Welcome to Shelton Youth Cheer
On behalf of the VP of Cheer, Cheer Coordinator and our coaches, we would like to welcome all new and returning cheerleaders and their families to the Shelton Vikings 2021 season. In the past several years our compete teams have traveled to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Atlantic City and Florida and where they competed and won titles in their divisions. For 2021 we are looking forward to another successful and fun season. Cheerleading is a huge commitment that requires a lot of spirit and dedication from both cheerleaders and parents.
Please remember that this entire league is run by volunteers; there are no paid positions within SYF&C. Please keep in mind we are a RECREATIONAL cheer program. Although we do participate in Competitive Cheer Competitions, our program focuses on sideline cheer, skill, and proper technique both at practice and football games.
This packet will help answer questions you may have before, and, or during the season. We have
included as much info as we could into so please keep it to use as a reference.
Birth Certificates and Paperwork-
All cheerleaders new to SYF&C must have an original raised seal birth certificate and a copy when they register. This will be kept on file with the league. Original birth certificates will be kept until the end of the season. NO EXCEPTIONS. This is a National rule and your daughter can not compete without it. ALL PAPERWORK is to be turned in at uniform fittings with the exception of report cards which should be given to your head coach/team manager at the end of the school year. Paperwork can be found and printed by going to sheyfc.siplay.com. Please make sure to fill out all of the info on the registration website when you register. This will make the paperwork process much easier. ALL FIELDS MUST BE FILLED IN ON PAPERWORK. NO CHEERLEADER will be permitted to practice without having all paperwork completed. NO EXCEPTIONS!! This season, along with the code of conduct, parents will be asked to sign an Anti-Bullying Contract which can be printed on the siplay registration site under paperwork or found on the Shelton Youth Football and Cheer website, http://sheltonyouthfootball.org
Uniforms fittings time and location to be announced.
Uniform and accessory dues for returning cheerleaders will be $120 and for new cheerleaders dues will be $160. This will include game uniform shell and skirt (which must be returned at the end of the season), competition uniform, game bow, breast cancer bow, 2 pair white socks, breast cancer socks, competition bow, team T-shirt, music/choreography fees. New cheerleaders will also be required to purchase a body-liner for under their shell in addition to the mandatory items listed above. An optional league cheer jacket and practice wear are also available for purchase but not required. The girls on the competition teams will be fitted for competition sneakers in August. The cost of the sneakers has been $65 the past few years. We hope to keep that cost the same this season. Tiny mite and non-compete/exhibition cheerleaders will also be fitted for their sneakers in August and their sneakers will be $30. All items purchased at fittings will be handed out prior to the first game of the season. As always bows, socks, and sneakers are yours to keep at the end of the season. Uniforms are to be returned to the league.
Memorial Day Parade-
SYC will not participate in the 2021 Memorial Day Parade Due to Covid Restrictions
Cheer practice will begin on Monday, July 26th, 2021 for all competitive teams. Tiny Mites and Non-Compete/Exhibition teams will begin on August 2nd. Practices will be held Monday through Thursday from 6 to 8 pm at Gracie Field for all competitive squads and the Tiny Mite and NC/Exhibition squad will practice 2 nights per week, dependent upon coaches availability. Once school begins the schedule for compete teams will include 2 weeknight practices as well as a Saturday practice. For Tiny Mites and NC/Exhibition, practice is Saturdays. All cheer squads will be required to cheer for at football games We are excited to announce all home games will be held at Shelton High School in 2021!!. As in prior years, opening weekend is held on Labor Day weekend and the football season typically ends in early November. Please be aware that we do cheer in the cold, rain and snow. Again, the cheer squads will be cheering at 1 football game each weekend, which may be scheduled for either Saturday or Sunday. A season is a minimum of 7 regular games and/or possibly 5 playoff games. Each squad is required to cheer at least 4 home games. You will receive a schedule at a later date as to which team your child will be cheering for. Football game schedules will not be officially posted by the Shoreline Football League until shortly before games begin. This means the squads won’t be getting a game schedule until the end of August. We have no control over the league schedule. This also pertains to the playoffs. The days and times usually aren’t posted until later in the week of the playoff game. Please be patient and understanding. As always, it is the responsibility of the parent (s) to get your cheerleader(s) to and from games unless previous arrangements have been made with your coach. Practices will be moved indoors when the weather starts getting cold. Indoor practice schedules are TBD. Please have your cheerleader dress appropriately for weather conditions. Jewelry, of any kind, is prohibited by SYF&C. For safety reasons, no kids will be allowed to leave the practice or game areas without a parent. They must stay with their coach until you arrive, and the coach must know you have them. Please be sure to arrive at the field before the end of practice.
ALL practices are mandatory in order for your cheerleader to perform/compete. The entire squad relies on each other to learn the routine. Cheerleading is a TEAM sport. If you know your cheerleader will miss practice at any time during the season please let your coach know ASAP. After 3 unexcused absences it will be up to the coach and the VP of Cheer as to whether your child will be able to remain on the squad.
All families are required to volunteer during the season. Cheer families are also required to volunteer at the Local and State Competitions in late October and early November. – YOU CANNOT OPT OUT OF VOLUNTEERING FOR THIS; IT IS A SYF&C REQUIREMENT. Your Head Coach will be taking names for volunteers early in the season. The league is only as good as its volunteers and cannot grow without parent involvement. There are many volunteer opportunities throughout the league.
The majority of all communication is done via email; please make sure we are supplied with all pertinent email addresses. It is also a good idea to become acquainted with your team and the league's Facebook page and check it often. The general Facebook page for Shelton Cheer is SHELTON CHEER COACHES/PARENTS. If you are not already a member please make a request so we can add you. This is not a public site. We as a league in general send out a lot of emails, please be sure that you check it daily. If at any time your information changes please make sure to notify your coach immediately and update the siplay registration site. Communication is the key to a successful season!!
Save the Dates
The following are important dates for the season. Please keep it handy. Times and details will be released as the season and events get closer.
Uniform Fittings…….TIMES AND LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED AS TIME NEARS
Conditioning Week (MANDATORY START DATE FOR COMPETE TEAMS)….Mon. July 26th to Thurs. July 29th, 6 to 8 at Lafayette (Gracie) Field
Practice begins the week of August 2nd for all Non Compete teams. (Tiny Mite and Exhibition)
All compete teams will practice from 6 to 8:30 Monday through Thursday at Lafayette Field through the summer until school begins. School schedules TBD.
Tiny Mite's and NC/Exhibition schedule will be 2 nights per week through the summer (TBD at a later date) and Saturday practices once school begins.
Locals Comp………….Sat. Oct 23rd Shelton Highh School, 120 Meadow St. Shelton, CT
States Comp…………...Sat. Nov. 6th, James Hillhouse High School, 480 Sherman Pkwy, New Haven. CT
Regionals Comp……….Sat. Nov. 19th-21st, Webster Arena, 600 Main St. Bridgeport, CT 06604
Nationals Comp……….TBA Dec 2021. Orlando, FL
If at any time you have a question your head coach or team manager is your first contact. If your head coach can not answer your question she will contact either Ami DelBuono, our Cheer Coordinator or Patti Prodan, our VP of Cheer. Open communication is the key to a successful season and happy safe athletes. Please feel free at any time to express concerns or questions. If we don't know we can't help. We are looking forward to another successful cheer season!!
Patti Prodan, VP of Cheer
Ami Delbuono, Coordinator of Cheer