2023-2024 BylawsARTICLE ONE: PURPOSE & PHILOSOPHYSection One: PurposeSection Two: PhilosophyARTICLE TWO: RULES, CONDUCT, & DISCIPLINESection One: General RulesSection Two: Conduct & PerformanceSection Three: Social MediaSection Four: Transportation RuleSection Five: Grounds for Suspension and RemovalARTICLE THREE: ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINESSection One: Full-Time Enrollment StatusSection Two: GPA, F’s, and IncompletesSection Three: School AttendanceARTICLE FOUR: TEAM STRUCTURE & DUTIESSection One: Team StructureSection Two: Spirit Cheerleading TeamSection Three: Elite Cheerleading TeamSection Four: Boys Stunt Crew TeamSection Five: Cheerleading CompetitionARTICLE FIVE: TIME COMMITMENT & SCHEDULESection One: Cheer ClassSection Two: Time ManagementSection Three: Attendance PolicySection Four: Tardy PolicySection Five: Truancy PolicySection Six: Cheerleading ScheduleSection Seven: Tumbling LessonsARTICLE SIX: COACH & PARENT ROLESSection One: Roles of Cheer StaffSection Two: Roles of ParentsSection Three: Parent SupportARTICLE SEVEN: HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINESSection One: Health & StrengthSection Two: Stunt Safety ClinicSection Three: InjuriesSection Four: NFHS Spirit Rules of SafetyARTICLE EIGHT: UNIFORM GUIDELINESSection One: Practice UniformSection Two: Game UniformSection Three: School Uniform on Game DaySection Four: Travel UniformSection Five: Loss of UniformARTICLE NINE: FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONSection One: Cheerleading FeesSection Two: Payment ScheduleSection Three: FundraisingSection Four: Loss of Cheerleading FeesARTICLE TEN: TRYOUT INFORMATIONSection One: Tryouts, Part OneSection Two: Tryouts, Part TwoSection Three: Online Tryout Application & Participation FormsSection Four: Tryout Results
ARTICLE ONE: PURPOSE & PHILOSOPHY
Section One: Purpose
The purpose of the Skyridge High School cheerleading program is to support school athletics as well as participate in cheerleading competition at the local, state, and national level.
Section Two: Philosophy
The cheerleading program at Skyridge High School is well-respected and admired due to the behavior and attitude of its participants and coaches, its dedication to school support, and its advanced level of performance. First and foremost, we seek individuals who set a positive example and demonstrate friendship and respect toward fellow students and faculty. These behaviors are vital in obtaining positive interaction with our crowd at sporting events and other functions. Furthermore, we seek individuals that aspire to great levels of performance and work hard to maximize their potential.
The Skyridge High School cheerleading program cannot function unless its members are united with one another and dedicated to the responsibilities outlined in this document. Harmony, hard work, and commitment must exist in order for the program to succeed. It is a great privilege, and not a right, to hold membership on the Skyridge High School cheerleading teams. Members that violate their responsibilities or demonstrate poor conduct will forfeit participation or membership in the program. Cheerleaders are in a position of visibility, and must therefore hold themselves to the highest standards of conduct and performance, both in and out of uniform. If you feel unable to abide by the rules, policies, and procedures outlined in this document, please do not try out.
ARTICLE TWO: RULES, CONDUCT, & DISCIPLINE
Section One: General Rules
- Be in attendance and on time to all functions
- Wear correct uniform at all times
- Work hard and stay on task at all times
- Complete assignments punctually and correctly
- Demonstrate good conduct, positivity, and respect at all times
- Do not bully others in any form as defined by ASD Policy No. 5181
- Wear proper support on injuries and follow doctors’ recommendations
- Follow NFHS Spirit Rules at all times
- Never display poor sportsmanship
- Do not share or post inappropriate, unkind, or unsportsmanlike texts, comments, pictures, or videos on any form of social media
- Do not conduct oneself in an illegal or inappropriate way in or out of uniform
Section Two: Conduct & Performance
Skyridge High School cheer team members are expected to act appropriately at all times. Members should maintain good citizenship in the community, honor school policies, and respect faculty, coaches, teammates, and students. During daily cheer practices and events, members should listen attentively, show enthusiasm, and put forth their very best effort. Personal conflicts must be dealt with outside of the classroom and should not disrupt the unity or flow of team functions. It is the responsibility of each team member to act maturely and deal with problems proactively. Failure to demonstrate respect, cooperation, or good performance effort may result in removal from upcoming games, routines, dances, stunts, etc., and may result in probation and/or dismissal from the team.
