freshman Cheerleaders
            a) Will cheer all home district freshman / JV football games.
            b) Will cheer in rotation with the other squads all district boys and girls Varsity basketball and volleyball games.
All Cheerleaders and Manager
            a) Will attend any designated track meets, soccer, baseball, or softball games chosen by the coach.
            b) Will cheer all designated playoff games
            c) Will attend other games and events requested by the coach
            d) Are required to attend all summer practices
            e) Are required to attend summer camp at UT
            f) Are required to attend the (overnight) team building retreat (if scheduled)
            g) Are required to attend all practices during & outside of the school day, until release time
            h) Will compete on one of three competition squads, attending three competitions starting in Nov. and ending in March.

Mascots
           a)     Are required to attend summer camp at UT
           b)     Will perform at all Varsity football games, home and away
           c)     Will perform at all designated playoff games
           d)     Will perform at other games requested by the coach
           e)     Will attend other events (spirit, fundraising, community service) requested by the coach
Push-Up Squad
           a)     Will perform at all Varsity football games, home and away
           b)     Will learn all basic sideline/chants, attend two practice a week to develop stunt and tumbling skills
           c)     Will attend other events (spirit, fundraising, community service) requested by the coach

1K: COMPETITION
Cheerleaders on a WHS squad could potentially be placed on one of two competition teams. Competitive team(s) will be chosen
AT THE SOLE DISCRETION of the coaches after summer camp. Competing is an expectation of the program and if chosen for a
team it is not optional.

1L: TRAVEL
All cheer program members must travel to and from all activities in transportation provided by the school or coach, unless the coach
grants permission with request in writing/email from the parent 24 hours in advance of performance. Parents or approved guardian
must pick up their cheerleader at the event, making sure the coach sees the contact. Requests should be limited to emergencies
and limited to one game per season.
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1M: ATTENDANCE & ENROLLMENT
    1. Cheerleaders will be on time to every practice, game, pep-rally, fundraiser, and event. The time posted is the time you are
        to be READY, not walking in the door, starting to stretch, fixing your hair, or hanging out in the locker room.
    2. All practices and events are mandatory and attendance is required.
    3. If you are absent from practice for ANY reason, the coach reserves the right to take you out of a routine.
    4. All must participate in any skills classes supported by the program\booster club during the course of the year.
    5. All are required to attend at least one half day of school on the day of any cheerleading event in order to participate in that
        particular event. If the cheer event is on a weekend, the cheerleader must attend at least one half day of school on the
        preceding Friday.
    6. Absences that result in missing cheerleading class, practice, or any other cheer event, require a parental contact to the
        coaches through email or phone call PRIOR to the class period, practice, or event. No prior contact automatically deems
        the absence unexcused.
    7. Outside appointments are expected to be scheduled around practice times whenever possible, and notification to the
        coach in advance of appointments is required when conflicting with practices and/or events.
    8. Any cheerleader missing a game where she is able to switch with another cheerleader must do so before the game and
        request approval from the coach for the switch. Switches may only be made for EXCUSED absences and with the
        coaches’ approval.
    9. EXCUSED ABSENCES include illnesses confirmed by a parent/doctor, death in immediate family, another approved WHS
        event, and senior year college visits. UNEXCUSED ABSENCES include, but are not limited to, competitive cheer squad
        practice/events, jobs, tutoring, social events, vacations, trips, and/or not informing a coach about an absence before the
        start of a(n) practice/event. Tutoring needs to be arranged before school so as to not interfere with practices.
    10. If a cheerleader has an excused absence from a WHS event, they may not attend another WHS event without prior
        approval from the coach.
    11. If a cheerleader is participating in any other WHS activity that may interfere with any cheer activity, notice must be given to
        the coach after tryouts or ASAP. This includes, but is not limited to, choir, clubs, & other sports.
    12. All cheerleaders must be enrolled in the cheerleading class throughout the school year in order to participate as a member
        of the cheerleading program. SENIORS WILL NEED TO BE ENROLLED IN THE 8TH PERIOD CHEER CLASS DURING
        THE SPRING SEMESTER.
    13. If a cheerleader un-enrolls in the cheerleading class, therefore becoming inactive, they may not participate in any event
        where they represent WHS Cheer. This includes, but is not limited to, games, events, and banquets.
    14. In the event that a cheerleader enrolled in the cheer class for the current year does not make a squad for the following
        year, that student will have two options:
              a) continue to work out every day with the class, at the discretion of the coaches*
                  or
              b) drop the class altogether
        If the student elects option (a), all rules will be in effect. If the student elects option (b), the student and parents will be
        informed that the student will not receive PE credit for the semester. The student must inform the coaches of their chosen
        option within one week of tryouts. *Please note, there will be times when the “new” squads will be working on the next
        years’ material and it will be impossible to have the student fully participate in the specific workout (ex. home poms). In this
        case, the student will receive differentiated instruction that fulfills the PE TEKS.
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    SECTION 2: DISCIPLINE SYSTEM
    Discipline will be fully decided on and enforced by the coaches, at the coaches’ discretion. Disobeying any cheer program rule will
    be punishable solely at the coaches’ discretion. Punishment may consist of, but is not limited to: physical workouts, community
    service, benching (non-performance), and dismissal from the team.

