RUDD MIDDLE SCHOOL Cheerleading Constitution
The Rudd Middle School Cheerleading Squad follows all requirements of the Alabama High School Athletic Association through the Jefferson County Board of Education. PURPOSE The purpose of a Rudd Middle School cheerleader will be to promote and uphold school spirit, to develop a sense of good sportsmanship among students, and to build better relationships among schools during athletic events. A cheerleader’s job is to improve student morale, boost team spirit, and help your school show honor and leadership. You are to direct the student body in its support of your school’s team. This role gives you a strong influence in guiding student conduct at games, and in this leadership position you should help promote exemplary school spirit and good sportsmanship. MEMBERSHIP A. There will be one middle school squad consisting of 7th and 8th grade students. The number of qualified candidates for the cheerleading squad varies from year to year. However, the sponsor has established that there will be a minimum of at least twelve qualified candidates. B. Membership will be chosen by a panel of judges selected from an approved list issued by the Jefferson County Board of Education. C. The decision of the judges is FINAL. No scores will be announced or reviewed with parents or participants. D. Newly elected cheerleaders become subject immediately to all provisions and regulations of this constitution. E. Candidates selected for group membership will be considered to be full-fledged members of the group immediately upon their selection. F. Priorities of members should be as follows: ACADEMICS-CHEERLEADING-OTHER ACTIVITIES. Athletic events and practices may be considered ―inconvenient‖ by parents and/or cheerleaders; however, members are required to be present at all practices and events. If a candidate does not believe he/she can manage these priorities in this order, he/she should not tryout. G. Selection will be based on appearance, coordination, dance, jumps, group cheer, spirit, tumbling, and individual chant. SELECTION OF CHEERLEADERS A. The student must be a Rudd Middle School student in the 6th or 7th grade at the time of tryouts. B. The student must meet academic requirements as defined in the Jefferson County Board of Education No Pass/No Play regulations. C. Must fill out an application that has been signed by both the parents and the student. D. A candidate must have a physical by a licensed Alabama physician. A signed copy of the doctor’s form for the physical must be turned into the sponsor before a candidate will be allowed to participate in the clinic or tryouts. This physical will/must be valid for one year. E. The student must tryout again even though he/she has been a member the previous year. F. The student must attend clinic everyday prior to tryouts unless excused by the sponsor or administration. During the week of clinic you must be present at school the entire day to participate. You may not check in or check out. G. A candidate must attend mock tryouts in order to tryout (unless excused by an administrator). The student must be in school all day and may not check in or check out on the day of mock tryouts unless excused in advance by an administrator. H. No former cheerleader may tryout unless ALL outstanding debts have been paid. I. Each candidate wishing to tryout for cheerleading shall be passing, during the current year in attendance, at least five new subjects with a minimum composite numerical average of ―70‖ in those five subjects. A new subject is one that has not previously been passed. This average must be held the entire cheerleading season. Sixth grade students trying out for middle school cheerleader must be passing those subjects necessary for promotion. This composite average of ―70‖ will be checked for eligibility purposes for the first semester of the current year. You must have a composite of ―70‖ the 1 st semester to qualify as a candidate and if chosen as a cheerleader, a composite yearly average of ―70‖ the current school year. The cheerleader must still hold the composite average of ―70‖ on the first day of the following school year. Once you have made the squad if you get an ―F‖ on your report card you will receive demerits and you will not be allowed to cheer until you receive your progress report the next nine weeks to clarify that your grade has been brought up. J. All candidates trying out must have demonstrated satisfactory conduct as defined by the local school board throughout the semester in which tryouts are held. This mean that a candidate can have no Class II or Class III discipline referrals (see Jefferson County Code of Conduct Parent/Student Handbook for a listing of Class II and Class III infractions). All candidates selected for cheerleading must maintain satisfactory conduct at all times. K. In case of a tie, trying candidates plus the two below them will be called back for re-judging. However, the judges will only score the trying candidates. None of the candidates will know who tied.
