Yes, but once he/she is a member of the HHS Cheer Squad that must be his/her first priority. Competitive cheerleaders will not be allowed to miss any more than other athletes on the HHS cheer squad, and high school cheer must always come first.
All cheerleaders are required to pay a $200 program fee which covers most of the necessary gear for that season, as well as help cover the costs of running the program, but does not include competition fees, poms, or extra gear. New members will also need to finance their warmups and cheer bags. Since warmups and bags are used year after year, this is a one time cost of approximately $110. Payments will start in August and will be completed by September. Depending on the team’s fundraising efforts, competition fees will be added later if necessary. You can estimate about $100-$200 in competition fees.
Yes, the team will have several opportunities to fundraise throughout the year with the main focus being selling stadium cushions during both football and basketball season. This money will be put towards competition fees, summer camp fees and purchasing any gear/equipment the program needs. Cheerleaders and parents/guardians are required to participate in fundraising, those who choose to not participate will be required to cover those costs individually.
There is one competitive Varsity squad and we are able to take up to 16 members. However, the coaching staff reserves the right to take fewer than 16 cheerleaders to make up the team. Tryouts are held once a year towards the end of March and cheerleaders are expected to commit for the entirety of the following school year.
During the regular season (once school starts), practices are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 6:00-7:30 a.m. in the HHS Upper Gym, and Wednesday evenings from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at Galaxy Elite Athletics for tumbling class. Additional practices may be added throughout the year as needed.
After tryouts and next year’s squad is set, official practices will begin early-mid August, but there is a possibility that we will be attending a summer camp at the end of July this year. Cheerleaders will also be required to learn all the HHS cheer material (cheers/dances) and be conditioning over summer break. More information will be provided on this at the post-selection meeting for the new team.
Cheerleaders who fail to meet the summer conditioning and material requirements will not be allowed to cheer at football games until they are caught up. Additionally, cheerleaders who miss camp or practices at the end of summer will result in the same consequences as missing during the school year (sitting out of games/cheer events, strikes, conditioning). The head coach must be notified 2-weeks in advance in order for the absence to be considered excused. Unexcused absences will result in strikes/dismissal from the cheer squad.
Cheerleaders will be given a MAXIMUM of 8 excused absences (4 per semester) from cheer activities before being removed from the team (1 unexcused absence deducts 3 excused absences). The 9th absence = removal from the squad.
- 3 excused absences = 1 strike
- 1 unexcused absence = 1 strike
- 3 strikes = removal from the team
- Excused Absences: Must be pre-approved by the Head Coach and include the following:
- Sick from school that day (if you come to school, you come to practice)
- Family emergency (along with communication from a parent/guardian)
- Special requests from parents/guardians (pre-approved by the Head Coach at least 2-weeks prior to absence)
- Mandatory field trips or activities required for a class grade (prearranged absence form signed by the teacher must be turned into the Head Coach)
- Unexcused Absences:
- Cheerleader is missing from cheer activity and coaching staff is not notified
- Drivers Ed.
- After school and summer drivers ed. is available and should not interfere with cheer obligations.
- Special requests that made without 2-weeks notice
- Any other reason not listed under excused absences
Captains will be selected by a combination of cheerleader vote and coach’s evaluations. Coaches will be looking for work ethic, leadership, teamwork, and other qualities expected of student-squad leaders. Captain’s duties will include leading warm-ups at all practices/events, calling cheers and dances, organizing after school sign and poster making, organizing team bonding activities, being the student representatives with the administration and school, and other various responsibilities. Roles, numbers and types of captains will be adjusted from year-to-year depending on the needs of the team. Having coaches help to select head cheerleaders keeps the process from becoming a popularity contest among the girls and allows us to choose head cheerleaders who will fulfill their duties in the best way possible.