SAYC Competition Team Information
SAYC is excited to start our cheerleaders with foundational experience and SUCCESS in the sport of competitive cheer! This communication will serve to give general information regarding process and procedures form the organization level. Each squad will send finalized information specific to the competitions your ladies will engage in for the season.
Competition season takes place typically from September until April of the following year. Squads are NEVER obligated to participate in multiple competitions so the squad competition seasons may vary within the large timeframe.
Each Squad will have a Parent meeting to discuss squad specific expectations and goals that fall within the parameters of the SAYC outlined expectations.
All SAYC Coaches are volunteer based so the amount of competitions each squad will engage each season will be indicative of both the time our families, and our coaches are able to commit to a successful process.
Each squad will set and manage a budget for the competition season. The budget will not exceed $200 per cheerleader. The costs will include needs such as (but not limited to): mat rental time, music creation & licensing fees, competition registration fees, competition bows, competition makeup, and signs. All receipts will be provided for full financial transparency. Squad competition is self-funded.
SAYC does provide some existing supports such as two paid mat rental hours. SAYC is working to secure contracts with potential sponsors to provide additional mat time rental hours for each team. New the season, SAYC will promote across all social media platforms and websites, 2 squad organized fundraisers during the season. Coaches will schedule promotions with the SAYC board on a first come, first serve basis.
Practice & Engagement Expectations:
Below you will find a list of important items to consider as you make the decision regarding competition cheer. Please note that each coach will have specific points within the scope of the guideline presented by SAYC. Please ask questions and receive answers as necessary. Our goal is always centered on providing a fun and educational experience for the ladies with youth cheer first and foremost. 2020 brought amazing success to our competitive programming so we are stepping up our game to match! #GoAVES
Absolutely no cheer experience is needed for the competition team.
Sideline cheer is about having fun and learning a volume of material to perform at games. Competition cheer involves practicing the same 2.5 minute routine every practice until it is completely perfect in every way, so we perform at an exceptional level at competitions. We will work really hard, which makes the competitions and outcomes more rewarding and fun; however, the tone and speed of the comp practices are different from sideline practices. We are strict and disciplined on the competition team, with no exceptions. We are there to do a job and that is to be exceptional.
Every parent and child should understand the expectation that our competition team involves hard work.
Practices are mandatory, but we do recognize things in life come up. Coaches do maintain the expectation of frequent communication as a result. Cheer is a team sport; we are only as good as every individual on our team. Our comp score is cumulative, with great emphasis on team precision and timing. At practices, we will work on achieving perfect team precision and timing. If one child misses a practice, we must reteach or re-clean the same material at the following practice, and even have to change sequences or positions to adjust to the absence.
Children are expected to practice outside of comp practices.
Please be reminded that all SAYC coaches are volunteers and will assign tasks for cheerleaders to complete outside of practice times. These could include:
Having your child to practice on time.
Cleaning/tending to your child’s uniform and shoes
Following team instructions on hair/makeup
Having a positive attitude towards cheer and coaches
Encouraging your child to work hard
Follow parent expectations for competitions
Expect to have squad makeup and hair expectations, to be determined by each coach.
Appearance at competitions is mandatory. We encourage you to understand and consider the commitment, so your squad has the best chance at a phenomenal season prior to signing up.