Performance requirements for tryouts: Spirit Run Jumps- toe touch, herkie, double toe touch Dance Tumbling—without a spot Group cheer with/without stunt (elevator is required) Individual Chant
PRACTICE OF CANDIDATES A. Candidates will practice according to a schedule set by the sponsor. B. Tryouts will be held the next day following a 5-day clinic. Each candidate must attend each day of the clinic or obtain a doctor’s excuse for any day(s) missed. C. Parents must provide the transportation to arrive and depart any event on time. For each minute that your child arrives late to practice and for each minute that they are late they will have to do that many pushups. D. All candidates must be at school the entire day on clinic days and on the day of mock tryouts and tryouts unless excused by a doctor or other emergency approved by the principal. E. Clinic will be held during a week in February or March. Clinic will start at 3:15 sharp and end at 5:00. F. Practices and tryouts are closed to all parents and spectators. Mock Tryouts will be open to spectators- cost $3.00. Mock Tryouts will start at 3:45 in the lunchroom G. Tryouts will start at 3:45 in the lunchroom. No one is allowed to speak to or see any candidate for any reason. H. After the judges have made their final decisions scores will be posted on the lunchroom window at which time you may return to the school to see if you have made it. Scores will not be posted until everyone is off campus. I. Candidates must wear a white T-shirt (no logo) and black shorts (no logo), white socks, and plain white tennis shoes (no logo) at tryouts. NO JEWERLY (EARRINGS, RINGS, BRACLETS, NECKLACES, OR BELLY BUTTON RINGS), LONG OR FAKE NAILS, OR GLITTER IS TO BE WORN AT CLINIC OR TRYOUTS. LONG HAIR MUST BE SECURED ABOVE THE SHOULDERS.
DEMERITS AND GENERAL RULES FOR RUDD MIDDLE SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS
Cheerleaders will be given demerits or physical exercise for the offenses listed below. The sponsor shall have the final say in assigning demerits. Demerits may be given for offenses not listed below that are judged to be inappropriate by the sponsor and approved by the administration. Each cheerleader and parent should familiarize him/herself with the Rudd Middle School Cheerleading Demerit System. The cheerleader and parent should keep a copy for periodical review. ***Each time a cheerleader accumulates 10 demerits, he/she will not be allowed to cheer at the next scheduled event. After a total of 15 demerits, squad members will be benched for two games. When squad members are benched, they are to be in full uniform and seated by the sponsor. Failure to follow the benching guidelines will result in automatic dismissal. Once a squad member receives a total of 15 demerits a meeting will occur with the sponsor, administrator, cheerleader, and parent. An accumulation of 20 demerits will result in immediate dismissal from the squad.*** BEHAVIOR AND RESPONSIBILITES: A. Follow all school rules as defined in the Jefferson County Code of Conduct. Commission of Class II or Class III as defined by the Jefferson County Code of Conduct can be cause for dismissal. Class II offenses that do not result in dismissal can result in a period of suspension from the team. The sponsors in conjunction with the administration will determine the length of the suspension. B. Exhibit good sportsmanship. C. Cooperate with and show respect to the sponsors and squad leaders. D. Maintain privacy of all squad information meant for the squad only. E. Must be able to accept constructive criticism from the sponsor, squad members, faculty and staff, and students. F. Be respectful to all teachers and staff at Rudd Middle School. G. Not display undesirable emotions such as rage or anger. H. Be honest and truthful at all times. I. Turn in all forms and monies on time. J. Not carry on personal conservation with spectators or other cheerleaders during a cheering session. K. Be in position and ready to cheer 45 minutes before the beginning on an event. L. Be back in position 2 minutes prior to the end of halftime activities. M. Personally see the sponsor before leaving an event N. Inform the sponsor if you are not going to be at practice or at a cheering event. The following behaviors are prohibited: 1. Use of profanity. 2. Eating and drinking during an event. 3. Chewing gum or eating candy at practices or performances. 4. Public displays of affection while in uniform.
