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					Skyline Spartan Cheerleading




   Program Guide 2009-2010
                                                                 Table of Contents

I.      Introduction Letter ......................................................................................................... 2

II.     Program Philosophy ...................................................................................................... 3

III.    Tryouts ........................................................................................................................... 3

IV.     09-10 Schedule and Commitment Expectations .......................................................... 4

V.      Costs ............................................................................................................................... 5

VI.     Discipline ...................................................................................................................... 6

VII.    Team Leadership .......................................................................................................... 7

VIII.   Parent Leadership .......................................................................................................... 8

IX.     Signature Page ............................................................................................................... 9




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1. Introduction Letter

        March 2009:

        Dear Students and Parents:

        Thank you for considering the SHS Cheerleading Program. High school athletics and activities
        can enhance the academic experience and allow individuals to further enhance their skills,
        challenge themselves mentally and physically, develop leadership abilities and foster life-long
        friendships.

        The SHS Cheer Program exists to support school athletics and to accomplish the programs own
        athletic and competitive goals. This can make a cheerleaders life very busy as the student will
        have commitments for camp, practice, games, tumbling, and competitions. Individuals trying out
        should seriously consider their academic load other sports or activities, jobs or volunteer work,
        and family and religious commitments. Even one person missing from a cheer activity can
        jeopardizes the squad’s success for the day. However, while the commitment level is demanding
        at times, cheerleaders feel a sense of pride and unity cheering for their school and are always
        amazed to see their skill level improvement by the end of their competition season.

        This is my fourth year as Skyline Cheerleading Program Head and I am excited and ready to
        continue the journey. Throughout this year, I will continue to work with both the Silver and
        Green squads. I also have an incredible assistant, Kasey Johansen, who will work with me to
        further develop the program and the athletes. We also utilize the outstanding talents of the South
        Elite All Star Program for all our tumbling, camp, and choreography needs. Additionally, I am
        also on the board of the Washington State Cheer Coaches Association where I am the Executive
        Director of High School Cheer, helping local high school coaches build their cheer programs,
        answer questions, and promote cheerleading in Washington State. I am a Head Performance and
        Safety Technical Judge and the Co-President and Judges Coordinator for the Washington State
        Cheer Coaches Association. I have also coached at the all-star level. Not only do I work with the
        cheerleaders at SHS, but I am also a Business and Marketing Teacher with a Masters in
        Education and co-advisor of the nationally recognized Skyline DECA Program.

        This year, I want to continue to raise the spirit level at Skyline High School with more tumbling
        and stunting during games, increased crowd involvement chants, and dynamic assembly
        performances. Additionally, I want all athletes to feel recognized and supported by the program.
        Finally, competitions will be a place where we can exhibit our skills and work towards a 2010
        WIAA State Cheerleading Championship for both squads and a chance at national ranking for the
        Green Squad at the 2010 UCA National High School Cheerleading Championships in Orlando,
        Florida.

        I want this to be a positive experience for your family that you will look back and remember
        fondly. Please let me know if you have questions at anytime. I look forward to working with you
        and your family.

        Cheers!



        Stephania Lemeshko
        SHS Cheerleading Program Head


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II. Program Philosophy

         Skyline Cheer exists to:

                  a.   Promote school spirit and recognize high school athletics
                  b.   Serve the cheerleaders, the school, and the community
                  c.   Instill commitment, time management, and team work
                  d.   Develop cheerleading skill and technique
                  e.   Challenge the body and mind in competitive venues
                  f.   Foster life-long relationships

III. Tryouts (please see tryout packet for detailed information)
I.       Eligibility:
         a. Must be a current Skyline student in the Fall of 2009
         b. Must have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 with no D’s or F’s.
         c. Grades 10-12th are eligible for either the Green or Silver squads, both of which are varsity
         d. All forms must by submitted by the due date

II.      Squad size is determined by the coach and based on the skill and talent of the athletes.

III.     Judging
         a. Tryouts are judged by a panel of cheer, dance and gymnastics experts. Coaches facilitate the process
         b. Tryout consists of clinic tryout cheer, tryout dance, original cheer, tumbling, jumps, rallying,
             showmanship, and overall impression. Males will be asked to demonstrate co-ed stunting skills
         c. Teacher recommendation scores will also be factored in.
         d. In order to make Green, tumbling is recommended but not required. A cheerleader making
             Green that does not currently have a round-off back handspring or a standing back handspring
             must commit to the coach (contract) that they will obtain those skills. Additionally, just because
             a candidate has tumbling, does not mean they will be placed on Green. We are looking for well
             rounded cheerleaders for both squads.
                  For safety reasons, tumbling skill must be demonstrated to one of the coaches and approved
                  during clinics in order to be allowed to perform it at tryouts.
         e. All decisions by the judges are final.
         f. The coaches reserve the right to award points to any cheerleader who for a circumstance beyond
             their control (i.e. a car accident) is unable to perform a skill they have already proven they have to
             one of the Skyline Coaches (Stephania Lemeshko or Kasey Johansen). In case of an extreme
             circumstance, we may accept a video tryout.

