Cheerleading

Ms. Christen Bridges – Cheerleading Coach

Last Chance to Tryout!!!

If you are NEW to the Columbus area OR you have been granted a hardship, you are still eligible to tryout for the BRMS 2018-19 Cheer Squad. Please see Coach Bridges in room 410 during the first week back to school, August 8 -10, in order to pickup all required paperwork. Return all completed forms to Coach Bridges during the tryout which will be Monday, August 13th right after school in room 410. 

 Please note that our official tryouts have already been held this year. New candidates eligible to join the squad will only be a part of our Spirit Squad and NOT our Competition Squad until basketball season. The girls have worked hard already over the summer to learn our halftime routine which we’ll be taking to competition. The routine will be adjusted before basketball season begins, and at that time, we will add any new cheerleaders to the routine. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation. 

General Policies and Expectations

 

  • All practices and games are required.
  • Cheerleaders are responsible for letting the coach know ahead of time that a conflict will prevent them from attending a scheduled practice or game. With no notice, the cheerleader will be required to attend the next game and sit in the stands.
  • Cheerleaders provide leadership and are role models for BRMS and our community. They are responsible for promoting school spirit, enthusiasm, and good sportsmanship. Cheerleaders are to present a positive attitude at all times. If athletic events bore you, you should not be a cheerleader!
  • A cheerleader that participates in inappropriate behavior (in/out of school) or presents a negative attitude during practice, games, or competitions may be benched for part/all of a game or pep rally, and may be removed from the squad. 

Selection of Cheerleaders

 

    • Practice will be held Wednesday, Mar. 14 and Thursday, Mar. 15 (4:00 to 5:30 pm in the gym) prior to the final try-out on Friday, Mar. 16th.
      • Each candidate will learn a cheer, chant, and dance
      • Each candidate will perform the following jumps:
        • Toe touch
        • Jump of choice
      • Each candidate with be asked to perform the following tumbling skills:
        • Standing tumbling
        • Running tumbling – pass of choice
        • Note: these skills should only be attempted if the candidate has experience w/out spot
      • Candidates will be judged throughout the selection process. Three judges will be present for the final try-out on Friday, Mar. 16th. Decisions will be based upon the following:
        • Execution of Fundamentals – tumbling, jumps, dance, motions
        • Difficulty – tumbling, jumps, dance, motion
        • Overall Performance – showmanship, spirit, athleticism
        • Coach Evaluation – cooperation, attitude, attendance, dependability (behavior grades, and discipline reports taken into account)
        • Teacher recommendations – cooperation, attitude, attendance, dependability
      • There will be 13-20 candidates selected.

Athletic Eligibility

 

  • All cheerleaders are athletes and must meet the eligibility requirements stated in the MCSD handbook.
  • You may not participate if you have failed any classes during the first semester. If you are in danger of failing a class this semester you should not try-out.

Attitude and Behavior

 

    • Cheerleaders are responsible for their behavior both on and off the field/court.
    • Cheerleaders will follow the rules as outlined in the BRMS Handbook.
    • Cheerleaders must maintain good rapport with the BRMS staff and faculty, both on and off the school grounds.
      • The coach reserves the right to:
        • Suspend from participation
        • Release from squad
      • A cheerleader is a role model for the student body and fans. A positive attitude and good sportsmanship toward squad members, teams, coaches, teachers, students, and officials is expected at all times.
      • A demerit system is enforced in order to maintain organization and commitment.

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Responsibility and Commitment

 

      • As noted previously, all performances and practices are required.
      • At the conclusion of a practice or game cheerleaders should be picked up within 15 minutes.
      • Practice Schedule
        • Parent meeting/ Uniform fitting with Varsity Rep TBA!
        • Practice resumes in August, days and times TBA!
      • Camp Schedule
        • Camp: Specific dates during Summer vacation TBA
        • Additional information TBA
      • Games
        • Attendance at all home games is required during football season.
          • August – October
          • Specific Schedule TBA
        • Attendance at all assigned home games is required during basketball season.
          • December-February
          • Specific schedule TBA
        • We are also responsible for a variety of school spirit events that cheerleaders are expected to support. In the past we have participated/planned:
          • Back-to-School Dance
          • Homecoming Week
          • Pep Rallies

Estimated Donations

 

    • Each cheerleader is responsible for raising the funds associated with being a member of the cheerleading squad. The amounts listed below are approximate and do not include tax. A detailed statement will follow for members.
      Description of Item Price
      Uniform (skirt & top) $200.00
      Black midriff $35.00
      Bloomers $20.00
      Black razor-back sports bra $10.00
      White no-show socks $5.00
      White cheer shoes $50.00
      Poms $40.00
      Bow $15.00
      Cheer bag $40.00
      Practice t-shirt $15.00
      BRMS Sweatpants $30.00
      Hoodie $30.00
      Athletic Booster Club Dues $35.00
      Approximate Total $525.00
    • All monies paid for cheerleading are nonrefundable. Any cheerleader removed from the squad during the season will not receive a refund. Some items may not need purchasing if you have cheered before.

 Required Paperwork

 

Due Friday, March 9th by 4:00pm to Rm. 410

 

NO EXCEPTIONS!

 

  • Signed Copy of Try-out Application
  • Completed and signed “Permission to Participate/Permission to Treat”
  • Completed and signed “Concussion Awareness Form”
  • Completed and signed copy of “Preparticipation Physical Evaluation” (4 pages)
  • Two Completed Teacher Recommendations (the teachers may send this directly)
  • Copy of most recent progress report or report card