RUDD MIDDLE SCHOOL CHEERLEADING DEMERIT SYSTEM
OFFENSES Arriving late to a practice or game Wearing jewelry, long or acrylic nails, or polish Hair styled inappropriately for game/practice Returning to position late after half-time activity Not wearing proper uniform or practice clothes Chewing gum or eating candy Missing pieces or inappropriate uniform at game or practice Eating or drinking during an event Unexcused absence Leaving practices or games early without prior approval Failure to meet deadline for turning in monies, forms, etc. Missed practice or game without prior approval or excuse (summer or school year) Use of profanity at any time Class or teacher conflict Forgotten props or accessories Disrespect to sponsors or captains Gossip or causing tension among the group Arguing with fellow squad members or sponsor (back talking) Nine-week ―F‖ or ―U‖ in conduct from each teacher DEMERITS/ CONSEQUENCES 1 1 1 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 per ―F‖ or ―U‖ and you will not be allowed to cheer until grades can be checked at the next progress report and the ―F‖ has been brought up 10 10 20 20 25 push-ups and 25 crunches Push-ups or stadiums for each minute
Defiance of any type to sponsors or RMS Facutly In-school suspension or morning/afternoon detention Out of school suspension Smoking, drugs, or drinking---grounds for immediate dismissal from the squad Horseplay at practices or games Arriving late to practice/game Being picked up late after practice/game **Points for violations not listed can be administered at the discretion of the sponsor and or administration. Punishment for Points: 1 pt 4 laps and 4 stairs 2 pt 5 laps and 5 stairs 3 pt 5 laps and 5 stairs and 25 push-ups 4 pt 6 laps and 6 stairs and 50 push-ups 5 pt 6 laps and 6 stairs and 100 push-ups 10 pt sit out one game and pep rally 15 pt 2 week suspension from all activities 20 pt dismissal from the squad
PRACTICES/ATTENDANCE A. Practices will be held regularly as planned by the sponsor. B. Each cheerleader must attend practices unless a doctor’s excuse is presented or if there is a death in the family. C. Each cheerleader shall be allowed three personal leave days per 1 year for other circumstances approved by the sponsor three days prior to the activity to be missed. Personal leave is intended for situations in which there is conflict between a cheering activity and a special or unavoidable occasion that the cheerleader must attend. Personal leave will be granted at the sponsor’s discretion. If you have to schedule doctor’s or dentist appointment for your child please try to schedule them around cheerleading. It is very difficult to have a good practice when squad members are absent from practice. D. Each squad member must attend all summer camps and practices planned for the squad. The sponsor will decide the time and location of camp. Failure to attend will result in dismissal from the squad. E. Cheerleaders should be dressed and in the designated stretching area by the starting time of practice which is 3:00 on Mondays and 3:15 Tuesday-Friday. F. A cheerleader must stay the entire length of a practice session. Missed practices or leaving early will result in demerits. G. Cheerleaders must practice to cheer at games. NO PRACTICE –NO CHEERING. Unless your absence is excused by a doctor you will not cheer at the next game after a missed practice. However, you must attend the game in uniform and sit by the sponsor. H. Outfits will be assigned for practice days. If you are not in the correct uniform demerits will be assigned. I. Any squad member may also participate in other sports or activities. However, the RMS squad must remain the first priority over any other sport or extracurricular activity. APPERANCE/UNIFORMS A. Design and selection of the uniforms will be made by the sponsor and the administration. B. The cheerleader will purchase a maximum of two uniforms. C. All uniform parts will be neat and clean for every performance. Uniforms will be worn properly at all times. If you are missing any part of your uniform at a game/event you will receive demerits and will not be able to perform or participate. You will sit by the sponsor during the game/event. D. To prevent injury, hair that is shoulder length or longer should be put up neatly off their face and shoulders during practice and games. E. No jewelry will be worn at games, practices, or cheerleading events. This includes: belly button rings, tongue rings, studs, cartilage, rings, necklaces, ankle bracelets, chokers, and any other items as specified by the sponsor. If you are told to take off any jewelry you will be given demerits. If you refuse to take off the jewelry you will not be allowed to participate whether it is a game or practice. F. Nail length is only to be to the tip of the finger. No nail polish or acrylic nails will be allowed during practice or events. G. To prevent accidents, cheerleaders will not be allowed to wear lotion during practice, games, or events. H. If there is a male on the squad he shall wear no makeup, fingernail polish, or jewelry. ATTITUDE A. Each cheerleader must maintain a desirable attitude and a spirit of cooperation in ALL CLASSES and with ALL TEACHERS AND FACULTY. B. Each cheerleader must realize the commitment he/she makes to be a school representative when he/she is elected. C. Each cheerleader must maintain privacy of all squad information meant for the squad only. D. Each cheerleader must be able to accept constructive criticism from the sponsor and squad members. E. Each cheerleader is expected to maintain friendships with all squad members. F. A cheerleader should exhibit leadership qualities at all times. G. Good training is important to your health as it is to any other athlete. Each cheerleader must practice regularly. Not showing up for practice is as serious as not showing up for a game. H. Each cheerleader is expected to be a good cheerleader and therefore willing to put in the work and time for the team and school. SUMMER CAMP AND PERFORMANCES A. Cheerleaders will be required to attend a four-day cheerleading camp as selected by the sponsor. Summer camp will take place at the University of Alabama or Auburn University. It will be at the end of May or the beginning of June. B. Cheerleaders will be required to attend all practices deemed necessary by the sponsor prior to camp and preceding camp. C. Parents are allowed to attend the first night of camp to watch the dance competition and the final day of camp to see the final competition. GAMES, PEP RALLIES, TRIPS, ATHLETIC EVENTS A. Cheerleaders shall perform at all pep rallies and games, both home and away that are deemed appropriate by the sponsor. B. Transportation is according the Jefferson County Board of Education policy. C. A cheerleader will not be allowed to leave his/her position at the game/event without permission from the sponsor.
