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RUDD MIDDLE SCHOOL

Cheerleading Constitution

2017-2018


The Rudd Middle School Cheerleading Team follows all requirements of the Alabama High School Athletic Association through the Jefferson County Board of Education.


PURPOSE OF THE RUDD CHEERLEADING PROGRAM

The purpose of a Rudd Middle School cheerleader will be to promote and uphold school spirit, to develop a sense of good sportsmanship among students, and to build better relationships among schools during athletic events.  A cheerleader’s job is to improve student morale, boost team spirit, and help your school show honor and leadership.  You are to direct the student body in its support of your school’s team.  This role gives you a strong influence in guiding student conduct at games, and in this leadership position you should help promote exemplary school spirit and good sportsmanship.


MEMBERSHIP ON THE RUDD CHEERLEADING TEAM

  1. There will be one middle school squad consisting of 7th and 8th grade students.  The number of qualified candidates for the cheerleading team varies from year to year.  There will be no less than 5 cheerleaders and no more than 18.  

  2. Membership will be chosen by a panel of judges selected from an approved list issued by the Jefferson County Board of Education.  

  3. The decision of the judges is FINAL.  No scores will be announced or reviewed with parents or participants.

  4. Newly elected cheerleaders become subject immediately to all provisions and regulations of this constitution.  

  5. Candidates selected for group membership will be considered to be full-fledged members of the group immediately upon their selection.

  6. Priorities of members should be as follows: ACADEMICS-CHEERLEADING-OTHER ACTIVITIES.  Athletic events and practices may be considered “inconvenient” by parents and/or cheerleaders; however, members are required to be present at all practices and events.  If a candidate does not believe he/she can manage these priorities in this order, he/she should not tryout.

  7. Selection will be based on appearance, dance ability, jumps, group cheer, spirit, tumbling, and individual chant.


SELECTION OF RUDD MIDDLE SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS

  1. The student must be a Rudd Middle School student in the 6th or 7th grade at the time of tryouts.

  2. The student must meet academic requirements as defined in the Jefferson County Board of Education No Pass/No Play regulations.

  3. Must fill out an application that has been signed by both the parents and the student.

  4. A candidate must have a physical by a licensed Alabama physician.  A signed copy of the doctor’s form for the physical must be turned into the sponsor before a candidate will be allowed to participate in the clinic or tryouts.  This physical will/must be valid for one year.

  5. The student must tryout again even though he/she has been a member the previous year.

  6. The student must attend clinic everyday prior to tryouts unless excused by the coach or administration. During the week of clinic, you must be present at school the entire day to participate.  You may not check in or check out.

  7. A candidate must attend mock tryouts in order to tryout (unless excused by an administrator).  The student must be in school all day and may not check in or check out on the day of mock tryouts unless excused in advance by an administrator.  

  8. No former cheerleader may tryout unless ALL outstanding debts have been paid.  

  9. Each candidate wishing to tryout for cheerleading MUST be passing, during the current year in attendance, at least five new subjects with a minimum composite numerical average of “70” in those five subjects.  A new subject is one that has not previously been passed.  This average must be held the entire cheerleading season.  Sixth grade students trying out for middle school cheerleader must be passing those subjects necessary for promotion.  This composite average of “70” will be checked for eligibility purposes for the first semester of the current year.  You must have a composite of “70” the 1st semester to qualify as a candidate and if chosen as a cheerleader, a composite yearly average of “70” the current school year.  The cheerleader must still hold the composite average of “70” on the first day of the following school year.  Once you have made the squad if you get a ”D or F” on your report card you will receive demerits and you will not be allowed to cheer until you receive your progress report the next nine weeks to clarify that your grade has been brought up.

  10.  All candidates trying out must have demonstrated satisfactory conduct as defined by the local school board throughout the school year in which tryouts are held.  This means that a candidate can have no Class II or III discipline referrals (see Jefferson County Code of Conduct Parent/Student Handbook for a listing of Class II and III infractions).  Newly elected cheerleaders become subject immediately to all provisions and regulations of this constitution.  Commission of Class II or Class III as defined by the Jefferson County Code of Conduct can be cause for dismissal.  Class II offenses that do not result in dismissal can result in a period of suspension from the team.  The coaches in conjunction with the administration will determine the length of the suspension.

