Cactus Shadows High School 2010-2011 CSHS Cheer Constitution PURPOSE: Support athletic teams, uphold school spirit, promote the crowd’s involvement during events and promote pride and image of our school. Develop a good sense of sportsmanship among students as well as uphold the highest in personal standards. Support all football and basketball athletic events. Perform and contribute at school activities and functions. ELIGIBILITY: All members must have a minimum academic GPA of 2.0 on a scale of 4.0 in order to attend cheer tryouts. Members must maintain a 2.0 GPA in order to remain on the team. No semester failures in any course are allowed. If you are ineligible twice during the season or receive a semester grade “F” you can be removed from the squad for the year. For tryouts, you must be passing all classes the semester prior to tryouts. For incoming Freshman if you have a failing grade at semester you will be eligible to tryout; however, if you have a semester “F” at the end of the year you can be immediately removed from the squad. CODE OF CONDUCT: Members of each squad are responsible for knowing all the CSHS cheer expectations and requirements. All squad members are expected to attend summer cheer camp and be available for all summer practices before camp. Cheer camp is scheduled for June 18th through 20th, 2010 at the UCA Master Elite Camp in Flagstaff, Arizona at Northern Arizona University. We will travel as a team via district transportation to the camp. Exception to this rule is another academic responsibility (i.e. summer school, etc.) Each person who makes the squad must have a current physical completed before attending summer camp. Attitude, dedication and enthusiasm are just as important as the physical skills. You should have school spirit and get involved at CSHS. Be friendly, cheerful and always observe the rules of good sportsmanship. You are encouraged to be involved in other activities, but they must come second to CSHS cheer. This includes not leaving practice early or coming late due to an outside activity. You may have a job as long as it does not conflict with cheer practices and games. All members must be good citizens. Any student suspended or expelled from school can (at our discretion) be dropped from the squad. Foul language, smoking, excessive public displays of affection, fighting, poor sportsmanship or disrespectful behavior are unacceptable and subject to team and school disciplinary action. Students may not use or have possession of tobacco, alcohol, narcotics or dangerous drugs. Your behavior must also be a positive reflection of CSHS at all times. You will adhere to the CSHS Athletic Code of Conduct for all athletes; however, the cheer constitution institutes a 30 day suspension for a 1 st offense that includes self- reporting and removal from the squad for a 2nd and final offense. If you do not self-report, your suspension is 60 days. This rule is in effect for the entire duration that you are a CSHS cheerleader. This includes weekends and after school hours. THIS RULE WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED BY THE HEAD COACH, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AND ADMINISTRATION OF CSHS. Members are expected to dress in a neat and modest fashion, following the guidelines of CSHS dress code. You have been selected to be a member of a team with high standards. Your appearance and actions are a reflection of the whole team. Anyone sent home from school for inappropriate dress can be benched. Poor sportsmanship is the worst mistake that we can make in the eyes of our school and the AIA. Never boo a call, taunt a losing team or lead a derogatory cheer. It is our job to discourage bad sportsmanship. Lead a positive chant when the crowd is booing. You must attend school and be in at least four classes on the day of an assembly or game. Assemblies and traveling to games are excused as school business and cannot be counted against you. However, you must make up what you miss! You are required to be at school the entire day before a competition. If you are sick and not in classes on the day of a game, you are ineligible to participate at that game. Members with injuries will dress out and sit with the team. Ineligible athletes are required to attend the game and will sit, in uniform, with the coach. However, if it is an away game and transportation is offered through CCUSD, ineligible athletes CANNOT ride the bus, but are expected to attend via personal transportation. This also pertains to in-state and out-of-state cheer competitions. All members are expected to be at all games. The only acceptable excuse for missing a game is an excused illness or a death in the family. Jobs, babysitting, homework, concerts, etc. are not valid excuses. Any planned family activity such as wedding, anniversaries, etc. should be known well ahead of time. Anyone who makes the squad will be asked to provide a list of planned events immediately that may conflict with practice, football or basketball season. Every attempt will be made to accommodate legitimate excuses. You are expected to participate in ALL group fundraisers (i.e. Sports Program, etc.). There will be other fundraisers that are on a voluntary basis (Gold Canyon Candles, etc.) and those profits will be directly applied towards your