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1. NO JEWELRY except for religious or medical medals, which shall be taped to the body (without a chain) under the
uniform. Jewelry includes rings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, watches and all piercings. All jewelry must be
removed prior to the start of a practice or performance. Piercings may not be taped over; they must be removed. New
piercings during the season are strongly discouraged.
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, it is illegal for any participant to wear
fish line through holes in the navel or other piercings. Tape over earrings and new piercings are also prohibited.
2. Fingernails must not be visible beyond the end of the fingertips to prevent injury during stunting. Andrew Coaches
do not permit artificial nails during the season. If an athlete purchases artificial nails for a special occasion they
must be removed prior to the next practice and/or performance.
3. Hair must always be pulled up in a high ponytail with a bow in and fastened securely. This must be done prior to
arrival at a practice or performance. Bow should be black for practices and white for games.
4. No glitter or stickers at any time. Only temporary tattoos are allowed when the coaches grant permission.
5. You will be given a schedule of practices and performances in advance. Any changes to this schedule will be done as
far in advance as possible. It is your responsibility to work around this schedule. Cheerleaders are typically not
excused unless they are sick or have an emergency.
6. You will be notified in advance of bus times. That means the bus leaves at that time, with or with you. We do not
wait. If you miss the bus you are required to find your own ride with a parent. If you cannot, your absence will be
considered unexcused unless there are extenuating circumstances.
7. Unexcused absences may result in suspension from the next performance. Multiple unexcused absences can also
result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the squad.
8. Multiple excused absences may result in removal from a performance. This is not punishment. We may not be able to
make changes to accommodate a person.
9. Coaches should be notified in advance of scheduled absences and unscheduled absences via their voice mail. If
coaches are not notified of an absence in a timely manner, it is considered unexcused and can result in disciplinary
10. Athletes are responsible for finding out what they missed in the event of an absence. This includes learning new parts
of a routine, obtaining paperwork that was passed out, or general information.
11. Athletes must be in attendance at school for at least four hours to be eligible for that day’s practice or
performance. If an athlete is absent from school the day of a performance he/she will not be allowed to cheer.
12. Athlete’s must also be in attendance and capable of participating at the last practice prior to a performance.
For example, if the last practice of the week is Tuesday and an athlete is absent, he/she may not participate in Friday’s
event. He/she will be required to sit on the sidelines and yell with the team.
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13. You must have a doctor’s note to be excused from any physical requirements required during practice or a
performance. You must have a doctor’s release to return to that activity.
A. If a cheerleader becomes injured during the season, she is required to submit a doctor’s note indicating how long
she is prohibited from cheering. The release must also state an anticipated return date. You will not be allowed to
practice or perform without a release.
B. If you cannot take gym class you are not permitted to cheer.
C. Injured athletes are required to attend all practices and performances.
15. All athletes must have a current physical, updated yearly, to participate. Freshmen entrance physicals may be used as
an athletic physical.
16. Any athlete with any health condition that requires immediate medical attention must notify the coaches of this
condition and the required treatment must be present at all times. For instance, asthmatics MUST bring their inhalers
to each practice, performance or game. Athletes allergic to bee stings MUST have their epinephrine pens at all
outdoor practices/performances. Coaches must have quick access to these treatments at all times.
17. Participants are not permitted to chew gum or have candy in their mouths during practice or performance.
18. No foul language or poor sportsmanship at any time. The National Federation of State High School Associations
defines poor sportsmanship as behavior including, but not limited to:
A. Disrespectfully addressing or contacting an official or gesturing in such a manner as to indicate resentment
B. Using profane or inappropriate language or gestures
C. Baiting or taunting an opponent. NOTE: The NFHS disapproves of any form of taunting which is tended or
designed to embarrass, ridicule or demean others under any circumstances including on the basis of race, religion,
gender, or national origin.
19. No flirting or public displays of affection while in uniform or at school events.
20. Absolutely no smoking, tobacco, drug or alcohol use. Any athlete caught with these items, whether or not they
have been ingested, will be disciplined according to the District 230 drug and alcohol policy. The policy also applies
to an athlete in attendance at a party where these items are present, whether or not they possess or have ingested any
of the above named substances.
21. All athletes are required to be academically eligible at all times.
22. Insubordination can result in suspension or dismissal from the squad, or any other type of progressive discipline the
coaches deem reasonable and appropriate. Examples of insubordination include, but are not limited to, refusal to
follow rules, refusal to perform required elements, gross misconduct, poor sportsmanship, obvious disrespect to the
coaching staff or other school officials, or disregarding your teammates’ safety.
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23. Cheerleaders are to arrive at least 10 minutes before the practice start time to roll out the mats and begin stretching.
Calisthenics will begin when practice time begins. Coaches reserve the right to modify the conditioning program as
24. Cheerleaders must be in proper practice attire. This includes a practice uniform, sports bra, cheer shoes, anklet socks,
and hair in high ponytail with yellow bow.