Section Three: Social Media
As previously stated, team members must demonstrate respect and good behavior at all times. All interactions, including those on social media, must reflect decency, kindness, and integrity. All texts, comments, photos, and videos shared or posted via Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc. must follow these guidelines. Members that choose to conduct themselves poorly via social media will be subject to disciplinary action and/or dismissal from the team.
Section Four: Transportation Rule
When bus transportation is provided to an event, all members of the cheerleading team are expected to ride on the bus to and from the event. A parent is only allowed to take their daughter home from an event under extenuating circumstances when prior arrangements have been made with a cheer coach in advance.
Section Five: Grounds for Suspension and Removal
It is a privilege, and not a right to hold membership on the Skyridge High School cheerleading teams. Those who choose to conduct themselves poorly will face consequences such as suspension from events or removal from the cheerleading program. A cheerleader may be suspended or removed from the cheer program for offenses that include, but are not limited to:
- Failing to maintain the academic/attendance standards in Article Three
- Failing to maintain the tardiness/attendance standards in Article Five
- Failing to abide by the Social Media standards outlined in Article Two
- Inflicting physical harm on others
- Abusing illegal substances or alcohol
- Taking part in illegal activity
- Engaging in behavior in or out of cheerleading that warrants such discipline as determined by the cheer staff
ARTICLE THREE: ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
Section One: Full-Time Enrollment Status
Cheerleaders and Stunt Crew members must maintain a full-time student enrollment status to participate in the cheerleading program.
Section Two: GPA, F’s, and Incompletes
All cheerleaders must maintain a 3.0 GPA and have no F’s or Incompletes at the end of each quarter.
Section Three: School Attendance
Cheerleaders must be in attendance and on time to all school classes. Truancies are not tolerated. Team members that choose to be truant from school classes may be subject to disciplinary action.
ARTICLE FOUR: TEAM STRUCTURE & DUTIES
Section One: Team Structure
The Skyridge High School cheerleading program is organized into three teams: Spirit, Elite, and Stunt Crew. All three teams may include freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior classmen. After tryouts, new members may be considered for placement throughout the year based on the current status of the program.
Section Two: Spirit Cheerleading Team
The Spirit Team will cheer for the following sports:
- Varsity Home and Away Football
- Some Varsity Home Volleyball
- Varsity Home Girls Basketball and Some Away Girls Basketball
Section Three: Elite Cheerleading Team
The Elite Cheer Team will cheer for the following sports:
- Varsity Home and Away Football
- Some Varsity Home Volleyball
- Varsity Home Boys Basketball and Some Away Boys Basketball
Section Four: Boys Stunt Crew Team
Boys Stunt Crew members will be assigned to either the Elite or Spirit Cheerleading Teams and will support football, volleyball, and basketball teams according to Spirit & Elite assignments.
Section Five: Cheerleading Competition
The Skyridge High School Cheerleading teams are well-recognized, accomplished, and admired in state, regional, and national competition arenas. It is a great honor to represent Skyridge High School in cheerleading competition. The Spirit and Elite teams combine to compete in Crowdleader/Game Day divisions. Both the Spirit and Elite teams will individually compete in their respective show cheer divisions.
SHS cheer team members are not guaranteed participation in competition. We not only seek individuals that aspire to significant levels of performance and skill, but we require members to demonstrate hard work, determination, teamwork, positivity, and adherence to the aforementioned behavioral, academic, and attendance standards in order to participate in competition.
ARTICLE FIVE: TIME COMMITMENT & SCHEDULE
Section One: Cheer Class
During the 2023-2024 school year, cheerleading is a formal class period that takes place A1. Practice will start at 6:00am and run through A1. A formal disclosure document will be distributed at the beginning of the 2023-2024 academic school year, which outlines the process by which grades are determined. Freshman students that attend junior high will be responsible to secure transportation to their home school after A1. Freshman students are also responsible to submit a school-to-school form (complete with cheer coach and administrative signatures) to the Skyridge High School Registrar, as well as arrange A1 availability through their home school counselor.
