ALEDO MIDDLE SCHOOL
PURPOSE: To promote and uphold school spirit, to develop a sense of good
sportsmanship among students and fans, and to maintain positive relationships
between opposing schools during athletic events.
I. SELECTION OF CHEERLEADERS
A. Cheerleaders will be selected in the spring of each year. The AMS cheer
squad will consist of the top 10 incoming eighth grade scores and the top
10 incoming seventh grade scores. The remaining five spots will go to
the next highest scores regardless of grade level. Tryouts are open to
current 6th and 7th grade students who have been enrolled at McAnally or
the middle school 15 or more school days prior to March 6.
B. Candidates for cheerleader must have an academic average of 70 or
higher for their semester average. Candidates must have no more than 2
N’s and no U’s in citizenship for the entire current school year.
C. The tryout material will be taught at a clinic and will be conducted by an
outside choreographer. This clinic is closed to everyone other than the
candidates, sponsors, and administrators. The clinic will be held in the
MPC on the following days:
Monday, March 6 4:00– 5:30
Tuesday, March 7 4:00 – 5:30
Wednesday, March 8 4:00 – 5:30
(teaching of the tryout material will begin promptly at 4:10)
IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CLINIC, YOU MUST BRING:
1) $15 try-out fee (This pays for the choreographer and the judges.)
If paying with a check, please make the check out to Aledo
2) a copy of your 3rd six weeks report card
3) the attached permission form
4) self addressed stamped envelope – LETTER SIZE – NO SMALL
ENVELOPES – (Your child’s scores will be mailed to you over
Spring Break.) (large brown envelopes require 2 stamps)
These items need to be turned in to Mrs. Manis any day
before the clinic, but no later than Friday, March 3. An
envelope will be in the McAnally office for 6th graders to turn in
their 4 required items. These will be picked up by Mrs. Manis on
Friday, March 3.
D. During the try-out clinic, candidates will be taught one cheer, one chant,
and one dance. Candidates will draw numbers to determine the order of
their performance for tryouts. Groups of 3 or 4 will be formed according
to these numbers. Each candidate will perform the cheer individually.
The chant and dance will be performed in groups.
E. Tryouts will be held Thursday, March 9 in the middle school gym 1
beginning as close to 4:00 as possible. Tryouts are closed to the public.
Three qualified judges who have had no contact with the candidates will
judge the try-outs. Points will be given for different categories (see
sample judging sheet attached). A mat will be in place for those who
choose to use it. There will be no spotter. Tryouts will begin with this
year’s 7th graders followed by 6th grade. After given permission to leave,
7th grade girls may go get something to eat; however, they must return
within the hour and stay in the Bearcat Den in case there are callbacks.
The 2012-2013 AMS squad members will be posted on the AMS,
McAnally, and Aledo ISD Internet sites by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 10.
F. Dress for tryouts will be black shorts, plain white shirt (no lettering on
shirt or shorts), white socks, and white supportive tennis shoes. (A little
color on the shoes is O.K., but too much color distracts from your over all
look.) Hair will be pulled back in a ponytail, unless it is too short. Belts
and ribbons will be either plain black or plain white. No jewelry will be
allowed. More specific info about the tryout day will be given out at the
A. The individual will purchase the uniform. The price in the past has been
around $550 - $650. (This includes the full uniform, jacket, shoes, socks,
poms, ribbon, and bag.) The sponsors and the current 7th grade squad
members will choose the uniform style. In some cases other items may
need to be bought by the individual for pep rallies, however, we try limit
that as much as possible by using our cheer fund money.
B. If selected as cheerleader, you must attend a mandatory meeting for
uniform fittings. This meeting will be on Tuesday, March 27 immediately
after school beginning with the 8th grade members followed by the 7th.
$200 toward your uniform payment will be due at this time. A parent or
guardian needs to attend to assure the best fit of the uniform for her
daughter. There will be a reminder of the fittings on the school website
along with the posting of the 2012-2013 squad members on March 10.