    Loss of Membership:
    This is defined as a non-performing status; or if early in the semester, a transfer into a PE or alternate class.
         When a WHS Cheerleader has failed two consecutive six weeks within the school year in any class.
         When a formal offense and consequence has been assigned. This includes: any assignment to (D)AEP; a fourth Saturday
             SAC; a third ISS assignment; a second home suspension assignment; participating in hazing; and/or violating the
             controlled substances guidelines.
         When a WHS Cheerleader has 2 unexcused absences from performances during the current cheerleading year.
         If the coach deems this action necessary due to behavior, attitude, performance, or other cheerleader activity.

    Hazing:
    The participation in hazing at any time while holding membership on a Westlake Cheerleading Squad is prohibited. This includes
    weekends, evenings, holidays, and summers. There is a Zero Tolerance policy in these matters and if found in violation, the
    member will be removed from the squad immediately. Members are also required to sign and comply with the Student Code of
    Conduct, which covers consequences for participating in hazing.
    Definition of Hazing: Hazing in any form, including initiation which is degrading, is strictly forbidden by Eanes ISD. Hazing is any act,
    occurring on or off the campus, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student that endangers the mental or
    physical health or safety of a student for the purposes of pledging, initiation into, affiliation with, holding office in, or maintaining
    membership in an organization. Consent to or acquiescence in the hazing activity by the “hazed” student does not excuse the
    student committing the hazing of responsibility for the misconduct.

    Controlled Substances:
    The use or possession of tobacco, alcohol, steroids, or illegal drugs at any time while holding membership on a Westlake
    Cheerleading Squad is prohibited. This includes weekends, evenings, holidays, and summers. The cheerleading program follows
    the Student Extracurricular Athletic Code of Conduct (pg 12) on controlled substances matters.

    Parent and Student Agreement/Acknowledgement for Anabolic Steroid Use and Random Steroid Testing:
         Texas state law prohibits possessing, dispensing, delivering or administering a steroid in a manner not allowed by state
            law.
         Texas state law also provides that body building, muscle enhancement or the increase in muscle bulk or strength through
            the use of a steroid by a person who is in good health is not a valid medical purpose.
         Texas state law requires that only a licensed practitioner with prescriptive authority may prescribe a steroid for a person.
         Any violation of state law concerning steroids is a criminal offense punishable by confinement in jail or imprisonment in the
            Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

         A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where
         they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.                                           -Rosalynn Carter




SECTION 3: GRADING POLICIES
   Each nine weeks grade will be based on performance. The grade may include cheerleading skills, in-class and performance
   participation, and completion of duties/dressing out.

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SECTION 4: SELECTIONS

   Candidates desiring to tryout for cheerleader and mascot, or being considered for the pushup squad, manager, and any other
   position for the Westlake High School Cheerleading Program will follow the guidelines as stipulated:

    Cheerleader Tryout Process
   Coaches’ evaluation will be the primary component of team placement. The coaches will take into consideration the cheerleaders
   skills, attitude, stunt position and experience. In addition, a panel of two outside judges will score each candidate. The score
   received from the coaches’ evaluation will be added to the judge’s scores to determine each candidate’s final score. The number of
   members chosen will be selected at the coaches’ discretion during the tryout process.

       Varsity: The Varsity squad will be composed of no more than 30 cheerleaders. The number of girls taken will be determined
       by the natural break in scores. Varsity will be comprised of 11th and 12th graders. Candidates trying out for Varsity should
       designate this commitment on their application.