Section Two: Time Management
Cheerleading is a year-round sport that requires a great deal of time in practice and performance. All Cheer and Stunt Crew members must be extremely organized to balance the demands of cheerleading. Cheerleading activities include practices, games, camps, clinics, fundraisers, assemblies, school events and so forth. Involvement in other clubs, organizations, and activities cannot conflict with the cheerleading schedule. Out of necessity, the tardiness and attendance policies for the cheerleading program are very strict because all members are choreographed into stunt groups and routines.
Section Three: Attendance Policy
When a cheerleader is absent, it practically halts progress for the entire team. As a result, absences are not tolerated. Work schedules, technical training courses, vacations, FSY, TREK, girls camp, hair appointments, medical appointments, driver’s education classes, homework make-up, extracurricular activities, all-star cheer programs, and other functions cannot conflict with the cheerleading schedule. A cheerleader may be temporarily or permanently removed from stunts, routines, and performances due to absences for any reason. Absences are only excused in the case of a death in the family. Other extenuating circumstances will be dealt with on an individual basis. The cheer staff must be made aware of all absences as far in advance as possible. In the event of severe illness, a cheerleader’s parent must contact the cheerleading staff prior to the event (including practice) to excuse the cheerleader from attendance.
During summer practice weeks, absences of any kind are strongly discouraged. Please do not try out if you are not able to honor the spring and summer practice schedule in Article Five, Section Six. During school months, absences will result in grade deductions. Grade points lost for absences cannot be made up. Absences of any kind are detrimental to the entire team so absences may result in being temporarily or permanently removed from stunts, routines, and performances at the discretion of the cheer coaches.
Section Four: Tardy Policy
In order to operate an organized, efficient cheerleading program, members must be on time to all events and cannot leave early.
Section Five: Truancy Policy
Deliberately and blatantly skipping cheer class, practice, or any other cheer event will not be tolerated. Members that choose to be truant from cheer events will be subject to disciplinary action and/or dismissal from the team.
Section Six: Cheerleading Schedule
The following schedule is subject to change.
Mondays (April 10, 17 and May 1, 8, 15); 6:45-9:00pm B Day Mornings 6am-7:30am
April 21; 6:00am
Stunt Safety Clinic:
SYC Camp Fundraiser:
5:00 - 9:00pm
June 12 - 16 June 19-23 July 25 - 28 (Camp) July 31 - August 4 August 7-11
6:00 - 9:00am
Lehi Round-Up Parade:
June 24 (Saturday)
Home Cheer Camp:
A Days; 6:00am through A1 Mondays 6:45-9:00pm Winter Break: Jan 2-5; 6:00-9:00am
Rare occurrence, Scheduled as needed
Games & Events:
2 - 3 nights per week plus some Saturdays November - March
Section Seven: Tumbling Lessons
Tumbling is a significant part of cheerleading. Although tumbling skills are often executed at cheer practices and events, this does not take the place of consistent repetition and technique-focused training. We strongly encourage all team members to enroll in regular, weekly lessons outside of cheer practice to continue progression in the art of tumbling.
ARTICLE SIX: COACH & PARENT ROLES
Section One: Roles of Cheer Staff
The cheerleading coaches are united in purpose and will jointly determine the policies and procedures of the Skyridge High School cheerleading program. Though individual responsibilities are assigned, the coaches represent a united front where all questions and concerns from parents should be directed.
Section Two: Roles of Parents
We encourage all parents to be supportive of the cheerleading program and to promote a positive environment where the objectives of the cheerleading program can be met. Please assist your student-athlete in upholding the rules and expectations outlined in this document. Parents must understand it is not their place nor entitlement to regulate or direct any part of the cheerleading program. As coaches, we are more than happy to discuss your questions, comments, or concerns. At times, serious issues will be discussed by appointment only and may require administrative presence.
Section Three: Parent Support
Parents are vital in boosting our endeavors! As coaches, we can’t do it all. We have big ideas and fun plans, but we need more hands to make the fun extras happen. Our hope is with support and help from equally-invested parents, coaches can focus the majority of their efforts on quality cheerleading instruction while parents assist with the extras that make a big difference. Some of our needs are listed below. Group parent communication will mainly take place through GroupMe.
