Ms. Christen Bridges – Cheerleading Coach

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.


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




  • 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