BRYAN GOLDEN BEAR
CHEERLEADER RULES & POLICIES
Since participation in cheerleading is a privilege for each girl, it is important that
the students, parents, and interested persons be aware of the necessary rules and
regulations that go with along this Bryan City Schools extracurricular activity.
I. Purpose of Cheerleading
A. To promote and uphold school spirit
B. To develop a sense of good sportsmanship among the students and adults within
the entire school community
C. To try to unify and involve the crowd during any athletic event
II. Grade Requirements
A. Cheerleaders are representatives of Bryan City Schools and as such are required
to maintain high academic standards
B. Student handbook rules will be followed for eligibility in all cheerleading
activities. *ALL high school student-athletes must have a 1.75 GPA and be
passing 5 credits. After the first nine weeks, the GPA requirement is 1.85 while
still passing 5 credits.*
III. Involvement Requirements
A. Emergency medical forms, insurance papers, and physicals MUST be on file for
each cheerleader before the first practice of the season. A physical is only good
for one (1) school year!
B. **In order to participate in any after school activity, students must be signed
in at school by 8:15 A.M. and be there all day.** If an absence occurs on a
Friday, then the student cannot participate in any activities over the weekend.
The exception is if a student has a pre-approved absence (doctor appointment,
funeral, etc.). To have a pre-approved absence, the school must be contacted one
day prior to the appointment or prior to the start of the school day beginning.
IV. Membership Qualifications for Football and Basketball Squads
a. Varsity squad will consist of a maximum of 8 girls and Sure-Win (the mascot)
from the incoming junior and senior classes.
b. Junior Varsity squad will consist of a maximum of 8 girls from the incoming
sophomore and freshman classes.
c. Cheerleaders must have on file with the coach a signed parental consent form and
a personal contract that states both the parents and the cheerleader understand the
rules and obligations with being a Bryan cheerleader. All parents must also attend
a parent meeting set up by the current coach and athletic director.
d. Cheerleaders should be creative, resourceful, have organizing abilities, leadership
skills, and a genuine interest in school spirit.
e. Cheerleaders should have a positive attitude toward all BHS groups, both
athletic and academic. Their “walk and talk” should both reflect this positive
attitude in and out of school.
a. Practices and games set on the monthly calendar are mandatory! All practice
schedules will be made out in advance.
b. The coach will need a note AND/OR a phone call from a parent/guardian when
there is a problem with attending any organized event, activity, or practice. These
notes are preferred in advance of the missed activity not the day of the activity.
c. All cheerleaders must attend all of the scheduled practices by the coach.
It is very difficult for a squad to practice if someone is missing!
d. Summer practices will be set after spring tryouts after a discussion with the new
squads and coach(s). June & July summer practices will be mandatory only to
those on the current competition squad(s).
e. Mandatory football cheerleader practices will begin the first week of August.
f. Mandatory basketball cheerleader practices will begin early November.
g. Any unexcused absence from any practice will result in 5 demerits.
Check the merit/demerit point list for details and explanations.
h. PRACTICE attire: Shirts must be school appropriate and sports bras must be
worn and not seen. Practice shorts do not have to be school appropriate but please
be aware of the length and how they are worn as to not having your stomach seen
when not stretching or moving.
a. Any unexcused absence from a game, organized activity, or event will result
in completing a denial of participation form with the athletic director.
1. First offense: sit out all of the next game
2. Second offense: sit out the next two games
3. Third offense: possible removal from the squad
b. All cheerleaders must be at the home games at the designated times listed on the
monthly calendar or changed by the coach. Generally, this would be about one
hour before the scheduled activity is to begin.
c. Penalties for being late to games OR to practices will be the appropriate
number of demerits OR sitting the number of minutes late.
d. Football: *Varsity will cheer at all Varsity football games, home & away.
Varsity & JV will cheer as one squad for the HOME games. Varsity may perform
the fight song, hello cheer and a variety of cheers without the JV squad.
*Cheering for JV or Freshman games will be determined after football selections.
e. Basketball: Each squad will cheer for their respective team, for example Varsity
will cheer for Varsity. The Varsity & JV squads will perform the player line-up
and team introductions together. Varsity & JV will also cheer together during
time-outs during the varsity games. The JV basketball squad may cheer for some
home freshman basketball games and the freshman tourney.
f. When in attendance at the game and not cheering with your own squad on the
floor or track, the squad will cheer from the stands as a group. At all half-time
breaks during either season, cheerleaders should be in place ready to cheer
with 2:00 minute on the clock——be responsible and watch the clock!!
g. Cheerleaders will conduct themselves in a polite and respectable manner at all
games. This means no booing, obscene gestures, rude comments, etc.
Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated!
