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


  • Tryouts will be May 22-24 from 4-5:30
    • 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 by the coach. Three additional judges will be present for the final try-out. 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 2 or more classes during the first semester. If you are in danger of failing 2 or more classes 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 mid-August on Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:30
  • Camp Schedule
    • Camp: Specific dates during Summer vacation TBA
    • Additional information TBA
  • Games
    • Attendance at all home games is required during football season.
      • October to December
      • Specific Schedule TBA
    • Attendance at all assigned home games is required during basketball season.
      • January to March
      • 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 $200.00
Warm-up suit $110.00
Practice clothes (2 shirts/1 short) $25.00
Cheerleading Bag $40.00
Poms $40.00
Bloomers/bow $15.00
Athletic Booster Club Dues $35.00
Approximate Total $465.00

The highlighted items may not need purchasing if the cheerleader was a member of the 2015-2016 BRMS team.

  • A minimum half payment is due by May 25 with the remaining balance paid August 2.
  • All monies paid for cheerleading are nonrefundable. Any cheerleader removed from the squad during the season will not receive a refund.

 Required Paperwork

(due Friday, May 13th by 4:00pm to rm. 310)



  • Completed and signed copy of “Preparticipation Physical Evaluation”
  • Completed and signed “Permission to Participate/Permission to Treat”
  • Signed Copy of Try-out Application
  • Copy of 3rd Nine Weeks Report Card
  • Two Completed Teacher Recommendations (the teachers may send this directly)