Exciting news! We have a few spots available on the cheer team and will be holding a second tryout!
It's been far too long since we've seen the Friday Night Lights and we are beyond ready to fill the stadium with that Wildcat Spirit! Please review the CLHS Varsity Cheer Guidelines to review season expectations!
Step 1: Provide an updated sports physical (Submit electronically in Step 2)
Materials for tryouts will be released via email June 29, 2021. Participants will be responsible for learn the materials (4 chants, 1 Dance) from the released videos at home.
Tryouts will be held Thursday, July 1, 2021 from 10am-12pm in the CLHS dance studio.
Additional InformationAthletes must complete Steps 1-3 in order to tryout
An updated sports physical is required
Must provide own water bottle
Open to current 8th-11th graders
Results will be posted online and via email Friday, July 2, 2021.
Please wear black shorts and a white, green, or black plain top.
Undergarments should be completely covered.
Shirts should be tucked in.
Hair pulled back, away from face.
Natural make-up with a red lip preferred, avoid heavy make-up.
Cheer shoes if you have them, tennis shoes (any color is fine) if you don’t.
White ankle socks or crew socks.
Lastly, a cheer look is never complete without a giant smile!
Chisago Lakes High School - Varsity Cheer
Coach: Susan Lee ⧫Email: email@example.com
The purpose of the Chisago Lakes Cheer Team is to:
Promote and support school spirit
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 between members of the squad
Cheer team members will abide by all of the rules for athletes and members of other activities set forth by Chisago Lakes High School and the MSHSL rules.
Cheer squad members are expected to give 110% commitment and dedication to their coaches, squad, and school at ALL times. The coach reserves the right to have final decision making abilities regarding dismissal from the squad.
Members are expected to participate in ALL designated practices/performances unless they are ill or injured.
This is courteous and necessary in order to prepare the rest of the squad for performance or cheering without a given member.
Parents are to notify the coach by telephone/email the evening before a practice or game if their cheerleader will be unable to attend the upcoming performance due to illness, injury or family emergency.
Please notify the coach one week prior to a performance for any other reason.
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.
This includes but is not limited to inappropriate language, dress or behavior at all times and especially when in uniform.
Conduct that reflects negatively towards the cheer team program will result in game suspension(s) or dismissal.
Cheer team members who are suspended from a game are still expected to attend the game and to sit with the coach.
If the member does not attend the game, they will have to continue to sit out until they have completed their obligation per MS State HS Rules & Regulations.
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.
Cheer team members are expected at all times to ensure the safety of all other members.
Failure to do so will result in that member not being allowed to stunt at games.
Stunting is a privilege of cheerleading, not a right, and horseplay will not be tolerated.
Practice will consist of cheering, stunting, dancing, weight training and sign painting.
Members are expected to be prepared for practice with appropriate clothing and shoes.
Members are expected to attend ALL practices unless they are ill or absent due to a school related event or previously discussed with a coach from a parent the evening before.
The coaches will organize and run practices.
A calendar will be given to each member at the first meeting.
Members are to notify employers of practice schedules, camp dates, and game dates.
Work is NOT a reason to miss or leave practice early.
Appointments should be scheduled around practice and game times.
Examples of EXCUSED absences:
School related activity
Circumstances discussed with the coach by a parent through telephone/email the evening before
Please keep open lines of communication with the coach and notify the coach as soon as possible when situations arise.
All members are expected to arrive to practice on time!
Three late arrivals to practice will result in sitting out in the following game.
Missing even one practice a week unexcused will result in the cheerleader not cheering at the next game.
Additional mandatory practices may also be necessary on occasion, to prepare for a given performance or special event.
Notification will be given as far in advance as possible.
Focus and safety is of utmost importance. Inattentive members put themselves and their fellow squad members at risk for injury and will not be tolerated. All members are responsible for learning and carrying out all safety spotting and dismount techniques.
Proper clothing will be worn at all practices. This includes, comfortable fitting bottoms, shirts, cheer shoes. Hair will be pulled back, no jewelry is allowed and nails must be cut short to avoid injury. Failure to do so is a safety issue and the member will be asked to leave practice. It will be counted as a missed practice.
Members must be on time and may not leave early unless given prior approval by the coach. If a member is late to practice, they must discuss it with the coach beforehand. This will be excused if it is a school related event or family emergency. If a member is more than 10 minutes late to practice, it will result in an unexcused absence.
Missing a scheduled practice prior to the day of a game will result in the cheerleader not cheering at the upcoming game.
Practices during the school months will be 4 days a week from 2:45pm-4:45pm. Practice time during the summer months will be noted within the practice and game schedule. Practices will start promptly at 2:45pm. Cheerleaders are expected to be dressed for practice and ready to warm up at this time. If a cheerleader needs to see the athletic trainer, they will need to report to the trainer immediately after school ends. The trainer sees athletes on a first come-first served basis.
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 reserves 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, Pike)
Overall spirit, personality and attitude
In order to be considered for the team, points of the judges are added up then averaged for each participant
Those with the highest average are placed on the upcoming years squad
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
Captains are responsible for maintaining positive attitudes, leadership, and dedication. Team members will be expected to give their Captain(s) their full cooperation. These positions will be voted by the team. Coach reserves rights to final decisions.
Maintaining good attendance through the cheering season
Facilitate selection of cheers and make sure they are appropriate to the game situation
Support team members and oversee Officer roles
Model expected behavior and always have a good attitude
Additional responsibilities assigned by Coach as needed throughout the season
The entire squad will perform together at all home games. All members of the varsity cheer squad will travel together to approved away games.
Team members may only ride home from away games with a parent.
The parent must check in with the coach before leaving with the athlete.
Athletes will not be allowed to ride home with friends or siblings from away games, for a safety precaution.
Away game departure times will be determined and noted on given game/practice schedules.
Prompt arrival is expected of all cheer squad members.
It is MANDATORY that you have a note from your parent/guardian if you will be riding home with them.
All members will be expected to have ALL of their cheer equipment with them at ALL games. (Poms, Shoes, Uniform, etc)
Members are to arrive at least 60 minutes prior to a home game in full uniform and ready to begin warm ups. Warm ups will be performed before each performance. Warm ups include, stretching, jumps, stunt practice, and other necessary routines for the performance.
Varsity cheerleaders are expected to arrive at 5:00PM on game days.
Members are to inform the coach of any change in their medical condition that could jeopardize their safety or the safety of their teammates.
Evaluation will be made on a case-by-case basis as to whether they will continue to perform with the squad.
Cheerleading is expensive, especially your first year. We are trying to cut costs as much as we can!
The Fall Activity fee is $205.00, to be collected and turned in to the Activities Department in a timely manner.
The school will provide a new cheerleading uniform (shell & skirt & backpack) 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 includes:
Body liner and spandex shorts
Cold Weather Gear
Summer UCA Cheer Camp: $395.00.
Not required but highly encouraged.
Fundraising opportunities will be provided for camp.
Cheer fundraising activities and events will be scheduled on a yearly basis.