The purpose of the Chisago Lakes Cheer Team is to:
To promote positive school culture and spirit at athletic events, pep rallies, other campus events, camps, competitions and community events.
Represent CLHS at all times and set a good example of behavior (in uniform or not) in class, at all games or competitions, and school functions whether performing or not
Promote sportsmanship between our school and the schools with which we compete
Participate in ALL team activities, including practice, fundraisers, camp, competition, pep rallies and performances
Promote friendship, teamwork unity and trust between team members.
To develop a group of young adults whose behavior is disciplined, professional, safety conscious, and promotes school spirit by creating enthusiasm and support.
Cheerleaders will perform at ALL games at the discretion of the coaching staff including playoffs and championship games for football and participate in all scheduled events including competitions.
Cheerleading is a major time commitment. It is June - February, summer camp and practices, Football season and competitions. It is YOU who brings success to the squad and the entire program.
Make the cheer squad a priority. You are fulfilling a “spot” on the unit that many people would like to occupy.
CLHS Cheer policy requires a 2.5 GPA at each grading period in order to participate. Each Monday, team members will share with the Coach their grades/progress in schoology. Additionally, any member of the cheer program must comply with the following:
No “F” policy
If a member receives an F on a progress report or report card s/he will not be allowed to participate in games, pep rallies, practice, or any performances until the grade is no longer an F.
Students who receive a D or F on a progress or report card will return to play when grade is brought up to a C in Schoology.
Any member who is below a 2.5 during a grading period will be benched from practices, games, and performances until proven they are above a 2.5 G.P.A..
By earning a position on the cheer team, the member should always exhibit the utmost respect for themselves, their team, and the school, both at school, in the community, and on SOCIAL MEDIA.
A cheerleader is a representative of CLHS whether in uniform or out of uniform. Cheer Code of Conduct pertains to the entire school year.
As a cheerleader, behavior is very important and highly monitored. Failure to abide by these behavior codes may result in disciplinary action, removal from the squad, and ineligibility to try out for the squad the following year.
*See Disciplinary Action Process*
Smoking, drinking, and illegal drugs whether in or out of uniform are NOT ALLOWED. These behaviors will result in automatic removal from the squad.
Suspension from school for breaking school rules will result in automatic suspension from the squad.
Coaches, squad members, teachers, and administration MUST be treated with respect. Defiance or disrespect will result in disciplinary action.
Public display of affection is NOT ALLOWED while in uniform.
Should internal conflict arise, members are to leave discussion of the issue within the group rather than take them to outside sources, unless the intervention of an administrator becomes necessary.
When it does become necessary to take steps in resolving an issue, the member should first discuss it with the coach.
If the issue cannot be resolved, the member should then take the issue to the Athletic Director, then to the Principal, in that order.
The internet is a public forum. Any items found on the internet (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) that display a member of the squad participating in any action against the Code of Conduct will result in disciplinary actions.
When in public, including on social media, whether in or out of uniform, there will be no use of profanity, provocative language, or inappropriate actions relating to drugs or alcohol or presentation of the body and self. These behaviors will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action.
Disciplinary Action Coaches, Parents, and School Administration will work collaboratively to ensure that the code of conduct is followed by all CLHS Cheerleaders.
Practices, Games and Competitions
All games, practices and performances are mandatory.
Four unexcused absences are allowed for the entire year.
a. Doctor’s appointments
b. Other extracurricular activities/sports
d. At school all day but too sick to practice
Upon the fourth unexcused absence, you will be removed from the squad and may not participate in the banquet.
If you are sick or absent, you must notify the coach at least 24 hours before practice or game.
Three tardies is equivalent to one unexcused absence.
a. Absence from school
b. Sent home from school because of illness
Be on time. If you are late, you will run 2 extra laps for every 5 minutes you are late.
All cellphones will be placed in your backpack during practices and games and cannot be removed until you are released from cheer.
No food, gum, or friends are allowed at practice.
Jewelry of any kind is not allowed at practice or at games.
If you are not dressed out for practice, it will be considered tardy; you will still participate in practice.
Sitting Out Rules:
If you are sitting out because of grades, you will report to practice and study until you are caught up.
If you are sitting out because of a doctor’s note, that note needs to state your exact limitation and how long you are released from cheer.
You will sit on the mat to ensure you learn what the team is learning.
If you are sitting out it is at the coach’s discretion, please speak to the coach as to what to do.
Game Day Rules:
If you are late for a game you will be benched for the first quarter of the game, no excuses.
No cellphone use during the game.
No food or gum during game time unless approved by the Coach.
Jewelry is not permitted at games.
If you are absent from practice during the week of a game, you will be benched for the whole game. V. Uniform/ Dress Code
You will sit with your team.
