Cheer Season Details

UpdatedTuesday June 30, 2020 byNSYFCA.

"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:     Due to COVID-19, Central Mass and AYF have cancelled all in person competitions for safety concerns.  They are currently looking into the possibility to have some type of Virtual Competition, but they don't know what that looks like just yet.

 

Advancement based on placement

Fun Comp

Local Comp (Top 5 teams move on to States)

State Comp  (Top 3 teams move on to Regionals)

Regionals  (Nov. top 3 teams are eligible to go to Nationals)

Nationals- December 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 (white)               Black bloomers

Tentative 2020 Dates:

  • Paperwork Hand In:    TBD
  • First Practice:   August 4th
  • Last day to submit paperwork:   August 13th
  • League Jamboree:  Cancelled due to COVID-19
  • Player Certification Date:   TBD--Mandatory 
  • First Regular Season Game:   possibly August 29th or 30th
  • Calendar Raffle Money Due:   October 20th
  • End of Season:   usually the end of October

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.