IV.      2009-2010 Program Schedule and Time Commitments (see page 4 for detailed schedule and also the
         calendar as an example from last year)
         a. Attendance and participation at the following events is mandatory
                   i. All practices
                  ii. All games
                 iii. Summer camp
                 iv. Tumbling
                  v. Community Service and Fundraising Activities
                 vi. Bonding Nights
         b. As with other teams and organizations, cheer is a commitment! Inability to commit to these activities
             will result in dismissal.
         c. Absences are only acceptable for illness or prearranged activity with the coach. Absences are not
             acceptable for jobs, other school activities, and social occasions.




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V.      Costs
        Cheerleading is expensive and the coaching staff will try to make this program affordable for everyone.
        Both teams will have the same uniform. Uniforms will not change every year, but rather every three to four
        years, and a piece at a time. However, the coach does reserve the right to change a piece of the uniform if
        it did not fit properly when ordered. Also, there is a chance that any of our uniform pieces can be
        discontinued by the supplier at any time. Fundraising will also be discussed later in this packet.

2009-2010 New Member Approx Costs                                     2009-2010 Returnees Approx Costs
Uniform:                                   1,000.00                   Uniform:                      150.00
        Football skirt                                                       Shoes
        Football shell                                                       Camp Shirts
        Football unifit                                                      Pom-poms
        Basketball skirt                                                     Shipping and Tax
        Basketball shell
        Basketball unifit
        Warm-up jacket
        Warm-up pants
        Fleece
        Camp wear
        Shoes
        Briefs (2 pairs)
        Pom-poms
        Bag
        Shipping and Tax
Miscellaneous Uniform Pieces:              100.00                     Miscellaneous Uniform Pieces:      0.00
* Ordered separately                                                  * Unless you need a new bow/makeup
        Cheer Bows 40.00
        Razzle Dazzle Cosmetics 60.00
Camp:                                      70.00                      Camp:                                 70.00
        At South Elite                                                Same
        (170.00 but ASB pays 100.00)
Competition Music and Choreography         150.00                     Competition Music & Chor.           150.00

Competitions:                                 30.00                  Competitions:                          30.00
* The following are not definite
         Competition Dates Not Published yet for 09-10
         This does not include Nationals for Green (approx $1000-$1250 per cheerleader)

Cheer Banquet :                             30.00                     Cheer Banquet:                      30.00
       Trophy’s                                                       Same
       Dinner is separate at 20.00 a person


Total:                                    $1380                                                           $430.00
Deposit May 16                            $300.00                                                         $300.00
Total Due                                 $1,080                                                          $130.00
Balance divided by 11 payments (June-April)
Monthly Cost after Deposit                $98.19                                                          $11.82
Tumbling Cost                             $80.00 per month                                                $80.00
GRAND TOTAL MONTHLY                       $178.19                                                         $91.82


* All costs are WITHOUT FUNDRAISING and we can fundraise as much as the parents and cheerleaders
want to. Box Advertisements can make each cheerleader approximately $1000 towards their personal costs.

*Cost is without Nationals for Green


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VI.   Discipline

      a. Tardiness and Absences
      Cheerleading is a team sport and with even one member absent, the whole squad suffers. In the
      event a cheerleader needs to miss an event the coach must have a parent or guardian email, phone
      call, or letter 24 hours in advance of the absence. In order to keep the whole team accountable,
      the following individual and team system has been put into place.
                 i. Unexcused Tardiness = 1 + minute late
                         1. Whole team runs ½ a mile for each unexcused tardy during that event
                            (practice, game, performance, community service, etc.)
                         2. On the 2nd unexcused tardy the individual receives a parent phone call and is
                            suspended for two weeks
                         3. On the 3rd unexcused tardy the individual is dismissed from the squad
                ii. Unexcused Absences
                         1. Whole teams runs 1 mile for each unexcused absence during the event
                         2. On the 2nd unexcused absence the individual receives a parent phone call and
                            is suspended for two weeks
                         3. On the 3rd unexcused absence the individual is dismissed from the squad

      b. Compliance and Attitude
             i. Coaches’ Directions
                    1. The coach has a specific plan for each practice and often has a vision for the
                        methods used that the cheerleader may not understand, but should always
                        follow. It is acceptable to ask questions in a respectful way. Swearing,
                        complaining, and not cooperating are inappropriate behavior examples. This
                        behavior will result in a parent phone call and a 1 mile individual run.
                    2. On the 2nd parent phone call the individual will be suspended for two weeks
                    3. On the 3rd parent phone call the individual will be dismissed from the squad
            ii. Practice and Game Attire
                    1. At practices cheerleaders should arrive dressed down and ready to go. Hair
                        should be in a pony tail and absolutely no jewelry should be worn. At games
                        the cheerleaders should be dressed in the appropriate uniform, hair NEATLY
                        slicked back, all make-up done and ribbon in. Each individual’s failure to
                        comply will result in a ½ mile run for the whole team at the following
                        practice. This includes failure to bring the necessary uniform pieces.
                    2. On the 4th attire violation the individual receives a parent phone call and is
                        suspended for two weeks
                    3. On the 5th attire violation the individual is dismissed from the squad
      c. Academic Progress
             i. Grade Checks
                    1. Coach will check grades every after major grading periods.
                    2. If a cheerleader drops below a 2.5 or has a D or an F the individual will be
                        suspended until the grades have improved and the current grades are verified
                        by the coach.
      d. Drug and Alcohol Abuse
             i. Any reported and documented drug or alcohol incident will result in immediate
                dismissal from the team.