CLHS Cheerleaders must be well groomed and have a clean uniform and appropriate hair and make-up.
Hair must be kept in a predetermined style at games and pulled back at practices.
Full uniform consists of: shell, liner, skirt, spandex shorts, CLHS socks, cheer shoes, poms, and cheer bow.
Cheerleaders who don’t have their full uniform will not be able to participate in the game or performance.
ALL cheerleaders must wear their entire uniform or predetermined outfit on game days during school, including proper cheer shoes. No flip flops, tennis shoes, or Ugg boots are allowed.
Uniforms are not to be used as costumes or lent to friends; this includes jackets and camp clothes.
Only approved practice uniforms will be worn during all practices.
Safety is top priority! All safety rules must be followed at all times.
No Coach, No practice, No stunting!
We follow the safety stunting guidelines of the AACCA (American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administration).
You must report all injuries to the coaching staff as soon as they happen.
Communicate the status of an injury to the coaches on a consistent basis with the coaching staff if you are required to sit out. A doctor’s clearance must be required to return to cheer.
Cheerleaders must keep nails short. Acrylic nails are not permitted due to safety reasons.
All members must travel together to away games. Cheerleaders must ride the bus with the cheer team to the games.
No cheerleader will be allowed to leave a game without prior approval from the coach and must be checked out by a parent or guardian.
Athletes will not be allowed to ride home with friends or siblings from away games, as a safety precaution.
Away game departure times will be determined and noted on given game/practice schedules.
The CLHS Cheer is responsible for organizing fundraisers to help support the cheer program.
All cheerleaders are required to participate in all scheduled fundraisers.
Once a cheerleader/parent has volunteered to participate in a fundraiser (takes materials) s/he accepts full responsibility and accountability for all merchandise. Any portion of the merchandise that is lost, stolen, or damaged must be paid for like any other school property.
Cheerleading is expensive, especially in your first year.
The Fall Activity fee is $205.00, to be collected and turned in to the Activities Department in a timely manner.
Camp Fee is $414.00 Camp is not mandatory, but HIGHLY recommended
School Uniform: (provided)
The school will provide a new cheerleading uniform (shell & skirt) every 5 years. However, these items are the property of the school district.
All items purchased with fundraising money are also the property of the school district.
Uniforms are not to be worn anywhere outside of practice or performances.
Any school merchandise ruined, lost or stolen will be replaced by that member at his or her own expense.
Uniforms are to be worn by cheerleaders only.
Should a member be removed from the team, they will be expected to return all property immediately and in clean and good condition.
Members and parents are responsible for the rest of the uniform items, which include:
Body liner and spandex shorts
Cold Weather Gear
Lettering will be based on the following criteria:
A member of the cheer squad must attend 90% of all practices, games and other cheer functions. Absences must be excused. More than five unexcused absences (practice or game) will result in not lettering.
The coach and/or administration reserve the right to deny lettering if a member has incurred a serious infraction of the rules of CLHS, the MSHSL or the rules set forth by the coach, regardless of having achieved the 90% attendance at functions. Members who do not letter will receive a certificate of participation.
All decisions are FINAL in the selection of the team.
Being a member of the team in previous years in no way guarantees placement on the team for the upcoming year.
Every member must go through the same tryout process.
The coach runs practice and tryouts; captains and seniors from previous squads may be asked to assist with tryouts.
Judging may be done by individuals outside the school and by teachers from within the district.
If you can not attend the tryout date, you must make arrangements prior to the date for a tryout video with the coach.
Jumps (Toe Touch, Herkie)
Overall spirit, personality and attitude
In order to be considered for the team, the points of the judges are added up, then averaged for each participant.
Those with the highest average are placed on the upcoming years team.
Tryout results are confidential, but individuals who do not make the squad are encouraged to arrange a time to discuss what they should or could work on for future tryouts.
The coaches reserve the right to have the final decision regarding who makes each team.
All communication within the team and with parents will take place in the Band App. ( Invitations will be provided by Coach)
Communication protocol for concerns:
The following protocol ensures direct communication between participants, coach and parents. No issue/concern should be discussed during or immediately following an event or practice. All meetings need to be pre-arranged. The event site, practice venue, lobby or locker room are not appropriate places to handle concerns. The communications protocol we will proceed in this order:
Participants and coach/advisor will discuss concerns. Students are encouraged to express their concerns directly with their coach.
If necessary, participants, parent/guardian and coach/advisor will meet to discuss concerns.
If necessary, the participant, parent/guardian, Coach and Activities Director will meet to discuss concerns.
If necessary, the participant, parent/guardian, Coach, Activities Director and Building Principal will meet to discuss concerns.