25. School bags and school books are not permitted in the practice area. Each athlete is provided with a locker in which
to store these items. Only water and medically required items are permitted in the practice area.
26. Coaches will not pick up after the athletes. Except for uniforms, whatever is left in the practice area stays there. If
someone on the squad wished to take something for you, he/she assumes responsibility for that item. If an athlete
leaves a piece of his/her uniform behind, a fine of $5 is assessed before the item is returned.
27. Safety is our FIRST priority, especially while stunting. Failing to observe all safety precautions during a practice or
performance may result in disciplinary action. Coaches reserve the right to administer disciplinary action to
emphasize the absolute importance of safety.
28. Cheerleaders are required to arrive on time and in full uniform/warmup for all events. If you are missing any part of
your uniform you might not be allowed to participate. Your uniform includes a white bow, vest, full body suit, skirt,
boy-cut spankies, sports bra, short socks, shoes, warm-up suit (during outdoor performances) and poms (football
29. For your uniform you will be required to purchase two coach-issued bows, two pairs of socks, maintain one pair of
shoes for competition and one pair for games. Competition shoes are to be worn for competitions ONLY. If any part
of your uniform differs from your squad the whole team will be penalized on the appearance score.
30. Cheerleaders are permitted to take short breaks during halftime. This break time is to be used for washroom use and
water/Gatorade. NO eating shall be done during the halftime. Eating should be done during the opposite game.
Everyone is required to be back on the sideline before the game resumes.
31. If you lose any part of your uniform you will have to replace it at your own expense.
32. You may not borrow other parts of someone’s uniform if you forget it or have misplaced it.
33. At competitions, you may not change out of any part of your uniform until the awards ceremony is over.
34. At home games, the sophomore team will arrive ½ hour prior to game time. The varsity will arrive ½ hour after the
start of the game. During the opposite game, the varsity will sit together and cheer for the sophomore team until the
end of the 3rd quarter; the 4th quarter will be their warm up time. The sophomore team will sit together during the
varsity game and cheer from the beginning of the 2nd quarter until the end of the game.
35. At away-games and performances, each cheerleader must check out with the coaches before leaving. During
that time he/she will be asked to indicate whether he/she will be traveling on the bus or with another individual.
“Other individuals” can only be a parent/guardian over 18, not another high school student, boyfriend or friends.
Sophomore cheerleaders are required to stay for the entire varsity football game, and the entire varsity basketball
Friday night game. They are permitted to leave after half-time on Tuesday night games.
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36. Arrangements for a ride home should be made prior to a practice/performance. We will make every effort to let you
out on time, but you must make every effort to be picked up on time.
37. Tumbling: All varsity cheerleaders are required to have a standing tuck and running back tuck at the time of tryouts,
without a spotter, on the gym floor. Spotters will not be allowed to assist at try-outs for any age group. Tumbling is
worth a significant portion of the try-out score for all age groups. Non-tumblers may not score as high as tumblers.
However, even if you have tumbling, it does not guarantee you a place on the team. We do not hold practice one
night per week so that cheerleaders may seek outside professional training. Classes on other nights are acceptable,
however, if it conflicts with the cheerleading schedule, the cheer event takes precedence. Cheer coaches are not
certified gymnastics trainers and cannot provide an adequate facility or level of expertise required for safe instruction
and training. If at any time a cheerleader’s skill(s) drop below the level exhibited at tryouts, they may be required to
sit out until that skill is attained.
38. Other activities: Cheerleaders are allowed to participate in other activities, however, please be aware that at no time
are they excused from cheerleading for that activity. Any absences resulting from another activity are considered
unexcused. The only exception is when official athletic seasons overlap. Cheerleaders in-season with another sport
should notify coaches and make arrangements immediately.
39. All-Star squad participation is only permitted during the football season. Per IHSA guidelines effective July 1,
2003 any cheerleader may not participate in an all-star program if he/she is also participating in a high school cheer
squad. Cheerleader will have 5 days after tryouts to quit the all-star team.
40. Communication: Cheerleaders will be contacted by their coaches via cell phone from time to time in order to share
pertinent information in a timely manner.
41. Questions/concerns/comments about a decision or policy, or other matters related to cheerleading should be directed
to the coaching staff first. Please contact us before you contact the athletic director or other school official. We will
most likely be able to address your concerns and resolve issues without intervention. If you are not satisfied with the
result of your discussion with the coaches please call the Athletic Director to discuss the situation further. If you are
dissatisfied with the result of your discussion with the Athletic Director please contact the school’s administration to
discuss the situation further.
42. Expenses: Cheerleading is a commitment that not only requires time but the purchase of several items. While we try
to present all costs up front, some incidental items come up. The coaches understand that money does not grow on
trees and if financial arrangements are required, we will confidentially accommodate you in any way we can.
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I have read and reviewed all rules/regulations as stated above and
agree to abide by them at all times.
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