CCHS CHEERLEADING CONTRACT
- Promote and uphold school spirit, unity and pride
- Represent the school to the highest degree
- Set an example of good behavior and sportsmanship at all times (in uniform or not)
- Promote friendship with each other and with schools whom we compete, perform and go to camp with
- Promote the development of lifelong values and skills
CCHS Cheer Program Rules and Regulations
Cheerleaders understand that teamwork and the maintenance of discipline is the key to success of the spirit of the program. Cheerleaders are dedicated to promoting spirit, enthusiasm, and positive winning attitude through example. Adherence to the Cheer Program rules and regulations is vital to achieve goals. All members realize that the manner, in which they conduct themselves in or out of uniform, directly reflects on the entire team, squad, and school.
It is recognized that these rules and regulations are necessary to maintain morale, discipline, and effective learning. Consistent enforcement of these rules and regulations is also necessary to ensure the safety and general well being of each individual spirit leader. Participation in spirit leading is voluntary not mandatory. It is a privilege not a right and may be revoked by the school personnel when a spirit leader violates rules and regulations. CCHS/IHSSA by-laws as outlined in the student handbook and NFHS SPIRIT rules apply first and foremost.
- All cheerleading candidates and parents must sign a contract stating that they agree to and are aware of the amount of time, expense, commitment and responsibility required and expected.
- Please read the CCHS student handbook for athletic eligibility as these rules take precedence.
- Junior Varsity squad can consist of students entering the 9th, 10th, and 11th grade
- Varsity Squad can consist of girls entering the 10th, 11th and 12th grade
- Varsity Squad Winter Season can consist of girls entering the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade
- By being a part of the cheerleading squad, you are accepting the fact that your actions are more prominent then those not associated with such an activity. Exemplary behavior is mandatory at all times, anywhere in the community and at all school functions where you are recognized as a representative of CCHS.
- Promoting good sportsmanship by way of example is required at all times. Members must not use foul language at activities, in school, at games, or camps, etc.
- Excessive public displays of affection are never considered appropriate but especially in uniform, at games, in school, around the community and on social media.
- Due to social media your presence can be seen everywhere.
- Proper appearance is required at all times.
- Members must cooperate with all faculty members, squad members, game officials, and coaches.
- Cheerleaders must display proper behavior in class. This includes; being on time, not skipping and not cheating.
- Every attempt will be made to discipline fairly/equally, and to make consequences of actions known ahead of time. Parents will be kept informed of problem situations. Severity of, or repeated offenses may dictate harsher action.
- Set aside your personal differences for the benefit of the squad and school.
Cheerleading is unlike any other sport. We do not have substitute members when needed. We have no room for substitutions so you being present is very important. Illness or other extreme emergencies are the only valid reason for missing practices and games.
- One person being absent affects the entire squad. It is important not to inconvenience the practice time of the entire squad by being absent. Absences should be avoided when possible
- Absences will be excused in the event of a personal illness with dr. excuse, a school or function planed ahead, family emergency, or death of a family member. Family vacation will be excused if planned and scheduled ahead with coaches at least 2 weeks prior to the vacation.
- Absences due to work schedules are unexcused. Jobs must work around the cheer schedule.
- Attendance at a game or practice without proper shoes, clothes or uniform will be considered an absence.
- Cheerleaders need to schedule appointments around the cheer schedule and coaches need to be notified ahead of time.
- Again if you are going to be late or miss a practice/game you need to give two weeks notice.
- Absences will be reviewed on an individual basis.
- Football Practice Absences: failure to provide 2 weeks notice will result in the cheerleader being benched the first quarter of the following game.
- Basketball Practice Absences: failure to provide 2 weeks notice will result in the cheerleader being benched line up, school song, and first quarter of the following game.
- Football and Basketball game absences: failure to provide 2 weeks notice will result in being benched the entire game following the missed game.
Safety is our first priority. No excessive horse-playing. Never stunt or tumble when a coach isn’t present.
All games are mandatory for which you are assigned.
- JV Fall – All home JV football games. All home varsity games
- JV Winter – All home boys and girls JV basketball games. All home boys and girls varsity games.
- Varsity Fall – All home and away varsity football games. All JV home games.
- Varsity Winter – All home boys and girls basketball games, away boys and girls county games and all home JV boys and girls basketball games.
You are one of the only athletes that take a uniform home. Don’t abuse this privilege or it will be taken away. Uniforms are provided by the school and must be cared for properly. DO NOT DRY CLEAN. Machine wash in cold water, hang to dry. Uniforms, crops, and briefs must be washed after every game. All spirit squad members must have the same uniform look.
- All safety rules of the National Federation of State High School Assn. and The Indiana Cheerleading Association are enforced and followed at our practices and games.
- Cheerleaders are responsible for a certain amount of their own safety and protection during practices and games. Wraps, braces, or tapes are to be worn when needed.
- There can be a maximum of 16 spots on JV and 16 spots on varsity. Not all spots must be filled. This is to prevent minimal injuries, liability and to be able to mentor and coach to the best of our ability.
- To make the varsity squad you must have a minimum of a backhand spring and/or round off backhand spring.
- Letters and numerals (provided by the athletic department) and Chevrons (provided by the coach)
- Freshman may earn numerals for participating in full season as indicated by the Student Athletic Rules.
- JV may earn a small junior varsity C for participating in a full season as indicated by the Student Athletic Rules.
- Varsity may earn a large varsity C for participating in in a full season as indicated by the Student Athletic Rules.
- Please take into consideration the long standing tradition and well-earned privilege of wearing a varsity letter
- Chevrons are given for each season you letter in varsity.
- It is recommended and respected that only varsity team members wear a letterman jacket.
- Season Awards – four to six awards are presented by the coach to each squad for each season. These generally vary each season.
- Eleanor Gall award is presented at the Honor Convocation in May. Eleanor was a JV cheerleader when she was taken from this world. Her parents started this award in her memory.
- This award is given to an outstanding cheerleader each year in memory of Eleanor Gall. The recipient of this award should have the following qualifications:
- Be a member of the Varsity or JV Squad
- Show good technique in the execution of yells
- Show excitement and enthusiasm in executing yells and working with an audience
- Show good sportsmanship and attitude at all times and help promote the same
- Be cooperative in planning and carrying out plans
- Be of good moral standing
- Rank in the top half of their class
It is imperative that football cheerleaders attend and participate in ALL summer activities and events including camp, clinics, fundraisers and assemblies.
FINANCES – CHEERLEADING PROGRAM FINANCES
Fundraisers performed by the cheerleaders support the Cheerleading Fund. This fund is used to pay for supplies, transportation fees, decorations, poster boards, markers, tape, parties, and gifts, awards, and miscellaneous expenses.
- Cheerleading uniforms are provided by the Athletic Department and replaced as needed.
- Shoes, crops, socks, briefs, hair bows, and camp clothes are all at the expense of the cheerleader.
- Also camp costs and clinics are the responsibility of the cheerleader.
- At the expense of the boosters, sometimes they do fundraisers for camp also.
Camp: $300-$400 / Three night four day camp with UCA (summer/fall only)
Shoes: $60 - $90 / New shoes (winter only)
Summer Clothes: $100-$170 (summer/fall only) / ordered through Varsity Spirit Wear
Socks: Purchased on your own - white hidden socks only.
Bows: $10 - $15 / ordered through Varsity Spirit Wear
Crops: $40.00 - $55.00 / ordered through Varsity Spirit Wear
Briefs: $20.00 - $25.00 / ordered through Varsity Spirit Wear
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