The purpose of Norwalk Junior Cheer is to teach aspiring cheerleaders entering the 1st grade through the 8th grade the fundamentals of cheerleading in a safe and healthy environment that also stresses great sportsmanship, teamwork, responsibility and respect. We strive to build character and self confidence as well as teaching them the importance of physical fitness and most importantly we want the cheerleaders to have fun!
Norwalk Junior Cheerleading operates solely on volunteer hours donated by adult advisors, coaches, and parents.
Parents must be prompt in dropping off and picking up children from practices and games. Late pickups are an imposition. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you will be considered in violation of this rule. If this happens more than twice, your child will be subjected to further discipline or dismissal from the team.
All participants are expected to conduct themselves with good manners, respect, and exhibit good sportsmanship at all times. Profanity and disrespectful and/or aggressive actions will not be tolerated and are grounds for dismissal from the team.
PRACTICE AND GAMES:
Cheerleading will begin holding practices starting Monday, August 3,2015. They will be held Monday through Friday evening at [location to be determined] from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm until school starts. Participants are expected to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to practice.
Attendance is extremely important. Ten practices are required before a cheerleader can cheer at a game. This is a minimum requirement and does not reflect on the actual time required to prepare an individual player or team for the games and competition. It is imperative to emphasize the importance of pre-season practices. In addition to conditioning requirements placed on the program by National rules, instruction of the basic fundamentals is provided at this time. If extended absenteeism occurs, it may have a significant effect on the game/competition readiness and cheering time of a participant. In addition to conditioning and learning sideline cheers, the cheerleaders will begin learning their competition routine. If your child will be absent, you must notify their head coach. In keeping with the team concept and physical demands of the sport, consistent attendance at summer practices cannot be overemphasized.
During the season, once school begins, practices will generally be two or three nights a week (practice times is based on team). Prior to competition, an additional practice may be added.
Practice is mandatory. If a cheerleader misses one practice during the week without notifying the coach, the child may not be able to cheer at that week’s game. This is at the discretion of the coach.
If a cheerleader misses two or more practices in a week, the child will not be allowed to cheer at that week’s game. Please notify the coach of all absences, religious, family commitments, school related or illnesses for all practices and games.
All cheerleaders must cheer at football games to be eligible to participate in competitions. If a participant has more than 2 unexcused absences, they will not be allowed to compete. Participation in another sport/activity does not constitute an excused absence.