CHEERLEADING


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Junior - ages 5-10
Our Junior division cheerleaders cheer for our Junior division teams (subject to change)

Senior - ages 10-13
Our Senior division cheerleaders cheer for our Senior division teams (subject to change)


Article IV: Playing Rules
Section 3. Cheerleading

DRESS CODE
Coaches

  • No undergarments to be visible.
  • No "short shorts."
  • No mesh or fishnet.

    Cheerleader
  • Cheerleaders must appear in uniform on game day and must appear unified as a team (uniforms include bodysuit, crop top, skirt and spankies - see below) - may be more coach specific (i.e. all must wear hair ribbons).
  • Bodysuit must be worn under crop top (that means crop top must be worn) unless temperatures are to exceed 75 degrees then a tank top under a crop top is acceptable (as long as the team appears unified).
  • NO ALTERATIONS ARE TO BE MADE TO UNIFORMS this includes "rolling" or "tacking" of skirts. If the uniform needs adjusting please let your coach know and we will make arrangements to have it taken care of.
  • Sneakers and socks are a must - maybe more coach specific (i.e. white sneakers and socks).
  • Cheerleaders are only to use uniforms and equipment provided to them by ESF.
  • No handmade/homemade shirts.

    EQUIPMENT
    League issued equipment/uniform to include:
  • Crop top (vest)
  • Skirt
  • Spankies (under shorts)
  • Bodysuit

    Equipment/uniform not issued by the league:
  • Shoes (sneakers only) preferably white
  • Socks
  • Pom-poms (will be lent to coaches only. Coaches responsible for distribution and collection at games and/or practices - cheerleaders will not be allowed to take pom-poms home)

    Equipment/uniform care and instructions:
  • Wash and clean uniform each week.
  • Uniform should be hand washed, inside out, with cold water only. DO NOT USE BLEACH. Hang to dry. Uniform may also be dry cleaned.

    CONDUCT/ELIGIBILITY
    Coaches
  • Coaches are to conduct themselves appropriately at all times. Lead by example.
  • If a coach shows unsportsmanlike conduct during a game, the coach will be asked to leave the game. A meeting will then be scheduled with the cheerleading committee and the Board before being reinstated.
  • Lead and participate in the "end of game handshake" with the opposing team in a sportsmanlike manner in keeping with the spirit.
  • All coaches are prohibited from taking part in any sort of physical or verbal abuse whether it be with another coach, parent, participant or referee. If any of these actions should occur the coach may/will be removed from the league.
  • Each coach shall discuss participant safety and ESF rules with participants and parents.
  • Coaches are not allowed to base stunts during games or competitions. They are only allowed to back a stunt if necessary.
  • Coaches must inform the commissioner if a child is receiving disciplinary actions and the reason.
  • Interested coaches and/or assistants are to complete an application and background check form. This information will be reveiwed by the cheerleading committee, a determination will be made and presented to the Board with supporting documentation.
  • Coaches and/or assistants will be reviewed on an annual basis. Coaches wishing to return will need to complete an application and background check annually. These reviews will be completed by the cheerleading committee, a determination will be made and presented to the Board with supporting documentation.
  • Persons interested in coaching and/or assisting will not be allowed to do so if they are coaching or have a child participating in all-star/elite/high school cheerleading or if they are coaching any form of all-star/elite/high school cheerleading as this would be a conflict of interest.

    Cheerleader
  • If a cheerleader shows unsportsmanlike conduct during a game, he/she will be asked to sit out the remainder of the game.
  • Cheerleaders are to participate in the "end of game handshake" with the opposing team in a sportsmanlike manner in keeping with the spirit.
  • All cheerleaders are prohibited from taking part in any sort of physical or verbal abuse whether it be with another cheerleader, coach, parent or referee. If any of these actions occur the participant may/will be removed from the league.
  • Participants that have received disciplinary actions in school (i.e. out of school suspension) may/will be asked to sit out for 1 game. In addition, the participant may be subject to removal from the league.
  • Children will not be able to participate with ESF if they are already a member of another cheerleading organization (i.e. all-star/elite/high school cheerleading).

    RESPONSIBILITIES
    Coaches
  • Coaches are responsible for securing a safe environment for practices to be held.
  • Practices must be held in a public place (i.e. park, school, church, etc.).
  • Coaches are responsible for the children until they are picked up by a parent and/or guardian.
  • If a coach plans on seeking some "outside assistance" (i.e. high school cheerleaders) it is the coach's responsibility to report this to the commissioner of cheerleading as a release will need to be obtained.
  • All coaches must be 21 year of age or older.

    Cheerleader
  • Responsible for returning their uniform in the same condition it was lent.
  • Responsible for arriving on time to practice and games.
  • Responsible for notifying the coach and/or assistant if unable to attend practices and/or games.

    STUNTING
  • All coaches and/or assistants must attend a stunting safety clinic to be held by ESF prior to stunting. All coaches and/or assistants that are seen to be stunting and have not taken the stunting safety clinic may be asked to step down for a week. All coaches and/or assistants that are seen to be breaking the rules listed below may be asked to step down for a week.
  • Only one clinic will be held a year.

    Junior Level (ages 5-10)
  • The extent of stunting is to be determined by the ability of the participants.
  • No stunting over a thigh stand unless stunting and safety certified prior to the start of the season (certification to be renewed every 3 years).
  • If certified nothing over a prep level is to be performed, not to exceed the abilities of the participants. The only exception is when certified and preparing for a competition wherein prior authorization from the commissioner must be obtained.
  • NO TWIST OUTS/DOWNS* or BASKET TOSSING** certified or otherwise. The only exception is when certified and preparing for a competition wherein prior authorization from the commissioner must be obtained.

    Senior Level (ages 10-15)
  • The extent of stunting is to be determined by the ability of the participants.
  • No stunting over a prep level unless stunting and safety certified prior to the start of the season (certification to be renewed every 3 years).
  • If certified, only "controlled" stunting allowed, not to exceed the abilities of the participants. The only exception is when certified and preparing for a competition wherein prior authorization from the commissioner must be obtained.
  • NO TWIST OUT/DOWNS* or BASKET TOSSING** certified or otherwise. The only exception is when certified and preparing for a competition wherein prior authorization from the commissioner must be obtained.

    MUSIC
  • Music must be pre-approved prior to use by the commissioner of cheerleading. We do have the ability to edit music to make it more acceptable if both the music and a CD are provided by the coach.
  • If the coach does not have the ability to obtain music and would like to for a specific routine - music can be provided at no cost other than supplying the CD itself.

    *A twist out/down is defined as a dismount from a stunt in which the base/bases toss the flyer straight up from a stationary stunt, the flyer does a 360 degree turn in the air, and then the bases catch her in a cradle position. Variations include but are not limited to: single down, single, or full down.

    **A basket toss is defined as a stunt performed using 3 or more bases to toss a flyer into the air. Two of the bases interlock their hands by grabbing their own right wrist with their left hand, then using their right hand to grab each others' left wrist (or vice versa). The flyer, with some assistance from the back spot, will place her feet on the square created to minimize pressure. While in the air, the flyer does some type of trick (toe touch, ball-out, kiss-out, pretty girl, twist, tuck, kick twist down, pike, etc.) before returning to a cradle. There may also be a front spot (pumper) which places hands under the stunt and helps to toss the flyer into the air. Variations include but are not limited to: trophy toss.

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