       Junior Varsity: The JV squad will be composed of no more than 20 cheerleaders. JV will be comprised of 10th and 11th
       graders. Candidates trying out for JV should designate this commitment on their application.

       Juniors only: If an 11th grader is trying out for the Varsity team, but also wishes to be considered for the JV team (if they do
       not make Varsity), please mark that on your application. This will not affect your chances for Varsity.

       Freshman: The freshmen squad will be composed of no more than 20 cheerleaders. Freshmen will be comprised of 9th
       graders. Candidates trying out for freshmen should designate this commitment on their application.

       Mascots: Two mascots will be selected through a tryout process held along with cheerleading tryouts. Should there be no
       candidates for tryouts, the director/coach may select qualified persons to fill these positions. They do not need to be enrolled in
       the cheerleading class, but must be available to attend all cheerleading events during the season. They must abide by all the
       rules in the Cheerleading Handbook, as well as adhere to the Student and Extracurricular Athletic Code of Conduct.

       Manager(s): The manager(s) will be chosen solely at the coaches’ discretion. Candidates will be chosen based on experience
       in the cheer program, attitude, responsibility, dependability, and their desire to continue with the WHS Cheer Program. These
       students must be enrolled in the class. They must abide by all the rules in the Cheerleading Handbook, as well as adhere to the
       Student and Extracurricular Athletic Code of Conduct.
       **IF YOU ARE TRYING OUT FOR CHEERLEADER, BUT WILL ACCEPT A MANAGER POSITION IF YOU DO NOT MAKE A
       SQUAD, PLEASE CHECK BOTH YOUR DESIRED SQUAD(S) AND THE MANAGER BLANKS ON YOUR APPLICATION.**

       Push-Up Squad: The push-up squad will be chosen solely at the coaches’ discretion. They do not need to be enrolled in the
       cheerleading class, but must be available to attend all football games during the season. They must abide by all the rules in the
       Cheerleading Handbook, as well as adhere to the Student and Extracurricular Athletic Code of Conduct. Candidates should fill
       out the attached application. The push-up squad will consist of young men that:
            1. Will be comprised of juniors and seniors.
            2. Will be outstanding citizens and positive role models at WHS.


       Competition Team: The competition team will be chosen solely at the coaches’ discretion.

       Captain(s)/Officers: The captains/officers will be chosen solely at the coaches’ discretion. The coach reserves the right to
       appoint the captain(s)/officers and/or remove/replace the captain(s)/officers if needed.
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SECTION 6: TRYOUT PROCESS

MANDATORY TRYOUT MEETING: Each candidate must attend the informational meeting with a parent/ guardian on Feb 15. An
application to tryout must be completed and returned to the coaches by Feb 24. There will be boxes in both the NGC and HS AP
offices to drop off tryout applications/forms.

ELIGIBILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN CLINIC AND TRYOUTS: A cheerleader is a representative of the Westlake High School
student body. The requirements for eligibility represent acceptance of this responsibility and include: physical ability, dependability,
academic eligibility (Fall semester average must be passing for all classes- NO EXCEPTIONS!), and good decision making. In
order to participate in tryouts, the following requirements must be met and the required documentation turned in by February 24,
2013 by 4:05 pm:
A. Completed Application for Cheerleading Tryouts
B. Permission to Tryout
C. Handbook Agreement
D. Student Extracurricular Athletic Code of Conduct Agreement
E. Hazing Policy
F. Steroid Non-Use Acknowledgment and Agreement

                                   Please have documents in A-F order.
                       Place in a manila envelope labeled with the candidates’ name.


 Tryout clinic and Coaches Evaluation: Each candidate MUST arrive on time and attend in its entirety, the Tryout
 Clinic/Coaches Evaluation allows the candidate to learn the material and skills necessary for trying out.
           If a candidate is absent from the tryout clinic, a parent or doctor’s note must be submitted to the coach on the
              day the candidate returns. Only illness and other emergencies excuse candidates from missing any portion of
              the tryout process. The candidate is responsible for learning the missed material on their own time.
           Any tardiness or unexcused absence(s) to any portion of the tryout process will affect the candidates’ tryout
              score.
           videos will not be accepted in lieu of a formal tryout. If a candidate is injured and cannot complete all or any
              portion of tryouts, a DETAILED note from a sports medicine doctor must be provided for the judge’s
              consideration. In some situations the coaches will consider a video. The note must detail specifically what
              skills cannot be performed and why. The Coaches/judges may calculate the candidates score based on a
              percentage depending on the severity of the injury.
           Notification of placement for each candidate will be posted on the cheerleading website Friday following
              tryouts after 5:00 pm. DO NOT CONTACT THE COACHES ABOUT RESULTS!



