Q. Are there try-outs to be a part of your cheer organization?
A. No. All coaches will work with the team and position them according to skill and effort.
Q: Is there an Age Requirement?
A: Yes. Each division is broken down by ages. AYC Divisions: Tiny Mites: ages 5-7, Division 8: ages 5-8, Division 10: ages 7-10, Division 12: ages 9-12, Division 14: ages 11-14, Division 18: ages 14-18. HBJC divisions will depend on registrations.
Q: What are skill levels for the cheer athletes?
A: The skill level is determined first by Division and then by the head coach's assessment of the team's stunting and tumbling abilities.
White is for beginner skills. Hand supported tumbling allowed. Front and back handsprings not allowed. Stunting up to and including two legged prep level allowed*. No tosses allowed. *Exception-two legged double braced extension allowed in pyramid only.
Red is for standard/intermediate skills. All Divisions can be Red. Tumbling up to and including back handsprings. Extended two legged stunting allowed. Single legged double braced stunts allowed in pyramid only. No tosses allowed.
Blue is for advanced skills. All “no hands” tumbling allowed. One legged extended non braced stunts and basket tosses allowed.
Q: When does the season start?
A: Practice starts the first week in August. The football game schedules & locations are decided by NHYFSC and the XXX for our JV/Varsity teams. Typically the first game is at the end of August, and there are 4 home games and 4 away games during the regular season for each cheer team. The number of games to cheer at depend on the number of football and cheer teams.
Q: What is the Time Commitment?
A: Our cheer season starts end of July and can run into early December depending upon the success of the teams. Practice begins during the last week of July/first week of August. Prior to the start of school, there is a requirement of 10 hours of conditioning for every cheer athlete. Practices will be up to 4 days/week. Once school begins, practice time is decreased to 6 hours a week, 3 days/week. There are 8 games in the regular season, generally starting the last weekend in August. Games are on Saturdays or Sundays depending on the cheer team. The cheer athletes are required to be at the game field one hour prior to game time. If a team makes the playoffs, there are additional games. Of note, cheer competitions fall on Saturdays and the cheer athletes are still required to cheer for their teams on Sunday.
Q. What do we bring for the 1st day?
A. Shorts, t-shirt, tied sneakers, yoga mat or towel, and PLENTY OF WATER.
Q. Where do we practice / what hours?
A. All divisions practice indoors at the beginning of the season. The hours are generally 5:30 to 8:00 depending on the cheer division. In the past years, we utilized HUES and HBMS for indoor practices.
Q. What do the cheer athletes do?
A. Each team has a football team to support. During each game, the squads do sideline cheers, jumps and stunts as well as perform a halftime routine.
Q. How do we measure success of the cheer program?
A. Our success is measured in various ways. In the 6 years of the existence of the cheer program, we have had numerous placements at local competitions to include the tri tournament championship trophy, NH State Champions, NE Regional Champions and National Championship Title Holders. We can truly measure the success of our program by the number of athletes returning each year.
Q: Do you have Summer Cheer Camps/Clinics, how much are they and when are they held?
A: Summer Cheer Clinic / Camp information will be announced as soon as the information becomes available but are usually held in June. Costs vary but each fee usually includes a camp t-shirt and expert instruction.
**Refer to Cheer Handbook for further information which is located under "FORMS AND HANDBOOKS" on this website**