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Rules and Expectations
“A Tradition Of Success”
I. Time Commitment/General Rules
All practices, games, competitions, & fundraisers are to be attended and are considered mandatory.
Game schedules will be given prior to the start of each season. Cheerleaders will be told what time to
arrive at each game, generally it is 45 minutes to an hour before the start time.
Practice schedules will be given in advance.
There will be no scheduled practices on Wednesdays except during the week of a competition. It is
recommended to schedule appointments & other commitments on Wednesdays when there is no
The time, place, and dates of practices, games, and competitions are subject to change.
Anyone who misses a practice before a game may be subject to but not limited to removal from court
cheers, and half-time routines during games.
Only the coaches determine cheerleader’s stunting positions and placement in formations.
Once mandatory practices begin in August, excused absences include:
Medical Excuse (doctor’s note required) Note: When injured you should attend practice to watch.
Absent from school
Required academic function (chorus/band)
Any excuse not listed above is considered unexcused and will result in consequences.
NOTE*: Cheerleaders cannot leave early, come late, or miss our practices, games, performances,
or competitions, for other teams’ practices, competitions, etc., or work. It is the responsibility of
each cheerleader to resolve any conflicts and keep her schedule open for their South Meck
In all cases, with the exception of emergency situations, the individual cheerleader should either tell a coach at
practice ahead of time or call her coaches at least 2 hours prior to a practice or game for the absence to be
considered excused. If the coach does not answer, please leave a detailed message on your coach’s phone.
Any unavoidable conflict should be notified to the coaches at least 2 weeks in advance. This does not
guarantee that there will not be consequences.
All consequences for first offense of missing practice, a fundraiser, game, or competition are the coach’s
decision and based on cheerleader’s individual circumstances/past behavior.
2nd offence – Based on the circumstances the coach will determine the appropriate consequences which may
include benched for multiple games, a competition, a special event, or may result in removal from the team. A
hearing with the Athletic Director will also likely result.
Anyone caught lying about an absence may face immediate removal from the team.
Note: If a cheerleader is benched for any reason, she is expected to attend the games or event in full
attire. She will sit with the coaches for the duration of the event. This also includes injury, if an athlete is
unable to participate they should still be in attendance to support their squad.
School District Policy: Code of conduct violations (drinking alcohol, smoking, fighting, inappropriate
myspace conduct, disrespect a coach, etc.) will result in the minimum suspension, and depending on the
individual circumstance may result in removal from the squad.
Cheerleaders will also be asked to hand write a note for every absence and tardiness, “excused” or “unexcused”,
these notes will be filed and kept as a reference in the event there is a dispute over attendance.
III. Eligibility - Grades and Appeal Process
1) Must maintain GPA of 2.0 overall
2) See district residency policy
IV. Appropriate Conduct for Games
1) Cheerleaders will be respectful of the other teams.
2) Cheerleaders will not be allowed to socialize with anyone during the game or during breaks (time-
outs, quarters, half-time of the game.)
3) Cheerleaders are expected to eat before or after a game not during, unless permitted by a coach.
4) A cheerleader will only be permitted to get a ride home from a parent following an away game once
the parent has signed out the cheerleader.
5) There is ABSOLUTELY no talking during sidelines. A cheerleader that is talking in sidelines may be
asked to sit for a quarter or the remainder of the game. Parents we ask that you please not distract your
child by trying to talk to them during the game.
6) Cheerleaders who have been taught sidelines and cannot remember them correctly will sit until they
can perform the material correctly.
7) Have a positive attitude and good sportsmanship; be positive and welcoming to the other team. You
must be respectful towards members of the opposing squad. Any inappropriate behavior may result in
8) HAVE A SMILE ON YOUR FACE AND BE SPIRITED! IT’S YOUR JOB! =)
V. Uniforms and appearance
1) Each cheerleader is responsible for purchasing the accessories to her uniform and performance wear.
These items must be kept clean and accessible throughout the entire season.
2) Each cheerleader will receive a skirt, shell top, and poms, which must be returned in a clean condition
at the end of the season. The uniforms are intended to last several years therefore they should be
treated with the utmost respect. They are property of the South Meck Cheerleading Program.
3) Uniforms and warm-ups are not to be warn anywhere except to a game, competition, or when
otherwise directed for a special event. They will never be lent to a friend.
4) Cheerleading uniforms and warm-ups are never to be altered in anyway. There are specific numbers
of certain sizes in order to fit all shapes of cheerleaders. The coaching staff will fit each cheerleader
with the proper size to the best of our ability.
5) If there is a seam tear or broken zipper, it is the cheerleaders’ responsibility to have it repaired. Please
notify a coach first.