VII. Activities and Projects
a. Cheerleaders weekly will be required to do special things for the football and
basketball players such as writing notes of encouragement, making goody bags,
decorating lockers, making house signs, etc. Every girl will be given a certain
number of players at the beginning of each season.
b. ALL cheerleaders shall dress as a squad on certain days of the week. Friday
is Spirit Day! ALL cheerleaders will also dress-up according to school spirit days
during Homecoming or other special weeks during the year. Failure to do so may
result in not being able to cheer in the pep rally, games, etc. connected with these
special dress-up days and/or the appropriate number of responsibility points.
c. Cheerleaders may be required to perform at various competitions when the
opportunity arises and when the majority of the squad is interested in
participating. BHS cheerleaders will participate and be required to attend the
Williams County Cheer Off at the Williams County Fair each September AND
the BHS Cheer Invitational the first weekend in November.
d. Cheerleaders will be required to help with the Junior Cheer Clinic for grades 2-6
in the middle of basketball season as a cheer fundraiser.
a. Squads may attend cheerleading camp for approximately 3-5 days each summer.
This may be away or organized at the school. Camp will be mandatory for all
Varsity and JV squad members. Camp dates will be set after the try-outs for the
next school year.
b. Fundraising activities may be completed to help cover the cost of the each girl’s
camp, but a portion may have to be paid by each individual cheerleader.
a. Cheerleaders must utilize the transportation provided by the school to all
organized away activities. If a parent or legal guardian will be traveling to the
away activity and would like to take their student home with them, the coach
must have a note prior to leaving for the activity. This should be given to the
coach at the beginning of the school day or at practice the day before.
b. Know what time the bus leaves for all away activities! DO NOT MAKE THE
BUS WAIT ON YOU.
c. All cheerleaders will sit in the front seats of the bus when traveling with a coach
or coaches separating the players and cheerleaders. No cheerleaders are to be
communicating or sitting with players in the back of the bus. Punishment for
breaking this rule will be not be allowed to travel and attend the next away
d. Cheerleaders will NEVER be allowed to ride home from away activities with
anyone other than their own parents. Under no circumstances will a cheerleader
be allowed to ride home with a friend or boyfriend from an away activity.
a. All cheerleader uniforms worn by Bryan cheerleaders are the property of Bryan
Athletics. They will be purchased by the school and should be taken care of
properly. Uniforms will consist of: a skirt, shell, hooded jacket, wind pants and a
purple BHS cheer bag. Some years different squads may have more than one
skirt or shell.
b. Any part of the uniform that will be kept by the cheerleader must be paid for by
the cheerleader. Yearly mandatory cheer purchases may include shoes, briefs,
socks, a team t-shirt and pom poms. The squads may also decide on purchasing
others items as a squad.
c. School uniforms are only to be worn in conjunction with school activities.
d. All uniforms must be turned in at the end of the school year or particular season
clean, pressed, and hung up on a hanger. Numbers will be checked with uniforms
to make sure all uniforms are turned in properly! Please do not dry the uniforms
in the dryer—hang to dry after washing. Please spot check for spots from make-
up or the track before washing. These tips will help the uniforms to last longer.
e. Invisible deodorant should be worn with uniforms!
f. NO jewelry or colored nail polish is to be worn while in uniform or cheering.
Nails should be neat and not be longer than the tops of the finger for safety
g. No glitter is to be used ON the uniform but can be worn in hair or on the body.
a. Cheerleaders will be selected during the spring of each school year for the
upcoming seasons. Both football and basketball try-outs will occur at the same time.
b. Cheerleaders will be selected by a panel of 3-5 judges at all levels. Each judge
will have a cheerleading background.
c. Cheerleaders will be judged according to the categories listed on the score sheet.
Those trying out will be shown a copy of the score sheet, so they will know what
is expected of them during the try-outs.
d. Numbers of the cheerleaders placed on the appropriate squads will be selected
by the top scores and the coaches. For example, the top scorers may be placed
on the varsity squad; then the top may be on the JV squad; etc. Choosing the
number of cheerleaders on each squad will depend on how close the scores
are for each particular candidate.
a. Cheerleaders will be selected during the spring of each school year for possible
participation on the Varsity competition squad. Those selected for this group will
be asked to commit to attend all summer practices and to attend any early August
b. Choosing the number of cheerleaders on the competition squad will depend on how
close and the range of the scores for each particular candidate at spring tryouts.
c. Competition cheerleaders will be required to perform at various competitions
when the majority of the squad is interested in participating including the
Williams County Cheer Off in early September.
a. Cheerleaders will be part of the sports award banquet at the end of each season.
b. First time Varsity cheerleaders are eligible for a letter, if not previously received
during another season. After a letter is received, each year of involvement the
student will receive different pins to show participation.
c. Junior Varsity will receive a pin and a participation certificate or class numerals,
if not previously received.
d. Freshman may receive their class numerals, if not previously received in another sport.
e. All or any other awards will be determined by the coach and/or voted on by the squads.
