Cheerleaders ARE athletes!
CHEER REGISTRATION & UNIFORM FITTING
New this season: Cheerleaders will now be required to have a physical completed by a physician (similar to what football has always done)
Cheer Registration will begin on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 10am. Please register your daughter ONLINE prior to attending the uniform fitting. Register HERE
Our FINAL cheer fitting will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2020 from 5pm – 8pm at the George Pierce Park Community Center. Please register your daughter ONLINE prior to attending the uniform fitting. Register HERE. Please note: Registration for cheer will CLOSE for the 2020 season at the end of May.
Cheerleaders may register online. HERE
|First Child||$270.00 + Uniform*|
|Second Child||$245.00 + Uniform*|
|Third Child||$220.00 + Uniform*|
|Fourth Child||Free + Uniform*|
*$270 is the cost of all mandatory items. Items include: shell, skirt, red bloomers, white liner, red and white poms poms and Varsity shoes. Warm up may be purchased at an additional cost but is not mandatory. Uniforms will be mailed to you with the exception of the shell and skirt. Those items will be sent to the Cheer Director. They will be available for pick up at evaluations.
Contact Jill Balmes at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
UNIFORM PICKUP, EVALUATIONS, & SQUAD PLACEMENT
(2020 DATE TBD)
Uniform pickup and evaluations will be held on Wednesday, July 17 in the NGHS Theater from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Cheerleaders will be placed on a squad done by a draft per GFL rules. You are welcome to make requests but NGFA CAN NOT guarantee any squad placement requests. All Cheerleaders will be picking up the shell and skirt portion of their uniform, along with their camp wear on this night.
CHEER CAMP & STUNT CLINIC
Cheer camp will be held on July 20th – July 23rd at NGHS from 5:30-8:00pm. Parents will need to bring cheerleaders to the cafeteria/Commons area for camp. Please schedule vacations prior to this very important week.
Stunt clinics will be held on Monday, August 10th at 5:30pm. All cheerleaders MUST attend a mandatory stunt clinic. Per GFL rules and for the safety of all cheerleaders, grades 1-8 must attend the stunt clinic to be able to participate in any stunting for the 2020 cheer season.
As with any and all sports, it is important for your child to be at ALL practices unless excused prior to or ill. It only takes one cheerleader being absent to disrupt an entire stunt, half time or cheer off practice. Practice times will be determined by your coach but standard practices are held for 1.5 hours once school starts on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. 8th grade which will practice for 2 hours Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. After school practices will be 5:45-7:15 for grades 1-5 and 7:15-8:45 for 6-7th grade and 7:00-9:00 for all 8th graders. Once school starts, grades 1-8 may practice no more than three times per week.
Games will be held on Saturdays. Games will be held at parks all over Gwinnett County. GFL does not guarantee any home games. Schedules will be made by GFL and will be sent to you as soon as your coach has them. It is not unusual for game schedules to not be available until the week of the 1st game. Girls must be in full dress for all games. Cheerleaders are to arrive 30 min prior to their game start time. Games will be scheduled for Labor Day weekend, as well as the weekend of Fall Break.
Cheer Off is Sunday, Oct 6th at the Infinite Energy Arena. This is an exciting opportunity for the squads to go in front of judges and compete with other squads and associations. They will be performing a routine not to exceed 2 min. All of North Gwinnett squads will be participating in Cheer Off. Some cheer off practices may take place at a private gym and is to be determined by your coach and approved by the NGFA Board and Cheer Director. Squads in your child’s age group, per GFL, will be combining and other coaches will be working with your child. All of NGFA coaches have passed a background check and have been approved by the board to work with your child. It is important that if your child is going to be out of town or wishes to not compete in Cheer Off that your coach is informed NO LATER than the 1st week of practice! Missed practices/tardies may result in nonparticipation. The girls and coaches will have worked extremely hard on their routine- this is a great time to appreciate and recognize ALL of their hard work.
As already stated, it is very important for your child to be at all practices/camp/games unless excused. It is our goal that we build confidence in our cheerleaders. Missed practices means the entire squad is unable to perform the part that the missed participant is in. In addition, the absent cheerleader also must catch up to the rest of the girls when she returns as they are learning new techniques and cheers at every practice. With consistent practices the girls will develop confidence to cheer on the sideline, perform their halftime routine and Cheer Off.
Girls must wear weather appropriate clothing to all practices. Shorts should only be rolled one time. Tennis shoes are the only shoes acceptable for practice/games. New cheer shoes should only be worn at games or Cheer Off until after their season is over. Jewelry of any kind may not be worn at practices/games/Cheer Off. Band Aids covering jewelry is not acceptable. Please do not get ears pierced with in a few weeks of cheer season. If a child comes to a practice/game/Cheer Off with jewelry on, the child will not be allowed to participate until the jewelry is removed. Coaches are not responsible for any jewelry removed.
It is important that all restroom breaks are done PRIOR to practices and games. If your child needs to leave a practice or game, an adult must accompany her.
FOOD, GUM AND DRINKS
Food, gum, drinks other than water are not allowed on the field at any time! Fines by GFL may be assessed to the parent or team.Regular sports drinks are allowed at practice as long as it is not on the turf field but gum and food unless authorized by your coach are prohibited at all times.
PARENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE FIELD AND THAT INCLUDES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY PURPOSES. FINES WILL BE GIVEN FOR ANYONE WITH A CAMERA ON THE FIELD.
Parental participation is vital to NGFA and the success of your daughter. Parents will be asked to work gate duty for your daughters squad. Please always support your daughters coach and squad. Coaches through NGFA are volunteers and without all of the wonderful volunteers, NGFA would not be able to reach out to so many great kids. Please always have a positive attitude and know that NGFA has the kids best interest as a priority. Use of foul language at any NGFA function is prohibited and will result in removal. If you have a concern, please inform your coach as soon as possible away from the children. If you feel your concern was not addressed by the coach your next contact person will be a cheer rep that your squad will be assigned. If you still feel that your concern was not addressed, contact the cheer director immediately, Jill Balmes at email@example.com.
Your daughter is going to have a wonderful experience with NGFA. She will gain confidence, learn technique in dance and cheer, make friends and have fun cheering! We are so excited for the 2020 season and can’t wait to get started. GO DAWGS!