  11. In case of a tie, trying candidates plus the two below them will be called back for re-judging.  However, the judges will only score the tying candidates.  None of the candidates will know who tied.  

  12. Performance requirements for tryouts:

Spirit Jumps:  toe touch, herkie, optional jump

Dance Tumbling- back handspring alone or with ONE spot

Group cheer Individual Chant


CLINIC/MOCKS AND TRYOUTS

  1. Candidates will practice according to a schedule set by the coach.

  2. Tryouts will be held the next day following a 5-day clinic.  Each candidate must attend each day of the clinic or obtain a doctor’s excuse for any day(s) missed.  

  3. Parents must provide the transportation to arrive and depart any event on time.  All candidates must be at school the entire day on clinic days and on the day of mock tryouts and tryouts unless excused by a doctor or other emergency approved by the principal.

  4. Clinic will be held during a week in February or March.  Clinic will start at 3:15 and will end at 5:00.  

  5. Practices and tryouts are closed to all parents and spectators.  Mock Tryouts will be open to spectators- cost $4.00.  

  6. Mock Tryouts will start at 3:30 in the gym or cafeteria.

  7. Tryouts will be held in the gym.  No one is allowed to speak to or see any candidate for any reason.

  8. After the judges have made their final decisions, the results of the chosen candidates will be posted on Google Classroom.  Final decisions will not be posted until everyone is off campus.  

  9. Candidates must wear a white T-shirt (no logo) and black shorts (no logo), white socks, and plain white tennis shoes at tryouts.  NO JEWERLY (EARRINGS, RINGS, BRACLETS, NECKLACES, OR BELLY BUTTON RINGS), LONG OR FAKE NAILS, OR GLITTER IS TO BE WORN AT CLINIC OR TRYOUTS.  LONG HAIR MUST BE SECURED ABOVE THE SHOULDERS.


PRACTICES/ATTENDANCE OF RUDD MIDDLE SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS

  1. Practices will be held regularly as planned by the coach.

  2. Each cheerleader must attend practices unless a doctor’s excuse is presented, if there is a death in the family, or at the prior approval of the coach.

  3. Each cheerleader shall be allowed 3 personal leave days per 1 year for other circumstances approved by the sponsor three days prior to the activity to be missed.  Personal leave is intended for situations in which there is conflict between a cheering activity and a special or unavoidable occasion that the cheerleader must attend.  Personal leave will be granted at the coach’s discretion.  If you have to schedule doctors or dentist appointment for your child, please try to schedule them around cheerleading.  It is very difficult to have a good practice when team members are absent from practice.

  4. Each team member must attend all summer camps and practices planned for the team.  The cheer coach will decide the time and location of camp.  Failure to attend will result in dismissal from the team.   

  5. Cheerleaders should be dressed and in the designated stretching area by the starting time of practice which is 3:10.

  6. A cheerleader must stay the entire length of a practice session.  Missed practices or leaving early will result in demerits, discipline, or benching at a game or event.  

  7. Cheerleaders must practice to cheer at games.  NO PRACTICE=NO CHEERING.  Unless your absence is excused by a doctor or your absence is approved by cheer coach prior to the absence, you will not cheer at the next game after a missed practice.  However, you must attend the game in uniform and sit by the coach.  

  8. Outfits will be assigned for practice days.  If you are not in the correct uniform demerits will be assigned or discipline will be enforced.   

  9. Any team member may also participate in other sports or activities.  However, the Rudd Cheerleading team must remain the first priority over any other sport or extracurricular activity.  

  10. There are no parents allowed at cheerleader practice.  

  11. At games, cheerleaders must arrive 30 minutes before the start of the game.  At games or practices, parents must pick their cheerleader up no more than 10 minutes after the end of the event.  Failure to adhere to this will result in demerits or discipline.  