XIV. Rules and Regulations
These are miscellaneous rules other than the ones already mentioned above.
a. Cheerleaders will follow all school rules included in the handbook.
b. While in uniform, cheerleaders should not be seen with boyfriends in the hallways
at school, at games, etc. engaging in inappropriate behavior (PDA).
c. Cheerleaders should never dress in clothing with obscene sayings, alcohol
advertisements, etc. They should be very careful in watching the school dress
code at all times!
d. No gum chewing is allowed in uniform or at practices!
e. Hair is to be kept neat at all times! Medium to long hair must be pulled up
whenever practicing or cheering. When cheering for athletic events it is preferred
that cheerleaders curl or braid longer hair and accent with ribbons and/or bows.
f. No fighting or bickering among squad members! Please discuss any problems
with each other or the coach before things get out of hand.
BRYAN CHEERLEADING MERIT/DEMERIT SYSTEM:
All BHS cheerleaders will be on a merit/demerit system. The coach(es), for the
following reasons, demerits may be given and merits may be earned. Demerits may
be given for other offenses that interfere with practices or games. When a
demerit is recorded, the cheerleader will be notified that day. All merits and/or
demerits will be recorded and dated in a notebook.
Gum/candy/pop at practice OR while cheering in uniform 2 demerits
Wearing jewelry in uniform OR at practice 2 demerits
Late to practice, a game or after half-time during a game 2 demerits
Hair not completely UP for a practice or a game 2 demerits
Forgetting pom poms for a game OR when needed at practice 2 demerits
No shoes at practice OR at a game 2 demerits
No practice clothes 2 demerits
Leaving practice early without prior approval or unexcused 2 demerits
Not dressed as a squad for game days or activities 2 demerits
Negative attitude to others or the coach(es) 3 demerits
UNEXCUSED MISSED PRACTICE 5 demerits
For every 5 demerits received, an individual will need to make all of the demerits up by
earning MERITS. The MERITS will have to be completed OR you will sit for
the 1st and/or 2nd quarter(s) of every game until you have less than 5 demerits.
MERITS can be earned by doing any of the following:
-attending another practice (not required) to help another squad or coaches
-attending a complete middle school practice to teach new material and help out
-helping with the Little Bear cheer program as a coach or assist with material
-making extra signs for the hallway or cafeteria to promote school spirit
*using your own materials
-locker signs for ALL of your squad OR for the middle school cheerleaders
-volunteer to work concessions for any sport you are not cheering for
-volunteer to assist with a home sporting event that you are not cheering for
-make extra signs to be used by the squad when cheering at games
-work an hour or more in the athletic department helping out
In order to get credit for the MERITS, the coach (es) need to be verified that you completed the task
prior the next event you would cheer. If it is not a task the coach (es) are involved in, a note is needed
from the person in charge to explain that you completed the task. If someone accumulates 10 or more
DEMERITS and there has been no attempt to earn any MERITS, the athletic director, the cheerleader
and the parents will be contacted to discuss a denial of participation. Cheerleading, like all other sports
at BHS, is a privilege extended to students and is not a right. That privilege of participation may be
denied as per page 7 of the Athletic Policy Handbook.
BHS Cheerleading Tryouts for the 2007-2008 cheer squads
Grade in 2007-2008: 9 10 11 12
Squads you hope to cheer on next year: Freshman JV Varsity Sure Win
Football Basketball Both seasons Competition: JV/F or Varsity
I have read and understand the rules and consequences in the BHS cheerleading
constitution. I know if I make the cheer squad for the 2007-2008 school year, I will
be asked to follow all the policies and must be able to communicate with the coach
and all squad members any problems or concerns I may have as a BHS cheerleader.
I understand the consequences for missing or being late to practices, activities, or
events. I agree to let the coach know as well in advance as possible if a practice,
activity, or event will be missed for any reason. I also understand there may be
responsibilities not included in the rules that may apply for a BHS cheerleader. Other
responsibilities may be assigned by the coach as needed during the school year (For
example, decorating lockers, pep rallies, fence and wall signs, community service
opportunities, or other activities). In addition, I understand that failing to abide by
any of the rules of this cheerleading squad or student/athlete handbooks may result in
dismissal from the squad.
Please turn in this packet and form with the appropriate signatures at a cheer practice
before tryouts. Please write down any concerns or questions on this form and/or
contact the coach prior to tryouts.
Thanks for your interest in the BHS cheerleading program!!
BHS cheer coach
School # 419.636.6766
Cheerleader’s Signature Date
Parent Signature Date
I have read and understand the rules and consequences for the
2007-2008 Golden Bear cheerleading season. I understand the
consequences for missing or being late to practices, activities, or events.
I agree to let the coach know as well in advance as possible if a practice,
activity, or event will be missed for any reason.
I also understand there may be responsibilities not included in the rules
that may apply to my daughter as a cheerleader. Other responsibilities
may be assigned by the coach as needed during the school year (ex.
decorating lockers, pep rallies, hall signs, etc.)
In addition, I understand that failing to abide by any of the rules of this
cheerleading squad or student/athlete handbooks may result in dismissal
from the squad.
I agree to discuss any problems or concerns with my daughter before
speaking with the coach for any reason. If the coach cannot help with
the matter, I understand my next contact is the athletic director, then the
high school principal.
Cheerleader’s Signature Date
Parent Signature Date