 Scoring: A combined score from a panel of two judges and the coaches’ evaluation will compose a composite score for
 each candidate. The two judges will be from outside Eanes ISD. The coaches evaluation will be a score composed from
 three coaches in the program.




     "Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving their goal;
     nothing on earth can help the person with the wrong mental attitude."                                  — W. W. Ziege
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                                              2010-2013 Tryout Dates and Times

  Tryout Meeting
  Wednesday, February 15, 2013 – PAC

  Tryout Forms Due to Coaches
  February 24, 2013 by 4:05 PM
  Please have the documents in A-F order. Place in a manila envelope labeled with the candidates’ name.
  A. Completed Application for Cheerleading Tryouts                E. Hazing Policy
  B. Permission to Tryout                                          F. Steroid Non-Use Acknowledgment and Agreement
  C. Handbook Agreement
  D. Student Extracurricular Athletic Code of Conduct Agreement

  Tryout Clinic, Day 1
  Monday, March 5, 2013, 4:15-8:00 PM
  - Wear: Red gym shorts, White T-Shirt, cheer/tennis shoes, hair MUST be completely secured out of your face! No gum or jewelry.
  - Review material, Tumbling evaluations
  - Bring water!!


  Tryout Clinic, Day 2
  Tuesday, March 6, 2013, 4:15-6:00 PM
  -Wear: Red gym shorts, WhiteT-Shirt, cheer/tennis shoes, hair MUST be completely secured out of your face! No gum or jewelry.
  - Varsity Stunt evaluations
  -Start to form stunt groups
  - Bring water!!

  Tryout Clinic, Day 3
  Wednesday, March 7, 2013, 4:15-9:00 PM
  - Wear: Red gym shorts, White T-Shirt, cheer/tennis shoes, hair MUST be completely secured out of your face! No gum or jewelry.
  -Jump evaluations and Game presence (cheering at soccer game)

  Judges Panel Day 4
  Thursday, March 8, 2013, 4:15-finished
  - Wear:
     1. Short sleeved, white top
     2. Red shorts
     3. Cheer (or comparable) shoes
     4. No logos or pictures can be ANYWHERE on your clothes.
     5. Your hair MUST be up in a ponytail and pinned out of face
     6. ABSOLUTELY NO GUM OR JEWELRY
  - Order of tryouts – Varsity (4:30 pm), JV (≈ 5:30 pm), and Freshman (≈ 7:00 pm)
  - Closed to ALL!
  - Parents need to wait outside the building for your child.

  Results: Those chosen for the respective squads will be posted on the cheerleading website after 5 PM on Friday, March 9th.
  Please do not attempt to contact the coaches or administration before that time.

If you wish to view your completed score sheets, please email Coach Nixon to set up a meeting. You will not be allowed to
          copy or take possession of your scores, but you may view them with a coach or administrator present.
                                                                        2012-2013 WHS Cheer Handbook 10

                                              Estimated Financial Obligations
                                         *Subject to increase and decrease as needed*

          Fees include, but are not limited to:

                                           Estimated Cheer Costs
Required Purchases:                                                           Competition
Bag:                                                         $    20.00       Competiton Entry Fees                      $ 300.00
Shoes (mandatory new pair per year):                         $    65.00       Nationals (Varsity Red)                    $ 1,200.00
Fleece:                                                      $    89.00
White midriff bodysuit (liner)                               $    21.00
Pants                                                        $    35.00
Bow (2 units):                                               $    18.00       Possible/Optional Purchases:
Ear band:                                                    $     8.00       Letter Jackets (Varsity only):             $   188.00
Blue Boycut Briefs:                                          $    11.00       Additional patch (Varsity only):           $    21.00
Universal top: Motion Flex Uniform                           $ 109.00         Big Sis/Lil Sis                            $    75.00
Universal skirt:                                             $    58.00       Car Decals/Yard Signs                      $    30.00
Squad top (Fresh/JV- 1 unit, Varsity- 1 unit):               $    87.00       Homecoming Mum                             $    20.00
Squad skirt (Fresh/JV- 1 unit, Varsity- 1 unit):             $    53.00       Pictures                                   $    25.00
Camp Wear & Squad Clothes (4 tops/3 bottoms):                $ 167.00         Program Ads                                $    70.00
Camp:                                                        $ 254.00         Community Service                          $    20.00
Eanes Activity Fee:                                          $ 250.00         Total Possible/Optional Purchases:         $   449.00
Socks:                                                       $     7.00
Total JV/Fresh Required Purchases:                           $ 1,252.00
Total Varsity Required Purchases:                            $ 1,392.00




