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Being a Cheerleader - Etiquette

As your organization’s most visible athlete you have a unique and noble role within your community, team and school. But before you put on the uniform make sure you understand the behavior that is expected by each cheerleader who wears one.

Appearance
• When you decided to cheer you signed on to be an ambassador to your team. It’s important to keep a clean, friendly, approachable appearance.
• Wearing proper, uniform practice and game attire impresses upon the fans that your team is organized, disciplined and can be counted on to represent the team well.
• NO jewelry, earrings (studs) of any kind. No Chewing Gum, No finger nail polish or fake nails. Hair must be worn back out ouf your face.  No hair beads or barretts.
 
Pre-Game
• Cheerleaders should be at the game a half hour or hour prior to kick off. Everything that is going to be done during the game needs to be warmed up before the game.
• Arrive on time and in uniform. If you’re supposed to show up in uniform, that includes shoes, socks, cheer vest, skirt, turtleneck, bloomers, etc. Not finishing your ponytail on the sideline and walking in with flip-flops.  Cheerleaders that arrive late to games, will stand next to the cheer coach until halftime is over to cheer. 

National Anthem
• In proper lines, with hands on your waist, behind you back or right hand over your heart, cheerleaders set the example of how to properly stand for the National Anthem. Everyone does the exact same thing.
• Absolutely no talking or swaying, of any kind until the final note is sung.

Team/Player Introduction
• Whether tumbling out in front of the team, making signs to crash through or two lines to run in
between, your job is to get the crowd on their feet for the team. The focus is on the team/players, not how well we can stunt or tumble.
• We cheer for our team during introductions not against the other team.

Hospitality
• Maintaining good manners is important, as the cheerleaders are the welcoming committee for the visiting school and their fans. They are the guests and cheerleaders are the hosts.
• Absolutely no “trash talking” of any kind.
• One suggestion is to take a cooler of water bottles over to the visiting team’s cheerleaders before the game. You can also send over your captains to invite them over for a light snack at halftime.
Know the rules and respect the coaches. Stay positive and sportwomanlike.
 Scores and setbacks
• If you want the crowd to get involved, you must be involved. Appropriate cheer and stunting throughout the game. Leave the competition stunts on the competition floor.
• The crowd will notice if you smile and are genuinely happy to be there.
• Touchdown traditions are carried out after every score.
• As long as the team has to play, regardless of the score, cheerleaders happily encourage the team to the bitter end.
• If there is a bad call and the crowd begins to “boo” do not join them. Counter it; the best you can, with a traditional chant to change the crowd’s focus.
• Throughout the game, there should be minimal talking on the sidelines. People will notice if you’re interested in the game or more interested in talking to a friend.

Injured Player
• Take a knee, where you are, and stay quiet until the player (of either team) has left the field.
• For a prolonged injury, you may gather as a group. This is not a time to discuss future plans.
• Clap as the athlete walks off.

Know Your Role
• As your school’s most visible athletes, remember it’s not about you -it’s about building a sense of community and team spirit at your sporting events and within your school. Whether cheering at games, hosting visitors, or competing, etc. always conduct your self in a manner that brings enthusiasm to your school and unity to your community.

Disrespectful cheerleaders will be dismissed from the squad and not allowed to cheer for the remainding of the season.  Uniform should  be returned within 48 hours or cheerleader will be required to pay for it's cost.   

Never gossip about anyone, not a parent, not a team member, not a coach, not a rival, not anyone. If you do this, more people than you know will hear about it, and more than you know will be said about you.

Never criticize a coach’s decision. That coach is there to coach; that is what he or she has been trained and conditioned to do, chances are that the coach has already considered other options and yours are not going to matter if you are walking around the gym babbling about how stupid it was to put so and so as a flyer and not you.


HAVE FUN!