I. The following items WILL NOT be allowed at any practice:
d. Sunflower Seeds
I. All participants will arrive at practice wearing the proper clothing and equipment which includes:
a. Low-top tennis shoes
b. Long, loose-fitting pants (sweats are best)
c. Regular length top – should be long enough to tuck in pants
d. Comfortable, loose-fitting jacket, sweater or sweat shirt (sweat shirt is preferred)
II. The following clothing items are NOT to be worn to any practices:
a. Shorts (except on days where the temperature exceeds 85 degrees)
c. High-top tennis shoes
d. Short or crop tops
e. Bathing suit tops
f. Jewelry of any kind
g. Any portion of your game uniform, including shoes
I. Hair MUST be worn pulled back from the eyes and off of the neck. A ponytail at the crown of the head or French braid is the best.
II. The following items WILL NOT be worn in the hair:
a. Large barrettes
c. Large bobby pins
I. No more than two (2) consecutive absences will be allowed or participant will be subject to disciplinary process as outlined.
II. No more than two (2) consecutive weeks with absences will be allowed or participant will be subject to disciplinary process as outlined.
III. Participants who are late in excess of ten minutes will be counted as an unexcused absence, and will be subject to further disciplinary action if it continues to occur throughout the season.
IV. It is the responsibility of each individual participant to notify the cheer coach when she will miss or be late for a practice. Notification will be done in the following manner:
a. Telephone the cheer coach a minimum of two (2) hours prior to the scheduled practice time.
b. Give the reason, in detail, as to why you are unable to attend practice.
V. The following methods are UNACCEPTABLE methods of notifying your coach:
a. Telling another member of the squad.
b. Leaving a message with anyone other than adult cheer staff.
VI. The following are UNACCEPTABLE reasons for missing or being late to practice:
a. Social plans.
b. Work obligations (i.e. baby-sitting)
c. Other sports participation
d. Not “feeling like it”
e. Not able to locate proper clothing
VII. The following are acceptable reasons for missing or being late for practice:
b. Injury (it is suggested you attend if possible, but not participate)
c. School activities (with prior arrangements/notification)
d. Family obligations (with prior arrangements/notification)
VIII No Participant shall have personal friends attend practices with her. Should anyone bring a friend to practice with her, she will be asked by the cheer coach to leave. Failure to do so could result in disciplinary action to the participant.
I. All squads are to warm-up and stretch not less than ten (10) minutes prior to beginning practice or at the start of a game.
II. No participant will be subject to running laps, either as a warm-up activity or as a disciplinary measure.
6. GAME RULES:
I. All girls shall arrive for their regularly scheduled games at the appointed time in the approved uniform and in possession of all required equipment.
II. All participants shall arrive for their regularly scheduled game with their hair in one of the following manners, as agreed by the individual cheer coach/squad.
c. French Braid
III. Participants WILL NOT be allowed to wear the following items to any game:
a. Heavy make-up
b. Jewelry of any kind (do not have ears pierced during the season, you will not be allowed to wear your earrings to any game or Pop Warner function.)
c. Nylons stocking or tights (unless approved by cheer coach)
d. Hats (unless it is part of your uniform)
e. Unauthorized items such as jackets/sweat shirts, etc.
7. MANNERS/RULES OF CONDUCT:
I. All participants will remain QUIET when receiving instructions from any adult staff. Questions will be indicated by the participant raising her hand and waiting to be identified.
II. Failure to pay attention to instructions or discussion led by an adult staff member, will be subject to the disciplinary process as outlined.
III. No abusive or foul language, or obscene gestures will be tolerated at any Pop Warner function.
IV. All adult staff members will have full authority to demand the complete cooperation of each participant. Each adult staff member will have full authority to enforce the disciplinary process.
I. If any participant is experiencing any difficulties with another squad member, you should report the problem to the Head cheer coach. If she cannot solve the problem then it should be reported to the City Cheer Director.
II. No participant will verbally antagonize or accost any other participant, whether they are from an opposing squad or someone within their own squad/city. Doing so will result in an immediate:
a. One-week suspension
b. A second offense will result in suspension for the remainder of the season and review by the Executive Board prior to re-entry into the program.
III. Physical confrontations (i.e. pushing, shoving, hitting, etc.) WILL NOT be tolerated for any reason. No participant or staff member shall physically accost or harm another participant or member in any way. Doing so will result in:
a. Immediate suspension of the participant or adult staff member.
b. Re-entry into the program will be subject to review of the City Board of Directors.
I. Transportation to and from practices and games or any Pop Warner function is the responsibility of the participant and/or the parents of the participant.
II. Practices end promptly at 8:00 p.m. Any participant who has not been picked up by 8:15 p.m., the parent will be charged a $5.00 baby-sitting fee for every 15 minutes late. All fees not paid by the end of the season will result in the participant not receiving her trophy and possible re-entry into the program the following year. All checks must be made to the league, not to any individual.
9. DISCIPLINARY PROCESS:
I. First Offense: Warning
The participant will be warned immediately and asked to cease whatever activity/action she is engaging in.
II. Second Offense: Benched
If the participant has been previously warned by ANY staff member, the participant will be removed from participation with the squad for the next regularly scheduled game and all practice prior to that game. The participant will however, as part of the disciplinary process, attend practices and remain on the bench in order to observe the activities. The participant will also attend the game for which she has been benched, in full uniform, and observe it from the bench.
III. Third Offense: One Full Week of Suspension
A third offense of any nature will result in a full week of suspension. While on suspension the participant will not be allowed to attend any practices or games. If the participant attends any game in her uniform following her suspension, she will be immediately suspended for the remainder of the season.
IV. Fourth Offense: Suspension for the Remainder of the Season
A fourth offense of any nature will result in immediate suspension for the remainder of the season. Additionally, the participant will be subject to prior approval before re-entry into the program for the following season.
When a participant is suspended for the remainder of the season you will have ten (10) days in which to return the uniform and all items belonging to the Association. Failure to do so will result in court action at the parent’s expense.