CHEERLEADERS CONSTITUTION Cub Cheer 1 PURPOSE: 1.1 It shall be the purpose of the Cub Cheer to promote and uphold team spirit for those we encounter, to develop good sportsmanship by example, to support good relations in the community and between teams and squads during events. 2 ELIGIBILITY: 2.1 A Cheerleader must support Cub Cheer above all other teams. 2.2 A Cheerleader must be neatly presented, medically fit, and provide necessary district paperwork. 2.3 A Cheerleader must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average during the season and maintain grades of “C” or higher. 3 MEMBERSHIP: 3.1 No tryouts are necessary for membership on the football and basketball cheer squads. 3.2 The entire regular squad or partial squad will cheer at home games and other spirit activities decided by the coach. 3.3 Tryouts will be held for the Competition Squad. All eligible 7th and 8th grade Cub Cheer members are eligible to tryout. 4 ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS: 4.1 All cheerleaders will attend all practices and events, unless pre-approved by the coach. Absenteeism of 3 or more practices per season will result in suspension of cheering. 4.2 All members are encouraged to attend social activities, but are not required to attend. Advance notice of non attendance is required. 4.3 If any other activities or opportunities are chosen by the coach, the coach shall decide if the event is mandatory or optional. Reasonable notice of all such activities/opportunities will be given for mandatory events, and as early as possible for others. 5 FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: 5.1 Each member will be required to purchase certain items of clothing/uniform for hygienic reasons. These are: white crew socks, white cheer shoes, black bloomers and a black mock turtleneck. 5.2 Annual Camp/Clinics: The cheerleader is responsible for the cost of attending. 6 DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF COACHES/MANAGERS: The coach is responsible for: 6.1 Ensuring that squad members are safe, as the top priority at all times, that First Aid is available, and emergency contact list is kept up to date and present at all times. 6.2 Organizing and arranging practice, game and training schedules, equipment, training facilities, and events. 7 SELECTION OF CAPTAINS AND CO-CAPTAINS: 7.1 Cub Cheer will have one Captain and one Co-Captain, one each for the 7th and 8th grades. A majority vote of the squad will decide the positions or at the discretion of the coach. 8 DUTIES OF CAPTAIN: 8.1 Set an example to the rest of the squad by following the rules and regulations of Cub Cheer. The Captain will set an example by doing more than his/her share. 8.2 Be at practice early and start practice on time. 8.3 Assist in setting cheers and chants to be used at games and events. The squad should make suggestions, but the Captains and Coach shall make the decision. 8.4 Act as a peacemaker in case of disagreements. 8.5 Co-ordinate the painting and hanging up of signs. 8.6 Keep the crowd cheering and your cheerleaders in proper formation during games. 8.7 Show no partiality within the squad. 8.8 In the event the Captain is not able to perform his/her duties the Co-captain will do so. 8.9 A Captain or Co-Captain may be asked to step down for failure to abide by the Cheerleaders Constitution. 9 PRACTICE SCHEDULE: 9.1 The practice schedule will be set by the coach, with squad approval. As far as is practical this will be week nights from 3:15-4:30. 9.2 All cheerleaders are required to attend all practice sessions unless valid reasons are notified to the coach prior to the scheduled practice. 10 UNIFORMS & PRACTICE WEAR: 10.1 Uniforms will be provided by the school with the exception of the aforementioned items, white crew socks, white cheer shoes, white bloomers and a black turtleneck. 10.2 Uniform will only be worn for events as designated by the coaches/managers. 10.3 Cheerleaders in uniform or wearing any item of squad or team identification must always conduct themselves in a manner becoming to a Cub Cheer Cheerleader. 10.4 In the even a uniform or part of a uniform (gloves, poms, dance pants, etc.) is not turned in or lost, the Cub Cheer Cheerleader is financially responsible for its replacement. 10.5 Practice wear shall be dark tight fitting shorts and white tops. No jewelry or watches will be worn due to safety reasons. 11 APPEARANCE: 11.1 For safety reasons jewelry or watches will not be worn with uniform or at practice. 11.2 Uniforms must be kept spotless at all times. 11.3 Makeup should be natural and not excessive at games. No glitter or nail polish! 11.4 All hairstyles must be neat and secured up out of the face, not needing attention (combing etc) while performing at practice and games. 11.5 Cheerleaders should look their best at all times, especially when in uniform. 12 CONDUCT: 12.1 Squad members are required to maintain and uphold the reputation of the Cub Cheer Cheerleaders through their own conduct and squad spirit. 12.2 Members are required to be courteous, polite, and friendly. 12.3 All cheers and chants shall be of a positive and sportsmanlike manner. 12.4 Members will make every attempt to ignore or dissuade negative responses at events and not become involved in such action themselves. 13 DISCIPLINARY ACTION: A cheerleader may be suspended from games/events for the following reasons: 13.1 Unexcused absences at practice or events, excessive absence or tardiness at practice or events, failure to cooperate with the coach, failure to abide by squad rules and regulations as stated in this constitution or failure to abide by Moscow School District rules and regulations. 13.2 If grade point average falls below 2.0, a “D” or an “F” in any class, or failure to abide by the Cheerleaders Constitution. A cheerleader may be dismissed from the squad for the following reasons: 13.3 Excessive and irreconcilable disruptive influence on the squad, conduct likely to bring the squad or team reputation into disrepute (such as use of alcohol or drugs), and habitual absences from practice or games.