- Team bonding activities
- Home cheer camp lunches & activities
- Fundraiser facilitation
- Team meals before select football games and cheer competitions
- Locker & bus decorations for important events
- Competition treats & snacks
ARTICLE SEVEN: HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES
Section One: Health & Strength
Members are expected to maintain their health and strength to have the ability to tumble, stunt, and maintain mental focus. Regular conditioning and strength training will be part of the cheer program. If any condition arises (physical, mental, emotional, etc.) that interferes with the safety and function of a cheerleader, proper precautions will be taken to protect the safety of the cheerleader and other team members. If a cheerleader misses vital practices for performance content of any kind due to illness or injury, the cheerleader may be permanently removed from the affected performance content. Note: Please do not try out if existing injuries, diseases, or physical/mental/emotional limitations prohibit you from vigorous exercise, required attendance, or extreme impact due to stunting and tumbling.
Section Two: Stunt Safety Clinic
All Skyridge High School cheerleaders are required to attend the stunting certification course in the spring. UHSAA Risk Management rules do not allow a cheerleader to stunt during the 2023-2024 school year if he/she does not attend the stunt certification clinic. The 2023-2024 mandatory Stunt Safety Clinic will take place: DATE TBA.
Section Three: Injuries
Unfortunately, due to the nature of cheerleading, serious injuries can occur. If a member becomes injured in or out of cheerleading and is unable to train with the cheerleading team, a medical release note must be submitted by a physician to remove the cheerleader from activity and also to clear the cheerleader back into activity. The cheerleader must then prove through conditioning and training that he/she can return to full performance and will remain absent from routines until doing so. A cheerleader absent from vital practices due to illness or injury may be permanently removed from the affected performance content. It is expected the injured cheerleader remain in attendance at all functions, even though participation is limited or prohibited.
Section Four: NFHS Spirit Rules of Safety
All efforts will be made to prevent injuries by following the National Federation of State High School Associations Spirit Rules of Safety.
ARTICLE EIGHT: UNIFORM GUIDELINES
Section One: Practice Uniform
During the 2023-2024 school year, practicewear will be assigned for all practices to create unity and improve the optical landscape for coaches. When Practicewear is not assigned, clothing should be modest, allow movement, and not be overly baggy for safety. Sports bras cannot be worn as tops. Hair must always be secured out of the face before entering practice and cheer shoes must be worn. Nails cannot extend past the end of the fingertip and jewelry cannot be worn. Incorrect practice uniform will result in grade deductions. Lost points cannot be regained.
Section Two: Game Uniform
Game uniform is assigned for each event. White, no- show ankle socks must be worn. Bra straps must never show. Hair must be styled as directed with flyaway pieces secured out of the face. Nails cannot extend past the end of the fingertip and jewelry cannot be worn. No unnatural hair color or extreme hairstyles are allowed. Cheerleaders who do not wear the assigned uniform in its entirety may not be allowed to participate in the associated game or event. Incorrect game uniform will result in grade deductions. Lost points cannot be regained.
Section Three: School Uniform on Game Day
On some game days, cheerleaders will be required to wear assigned clothing to school. Hair may be styled as desired, unless otherwise directed. Cheerleaders who fail to wear the correct spirit gear to school will incur grade deductions. Lost points cannot be regained.
Section Four: Travel Uniform
In an effort to look professional and uniform, cheerleaders must arrive at games and travel on buses in their 2023-2024 cheerleading apparel and cheer shoes. Other articles and accessories should be carried in the designated cheerleading bag. Hair must be styled correctly before loading the bus.
Section Five: Loss of Uniform
Cheerleaders who lose an article of uniform or spirit gear must pay for a replacement piece immediately. The cheerleader may not be allowed to participate in games, performances, and events until the article of clothing is replaced.
ARTICLE NINE: FINANCIAL OBLIGATION
Section One: Cheerleading Fees
- Uniform, Spirit Gear, Summer Fees. Each team member is required to pay $900 toward uniform expenses, spirit gear, and coach summer pay. Payments must be paid on time to place uniform orders. Cheerleaders will not be eligible to participate in most events without required clothing and uniforms. All team members are also required to provide all-white cheer shoes with a low profile sole.
- Participation Fee. A $100.00 participation fee will be charged during school registration for all team members. Funds are used for general cheer expenses such as buses, signs, and supplies.
