TEAM HANDBOOK
                                                                     (Revised June 2013, 2015)
                      Contact information:

Varsity Head Coach
                        Alice Granger -      Home 845 227-8942  cell 914 447-4347

JV Head Coach
                                          Mary Barr -   cell 845 702-3208

Assistant Coach
                                         Amanda Guida –  cell 845 401-5103

                                   John Jay cheerleading web site:      
                    Schedules and full calendars as well as other team information can be found on our web site.


John Jay Cheerleading is a very unique sport.  The cheerleading team is given the opportunity to support their school in
2 very different ways.  The Cheerleading team will support other school sports on the sidelines of that sport’s games.  
The cheerleaders will encourage crowd support, school spirit and pride while executing cheers using their skills and
training (i.e. cheers, stunts, tumbling)
The cheerleaders are also given the opportunity to participate in competitions that represent their sport. The
competitions exhibit the athleticism involved in the sport of cheerleading.  They will represent John Jay HS at local,
Sectional,  Regional and State competitions.  There may also be opportunities to attend National competitions.

As coaches, we believe that the primary purpose of John Jay Cheerleading is to promote school spirit and pride using  
athletic talents in the sport of Cheerleading.  However, we also believe that these athletes will learn the many lessons of
“sport” through the opportunities open to them with competitive cheerleading.  Cheerleading is a team sport that
requires every athlete to have a strong commitment to the team.  We do not look for individual glory but for individual
improvement that strengthens the team as a whole.

The coaching staff firmly believes that through the sport of cheerleading each individual athlete will learn life lessons
such as team work, commitment, friendship, community, goal setting, and many more that will stay with the athlete long
after the game, competition or season is over!  At the same time, each individual cheerleader will be encouraged to
refine and increase their individual skills to their highest levels.  

John Jay Cheerleading will always strive to be number 1, but more than the win; we will learn from and cherish all the
experiences that get us to that competitive level.


John Jay cheerleading follows the rules for tryouts and eligibility that are in place for all Wappingers Central School
district interscholastic sports.  Please see the WCSD booklet for interscholastic sports rules and guidelines.

Tryouts will take place starting on the specified dates given by Section 1 athletics. (Usually around the 20th of August
for Fall Season and around the 15th of November for winter season)

Sports physical
•         Physical must be up to date and Athletic consent form must be signed by guardian and health office

“Open” Summer Conditioning/ Strength training and practices (held at JJ track):
•        2 to 3 days a week 8:30-10:30   starting on July _____
•         Optional but Highly recommended to get to as many of these practices as possible.  Tryouts will include a test of
conditioning and strength, such as running, push-ups, abs etc.
•         Must bring hand held weights, exercise ball and towel.  Also suggest a weighted medicine ball  
•         Always bring water and a healthy snack
“Open” Summer  stunting clinics and flexibility training
•        1 evening a week from 5-7 pm

•         Tryouts will take place over 2-3 days at John Jay HS.  Time TBA
•         Must present June report card from the previous school year at tryouts
        Seniors must present Fall Semester Schedule
•         Must attend all days of tryouts
•         All veteran and new cheerleaders must tryout
•         Shorts and white t-shirt must be worn with hair up in pony tail.
•         Number of members on each team will be determined by skill level
•         There may be alternates or just game cheerleaders picked for each team.  If a cheerleader is an alternate or
game cheerleader he/she is a full member of the team but will not participate in the Competitive contests

Varsity skills we will be looking for:
•         A conditioned athlete: able to run 1 mile nonstop under 10 minutes, perform sets of sit ups, push-ups and
strength skills and demonstrate core strength
•         Standing tumbling – back handspring, standing tuck
•         Running tumbling- round off/back handspring, r/o tuck, r/o bhs tuck, r/o bhs layout
•         Jumps:  triple and/or quad jumps at the intermediate and advanced levels
•         Jump plus tumbling skill
•         Stunting:  able to perform at 2 different positions in a stunt (front spotting is not a position) Flyers and bases
must show ability of 2 legged and single leg stunts.  Must also show skill levels of load in skills, transitional stunts and
•         Knowledge of tryout routine
•         Strong motions
•         Strong Floor presence/attitude
•         Good leadership skills
A cheerleader may be placed on varsity if he/she meets the majority of these skills.  Participants not meeting this skill
level may be placed on Jr Varsity

Coaches will give tryout results to each individual athlete face to face following the last day of tryouts.