personal competition fees. Members will provide their own transportation to home games. School transportation will be provided for away games. Any unauthorized transportation will lead to removal from the squad. In an emergency, a member may leave with a parent or guardian if the coach has been notified. A member may leave with a parent or guardian with written notice given to the athletic director or cheer coach. The coach must converse with the parent or guardian before the member leaves. This is for the safety of the squad member. Open communication needs to be maintained with the coach and within the group. If you have any problems or concerns, you need to communicate them to the coach first. It is detrimental to the whole squad if you complain to other member and parents instead of voicing your concerns with the coach. If another member is unhappy or starts complaining to you, encourage them to talk directly to their coach. Captains and Co-Captains will be named and placed by the Head Coach. All chosen will have specific responsibilities and duties and if they are unable to fulfill these duties to the level expected by the Head Coach, they can and will be replaced mid-season. Tattoos, Body Piercing and Hair Color: Tattoos cannot be visible anywhere on the body when wearing the school issued uniforms, camp clothing or in the required spankies and sports bras. Body piercing are allowed; however, all jewelry has to be removed prior to each practice, game, exhibition or competition. There are no exceptions to this rule. This is sanctioned by the National Federation and AIA rules. Hair color must be of a “natural” color at all times. Temporary color (blue streaks, etc) to display school spirit may be allowed with the prior permission of your coach. As each girl represents the team as a whole both on and off campus, the surfacing of any inappropriate, incriminating, or explicit photographs of any member of the team is grounds for termination based on a case by case basis. This includes but is not limited to drinking alcohol, partaking in other illegal substances, or posing with full or partial nudity. This clause also applies to any written comments on social networking sites or in other public domains. UNIFORMS Uniforms will be purchased by each cheerleader and will remain their personal property. Members will be responsible for additional costs including their own shoes, socks, spankies, sports bra, etc. All uniforms will be kept for a two year cycle. You will be able to sell your uniform at the end of the season if you are graduating, make Varsity, for a cost of about ½ the original purchase price. Any member who quits or is dismissed from the squad has the option to sell the uniform back to the squad if needed by the team. PRACTICE All cheerleaders are to be at practice 15 minutes early, stretched and ready to go when practice starts. Typically practices for Varsity and J.V. begin at 5:30 AM! The J.V. team may have afternoon practices as determined by the JV coach. Members are expected to be attentive and cooperative at practice. The team will follow the instructions of the coach or captain and treat them with respect. You are responsible to attend all practices unless cleared through the coach well in advance; otherwise, it will be considered an unexcused absence. Any member with two unexcused absences can be dismissed from the squad. If you attend school, but are unable to practice because of a medical condition, you must provide a doctor’s written excuse. You will still be expected to attend and watch the practice. Anyone missing school/practice because of illness should call the Head Coach or Assistant Coach that morning. Practice attire must be complete. This is an AIA rule. You will be assigned a practice wear schedule for your specific team and that outfit is to be worn on the specified day. If you lose a shirt or shorts (camp wear) during the course of the year, you will be expected to replace that lost item with new camp wear at your cost). Both squads will be training one day each week at Desert Storm Elite gym in Scottsdale. There we have the equipment and additional coaching staff to work on tumbling and stunting skills in a safe environment. The cost is $47 or $94/month, (depending on the squad) plus a $62.00 annual registration fee. Only activities and practices attended by the coach are sanctioned by the school. All practices must include adequate warm-up time, a safe area to practice in and the following of safety guidelines. All Varsity and J.V. cheerleaders will be required to cheer at all home football and home boys basketball games. The Varsity squad will travel to away football games. PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES Parents will be assigned to work and organize specific committees. Maintain open communication with the coaches at all times. Please go directly to the Head Coach regarding any issue before attempting to involve the Athletic Director or other Administration. Attend parent meetings and participate in fundraising. Always remember that your perspective of practice, routines, etc. may not always be the same as the coaches. We welcome any comments or concerns that you may, but will not make changes to routines, positions or placements of an individual cheerleader based on parent complaints.