FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TRYOUTS AND SEASON
Is there a parent information meeting? We understand how busy parents schedules are so in lieu of a parent meeting we will be sending out an informative email with information regarding the 2017 Season. We will go over rules and regulations and please email a Board Member with any questions you might have to make sure, as parents, you understand the commitment you are undertaking.
Who has to tryout and why are tryouts necessary? The 2017 Cheer Season there will be no tryout. All girls make a squad. We understand that tryouts CAN be stressful for both children and parents. Cheerleading is a team sport and the number on each squad is limited, at the end of August girls will be divided into Cheer and Pep teams depending on ability, sportsmanship, attendance and grade.
How many squads are chosen? Two squads (Cheer and Pep) may be chosen for MITES, PEEWEES and MIDGETS. It depends on the amount of girls who register. Mites are girls entering grades 3 & 4 in fall 2017. PeeWees are girls entering grades 5 & 6 in fall 2017. Midgets are girls entering grades 7 & 8 in fall 2017.
How many girls are chosen for each squad? The squads are usually 20 - 25 girls depending on the number trying out.
Which squads will cheer for which football teams? The Cheer Squads will cheer for Division 1 Badger Football Games and compete November 11th in Boston. The Pep Squads will cheer for Division 5 Badger Football Games and may compete depending on parent volunteers.
When are the games during the season? Game times and locations are determined by the football league and ARE subject to change throughout the season and attendance is required at all games. Games for both divisions are either Saturday night or Sunday.
Do I need to register and give permission for my child to tryout? YES. All girls trying out must register on the site and check the boxes that give permission for the girls to tryout. NO ONE will be able to tryout without registering on the website (www.badgerscheer.com)
How do I know what team my child makes? Each child will make a squad. They will be listed by names and assigned a squad on the Badgers Cheerleading Website (www.badgerscheer.com) on Friday, August 25, after 4:00pm. Cheer or Pep will be announced after camp depending on ability, grade, sportsmanship and attendance.
Are there Cheerleading Rules and Regulations? YES. Please review carefully as they will be strictly adhered to. If you feel your family can not abide by the Rules and Regulations posted on the website, including the vacation policy, please think carefully about having your daughter tryout for the 2017 season. Cheer squads will have mandatory practices on Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day and any professional days when the school is closed in mid-October through November 11th. Dates will be determined once the school calendar for 2017-2018 is available and dates will be posted on the cheer site.
If my child makes a squad, what is next? All girls make a squad. Thecost for registration is $285 due at Tryout/registration day. Cheerleading attire: practice shirt, sneakers, bodysuit, wind suit, socks, pom-poms, etc cost about $250 - $300 for first time cheerleaders. All apparel monies will be due at the time of fittings. Fittings will be held April 25, 2017.
What is expected of me as a parent? Parents are expected to provide transportation for their children to all practices and games and ensure the girls arrive on time and in proper attire. In addition, parents should be aware that the cheerleading program is run by volunteers and self-funded. Parents are expected to participate in fundraising activities, chaperone at least one of the cheerleading dances, and volunteer to work the apparel booth during one game. Parents who do not wish to help with our fundraising efforts may make a one-time donation of $50 in lieu of helping out. If you wish to do so, please include this donation along with your registration fee during uniform fittings.
When do mandatory practices begin/end? Mandatory practices begin the week of August 14th for all Mites, Pee Wee and first time cheerleaders. Midget cheer squads, full-day choreography camp will be held August 14 and August 15th with practices starting the following Monday Tuesday August 21 and 22. Pee Wee camp is August 21 and 22, Mite camp is August 23 and 24th.
How can I become an advisor? When you register your daughter for tryouts and the season, please check the appropriate boxes and answer the advisor questions.
Are there Cheerleading Rules and Regulations? YES. Please review carefully as they will be strictly adhered to. If you feel your family can not abide by the Rules and Regulations posted on the website, including the vacation policy, please think carefully about having your daughter tryout for the 2017 season. Cheer squads will have mandatory practices on Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day and any professional days when the school is closed in mid October through mid November. Dates will be determined once the school calendar for 2017-2018 is available and dates will be posted on the cheer site.
How can I volunteer to be on the board? We are looking for more board members to be involved with our fund-raising events, conduct inventory and staff the apparel tent, and chaperone dances and practices on the field. Board members must be able to attend evening meetings each month during the season. Please email Sue Keith if you are interested.