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Huskies Cheer Parent Policy Handbook

We pride ourselves on being an extremely competitive, active, and successful cheer program. Before making your registration decision, please note the following and factor this in to your registration decision. Thank you!

Huskies Cheer Mission
The mission of the Hunterdon Huskies American Youth Cheer Program is to promote the development of highly competitive cheerleaders in a positive, fun, and safe learning environment.

  • We provide a structure that encourages teamwork, new friendships, self-confidence, and self-discipline.
  • We focus on delivering strong technical training, while also promoting sportsmanship, integrity, and discipline, to help participants excel both on and off the cheer floor.
  • We provide inspiration and enthusiastic support for our nationally recognized Huskies football teams.
  • We acknowledge and recognize the thrill of competition, and enjoying watching our squads succeed.
  • While highly competitive, we recognize that our cheerleaders are children, not professionals.

 

Huskies Cheer Goals

Goals help us organize our resources and plan appropriately for our season, practices, and competitions. More important than that, however, it’s a sound reminder of just how important it is to have goals in life – for without a goal to reach for, work toward, and practice for, success can prove evasive.

The Goals for Huskies Cheer are as follows:

  • Goal: All competitive level cheer teams advancing to and placing at Big East Region Finals;
  • Goal: Continue to properly progress and prepare our cheer athletes for the next step – with the ultimate goal of preparing all young cheer athletes for successful competitive high school cheer careers, should they choose to try out for those teams.


Practices

  • Practices will start the week of July 24th this season for all competitive level teams; instructional teams (Mitey Mites, Flag, Minis, and Inspiration) will start later.
  • Practices in the summer are 4 nights per week for all competitive teams; Mitey Mites will also typically practice 4 nights per week; Flag, Minis, Inspiration practice 1-3x a week (varies by team).
  • Summer practices are at Union Forge Field, 1 Washington Avenue, High Bridge.
  • After Labor Day, practices will be 3x a week for competitive teams. Note that these practices may be weeknights or Saturdays. As we near competitions, it's possible we will add additional practices to ensure the team is properly prepared. After Labor Day, instructional teams will practice 1 or 2x a week.
  • After Labor Day, our competitive teams will move indoors on cheer mats for practices. The location in the past has been Baptist Camp in Lebanon. The instructional teams will move indoors when weather requires it, and in the past these have been primarily at High Bridge Elementary School.
  • All practices, especially for all of our competitive cheer teams, are mandatory. This includes summer practices. The only excusable absences are illness and religious education.


Game Days

  • Cheer teams cheer for our football teams.
  • There are approximately 8 or 9 regular season games (4/5 are home, 4/5 are away). Games are typically on Sundays (though some may be Saturdays).
  • Home games are at Union Forge Field in High Bridge, and sometimes at our local high schools. Away games are in the northern Jersey Shore area; Flag away games tend to be in the Manville, Middlesex, Kenilworth areas.
  • If a competitive football team makes the playoffs (in November), cheer teams are required to cheer.
  • All Cheerleaders are required to cheer all games, unless they have earned a “Game Day Pass” for perfect practice attendance (coaches will review this program at the start of the season). The only excusable absences are illness and religious education.
  • Inspiration and Minis do not cheer away games, and may only cheer certain (not all) home games.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

  • ALL practices, especially for our competitive cheer teams, are mandatory. This includes summer practices.
  • ALL Cheerleaders are required to cheer ALL games, unless they have earned a “Game Day Pass” for perfect practice attendance (coaches will review this at the start of the season).
  • The only excusable absences are illness and religious education.
  • Note that if there are recurring problems with unexcused absences (>3), the following action(s) may be taken:
    -- removal from stunt position in competition routine;
    -- switching the participant from competition team to “game day only”;
    -- removal from the team.

Required Cheer Accessories

  • All cheerleaders will need to purchase certain items to complete their uniform (team sneaker, boycut briefs, white no-show socks, competition bow, etc).
  • The online store to purchase these accessories will be open in May/June.
  • The cheer coordinator will send out an email when the store opens.

Choreography Fee & Practices – Competitive Teams only

  • For the 2017 season, it is expected that our competitive teams will include Division 10 Junior Pee Wee, Division 12 Pee Wee, and Division 14 Junior Midget.
  • Competitive teams will receive professionally choreographed routines and instruction. The Choreography Fee in the past has been $150 per cheerleader; the cost for the 2017 season will be determined later in the Spring. This cost covered team expenses including the choreography of the routine, professional instruction, props if needed, and music. Check payable to HBAA is due the first night of practice. As in years past, we run Choreography Fundraisers in the summer that you may choose to participate in, to help offset your individual fee.
  • Choreography practice sessions are typically indoors (last few years at North Hunterdon High School) and are generally in mid-August, though they have been as early as the first week in August in the past. The dates for choreography will not be available until late Spring/early Summer.
  • Stunt groups will be put together the first week in August.

June Stunt Clinics – Competitive Teams only

  • All competitive teams [Division 10 Junior Pee Wee and above] will have a June Stunt Clinic. 
  • We expect this will be in early June [first or second weekend] – please save these dates on your calendars. When dates are confirmed, we will update the "Key Dates" on this website, as well as send communications to all registered cheerleaders.
  • We are looking for 100% participation at this clinic, as our coaches and choreography consultants will be on hand to help shape stunt groups, determine positions, and begin choreography exploration.
  • Last year the cost of this clinic was $25 per cheerleader – confirmation on cost, dates and additional details will be sent out in May.

Competition & Key Event Dates for 2017
Participation at all team competitions is mandatory. If your participant does not wish to be a competitive cheerleader but would still like to be with Huskies Cheer, please ask the cheer coordinator about being a “Game Day” cheerleader only – please ask about this during your registration process, or as early in the Spring as possible, as this could impact how cheer teams are put together.

  • September – Flag Cheer Fun Day; date to be determined, but likely a Saturday later in the month.
  • September – North Stunt Clinic, mandatory for all competitive teams. This is typically a Saturday later in the month. Cost is typically $35 per participant (payable to North).
  • October – Huskies Annual Spirit Rally! Typically at North Hunterdon High School, this event will be in early October (usually a Saturday evening) and is mandatory for all teams.
  • October – Jersey Shore Conference Competition in Trenton – for Mitey Mites, Inspiration and all competitive teams
  • October – North Hunterdon Cheer Spooktacular [typically last weekend in October or first weekend in November], football schedule permitting
  • November – Voorhees HS Cheer Competition [typically early November], football schedule permitting
  • November – Big East Region Cheer Championships in Trenton – for Inspiration, and qualifying advancing competitive teams only
  • December – 2017 American Youth Cheer National Championships in Florida – for advancing teams only. If any Huskies cheer team qualifies, our travel day will be the Wednesday prior to the competition [no earlier or later]. As in years past, we run National Fundraisers that you may choose to participate in, to help offset your cheerleader's travel expenses.

GO Huskies!!

We are looking forward to another awesome season! If you have any questions at any time about our cheer program, please be sure to reach out to Huskies’ cheer coordinator, Susan Lavigne at or 908-304-4571.