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All cheerleaders must arrive 45 minutes prior to the game/event starting to allow for time to warm-up and prepare for the game. Tardiness will result in demerits. A cheerleader may not chew gum or eat candy during cheerleading events or games. A cheerleader will not be allowed to carry on personal conservation with spectators or other cheerleaders during a cheering session. All cheerleaders must be in position; ready to cheer when the event begins. They must also be back in their position 2 minutes prior to the end of halftime activities. Cheerleaders will not be allowed to cheer if absent from school or if he/she checks out before 11:30 or checks in after 11:30 the day of the game/event.
FINANCES AND FUNDRAISING A. All members must participate in fundraising events. A fair percentage of the fundraiser may be donated rather than selling items. Monies must be turned in on time. B. All projects sponsored and conducted by the cheerleaders will go toward camp and squad supplies. Fundraisers will not pay for uniforms. C. Fundraisers only pay for cheerleaders. They will not pay for family expenses to any event. D. Each cheerleader will support all fundraiser and projects. Each cheerleader must raise the predetermined fair-share amount or pay the difference. E. If a cheerleader is deemed ineligible or is dismissed from the squad for any reason, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to fulfill any outstanding financial obligations. Monies collected prior to dismissal or resignation WILL NOT BE REFUNDED. F. Estimated cost for cheerleading: ITEM COST Two Uniforms 300.00 Bloomers/Body Suit 35.00 Cheer Shoes 85.00 Camp Clothes 250.00 Summer Camp 300.00 Warm Up 200.00 Sweat Shirt 30.00 Cheer Bag 40.00 Poms 30.00 T-shirts 30.00 Miscellaneous 200.00 TOTAL $1500.00 **This is just an estimation. Some costs may be more or less. Cheerleading is very expensive and time consuming. If you are not willing to accept this responsibility do not tryout. RULES, REGULATIONS, AND RESPONSIBILITES A cheerleader must abide by all parts of this constitution and be willing to meet all cheerleading expenses. All cheerleaders must attend summer camp. It is a requirement that all cheerleaders have school insurance or some other form of insurance/accident policy. A copy of the cheerleader’s insurance carrier’s name and policy number or proof in insurance is to be given to the sponsor to be kept on file. RESPONSIBILITY OF PARENTS Parents of cheerleaders have a responsibility to the school by virtue of the fact that their child is a member of the school’s squad. Parents should serve as a silent support group to assist the entire squad to accomplish its purpose. Specific activities of support would include, but are not limited to, the following: A. Volunteer your services to the sponsor and squad. B. Provide required apparel and accessories on time. C. Provide required monies by specific due dates. D. Provide transportation to arrive and depart any event on time. E. Practice good sportsmanship standards as spectators and parents. F. Assume responsibility for your child’s attendance and punctuality at all practices, games and performances. G. Promote an education outlook with high expectations of grades and acceptable conduct in all subjects. Approved: _________________________ Susan Whitehurst, Principal ______________________________ Dana Davis, Sponsor