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Bearcats Cheer FAQs

Cheer Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Is there a tryout?
No.  A maximum of 30 cheerleaders are accepted for each squad on a first come, first served basis with priority given to returning cheerleaders and siblings.
 

 
Q.  How are cheerleaders assigned to a squad?
There are 4 cheerleading squads within the Bearcats organization based on age as of July 1st, experience and numbers.  The approximate age divisions are as follows:

            A Team 12-13 yrs. (no higher than 8th grade)
            B Team 10-11 yrs.
            C Team 8-9 yrs.
            D Team 6-7 yrs.   
 
Q.  What is the practice schedule?
Beginning in August, practice runs Monday thru Friday, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
  The practice schedule is abbreviated to a 2-day (for younger squads) or 3-day schedule once school starts.  Practice days are typically on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 5:30 – 7:00 (for younger squads) or 7:30 PM but may change on a weekly basis once we move indoors.  Every attempt is made to give as much advance notice of practice schedules as possible. 
 
Q.  Where do cheerleaders practice?
August practices are held at Ahrens Park in Granby.  Practices are moved inside to the Suffield High School or Suffield Middle School gym once it starts to get darker earlier.   
 
Q.  Do parents need to attend practices?
Parents need to attend practices in the event of an injury. While this request necessitates a huge commitment on the part of parents, it is important given the nature of cheerleading (stunting). Some parents have found it helpful to set up schedules whereby each parent attends one night of practice and is responsible for any needs that may arise for the children within that group. If this option works for your family we encourage its use but ask that your child be aware of who is responsible for them on each given practice day.
 
Q.  Is it necessary to attend all summer practices?
It is strongly encouraged to attend all summer practices.  Cheerleaders must learn numerous cheers, dances and stunts to be prepared for games.  If a cheerleader has missed too many practices and is unprepared, they may not be ready to participate in the first game.
 
Q.  What equipment is provided for each cheerleader? 

Each cheerleader will receive a uniform which includes a skirt, sleeveless shell, warm-up jacket, warm-up pants, socks and bow.
 
Q.  What does each cheerleader need to buy in order to participate?
Cheerleaders are expected to purchase cheer sneakers, turtlenecks and bloomers which will be ordered by the Bearcats for all the cheerleading teams. Order forms will be available during the first week of practice.
 
Q.  What does each cheerleader need to bring the first day of practice?
Cheerleaders should wear tie sneakers, cotton shorts and t-shirts or tank tops. Please no skirts, skorts or spaghetti strap shirts. Hair should be up in a ponytail and out of faces. No jewelry of any kind, including earrings and piercings. They should also bring plenty of water!
 
Q.  Do the cheerleaders participate in any competitions?

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