- Home Cheer Camp & Guest Stunt Instructor. The price of home cheer camp is $ and includes the cost of a guest stunt instructor as well as breakfasts, activities, and transportation.
- Competition Trip Fees. Competition trip fees up to $1000 will be finalized at a parent meeting in the fall.
- Miscellaneous Fees. There may be miscellaneous expenses not included above, but such expenses are optional.
Section Two: Payment Schedule
Home Camp Fees
All fees should be paid at myschoolfees.com.
Section Three: Fundraising
Various fundraisers will take place throughout the year to support the cheer program. Funds raised are used for buses, signs, supplies, competition fees, music, activities, coach pay, additional clothing, tour events, and other various expenses. It is strongly encouraged all cheerleaders participate in fundraising activities, as they will not be entitled to use funds raised without their participation. The following fundraisers will take place throughout the year:
- Skyridge Youth Cheer Camp: June 13th-15th, 5:00-9:00pm
- 3-day cheerleading clinic for 1st - 9th grade Skyridge Youth Cheer teams followed by a football game halftime show performance in the fall
- Mini Cheer Camp: Fall 2023
- 1-day cheerleading clinic for pre-K through 6th grade children, followed by a football game halftime show performance
- The Skyridge Invitational: October 28, 2023
- Cheerleading competition for 1st - 9th grade youth cheerleading teams
Section Four: Loss of Cheerleading Fees
Once uniforms are ordered, any cheerleader who quits before cheer fees are paid in full will still be responsible to pay any uniform and camp costs that are non-refundable. Furthermore, a competition team cheerleader that is unable to attend a trip event due to disciplinary procedures, injury, or any other reason forfeits her fees paid toward the event if refund deadlines are past.
ARTICLE TEN: TRYOUT INFORMATION
Section One: Tryouts, Part One
Just like other sports, the Cheer & Stunt Crew teams will be selected by the cheerleading coaches. Tryouts will be held over the course of three days so coaches can observe participants for several hours. Tryouts are scheduled March 28th, 29th, and 30th in the main gym at Skyridge High School. Tryouts are closed to spectators. Each participant should dress neatly and wear shoes and clothing suitable for athletic activity. Be sure to bring running shoes on March 28th.
On March 28th, participants will take part in a workshop-style event from 6:30-9:00pm, which will focus on conditioning, cheer motions, jumps, and tumbling. Participants will be taught a cheer and motion sequence at the workshop. A tryout dance instructional video will be made available Saturday, March 25th, and must be learned at home before March 28th.
On March 29th, participants will be observed by the coaching staff in small groups of 3-4 participants. Group observations will begin at 4:30pm. Performance times will be assigned by participant number and made available at skyridgecheer.com on March 28th. Female participants will perform tumbling, jumps, splits, backbend bridge, motion sequence, cheer, and dance. Male participants will perform tumbling, jumps, motion sequence, and cheer.
On March 30th, select participants will return for callback evaluations. Callback participant numbers will be made available at skyridgecheer.com on March 29th.
Section Two: Tryouts, Part Two
As coaches we care as much about positive attitudes and good character as we do about cheerleading skills. As part of selecting the Cheer & Stunt Crew teams, we will review the following information about each participant:
- 2022-2023 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Quarter Grades
- 2022-2023 School Attendance
- Online Essays
- 2022-2023 3rd Quarter Teachers’ Recommendations (8)
- Previous Coaches’ or Instructors’ Recommendations (2)
Section Three: Online Tryout Application & Participation Forms
Please visit skyridgecheer.com as soon as possible to begin your tryout application. Once logged in, you will submit basic contact info, upload grades and attendance, enter email addresses for recommendations, answer essay questions, and sign the following forms:
- Bylaws Acceptance Form
- Informed Consent & Acknowledgement Agreement
- Tryout Permission Slip
- Health, Safety & Performance Agreement
- Fee Transparency Form
Your online application must be complete and all recommendations must be received by March 28th in order to try out. Questions regarding the online application process may be sent to [email protected].
Section Four: Tryout Results
Tryout results will be posted Saturday, April 1st, by 6:00pm at skyridgecheer.com. Participants will not be assigned to the Spirit or Elite teams at this time. Team assignments will be determined after time spent together in practice.