  12. Rudd Cheerleaders are REQUIRED to take an additional tumbling class to increase their skills in tumbling, jumps, and stunts.  Site to be determined.



APPERANCE/UNIFORMS

  1. Design and selection of the uniforms will be made by coach and the administration.

  2. The cheerleader will purchase a maximum of two uniforms.

  3. All uniform parts will be neat and clean for every performance.  Uniforms will be worn properly at all times.  If you are missing any part of your uniform at a game/event, you will receive demerits and will not be able to perform or participate.  You will sit by the coach during the game/event.

  4. To prevent injury, hair that is shoulder length or longer should be put up neatly off their face and shoulders during practice and games.

  5. No jewelry will be worn at games, practices, or cheerleading events.  This includes: belly button rings, tongue rings, studs, cartilage, rings, necklaces, ankle bracelets, chokers, and any other items as specified by the coach.  If you are told to take off any jewelry you will be given demerits.  If you refuse to take off the jewelry you will not be allowed to participate whether it is a game or practice.  

  6. Nail length is only to be to the tip of the finger.  No nail polish or acrylic nails will be allowed during practice or events.

  7. To prevent accidents, cheerleaders will not be allowed to wear lotion during practice, games, or events.

  8. If there is a male on the squad he shall wear no makeup, fingernail polish, or jewelry.


RUDD MIDDLE SCHOOL CHEERLEADER’S ATTITUDE

  1. Each cheerleader must maintain a desirable attitude and a spirit of cooperation in ALL CLASSES and with ALL TEACHERS, COACHES, AND FACULTY.

  2. Each cheerleader must realize the commitment he/she makes to be a school representative when he/she is elected.

  3. Each cheerleader must maintain privacy of all team information meant for the team only.

  4. Each cheerleader must be able to accept constructive criticism from the coaches and team members.

  5. Each cheerleader is expected to maintain positive relationships with all team members.

  6. A cheerleader should exhibit leadership qualities at all times.

  7. Good training is important to your health as it is to any other athlete.  Each cheerleader must practice with effort, hard work, and discipline in mind.  


SUMMER CAMP AND PERFORMANCES

  1. Cheerleaders will be required to attend a four-day cheerleading camp as selected by the coach.  

  2. Cheerleaders will be required to attend all practices deemed necessary by the coach prior to camp and preceding camp.

  3. Cheerleaders will be required to attend all practices necessary by the coach prior to football season to make sure they are game ready.  

  4. Parents are allowed to attend the first night of camp to watch the dance competition and the final day of camp to see the final competition.  


GAMES, PEP RALLIES, TRIPS, ATHLETIC EVENTS

  1. Cheerleaders shall perform at all pep rallies and games, both home and away that are deemed appropriate by the coach.

  2. Transportation is according the Jefferson County Board of Education policy.

  3. A cheerleader will not be allowed to leave his/her position at the game/event without permission from the coach.

  4. All cheerleaders must arrive 30 minutes prior to the game/event starting to allow for time to warm-up and prepare for the game.  Tardiness will result in demerits and/or discipline.

  5. A cheerleader may not chew gum or eat candy during cheerleading events or games.  All drinks must be in a container with a lid to avoid spills.

  6. A cheerleader may not use electronic equipment such as IPods and cell phones during cheerleader events or games.

  7. A cheerleader will not be allowed to carry on personal conservation with spectators or other cheerleaders during a cheerleader event or game.  

  8. All cheerleaders must be in position; ready to cheer when the event begins.  They must also be back in their position 2 minutes prior to the end of halftime activities.

  9. Cheerleaders will not be allowed to cheer if absent from school or if he/she checks out before 11:30 or checks in after 11:30 the day of the game/event.


RULES, REGULATIONS, AND RESPONSIBILITES

A cheerleader must abide by all parts of this constitution and be willing to meet all cheerleading expenses.  All cheerleaders must attend summer camp.  It is a requirement that all cheerleaders have school insurance or some other form of insurance/accident policy.  A copy of the cheerleader’s insurance carrier’s name and policy number or proof in insurance is to be given to the sponsor to be kept on file.