        ***The Eanes Activity Fee will be due by May 29, 2013. You will be invoice by and pay the district directly***

                                            THIS IS AN ESTIMATE OF COSTS ONLY!!!
                                                       Uniform Deposit on
                            1st Payment is due 50% of uniform May 1st. . Balance in full is due by June 1st.

    Important Dates

        Please keep checking the cheer schedule on the website for updates/changes to practice
        dates, summer camp, and other cheer events.

                                                  www.chapscheer.com

        Practices are subject to change due to facilities availability and other issues- WE DO OUR
        BEST TO GIVE YOU DATES AHEAD OF TIME, BUT PLEASE BE FLEXIBLE IF SCHEDULES
        ARE CHANGED. All practices & cheer events are mandatory.
                                                                                     2012-2013 WHS Cheer Handbook 11

                                          Student Extracurricular Athletic Code of Conduct
Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege and not a guaranteed right. Therefore, the following participation guidelines will apply:

       The director/coach has the right to set high standards for those who choose to participate.
       Exemplary behavior is expected at all times. Directors/coaches have the right to discipline their students when they do not exhibit the
        proper behavior expected for the extracurricular activity in which he/she is involved.
       The Student Extracurricular Code of Conduct does not limit or otherwise restrict the authority of the director/coach or principal to issue
        additional consequences to the penalties stated in the policies below, i.e., extra running can be added to any disciplinary action.

                                   Violations and Consequences of the Student Extracurricular Code of Conduct

I. Students who participate in extracurricular activities are prohibited from:
      A. Possession and/or Use of Illegal Drugs and/or Alcohol –
       Illegally possessing or using marijuana, alcohol, a controlled substance, or any dangerous drug;
       Illegally possessing or using drug paraphernalia;
       Committing a serious act or offense, as defined in the EISD Student Code of Conduct, while under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, a
          controlled substance or any dangerous drug; and/or
       Illegally possessing or using glue, aerosol paint and/or volatile, mood-altering chemicals.
First Offense
      1. Three weeks suspension from extracurricular activity.
      2. If the student is placed in the DAEP, the student cannot practice with the team/group.
      3. The student may not be allowed to travel on overnight trips for a period of one year.
      4. The student may be removed or not allowed to be a captain/officer on that current organization or team.
Second Offense
    1.      One year suspension from all extracurricular activity.

     B.The Commitment of a Serious Act -- Punishable as a Felony --
  First Offense
    1.     One year suspension from all extracurricular activity.

    C. Possession of Tobacco –
First Offense -One week suspension with no practice with the team/group.
Second Offense - Twelve week suspension from all extracurricular activity.

II.Athletic-Infractions that occur during an “off-season,” during a time where there is no direct involvement in the athletic activity, or when school is not
in session, are punishable in the next in-season sport in which the athlete participates.
Fine Arts ( Band, Choir, Hyline, Speech, Debate, Drama etc.)- Since these groups are considered always in-season, a consequence of missing the
next scheduled extracurricular performance/contest will be enforced if this consequence is not met during the students’ placement in the DAEP.

III.For any third violation of the Student Extracurricular Code of Conduct, the student shall be suspended and prohibited from participating in
extracurricular activities for the remainder of his/her enrollment in Westlake High School.

IV.The timeframe for consequences for students is as follows:
A.The beginning of the competitive season for punishing athletes for the violation of the Student Extracurricular Code of Conduct shall be defined as
the first week of UIL games, meets, tournaments, competitions or match schedules.

B.The athlete can practice and participate in scrimmages (at the coach’s discretion) until the first week of recognized UIL competitive games, meets,
tournaments or match schedules unless the student is placed in DAEP.

C.Time served at the DAEP during the competitive season counts towards the three week suspension from competition.
                                                                     2012-2013 WHS Cheer Handbook 12
A. Application for Cheerleading Tryouts

By completing and turning in this application form, I give my permission for the WCPA to use the below bracketed contact
information for the cheer program directory. I understand this is distributed to all cheer program members.