C. All cheerleaders will need to have a physical done BEFORE the
first day of camp. You may not participate
in camp without turning in a copy of your physical. This copy will be
turned over to the athletic department after being checked off for
A. Cheerleading camp will be held June 4 – June 8 in the MPC from 9:00 to
1:00. THIS CAMP IS MANDATORY. IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND, DO NOT TRY
OUT FOR CHEERLEADER. Ninety percent of what we learn for the
following year is taught at this camp. The cost of the camp is $125 per
girl. Our cheerleading fund will pay for part of this amount for each girl.
Details to come later.
B. Stunts will be incorporated into the routines that are taught. Stunting
may involve two or more people lifting another girl above their heads
while one or more squad members spot her. Girls will be evaluated
during camp to determine their abilities and positions during stunting.
IV. DUTIES OF CHEERLEADERS
A. Cheerleaders will cheer at Tuesday night home football games. Two or
three games will be played depending on if the other team has a “C”
team. Cheerleaders get 3rd quarter off of each game to take a break, go
to restroom, or eat. Cheerleading duties DO NOT end after football
season. We will attend sponsor selected home basketball games which
are on Mondays and Thursdays. (If a cheerleader makes the basketball
team, she is exempt from basketball cheering duties.) All cheerleaders
are required to attend each practice. Practices will be on Monday
afternoon from 4:00 – 5:00 and on Tuesday mornings from 7:45 – 8:20
throughout the football season. (Extra practices may be called at the
discretion of the sponsors.) DO NOT SCHEDULE DOCTOR OR DENTIST
APPOINTMENTS DURING PRACTICE TIMES.
B. Maintain proper care of the uniform and participate in full uniform as
required. Anyone out of uniform will sit out of the event with the
sponsor. Never allow anyone else to wear any part of your uniform
including your jacket.
C. Squad members are responsible for staying informed of all activities and
fundraising events. Our major fundraising comes from profits from the
school dances. We have a responsibility at each of the dances. All
cheerleaders are required to be involved in this. If you are unable to
attend one of the dances for an excused reason, you MUST make up that
duty in some way deemed appropriate by the sponsor.
D. Know all cheers and routines by the morning of a pep rally or before a
cheer is performed at a game. If you do not know the cheer or routine,
you must sit out.
E. Be respectful to sponsors and head cheerleader. Head cheerleader will
be selected by popular vote of all cheerleaders, sponsors, and
administrators. Head cheerleader’s duties are:
Make sure all cheerleaders know uniform requirements
for the activity.
Responsible for assigning extra duties.
Phone squad members as needed.
Maintains communication between squad and
Leads cheer activities at games.
F. If a cheerleader sustains an injury, she will attend the game (if physically
able) and sit in uniform with the sponsor.
V. GRADE AND CITIZENSHIP MAINTENANCE
A. Cheerleaders must maintain a 70 or higher in each academic subject
throughout the year. If the grade falls below 70, the student will not
resume duties until she meets the UIL requirements for extracurricular
B. One U in citizenship will result in suspension for a three-week period.
A second U may result in removal from the squad. Each N received will
result in sitting out the next game or pep rally. If a third N is received
for the year, the student may be removed from the squad. If removed
from the squad, the student may not try out the following year without
permission from the sponsors and principal.
C. If a cheerleader is assigned to AD/ISS, 3 demerits will be given for each
day served and demerit consequences will be enforced. If assigned to AD
for a 2nd offense, she may be removed from the squad and
may not be allowed to try out for cheerleader the following year without
approval of the sponsor and administrator. If the AD assignment occurs
on the day of a game or cheer event, the cheerleader will sit out that
event. If a cheerleader is assigned to DAEP, she may be removed from
squad and may not be allowed to tryout the following year.
D. Demerit system – see attached sheet regarding demerits.
VI. ABSENCES, TARDIES, AND SUSPENSIONS
A. If a cheerleader is absent from school the day of a game, she is
ineligible to cheer at the pep rally or game unless the absence is a
documented medical appointment.
B. Absences from cheerleading duties will be excused for illness with
a doctor’s excuse, school sponsored events, and family emergencies.
Any other absence will be unexcused and will result in a one game
suspension, and demerits will be given.
C. Following school rules is extremely important. If school rules are not
followed, disciplinary actions will be decided on by the sponsors and
school administration. Remember that you represent the school
in or out of uniform. Your conduct should be above reproach at all times.