RESPONSIBILITY OF PARENTS

Parents of cheerleaders have a responsibility to the school by virtue of the fact that their child is a member of the school’s team.  Parents should serve as a silent support group to assist the entire squad to accomplish its purpose.  Specific activities of support would include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Volunteer your services to the coach and team.  

  2. Provide required apparel and accessories on time.

  3. Fundraisers are a requirement to the Rudd Middle School cheerleading program.  You must participate in fundraising events. There are numerous financial responsibilities to fulfill, and it is each cheerleader’s responsibility to fundraise to maintain the program.  Failure to participate in fundraising for our team will result in demerits, discipline, or benching.    

  4. Provide required monies by specific due dates.  

  5. Provide transportation to arrive and depart any event on time.

  6. Practice good sportsmanship standards as spectators and parents.

  7. Assume responsibility for your child’s attendance and punctuality at all practices, games and performances.

  8. Promote an education outlook with high expectations of grades and acceptable conduct in all subjects.

  9. Be supportive and courteous by observing the closed practice rule—cheerleaders and coaches only are allowed to be at practice.

  10. The bashing of team members through social networking, texts, or direct communication is not permitted.  This will result in demerits, disciplinary action, and/or benching.


FINANCES AND FUNDRAISING

  1. All members must participate in fundraising events. Fundraisers are a requirement to the Rudd Middle School cheerleading program.  There are numerous financial responsibilities to fulfill, and it is each cheerleader’s responsibility to fundraise to maintain the program.  Failure to participate in fundraising for our team will result in demerits, disciplinary action, or benching.    

  2. A fair percentage of the fundraiser may be donated rather than selling items.  Monies must be turned in on time.  

  3. Cheerleading is very expensive and time consuming.  If you are not willing to accept these responsibilities do not tryout.

  4. All projects sponsored and conducted by the cheerleaders will go toward camp and team supplies.  Fundraisers will not pay for uniforms.

  5. Fundraisers only pay for cheerleader’s expenses.  They will not pay for family expenses to any event.

  6. Each cheerleader will support all fundraisers and projects.  Each cheerleader must raise the predetermined fair-share amount, pay the difference, or receive demerits and follow benching procedures for a game or activity.  

  7. If a cheerleader is deemed ineligible or is dismissed from the squad for any reason, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to fulfill any outstanding financial obligations.  Monies collected prior to dismissal or resignation WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.

  8. Estimated cost for cheerleading:



ITEM

COST

Two Uniforms

$300.00

Liner

$35.00

Cheer Shoes

$85.00

Camp Clothes

$250.00

Summer Camp

$400.00

Basketball Shirt

$45.00

Hoodie

$30.00

Cheer Backpack / Duffle

$40.00

Homecoming Shirt

$10.00

Poms

$30.00

Sponsorship Shirt

$20.00

Choreography

$100.00

Miscellaneous

$155.00


TOTAL


$1,500.00



**This is an estimate.  Some costs may be more or less.  Cheerleading is very expensive and time-consuming.  If you are not willing to accept these responsibilities do not tryout.


**Every attempt will be made to provide fundraising opportunities to offset some of the costs.



DEMERITS AND GENERAL RULES FOR

RUDD MIDDLE SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS


Cheerleaders will be given demerits for the offenses listed below.  The coach and/or Administration shall have the final say in assigning demerits.   Demerits may be given for offenses not listed below that are judged to be inappropriate by the coach and approved by the administration.  Each cheerleader and parent should familiarize him/herself with the Rudd Middle School Cheerleading Demerit System.  The cheerleader and parent should keep a copy for periodical review.


