"JCHS CHEER SQUAD HANDBOOK"
Junction City High School Spirit Squad Handbook 2012-2013 Junction City High School Spirit Squad Policies and Regulations Head Coach: Yvonne Warren (C) 375-0276/(H) 762-2108 Assistants Christine Thompson (785)223-1226 PURPOSE It is the purpose of the Junction City High School Spirit Squad to promote and develop school spirit and good sportsmanship. The cheerleaders are school representatives and leaders whether in uniform or not and must display a positive attitude and exhibit exemplary behavior. The cheerleading program supports interschool athletics and upholds, reflects and projects the goals of the school community. High on the list of priorities is academic excellence and athletic skill with an emphasis on safety. To guarantee that the spirit squad maintains the goals as set forth herein, each member shall: Help instill the qualities of good sportsmanship, fair play, and teamwork. Provide a high level of competitive spirit. Increase sportsmanship at high school athletic events. Lead fans attending school athletic events, whether at home or away, in a sportsmanlike manner in support of our teams. Develop leadership qualities as well as those skills necessary for working as a member of a team. Conduct themselves as positive role models within their school and community. Follow and know the guidelines of the JCHS Spirit Squad Handbook. I. MEMBERSHIP AND REQUIREMENTS A. Designation of Squads Varsity: will cheer at all home and away varsity level contests during the Fall and Winter seasons as well as any other assignments made by the coach. (Sophomores/Juniors/Seniors eligible) Junior Varsity: will cheer at home sub-varsity contests during the Fall and Winter seasons as well as any other assignments made by the coach. (Freshmen/Sophomores/Juniors eligible) 2 B. Academic Requirements Under the Kansas State High School Activities Association rules, each spirit squad member must be passing five (5) classes at semester end to be academically eligible to participate. All individuals selected are on probationary status until grades are determined at the end of the semester grading period. If you are not academically eligible at that time, you will be removed from the squad. In addition to the KSHSAA guidelines, JCHS also conducts three-week grade checks. At the end of each 3-week grading period, a list of students currently failing any of their classes will be given to the head coach. If you are not passing 5 classes, you will be placed on the school’s ineligible list for 3 weeks and not be allowed to participate in any school sponsored activities, except practices. Being on the ineligible list more than two times will result in being removed from the squad for academic reasons. The head coach will notify the assistants of any squad member on that list. If a member is failing any of their classes at the 3-week grade check, they will be benched until his/her grades are passing. The student is ineligible to perform until their grades improve to passing. The student must still practice and attend all home performances/activities in uniform, sitting with the coach in the designated area during the period of ineligibility. However, varsity members will be prohibited from attending away contests until their grades have improved to passing. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain a grade check signed by the teacher(s) showing improvement to passing and submit it to the coach before the student will be eligible to participate. C. KSHSAA Rules The following are KSHSAA rules that must be upheld by each squad member: a. Members shall not chew gum or candy during practice or a game. b. Members must not wear any jewelry (or spacers) during practice or a game. c. Hair should be pulled up in a high ponytail and off of the shoulders. If you have shoulder-length hair, half of your hair must be pulled straight back into a high ponytail; not swept to the side with a bow on the side. d. Fingernails should be kept at a short length not visible past the tips of the finger. II. REQUIRED FORMS Each spirit squad member must have a current physical on file in the athletic office before they can practice or participate in any activity. If you participated in any activity or sport during the 2011-2012 school year and have a physical on file, your physical is valid until August 1, 2012. NEW PHYSICALS MUST BE GIVEN TO THE COACH BY THIS DATE AND SHOULD NOT BE DATED ANY EARLIER THATN MAY 1, 2012. Each squad member and their parent/guardian must complete and sign an Activity/Athletic Participation Form. This form must be notarized and turned in to the Athletic Office. 