VII. THE SPONSOR
A. Has the right to remove any member from the squad for any just
cause with permission of the principal and following a conference
with the parent.
B. Maintain contact with head cheerleaders about upcoming events or
changes in schedules.
C. Will attend all activities at which cheerleaders are present as a squad.
D. Will be responsible for keeping track of grades, citizenship, and demerits
of all cheerleaders.
E. Provide guidance and support to each member of the squad.
Please keep this constitution and refer to it when needed. Only return the required
paper work. (The AMS cheerleading constitution is aligned with the high school
constitution. Most of the rules and guidelines are the same at both campuses.)
ALEDO MIDDLE SCHOOL
CHEERLEADING DEMERIT SYSTEM
The following misbehaviors by cheerleaders at Aledo Middle
School will result in demerits by the sponsors. If a cheerleader
receives 11 or more demerits during the school year, the
cheerleader will be permanently removed from the squad for
the remainder of the year. Sponsor and/or administrator must
approve the try out for the next school year.
OFFENSES WORTH “1” DEMERIT
1. Being out of uniform (This includes hair ribbon, proper shoes, socks, etc..)
2. NOT being on time AND dressed and ready for practices
3. Chewing gum during games and pep rallies
4. Wearing jewelry OF ANY KIND during pep rallies and/or games
5. Hair not pulled back and out of face for practice and events
6. Wearing nail polish (other than clear), or having nails that pass the fingertips
(NO acrylic nails at any time – no exceptions)
7. Having a bad attitude – IT IS IMPORTANT TO SMILE AND YELL THE
WORDS, NOT JUST MOUTH THEM!
8. Eating during games before 3rd quarter/period on track/court
9. Not being on time after 3rd quarter/3rd period off to start cheering again
10. Talking constantly and being out of formation in between cheers – You
should be standing in side-line formation when not cheering.
11. Wearing uniform and/or leading organized cheers at out of town games at
which the sponsor is not present
12. Allowing anyone to wear any part of your uniform including jacket
13. Missing 1st period the morning after a game without a reasonable excuse…
such as a doctor’s excused note (no sleeping in)
14. Being disrespectful toward sponsors
15. Being disrespectful toward teammates – THIS INCLUDES THE HEAD
CHEERLEADER – CHEERLEADERS SHOULD RESPECT HER
16. Not knowing cheers/chants/dances for pep rallies and games
17. Not meeting deadlines for any/all required paperwork to be turned in to
18. Unsportsmanlike conduct toward your own team/opposing team
19. Failure to show up to fundraising duties without a legitimate excuse
20. Not abiding by ALL school rules INCLUDING DRESS CODE
21. ANY OTHER BEHAVIORS DEEMED INAPPROPRIATE BY SPONSORS
MAY ALSO RESULT IN DEMERITS!!!
OFFENSES WORTH “2” DEMERITS OR MORE
1. Referral to office – “2” Demerits
2. ISS (In school suspension) or AD (Administrative Detention) – “3” Demerits
3. UNEXCUSED Absence from game – “3” Demerits
CONSEQUENCES FOR DEMERITS
1 DEMERIT - WARNING!
2 DEMERITS – 20 Toe touches (EXECUTED CORRECTLY)
3 DEMERITS – 20 Toe touches, 20 other jumps, (EXECUTED CORRECTLY!!)
4 DEMERITS – 20 Toe touches, 20 other jumps, and 10 laps around gym
5 DEMERITS – Sit out the next game in uniform with sponsor
6 DEMERITS - Sit out the next game in uniform with sponsor AND 20
toe touches executed correctly.
7 DEMERITS – Sit out the next game in uniform with sponsor , 20 toe
touches executed correctly, and 10 laps around the gym.
8 DEMERITS – Sit out the next game in uniform with sponsor, 20 toe
touches executed correctly, 10 laps around the gym, and 20 other jumps
9 DEMERITS – Sit out the next game in uniform with sponsor, and 30
minute Cheerleading detention with sponsor before or after school
10 DEMERITS – Three week suspension from squad.
11 DEMERITS OR MORE – Suspension from squad for the rest of the
school year, and must receive approval from administrator and/or
sponsor in order to try out for cheerleader the next year.