NRCA Cheerleading Program Policies
- Glorify Jesus Christ in word and deed.
- Strive for excellence in all cheerleading skills and activities.
- Uplift, encourage, and represent the NRCA athletes and student body as a whole.
Expected Behaviors and Standards
- Academic Requirements- 2.0 GPA
- Must be counted present at school by 10:30 am to attend school practices or games.
- Cooperation with NRCA standards.
- Uphold expectations of the NRCA Cheer Program.
- If for any reason a cheerleader is to be absent or late to practice, he/she is responsible to inform the coach beforehand. If absence or tardiness is unexcused coaches will determine consequences.
- Arrive on time and remain until practice is dismissed.
- Cheerleaders are to wear assigned practice uniform, with bikers and appropriate shoes.
- Long hair is to be in a ponytail with a hair bow, out of the face and off neck.
- All jewelry is to be removed. Please do not get new piercing during the season.
- Nails should be kept trimmed and free of color for competitions.
- Remember personal hygiene.
- Help class is available to cheerleaders on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. A phone call or text to the coach prior to practice and a teacher note to re-enter practice is required.
- Competition practices are mandatory.
- Cheerleading is not to be used as punishment by parents for poor grades, behavioral issues, etc.
- Varsity Game practice is typically Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-5:30 in the Elementary Gym.
- Middle School practice is typically Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-5:30 in Elementary Gym.
- Competition practice will be at NRCA Elementary gym and/or local cheer gym, typically Monday and Wednesday, 3:30-5:30 and some Fridays prior to a competition.
- Coaches must be present for squads to stunt.
- If for any reason a cheerleader is to be absent or late to a game, she is responsible to inform the coach beforehand. If absence or tardiness is unexcused coaches will determine consequences.
- Varsity cheerleaders cheer at home games and some local away games for Varsity Football and Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball.
- Middle School cheerleaders cheer at home games and some local away games for JV Football and Middle School Girls and Boys Basketball.
- Cheerleaders are to arrive 30 minutes prior to game time in full uniform, ready to warm up. If warm ups have begun, cheerleader may be removed from stunting.
- Transportation to local away games is determined by the coach.
- Cheerleaders or their parents are asked to work on behalf of the Booster Club at the gate during both football and basketball season.
- NRCA provides poms, uniform shells and skirts/pants and shirts which should be kept clean and in good repair. Follow care label instructions.
- Uniforms may be altered only by approved means.
- Cheerleaders provide practice clothes, body liners, bikers, sports bra, white socks, cheer shoes, hair bows, bags, and warm ups.
- Lost or damaged uniforms will be replaced at the cheerleaders expense.
- NRCA cheerleaders will attend camp. The location, duration and type of camp will vary to meet individual squad needs.
- Camp clothes will be used for practice uniforms and are the parent’s financial responsibility. Lost clothes are to be replaced by cheerleaders.
- Camps and consultations/critiques are mandatory and are cheerleaders expense.
- The Competition Squad is selected by the Varsity and Middle School Coaches and will be involved in multiple competitions.
- Cheerleaders must attend all competition practices. Missing a practice 2 weeks prior to competition may result in being removed from the routine. It is at the coaches discretion to remove a cheerleader from the routine due to injury.
- Competition cost are parent’s financial responsibility.
- NRCA Competition squads follow safety guidelines as defined by the competitions they attend.
- Cheerleaders adhere to a strict progression of jumps, tumbling and stunting. Only skills that have been successfully performed during practice will be demonstrated in routines and at games.
- Stunting without a coach is prohibited.
- A doctor’s note must accompany an injury that requires a cheerleader from missing practices/games.
- Risk of injury is inherent with athletics. Cheerleaders are athletes.
- Injured cheerleaders are still on the team and are expected to attend all cheer practices and events in proper attire.
- Fundraising opportunities will be offered if parental help is available.
- Fundraising is to be used to offset the cost of our National competition expenses and is optional.
- Cheerleaders who participate in the fundraiser will benefit from them.
- All fundraisers must be approved by NRCA and are optional.
Removal of a cheerleader from a practice, game, competition or squad will be at the coaches’ discretion and can be caused by:
- Tardiness and absences
- Showing disrespect to NRCA, coaches, authority, and the cheerleading policies
- Lettering/Awards are based on attitude, participation, and skill and are determined by the coaches. Awards are not given to those with unexcused absences.