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VII.   Team Leadership

       a. Captains
       The team will vote on 2-3 captains for each squad who will be responsible for:
                i. Attending all leadership meetings
               ii. Providing feedback from the team
              iii. Taking attendance at each event and knowing where squad members are
              iv. Call chants, cheers, dances at games and performances
               v. Being the example team members (never late, always prepared, willing to take risks,
                   fostering positive attitudes and relationships, etc.)
              vi. Captains are not intended to and will not replace the coach during practice

       b. Squad Leaders
       The squad will vote on 1-2 squad leaders to represent them and who will be responsible for:
                i. Filling in when captains are not available
               ii. Attending all leadership meetings
              iii. Providing feedback from the team
              iv. Being the example team members (never late, always prepared, willing to take risks,
                   fostering positive attitudes and relationships, etc.)
               v. Squad leaders are not captains but student picked representatives and a vital part
                   of the leadership team.

       c. Historians
       The squad will vote on 1-2 individuals to represent them by creating a squad scrapbook and end
       of the year slide show. These individuals will be responsible for:
                 i. Taking pictures at all team events
                ii. Creating a 2006-2007 scrap book for the program
               iii. Creating an end of the year slide show for the banquet
               iv. Update Display Case by the Main Gym
                v. Attending selected leadership meetings

       d. ASB Cheer Liaison
       The coach will select 1 individual to represent the whole squad in the ASB class. This individual
       will be responsible for:
                 i. Enrolling in the ASB Leadership Class
                ii. Keeping the squad updated on assemblies and other relevant ASB and cheer events
               iii. Working to continually improve school spirit
               iv. Fostering positive relationships with the ASB
                v. Attending leadership meetings




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VIII.    Parent Leadership

The Skyline Cheer Program needs parent support to thrive. The first parent meeting will be Tuesday, May 19th at
6:00pm in room 101. During this time the SHS Cheer Boosters 09-10 will be formed. The program is in need of
individuals willing to take on the following roles and responsibilities outlined below. Even if you do not want to be
an officer, please support the boosters in whatever way you can. We will have smaller committees for different
projects.
                                      Tentative SHS Cheer Parent Organization

Office                              Number of People                              Responsibilities
Presidents                                 1-2                                    Oversee Meetings
                                                                                  Cheer Competition Fundraiser
                                                                                            Facility
                                                                                            Judges
                                                                                            Vendors
                                                                                            Food
                                                                                            Awards
                                                                                            Time Schedules
                                                                                            Work Schedule
                                                                                  End of the Year Banquet
                                                                                            Invitations
                                                                                            Facilities
                                                                                            Decorations
                                                                                            Set up
                                                                                            Clean up
                                                                                            Food
                                                                                            Slide-Show
                                                                                            Awards w/Coach

Vice President                               1                                    Fill in for President(s)
                                                                                  Camp Details
                                                                                              Set up
                                                                                              Clean up
                                                                                              Food
                                                                                              Transportation
                                                                                              Awards
                                                                                              Goodie Bags

Secretary                                    1                                    Meeting Notes
                                                                                  Email/ Letter Communication

Treasurer                                    1                                    Camp Food Invoices
                                                                                  Hair Ribbons (online order)
                                                                                  Other non ASB $ needs


Co-Fundraising Chair                         2                                    Fundraisers (mini camp, Jamba, etc.)
                                                                                  Corporate Donations
                                                                                  We Need:
                                                                                  Tumble Trak
                                                                                  Cheese Mats for Tumbling
                                                                                  200-250 towards each cheerleader

Recognition Chair                            1                                    Birthdays
                                                                                  Achievements
                                                                                  School Recognition/Comm
                                                                                  District Recognition/Comm
                                                                                  Local Newspaper




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IX.   Signature Page

                                  Acknowledgement and acceptance of SHS
                                          Cheer Program Guide
                                              2009-2010

      Cheerleader:
              I have attended a meeting where the rules were explained to me in detail, and I’ve spoken
      with the coach/my parents about any concerns I may have related to the terms of this agreement. I
      agree to abide by all terms/conditions previously described for the duration of the 2009-2010
      cheer season.


      ________________________________                          _______________________
      Signature                                                        Date




      Parent/Guardian:
              I have read the SHS Cheer rules and guidelines, and have discussed any
      concerns/questions with my child and the coach. I agree to support all of the terms/conditions set
      fourth by these terms and guidelines.


      ________________________________                          _______________________
      Signature                                                        Date


              If you have any concerns and/or questions regarding the Skyline Cheer Program, please
      contact the coaches to discuss the circumstances directly.

      Stephania Lemeshko
      425-478-5938 cell
      425-392-5188 home

      Kasey Johansen
      425-770-7011 cell




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