3 III. EVENTS OF WHICH WE PARTICIPATE Unless indicated, all squads are expected to participate at the following: All home and away varsity football games (Varsity) All home and away varsity basketball games (Varsity) All home and away varsity wrestling tournaments (Varsity) Sub-varsity home football and basketball games (JV) Support other selected athletic events throughout the year (all members) Homecoming and other community parades Fundraisers Summer Cheer Camp- (optional but highly recommended) Summer practice (June) Summer Youth (K-8th grade) Cheer Clinic Community service events Assist with pre-game football dinners (Varsity) Relay for Life (all members) IV. EXPECTATIONS o A STUDENT BECOMES A MEMBER IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING HIS/HER SELECTION AND THEREFORE IS SUBJECT TO ALL RULES AND REGULATIONS. The time period affecting demerits and dismissal for all members is from time of selection to time of selection the following year. o Since membership is a voluntary, auditioned process and does not allow for substitutes or alternates to be available to fill vacancies, those students chosen to be on the cheer squad must make this activity their TOP PRIORITY all year. Members shall not allow work or other outside activities to interfere with their spirit squad commitments. o High expectation that each squad member will participate in strength and conditioning class during the academic year; and it is MANDATORY that they continue their strength and conditioning program over the summer. The squad will participate during the 8:30 A.M-10:30 A.M session at the high school with Coach Zimmerman. (He does take role!!!) o Proper conduct and good sportsmanship are expected AT ALL TIMES. Be a role model, both in and out of class. This includes: Twitter, Facebook, and any other social media sites. We have sent you an invite to the Spirit Squad Facebook page. Everyone needs to accept the friend request. There will be updates and events posted on this site. Also, I understand that you may block certain information for us to see, yet please remember that there are many parents, staff, and other students on Facebook and we are not the only ones watching. Trust me people will tell. o All school rules must be followed. All spirit squad members and parents are responsible for reading the cheer handbook in its entirety and will adhere to all the rules and regulations as stated in this handbook. 4 o USE OF DRUGS AND ALCOHOL IS NOT PERMITTED. If a squad member becomes involved with either of the aforementioned, all school rules and regulations regarding such behavior will be enforced; possible dismissal from squad at discretion of coach. o Disrespect towards any adult (coach, teacher, administrator, etc.), captain or other team member WILL NOT be tolerated. o Squad members are expected to perform at ALL SCHEDULED games and pep rallies, attend all practices, promote school spirit, work fundraisers, and create a positive atmosphere at games. o At no time are you to wear a T-shirt, sweatshirt, or other attire over your uniform unless it is your warm-up. NO SKIRTS ARE TO BE WORN OVER YOUR WARM- UP PANTS. This is an unkempt look and is unbecoming of a cheerleader. o Any member who willingly quits the squad during the school year may give up his or her privilege to try out for cheerleading for the following school year. A meeting with the Athletic Director and Head Coach will be held to determine eligibility to try out for the following school year. Certain circumstances may be excused at the discretion of the Athletic Director and Head Coach. V. PRACTICE/PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS It is the expectation that all squads will practice together during the school year to ensure continuity throughout the program. Practice schedules will be determined by the Head Coach. Times are subject to change at the discretion of the Head Coach. Extra practices may be necessary throughout the year and will be held on some other day of the week or an extension of the regular practice. Advance notice will be given. All members will be required to wear a practice uniform consisting of shorts, a t- shirt/tank, and appropriate shoes, preferably your cheer shoes. Absolutely no gum/candy/soda allowed during practice or performances. Frequent water breaks will be given. Bring water bottles if you don’t like the water from the fountains. Hair color should be natural looking. Please check with the coach prior to coloring your hair. Please do not cut your hair without checking with the coach. You must be able to wear a bow in your hair. While in uniform, no fingernail polish may be worn. 5 DO NOT get new body piercings, for this is not an excused reason for wearing jewelry. This is a KSHSAA policy that we must enforce…if you weren’t born with it, you cannot wear it. If jewelry cannot be removed, the student will be benched and receive a demerit. Glitter cannot be used at any time. No visible tattoos. Pompons are part of the uniform. Carry them to every game and practice. Be at the practice/game area dressed out and ready at the designated time (as determined by the coach), before games and after quarters/halftime. DO NOT BE LATE! Tardiness will result in demerits, benching and/or other consequences. Come to practice/game with a positive and cooperative attitude. Constructive criticism is important to the success of the squad and is meant to improve overall efforts and the appearance of