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Thank you for showing interest in the Vallejo Raiders Cheerleading Program! The Vallejo Raiders Cheerleading program teaches the fundamentals of cheerleading to girls ages 5-15. Cheerleading is one of the fastest growing sports across the nation. The VRC program provides youth with an opportunity to learn the value of teamwork, good sportsmanship and community pride with hard work and dedication. As an Organization we promote strong minds and strong bodies. Cheerleading is time consuming and physically demanding and for participants and their families. Participants learn the fundamentals of cheerleading including cheer clinics, game cheers and competition dance/cheer routines. With the support of parents we use a disciplined strength-based approach to coaching. All of our coaches are required to pass background checks and demonstrated skills in the art of teaching cheerleading.
Cheerleading Skill Training opportunities are available for coaches and student demonstrators who are interested. We believe in the giving back philosophy. Student demonstrators encouraged to come out and become team trainers. They are under the supervision of the Head Coach. Student demonstrators must have a good academic standing to participate in our programs. The VRC goal is to teach student demonstrator leadership skills, which they can apply to their daily lives and future endeavors.
There are no tryouts. The Cheer President assigns participants to teams on a first-come, first-served basis, based on age, date of registration, payment and the experience needed to make a team complete (i.e., tumblers and flyers), and prior head coach recommendations. Registration numbers are assigned to all participants. Players with outstanding fees or NSF checks will be dropped to the bottom of the waiting list and their spot on the squad will be lost.
Participants may request a particular team, but the Vallejo Raiders will not guarantee that the request will be granted. If your cheerleader is returning and the Head Coach does not think your cheerleader is ready to move up, you will be informed. Participants can request a specific team, but you must notify us if this is the only team acceptable. If the squad is full, the participant will be placed on a waiting list. Participants requesting specific teams will forfeit their opportunity to be placed on another squad based on their registration number.
Team placements will be announced the first week of Practice in August. Once team placements are announced, there is still potential for some additional changes related to late sign-ups or drops. After August 1st, team placement will not change unless there is an eligibility issue. Cheerleaders must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA to participate or show a willingness to participate in grade improvement programs at their school.
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Good health and hygiene practices are important when participating in youth sports activities.
Players should wash their hands and change their clothing after practice, games and competitions.
Practice gear and uniforms should be washed according to the manufacturer's instructions after each use.
Players must come to practice games and competitions with clean uniforms and practice gear.
Players should not come to practice if they are sick or have a fever. They should contact their coach to report an absence.
All cuts, scrapes and abrasions should be covered with a bandage before participating in cheerleading or dance.
Parents should refer to the MRSA (Menthicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria) information handout "MRSA in Athletes" for information on prevention.
The participant and parent/caregiver will be required to sign a Code of Conduct. This code of conduct is strictly adhered to. Any violation by a parent or participant will be grounds for dismissal from the squad. Good sportsmanship and respect to all coaches, board members, teammates and other organizations is mandatory. Any act of disrespect to a referee, judge, coach, board member, opposing team staff or player is grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.
If a participant or parent disrupts a practice, they will be asked to leave. Parents are allowed at practice, but not in practice area. This allows the coach to be able to create a one on one bond with each cheerleader.
Parents can enter the practice area 5 minutes before the end of practice. Coaches will make all announcements during this time. Players will not be allowed to walk to cars in the parking lots due to safety. Please pick your player up on time. Cheer practice is not a babysitting service so please have respect for your coach and be on time.
Practice begins the 4th Monday of July. The regular season runs through the end of October. The season will continue through the end of November if the squad advances to Regional Championships or through mid-December if the team qualifies for Nationals Championships.
Practices are initially held 5 days a week. Each practice is 2 hours. During the months of September and October, the practice schedule is reduced to 3 days per week, 2 hours each practice. In addition, cheerleaders cheer at the football games, which are typically held on Sundays, but may occasionally be on Saturdays.
Squads advancing to Regional Championships will continue practice through November. Those squads advancing to Nationals Championships will practice through early December. Regional Championships are held Thanksgiving weekend (Location varies each year). National Championships are held in Orlando, Florida the second week of December.
The specific practice schedule will be provided by the Head Coach.
Players are required to wear appropriate clothing and shoes to practice. Players should wear shorts or sweatpants (no nylon pants), a tee shirt, cheer shoes and socks. No spaghetti straps and no bare midriffs are permitted. Players will not be allowed to participate in practices without proper practice gear.
Cheerleading is a team sport. When one cheerleader misses practice it has an impact on the entire squad. This is particularly true if the cheerleader is on a stunting team. As a result, practices may only be missed due to illness or, if the head coach is notified in advance by a parent, due a compelling personal reason or academic needs. Two unexcused practices result in a drop from the team.
Please make an effort to schedule your family vacations during June and July. Participants will have an opportunity to attend skills camps during the month of May and June. These are optional, but recommended.
Full participation is $350. The participation fee covers: registration, membership fee, uniform, end-of-season banquet, scholastic program, participation trophy, and mentoring. You can offset the cost by participating in our organization fundraiser at the Sonoma Raceways. You can earn $25 for a half day and $50 for full day towards your child's registration when you volunteer.
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