6) Cheerleaders are required to wear all parts of their uniform to games. In the event that a piece
is missing the cheerleader will sit out. Uniform includes: wearing warm-ups to the game/bus, at
the game body suit, shell top, hot pants, skirt, cheer socks, cheer sneakers, poms, and game bow.
7) All uniforms pieces are expected to be returned by the scheduled date.
1) The “I can” rule:
a) Positive Attitude: South Meck Cheerleading strives to set the newest trends! Candidates must
keep an open mind and try their best. The coaching staff would not ask a member to do
anything they are not capable of. A positive attitude is necessary for a successful season!
b) Be committed: Your coaches, your teammates, and your parents invest a lot of time and energy
to have fun and be successful, therefore we expect each cheerleader to be respectful and show
the same amount of commitment throughout the entire season.
c) No Tears: we all get frustrated, but crying will not fix the problem and therefore will not be
tolerated. We can work through whatever struggles we encounter as a team as long as you bring
them to the coaches attention in a respectful manner.
d) Check Your Baggage: We all have bad days, but when you come to practice, we ask that you
leave the events of the day outside the gym and come to practice with a good attitude and a
willingness to work hard.
a) Behavior: Candidates must always conduct themselves in a respectful and courteous manner for
their coaches, teammates, and opposing squads.
b) Good Sportsmanship: you must be respectful to members of opposing squads. This means
shaking hands after a game and not responding to any rude comments made by opposing teams.
Please immediately report to a coach if any fans or opposing teams are being inappropriate.
c) Setting a good example: Student behavior is constantly monitored by peers, teammates, teachers,
coaches, and administrators. The South Meck Cheerleading program has high standards in
regards to behavior. Cheerleaders should be leaders in the school and set a good example for the
1) Due to the nature of this and all sports injuries may occur.
2) All injuries that occur at practice need to be reported to the coaches immediately. Some cases may
require an accident report to be filled out at the trainers’ office.
3) Athletes will be asked to see the trainer regarding all injuries. The athletic trainer has experience and
knowledge in sports related injuries. She may have strengthening exercises to help the healing process.
4) For injuries that require a doctor’s visit, both a doctor’s note removing the cheerleader from practice
and also releasing the cheerleader back to practice is required. This note should state the nature of the
injury, the length of time of the restriction, and any special instructions. It is the cheerleader’s
responsibility to hand a copy of this note to the trainer AND her coach.
VIII. Gymnastics/Team Skill Requirements
1) All cheerleaders are encouraged to attend tumbling class.
a) All athletes must be willing to learn tumbling skills with their coaches and tumbling training
b) All members who perform tumbling skills will be expected to mainin those skills and improve
those skills throughout the season.
1) Fundraisers are a necessary and mandatory part of this program. Each cheerleader is expected to
fully participate in all fundraisers.
2) A parent or guardian will need to assist in fundraising activities.
1) Captains are leaders to the team that assist the coaches when needed. Teammates are expected to
listen to and respect their captain’s directions.
2) Candidates who wish to be elected captain will submit a short essay explaining why she would be a
good captain to the team.
3) Captains will meet with their coaches once a month to discuss team goals.
4) Captains will be chosen by the coaches and teammates.
5) If at any time a captain abuses their privileges or does not perform to the level of expectation the title
will be suspended.
1) There is a Cheerleading Web-site that is designed to keep cheerleaders and parents informed. Weekly
reminders, calendars, handouts, and photos from games/competitions/etc will be posted.
2) There is a South Meck Cheer Facebook page. You are encouraged to “like” this page to receive
3) No coach will “friend” any cheerleader or cheer family on Facebook
4) A parent signature below gives permission for any photographs that may include your child to be
displayed on these sites.
1) Text messaging is unreliable and not an acceptable form of communication with a coach.
2) Cheerleaders will refrain from lending out all Cheerleading apparel to friends; shorts, t-shirts,
sweatshirts, sweatpants, etc. (Exception: wearing the apparel while attending a competition to support
Reminder: As a member of the South Meck High School Cheerleading Team, each cheerleader is on
contract throughout the entire year. This means that there is absolutely NO tolerance for disrespectful
behavior toward coaches, inappropriate “Facebook” (online) conduct, fighting, or the use of tobacco,
alcohol, or any other illegal drug. If any cheerleader is found to have engaged in any of these activities,
she will be subject to the consequences of the Athletic Department. This is outlined in the Code of
Conduct each cheerleader signs for the school.
Sign & return this portion to your coach
I am aware of the responsibilities and commitment I am making to the South Meck High School cheerleading
program. I will work hard to improve myself, represent myself and this team in the best way possible, be a
leader in the community, and promote good sportsmanship.
I have read, understand, and agree to all of the terms outlined in the Rules and Expectations of the South Meck
High School Cheerleading Program for the 2011-2012 season.
Cheerleader signature _______________________________________ Date: ________
Parent signature _______________________________________ Date: _________