ARTICLE I - PURPOSE
A. Maintain and promote school spirit through support of athletics and all school organizations.
B. Provide school spirit in conjunction with school activities when requested.
C. Develop in each member such traits as:
5. High standards of conduct and morals
6. Athletic abilities
7. Friendliness among members as a group and other members of similar groups
D. Provide community services to promote school and spirit and community relations.
ARTICLE II- TRYOUT QUALIFICATIONS
A. Grade/Conduct Eligibility: Eligibility for cheerleaders (always denotes cheerleaders and mascots) will follow the grade standard and conduct code as outlined in the current handbook of Northland Secondary Campus.
B. The Candidate Application must be completed by each cheerleader candidate and turned in before the clinic begins.
C. A physical waiver form signed by parent or guardian is necessary prior to the student's participation in the tryout clinic.
D. Student evaluation by current teachers will be required.
E. Proof of enrollment for the upcoming school year will be required before participation in the clinic.
ARTICLE III - TRYOUTS
A. The exact number of each squad will be determined by the natural break.
B. Tryouts will be held during the second semester of the school year. Scoring will be as follows:
Judges = 70; Teacher evaluation = 30. The candidates with the highest composite score will be cheerleaders for the following year.
C. All candidates will be scored by outside judges. Current cheerleaders are not exempt from the tryout process and must be re-elected each year.
D. All cheerleader candidates are required to participate in the clinic, practice sessions, mock election as outlined in the annual tryout information packet. Exceptions need to be sponsor approved.
ARTICLE IV - AFTER ELECTIONS
A. A head cheerleader or co-captain may be chosen by either squad vote or by the sponsor.
B. Uniforms will be ordered as soon as possible following elections. Purchase of uniform and camp and camp clothes is the sole responsibility of each cheerleaders and her family.
C. A cheerleader is required to abide by the constitution immediately upon election.
D. Cheerleaders should be familiar with the constitution, the school rules and guidelines, as stated in the handbook.
ARTICLE V - PRACTICE
A. Practice is required during the summer as well as during the school year.
B. A schedule for summer practice will be developed before the end of me school year. Any conflicts with this schedule due to vacations, etc. should be brought to the sponsor's attention immediately.
C. Only cheerleaders and mascot will attend practice. No parents or visitors please.
D. Appropriate attire should be worn during practice. Cheerleading shoes should be worn at all times.
ARTICLE VI - RULES FOR SUMMER CAMP
A. Summer Camp is required for all cheerleaders and mascots. Exceptions to this rule will be rare.
B. Dates for summer camp will be announced at the time of the orientation meeting before try-outs. You must take camp dates into consideration before you try out.
C. Any group attending camp is representing the school and must act accordingly.
D. Everyone must attend classes and competitions as a group or squad.
ARTICLE VII - GAME AND PEP RALLY RULES
A. These functions are required for all cheerleaders. The only excused absences are those for personal illness, death in the family, or other school-sponsored events. Schedule personal business around these times.
B. When possible, cheerleaders will ride to and from games on school vans or the bus. When other transportation is necessary, sponsor approval and parent permission are required.
C. Cheerleaders are solely responsible for whatever equipment is needed at the game or pep rally and therefore, should have it prepared ahead of time.
D. Cheerleaders must be present and prepared to lead cheers 15 minutes before game time.
E. Permission must be obtained from the sponsor if there is a need to leave the practice or athletic event early.
F. There will be no break during a game unless a sponsor gives permission. Restroom breaks will be observed during half time and before games.
G. While performing, there will no socializing with spectators or other cheerleaders. This includes the use of cell phone.
H. Visiting cheerleading squad will be welcomed and met before the beginning of the each game.
I. Cheerleaders must be present the day of school on game or pep rally day in order to cheer unless special permission is granted. If a cheerleader cheeks out of school with an early dismissal other in illness, she must attend the game but cannot cheer. If the cheerleader is absent all day long she must not attend the game or practice.
J. Cheerleaders may be asked at various times to act as hostesses or guides at school activities. It is considered part of their responsibilities to perform these duties.
K. Cheerleaders will be expected to know the rules and official signals in all sports and be able to lead an appropriate cheer or chant corresponding with the call.
ARTICLE VIII - GROOMING AND BEHAVIOR
1. Anyone who does not wear the proper or complete uniform at any required function will not be allowed to participate unless the uniform can be obtained quickly.
2. No uniform is to be worn at any time other than that chosen by the sponsor. No part of the uniform is to be loaned out to anyone unless approved by the sponsor.
B. While performing, cheerleaders:
1. Will not wear excessive make-up.
2. Will not wear any jewelry.
3. Will wear her hair pulled back out of face.
C. When in uniform or at practice the sponsor will establish appearance guidelines.
D. Gum chewing is not allowed.
E. Uniform will be clean and neatly pressed. Shoes will be clean at all times.
F. No public display of affection while in uniform.
G. No part of your body may have piercing other than ears.
ARTICLE IX - DISCIPLINE
A. Cheerleaders are leaders in and out of the school setting and should strive to continually set the highest possible standards and examples for fellow students.
B. Cheerleaders should conduct themselves at all times in such a manner that feel will be a credit to the Lord, themselves, their families, and Northland Christian School. At all times, their attitudes are expected to be wholesome, their morals ideal.
X. CONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATIONS
A. The general conduct of every cheerleader at all times must be beyond reproach. Proven misconduct will result in dismissal.
B. Any of the following while in uniform at a school sponsored event may be consider grounds for dismissal.
3. Drug abuse
4. Use of undesirable language or behavior
5. Defacing of property
7. Suspension from school
8. Receives a "4" in conduct
SCRIPTURES TO HELP
STAY FOCUSED DURING CHEER CLINIC
GENESIS 1:27, 31
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." "God saw all that he had made, and it was very good."
"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
"Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."
"An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up."
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice. Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
" I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."