Student Name: ____________________________________                         Grade for 11-12: ____________

Parent(s) Name: ____________________________________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________                            Zip: _____________

Home Phone: ____________________________________ Fax: _______________________________

Mother’s Work: __________________________________ Cell: ______________________________

Father’s Work: __________________________________                  Cell: ______________________________

Student Cell: ______________________________ Parent email 1: _____________________________

Student email: ____________________________               Parent email 2: _____________________________

                         ***This is the email address(es) for all future cheer correspondence.
                Please put all preferred email addresses (parents & students)! Please write legibly!***


 Is there any other household that needs to receive information? If so, please give info: ________________
      ___________________________________________________________________________________


I’m trying out for the position(s) indicated: _____Freshman                _____Jr Varsity            _____Varsity

                                                 _____Mascot               _____Manager               _____Push Up


** Please mark both the respective Cheer Squad (Varsity, JV, and/or Freshmen) and Manager if you are interested
in serving as a manager if your scores do not qualify you for a squad. If you DO NOT mark both the Cheer Squad
and the Manager blanks, and your scores do not quality you for a cheer squad, you will not receive a position on
any WHS cheer squad.

*Juniors Only: Please mark both Varsity and JV if you will accept a spot on JV if your scores do not qualify you for
Varsity. If you DO NOT mark both Varsity and JV, and your scores do not quality you for Varsity, you will not
receive a position on any WHS cheer squad.
                                                                   2012-2013 WHS Cheer Handbook 13
    Student and parent/guardian signatures on this application indicate that both student and parents or
    guardian have read, discussed, understand, and agree to all of the provisions and requirements set
    forth in the Cheerleader Handbook.

I am interested in being a part of the cheerleading program at Westlake High School. I understand the risks stated
below. If elected, I promise to abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the director/coach and the principal of
Westlake High School. I promise to cooperate and follow the instructions of the cheerleading coach(es).

I am aware of the time involved in preparing for cheerleader or mascot tryouts and will be at each training meeting
for cheerleaders or mascots unless I am absent from school because of illness and will present proof of such
absence prior to tryouts.

I understand that approval of this application is dependent of my full compliance with the eligibility requirements for
the Westlake High School Cheerleading Program. I agree to comply with all Eanes and Westlake High School rules
and regulations for the cheer/mascot program and will abide by all student codes of conduct regulating participation
in this program.

If elected,

      1. I understand my responsibility to uphold the reputation of my squad and my school.

      2. As a role model, I will consistently adhere to the Standards for Student Conduct set forth in the EANES
         Student Code of Conduct.

      3. I will comply with the WHS Cheerleader Handbook IN ITS ENTIRITY.

      4. I will work with the group in fundraising activities that will provide the financial support for the cheerleader
         program.

      5. I understand that by taking part in cheerleading activities and events, there is a possibility of injury and
         will carefully and consistently follow all squad safety rules and regulations.



________________________________________________                                  ____________
Student Signature                                                                 Date


________________________________________________                                  ____________
Parent/Guardian Signature                                                         Date
                                                                     2012-2013 WHS Cheer Handbook 14
  B. Permission to Tryout

  My child, ______________________________, has my permission to participate in the tryout process for the
  cheerleading program at Westlake High School. I understand that he/she must abide by the guidelines for the tryout
  process set forth by Westlake High School and that my child must attend the Tryout Meeting and all practices for the
  tryout clinic or my child will not be considered for a cheerleading position.

PARENTS/Guardians, after reading carefully, please initial each highlighted space below and sign at the bottom:

 ___________ I understand that qualified judges and the WHS cheer coaches will evaluate my child to choose the cheer
 squads. I agree to abide by the decision of the judges & WHS cheer coaches.

 ___________ I understand my financial obligations and all costs involved as stipulated in the expense estimation handout.

 ___________ I understand by the very nature of the activity, cheerleading and gymnastics carry a risk of physical injury.
 No matter how careful the participant and coach are, how many spotters are used, or what landing surface is used, the risk
 cannot be eliminated. The risk of injury includes minor injuries such as muscle pulls, dislocation and broken bones. The
 risk also includes catastrophic injuries such as permanent paralysis or even death from landing or falls on the back, neck,
 or head. I understand these risks and will not hold Westlake High School or any of its personnel responsible in the case of
 accident or injury at any time during the tryout process or cheer season.