the squad. Be responsive to any instructions or suggestions given by the coach or captain(s). Excessive talking during practice and games is discouraged. Attention must be directed to the instructions being given. Concentrate on the game/performance and stand at attention (hands behind back) without socializing. Do not lean against the wall while cheering during basketball season. It is for holding up the building – not you. PRACTICE IS MANDATORY!!! Members need to make doctor and other appointments on nights other than practice nights. If a special circumstance arises, please notify the coach PRIOR to a scheduled practice or game. Squad members are not allowed to leave early without special permission and advance notice to the coach. Practices on school property are not to be held without the permission and supervision of the coach. If a coach is not present at a practice, the practice is in no way school- sanctioned. ARRIVING LATE OR LEAVING EARLY without the coach’s approval is considered a violation and may result in a demerit. He/she will have an additional workout designated by the coach. Practices are closed to spectators except with special permission from the coach. VI. TRANSPORTATION TO EVENTS Transportation to all sporting events is provided by USD 475. All members must ride the bus or district vehicle to and from all games. In order to ride home from a game with a parent/guardian, there must be a signed permission slip approved by the coach and Athletic Director IN ADVANCE of the specified game. Members can only ride home with their parent or legal guardian. 6 VII. BUS ETIQUETTE All cheerleaders who ride the Spirit bus for a scheduled contest should board the bus in their complete uniform. Prior to boarding the bus for the return trip, all cheerleaders must change into their Cheer warm-ups unless instructed otherwise by the coach. CHANGING CLOTHES ON THE BUS IS PROHIBITED. Failure to adhere to this expectation will result in the loss of traveling privileges for the remainder of the school year. VIII. CELL PHONE USAGE CELL PHONES ARE NOT TO BE USED OR VISIBLE DURING PRACTICES, GAMES OR OTHER CHEER ACTIVITIES!!! All cell phones WILL BE COLLECTED by the coach at the beginning of the event/activity and remain in the coach’s possession until its conclusion, at which time cell phones will be returned. Failure to abide by this expectation will result in a one game suspension. Parents, if an emergency arises, the coaches will have their cell phones on them at all times. XIV. ATTENDANCE POLICY ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY AT ALL ORGANIZED ACTIVITIES (i.e. practices, games, pep rallies, parades, fundraising events, youth clinics, etc.). If not in attendance, penalties will be incurred accordingly. If you are sick on a practice or game day, your parent/guardian (not the student) must notify the coach BEFORE practice or the game that you will be absent. Failure to notify the coach may result in any of the following: Unexcused absence, demerit, benching for the next scheduled event. Calling the school attendance office does not excuse you from cheer. Your respective coach must be notified at the beginning of each week (Monday) of any appointments you have scheduled. Failure to notify your coach may result in benching for the next scheduled event. Excused absences include: Family emergencies Illness or emergency doctor appointment Scheduled school events Absences from practice/game with prior notice and phone call from parent/legal guardian Unexcused absences include: Failure to notify coach of an absence from any scheduled Spirit Squad activity Failure to notify coach of an absence due to illness prior to practice or game Failure to attend practice or game due to employment. Your job will not be considered an excused absence. ASD (After School Detention) 7 X. DEMERITS One Demerit o Absence from practice, game or other scheduled event without prior notice and approval. o More than 30 minutes late for practice, game or other scheduled event without prior notice and approval. o Disrespect towards any adult or member of the Spirit Squad. This includes anything on social media sites as well. (Demerit and benching for the next game.) o After School Detention (ASD) (Demerit and benching for one night performance) o Unexcused absence from school (skipping) (Demerit and benching for one night performance) ½ Demerit o Late (less then 30 minutes) for practice, game or other scheduled event without prior notice and approval. o Leaving practice, game or other scheduled event early without prior notice and approval. o Failure to dress appropriately for practice. o Failure to wear the required game day uniform to school. o Wearing any part of the uniform other than at games or as instructed to do so. o Failure to be at designated performance area at specified time. XI. BENCHING If a member is benched, he/she must attend all practices, home games, pep rallies and any other scheduled activities but will not perform. He/she is REQUIRED to wear the uniform and sit with the coach