Cheer Season Details

Updated Monday May 28, 2018 by Christine Pulsifer.

"Cheerleaders are the promoters of your school and community. They are a key marketing tool to the athletics programs that they support, and they create the community patriotism we call “school spirit.” Most importantly, they are tomorrow’s leaders who through the development of athletic skills, leadership, and teamwork will be vital members of the community in the future. Be a cheerleader and become a leader." – Varsity.com

 

Program Overview:

We know as new parents to the program that you will probably feel overwhelmed from all of the information outlined below.   We want you to have as much information as possible so that you understand the commitment involved.   

Practice:

Practice begins the first week of August. We practice Tuesday-Thursday in the evening outdoors at Melican Middle School. Once school begins we will practice indoor 2-3 times a week in a Northborough or Southborough school. Practice is usually 1 1/2 hours-2 1/2 hours.

 

Cheering at Games:

Each Cheer Division is assigned to 1-2 youth football teams to cheer for. Games will be held once a week on Saturday or Sunday. All home games are played at Algonquin High School in Northborough. Away games locations are determined based on the team we are playing.   

 

Competitions:     Advancement based on placement

Fun Comp- Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Oxford/Webster

Local Comp- Saturday October 20, 2018 at Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Lowell MA  (Top 5 teams move on to States)

State Comp- Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 at Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Lowell MA (Top 3 teams move on to Regionals)

Regionals- Saturday, November 17, 2018 at SNHU Arena, Manchester New Hampshire (Nov. top 3 teams are eligible to go to Nationals)

Nationals- December 6- 9th, 2018 Orlando, Florida

 

Equipment:

What is issued?

Cheerleaders will be loaned a uniform, cheer bag, and warm up suit.  All these items will need to be returned at the end of the season. If items are lost or damaged the parent is responsible for repaying the league.

***  All items will need to be returned at the end of the season.  If items are lost or damaged, the parent or guardian will be responsible for repaying the league.   Approximate cost for all items is $175.00.

You will need to purchase the following personal items:

Cheer Shoes (orders will be taken before the season) *approximated cost of $45-70

Tentative 2018 Dates:

  • Equipment Handout & Paperwork Turn In:   June 19th at Algonquin 5pm-8pm
  • First Practice:  July 31st
  • Family Pizza Party:  Thursday, August 2nd 
  • Roster Picture Night:  August 7th
  • League Jamboree:   Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • First Regular Season Game:   Weekend of August 25th
  • End of Season:   usually the end of October unless team makes it to playoffs
  • End of the Year Banquet:  December 9th at Assabet High School

Paperwork:

Our league is part of the Central Mass Youth Football and Cheer Conference (CMYFCC) which is affiliated with American Youth Football (AYF) League.   AYF is the world's largest youth football and cheer league.    Being part of this conference/league requires us to follow certain policies and procedures for insurance purposes.   The following paperwork will need to be submitted to play:

  • Birth Certificates:  1st time participants are required to submit a Birth Certificate with a raised seal to show proof of age.     
  • Player Packet:   AYF forms that are needed to play
  • Physical/Medical:   All participants should be medically cleared by a doctor to play any sport.
  • Report Card:   Academics should be the # 1 priority to our players.  Students that are not meeting academic benchmarks cannot participate in our program.
  • NSYFCA Forms (General Info for Players & Parent Code of Conduct):  Our league has expectations of our players and families and we wanted to be clear on how our league operates.