 ___________ I have discussed the responsibilities, rules, and expectations for the tryout process and any consequences
 for non-compliance with my daughter/son and will assist her/him in complying with those aspects of the tryouts.

 ___________ I understand and agree that I must pay the EANES Extracurricular Activities Participation Fee if my student
 is place on a squad.

 ___________ I understand that there is possibility of injury to my child taking part in cheerleading activities and agree to
 hold harmless EANES, its staff and the event facility for any injury as a result of my daughter’s/son’s participation in the
 tryout process.

 ___________ In the event of an emergency and I cannot be reached, I hereby grant my authorization and consent to
 medical care, treatment, procedure, or physician consultation deemed necessary in order to ensure the health of my child.

  ________________________________________________                           ____________
  Parent/Guardian Signature                                                  Date


  C. Handbook Agreement
  I have thoroughly read and understand the 2013-2013 Westlake High School Cheerleader Handbook. I agree to abide by
  all rules and expectations laid out in cheer handbook, as well as others that may arise during the season. I give my word
  to do my best to abide by all rules and encourage my team members to do the same.

  ________________________________________________                           ____________
  Student Signature                                                          Date

  I have thoroughly read and understand the 2013-2013 Westlake High School Cheerleader Handbook. I agree to help and
  encourage my child to abide by all rules and expectations laid out in cheer handbook, as well as others that may arise
  during the season. I agree to first contact the coach/director if I ever have any problems or conflicts or disagree with any
  decisions made.

  ________________________________________________                           ___________
  Parent/Guardian Signature                                                  Date
                                                                      2012-2013 WHS Cheer Handbook 15
D. Student Extracurricular Athletic Code of Conduct Agreement
I have read the E.I.S.D. Student Extracurricular Athletic Code of Conduct (on page 11) and fully understand the policies
and consequences if they are violated. Please sign below.

________________________________________________                             ____________
Athlete’s Signature                                                          Date

________________________________________________                             ____________
Parent/Guardian Signature                                                    Date


E. Medical Release
I hereby give permission for my child, _________________________, to participate in Westlake High School
Cheerleading for 2013-2013. I fully understand that cheerleading activities involve motion, rotation, and height, in a
unique environment, and as such, carry with them a reasonable assumption of risk. There are risks and dangers
associated with participation in cheerleading including, but not limited to those of bodily injury, partial and/or total
disability, paralysis, death, and property damage. I hereby release the coaches, Westlake High School, its administrators,
and employees from all claims from illnesses & injuries which may be sustained by my child and authorize the
director/coach to select hospital facilities and/or the physician of his or her choice and authorize treatment of the above
named participant on an emergency basis in the event such treatment becomes necessary while participating in the
Westlake High School 2013-2013 Cheerleading season.

________________________________________________                             ____________
Parent/Guardian Signature                                                    Date

F. Hazing Policy
I understand that hazing (see definition on page 6) of any kind is not permitted by Eanes ISD or tolerated in the
extracurricular programs. This includes mental, verbal and physical acts. I further understand that it is my duty to report
any acts of hazing that I see to a coach, director, or administrator. By signing below, I agree to uphold this policy and
understand that any violation will result in my immediate suspension from extracurricular activities and further disciplinary
action as outlined in District Code of Conduct.

________________________________________________                             ____________
Athlete’s Signature                                                          Date

________________________________________________                             ____________
Parent/Guardian Signature                                                    Date

G. Steroid Non-Use Acknowledgment and Agreement
As a prerequisite to participation in UIL athletic activities, I agree that I will not use anabolic steroids as defined in the UIL
Anabolic Steroid Testing Program Protocol. I have read this form and understand that I may be asked to submit to testing
for the presence of anabolic steroids in my body, and I do hereby agree to submit to such testing and analysis by a
certified laboratory. I further understand and agree that the results of the steroid testing may be provided to certain
individuals in my high school as specified in the UIL Anabolic Steroid Testing Program Protocol which is available on the
UIL website at www.uil.utexas.edu. I understand and agree that the results of steroid testing will be held confidential to
the extent required by law. I understand that failure to provide accurate and truthful information could subject me to
penalties as determined by UIL.

________________________________________________                             ____________
Athlete’s Signature                                                          Date

________________________________________________                             ____________
Parent/Guardian Signature                                                    Date

				
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