***Each time a cheerleader accumulates 10 demerits, then he/she will not be allowed to cheer at the next scheduled event.  After a total of 15 demerits, team members will be benched for the next two games.  When team members are benched, they are to be in full uniform and seated by the cheer coach(s).  Failure to follow the benching guidelines will result in automatic dismissal.  Once a squad member receives a total of 15 demerits a meeting will occur with the cheer coach, administrator, cheerleader, and parent.  An accumulation of 20 demerits will result in immediate dismissal from the squad. ***


BEHAVIOR AND RESPONSIBILITES:


  1. Follow all school rules as defined in the Jefferson County Code of Conduct.  Commission of Class II or Class III as defined by the Jefferson County Code of Conduct can be cause for dismissal.  Class II offenses that do not result in dismissal can result in a period of suspension from the team.  The cheer coach in conjunction with the administration will determine the length of the suspension.

  2. Exhibit good sportsmanship.

  3. Cooperate with and show respect to the coaches and team leaders.

  4. Maintain privacy of all team information meant for the team only.

  5. Must be able to accept constructive criticism from the coach, team members, faculty and staff.

  6. Be respectful to all teachers and staff at Rudd Middle School.

  7. Do not display undesirable emotions such as rage or anger.

  8. Be honest and truthful at all times.

  9. Turn in all forms and monies on time.

  10. Do not carry on personal conservations with spectators or other cheerleaders during a cheering session.

  11. Be ready to cheer 30 minutes before the beginning on an event.

  12. Be back in position 2 minutes prior to the end of halftime activities.

  13. Personally see the coach before leaving an event.

  14. Inform the cheer coach if you are not going to be at practice or at a cheering event prior to absence.


The following behaviors are prohibited:

  1. Use of profanity.

  2. Eating and drinking during an event.

  3. Chewing gum or eating candy at practices or performances.

  4. Public displays of affection while in uniform.

  5. Use of electronic devices without permission at a practice or game.

  6. Inappropriate actions, gestures, or communications.  

  7. The bashing of team members through direct communication, social networks, and/or texting.  

  8. Showing disrespect to coaches and/or teachers.  



RUDD MIDDLE SCHOOL CHEERLEADING DEMERIT SYSTEM

OFFENSES

DEMERITS/CONSEQUENCES

Arriving late or being picked up late to a practice or game

*If more than 10 minutes late= 5 demerits & benching

3

Wearing jewelry, long or acrylic nails, or polish

1

Hair styled inappropriately for game/practice

2

Returning to position late after half-time activity

2

Not wearing the assigned practice clothes and/or forgotten poms, warm ups, hair bows, or accessories (ex: sports bra, shoes, etc.)


3

Missing pieces or inappropriate uniform at game

Benched for that game and must sit beside sponsors

*Also will receive 3 demerits*

Chewing gum, eating candy/food and/or drinking during an event

1

Inappropriate gestures, communications, or actions during an event

5

Using electronic devices during an event

2

Unexcused absence (Practice / Game)

3 demerits for missing practice

5 demerits for missing a game

Leaving practices or games early without prior approval

3

Failure to meet deadline for turning in money, forms, etc.

4

Failure to participate in a group fundraising event

4

Use of profanity at any time

5

Public display of affection at an event

5

Horseplay at practices or games

3

Defiance and/or Disrespect to the sponsors or any RMS faculty

5

Failure to get along with team members and/or sponsors (Arguing, social media, gossiping, bashing team members and/or sponsors, and/or causing tension)

5

Class Conflict with teachers or administrators

5

D’s or F’s on a Progress Report or Report Card

3 Demerits for a D and/or F on Progress Report

5 Demerits for D and/or F on Report Card

***You will not be allowed to Cheer until the Grades have been rechecked and seen that they have been brought up***

In-school suspension or morning/afternoon detention

5

Out of school suspension

10

Fighting, Smoking, Drugs, Drinking or any other Class III offense---grounds for immediate dismissal from the squad

20

Accumulation of 20 demerits

Dismissal

**Demerits not listed can be administered at the discretion of the cheer coach and/or administration.


Approved: _________________________          __________________________    _________________________________

      Susan Slaney                     Dana Davis    Magan Scott Kidwell

                   Principal                       Cheer Coach      Cheer Coach