1.        Every cheerleader is a vital and important part of their team.  She/he must attend ALL practices and games!!
2.        John Jay Cheerleading must be your priority SPORT, club or activity.  No other activity can take precedence over
cheerleading or be a reason to miss practices and games.  This includes Employment.   
3.        We do not look for individual glory; we look for individual improvement which strengthens the team!
4.        Commitment to the team means commitment to your academics.  It is necessary and important to keep up with all
school work and strive for excellence in school.  A cheerleader with failing grades can only hurt the team.  If a
cheerleader is struggling with school it is her/his responsibility to let the coaches know so they can assist in finding help
or tutoring.
5.        It is every cheerleader’s responsibility to manage schoolwork and cheerleading.  Schoolwork should not be a
reason to miss a practice or game if your time is managed well.
6.        Sportsmanship is vital to cheerleading.  All John Jay cheerleaders will always display good sportsmanship.  This
means being positive and respectful to your teammates as well as to any visiting school’s athletes or fans.  This applies
to all John Jay cheerleaders even when they are not with their team, but are wearing any apparel that shows they are a
member of John Jay Cheerleading.
7.        Community service is a mandatory part of John Jay cheerleading.  Every cheerleader is required to attend the
community service projects.
8.         Every Cheerleader must respect herself, her teammates and the coaches.  Disrespect will never be tolerated!!  
Repeated disrespect to coaches, teammates or team rules will result in removal from the team.
9.         It is each individual cheerleader’s responsibility to be aware of the team’s schedule.  Work is never an excuse to
miss a practice or game.  Schedules are usually posted at least a month in advance
10.        If a cheerleader is going to miss a practice or game, a coach must be called at least 2 hours before that
practice or game.  An unexcused absence from a game or practices will sideline the cheerleader from the next game or
portion of that game.  Texting a coach is not an acceptable form of communication
11.        Parents should not “punish” a cheerleader by not allowing them to attend a game or practice.
12.         Every cheerleader must be on time for all practices and games.  Cheerleaders should be at the gym 15
minutes prior to the start time for practices and 45 minutes prior to the start of a game
13.        Every cheerleader is required to practice in shorts, t-shirt and cheerleading sneakers.  Hair must be up in
14.        Cell phones may not be used at any times during practices or games
15.         Full uniform is required at all games.  This means team skirt, team vest, bodyliner, briefs, hair bow and team
cheer sneakers
16.         JEWELRY IS PROHIBITED AT ALL PRACTICES AND  GAMES.  This means ALL body piercings must be
removed prior to the start of a practice or game.
17.         If any cheerleader has a tattoo it must be covered for all practices and games
18.        Never should any John Jay Cheerleader post any John Jay cheer routine, team picture, individual pictures on
any social media site without a coach’s permission.  Posting of any John Jay routine or team members without
permission could result in removal from the team.
19.         Once a team is picked for a season, a competitive team MAY be picked from that team.  There will be a chosen
number of competitive cheerleaders and there COULD be alternates to that team. Alternates are required to attend all
practices, and competitions.  They will learn the competition routine and in the case of an illness or injury to a
competitive cheerleader, the alternate will be placed onto the competition squad.  In addition,  a competitive team
cheerleader that does not follow team rules or misses team practices, or does not keep up with her/his skill level will be
moved to alternate status and an alternate will replace her/him on the competitive team.
20.         A cheerleader may tryout and cheer at  just games and not be competitive, however all competitive
cheerleaders must cheer at games
21.        Selection of team captains is at the discretion of the coaches.

In addition to these rules every cheerleader will receive the Wappingers School district guidelines for interscholastic


For most of the rules, the first infraction will result in the coach speaking with the cheerleader.    Severity of the
infraction will dictate the punishment.  Cheerleaders repeatedly late to practice may lose their role in the competition
routine.  Cheerleaders that miss practices will sit for one game, if the behavior persists, the cheerleader may be
removed from the team.  Poor Sportsmanship, inappropriate postings on the internet, or disrespect shown to team
members or coaches could result in immediate removal of the team.
Any cheerleader suspended from school is also suspended from cheerleading and risks being removed from the
competitive squad.
Any cheerleader that misses a Competition contest without the approval of the coaches is immediately removed from
the team.  


We maintain an open communication policy between coaches, cheerleaders and parents.  The coach’s policy will
always be to discuss small problems between the coach and cheerleader.  If the results from that discussion are not
satisfactory the coach will then speak with the parent of that cheerleader.  For any problem that the coach feels the
safety or health of a cheerleader is at risk, the coach will immediately consult with the parent.

If a parent wants to speak with a coach, the only appropriate times to do so is before the start of practice if there is
sufficient time or at the end of practice.  A parent should only contact a coach at home for extreme reasons unless the
coach offers parents to reach her there.  E-mail is also an appropriate form of communication.  

A coach will not discuss cheerleaders other than the parents’ child with those parents.  It is also not appropriate for a
parent to contact a coach concerning his/her child’s “spot” in a routine or formation.  Decisions about cheerleader
placement in cheers and routines are at the discretion of the coach.

The coaches will often use their captains and/or veteran cheerleaders to distribute information to the team.  This form
of communication will usually consist of practices times, changes in times and game or practice attire.

The method of choice for the coaches to distribute team information is at end of practice/game meetings, texts and thru

Financial concerns:
Being a member of John Jay Cheerleading does come with some financial obligations.  There are required sneakers,
uniform pieces, practice gear etc that are essential for safety and team work.  No cheerleader will ever be turned away
from a team due to financial hardship.  The John Jay Cheerleading Booster Club does have a plan in place for financial
hardships.  The program offers many fund raising opportunities to the team members to help offset costs.  While these
are all optional, if a hardship exists, we strongly encourage that cheerleader to participate in all the program fund
raisers and as many individual fund raisers as she/he can to help with financial obligations.

I have read and understand all the above information.  I will follow all sport and team rules for John Jay Cheerleading as
listed above.

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(Cheerleader’s signature)                                                                        Date

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(Parent’s signature)                                                                                   Date