in the designated area at the game or event and support the squad. Parent/legal guardian will be notified if such action occurs. A squad member will be benched for: Receiving three (3) demerits Missing a scheduled game or practice without prior notification and approval (excluding emergency situations) Not academically eligible Failure to wear the required uniform (wrong socks, hair ribbon, pompons, nail polish, etc.) Unexcused absence from school (skipping) – 1st offense ASD (After School Detention) XII. DISMISSAL FROM SQUAD A squad member WILL be dismissed for: Being academically ineligible at the beginning of each semester Receiving five (5) demerits Unexcused absence from school (skipping) – 2nd offense 8 Drugs, alcohol or tobacco use Suspension from school may result in one of the following: o Suspension for ½ of the CURRENT season, with a behavior contract for the remainder of the season, signed by cheerleader and parent; o Dismissal for the remainder of the CURRENT season, with a behavior contract signed by cheerleader and parent for the following season; o Dismissal from the squad for the remainder of the year All decisions will be based on the circumstances of the suspension and will be at the discretion of the head coach and Athletic Director. A meeting with the squad member and his/her parent(s) will take place TO NOTIFY THEM of the action to be taken. Parent/legal guardian will be notified if their son/daughter is in jeopardy of being dismissed from the squad. Dismissal from the spirit squad MAY result in losing the privilege to try out for the following school year. XIII. ENFORCEMENT OF RULES AND PENALTIES Parents will be informed of any major disciplinary action taken. The administration will also be informed of such action. JCHS cheerleaders/yell leaders should know the penalties as set forth in this packet. Definition of disciplinary terms: o Benching – Cheerleader/yell leader must attend the functions in uniform and stay the duration of the events while supporting the squad members that are actively performing. The cheerleader/yell leader will not actively participate in the event as a performer. o Dismissal – Removal from the squad THESE RULES AND POLICIES ARE NOT AT ALL INCLUSIVE REGARDING PROBLEMS OR SITUATIONS THAT CAN OCCUR. Therefore, as situations arise of which must be dealt with, coach’s discretion, as well as that of the Athletic Director, will be used in disciplining such situations (up to and including dismissal). XIV. EXPENSES Game uniforms (skirt and shell) and warm-ups are provided by USD 475; however, additional items are necessary to complete the uniform. Listed below are required items and ESTIMATED costs. UCA Cheer Camp (optional) $240.00 (optional but highly recommended) Varsity Uniform (blue) $70.00 Camp clothes $100.00 (all members even if not attending camp) Cheer shoes (2 pair) $45.00 each ($90.00) Briefs $6.00- (Screen Machine Sports) Socks (2 pair) $3.00-$5.00/pr Pompons $32.00 Hoodie $40.00 9 All members are expected to participate in all fundraising activities to help defray expenses and are expected to be prompt in paying all financial obligations. Members will not receive any items until account is paid in full. XV. UNIFORMS Performance uniforms are the property of the school and issued to all members. It is your responsibility to keep all uniforms and accessories clean and in the best condition. Uniforms should be washed separately in cold water and on delicate cycle. They should be hung to dry. DO NOT PUT THEM IN THE DRYER. Dry cleaning may be used for some of the uniforms. Please check labels. Lost or damaged items will be charged to you at replacement cost. ALL UNIFORMS MUST BE CLEANED/DRY CLEANED BEFORE YOU TURN THEM IN AT THE END OF YOUR SEASON. If dry cleaned, leave them in the dry cleaner’s bag with receipt attached. XVI. LETTERING/END OF YEAR BANQUET Varsity cheerleaders, if they complete the year in good standing, have satisfied their financial obligations, and met the attendance requirements at scheduled events, will receive the varsity letter “J”and a megaphone pin. Each returning year they will receive a bar for each year they completed in good standing. Junior Varsity cheerleaders, if they complete the academic year in good standing, have satisfied their financial obligations, and met the attendance requirements at scheduled events, will receive a Certificate of Participation. In addition, squad members who voluntarily quit during the school year or are dismissed from the squad, lose the privilege of attending the End of Year Banquet. YOUR SIGNATURE BELOW VERIFIES THAT YOU WERE IN ATTENDANCE AT THE JCHS CHEER PARENT MEETING, AND UNDERSTAND THE REQUIREMENTS/CONTENT OF THE HANDBOOK. THE 2011-2012 JCHS SPIRIT SQUAD HANDBOOK WAS EXPLAINED BY THE HEAD CHEER COACH AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE CHEER SHAREPOINT SITE ON THE USD 475 WEBSITE. Student Signature Parent Signature _____________________________ ________________________________ Date_________________________ Date____________________________ 10