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 2020 season. Last season our Division 8, Division 10 and Division 14 teams went undefeated and brought home 3 National Championships. For 2020 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
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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 Regional 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 found on the Shelton Youth Football and Cheer website, http://sheltonyouthfootball.org
Uniforms fittings will be held Saturday, June 15th from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Shelton Community Center downstairs in the multi purpose room. Each team is assigned a window of time. If you cannot make your window, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Siblings on different teams may come at the same time but please let your head coach know. We will update team times as we get closer.
9:30 am to 11:00 am
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
1:15 pm to 2:30 pm
Uniform and accessory dues for returning cheerleaders will be $150. This will include uniform shell and skirt (which must be returned at the end of the season), competition uniform, game bow, breast cancer bow, bloomers, 2 pair white socks, breast cancer socks, competition bow, team T-shirt, music/choreography fees. RETURNING CHEERLEADERS WILL RECEIVE A FREE SET OF PRACTICE WEAR FOR THE 2019 SEASON!! New cheerleaders on the compete team will also be required to purchase a body-liner for under their shell and practice wear in addition to the mandatory items listed above. An optional league cheer jacket is 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 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-
We will be participating in the Memorial Day Parade. This year’s parade is scheduled for Monday, May 27th. The parade begins in Shelton at 9 am. The girls will meet at the Just Tumble parking lot at 7:45 am. Please remember they begin closing the road at 7:30 am. The girls that march in the parade will be given a 2020 Shelton Cheer Shirt to wear. They also need to wear black shorts, white socks, and sneakers. The league will provide water for the girls. Parents are to meet us at the end of the Parade route at the Derby Memorial Library on the side steps. Please keep in mind we will get there before the end of the parade. You need to meet your daughter when she is done marching NOT WHEN THE PARADE ENDS!! The parade is always a lot of fun for the girls as they get to bond with all of the other cheerleaders in this league. Please remember we are representing TEAM SHELTON. We will send a reminder email as the parade gets closer with additional details
Cheer practice will begin on Monday, July 22nd. Practices will be held Monday through Thursday 6 to 8 pm at Gracie Field for all competitive squads and Tiny Mite squad will practice 3 nights per week, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 6:15 to 7:30. Once school begins the schedule for compete teams will include 2 weeknight practices as well as a Saturday practice. For tiny mites, practice is 1 night per week and Saturdays. All cheer squads will be required to cheer for the football players. As in prior years, opening weekend is: September 1st 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 away 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 Facebook page and check it often. The general facebook page for Shelton Cheer is 2019 TEAM SHELTON CHEER. 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. 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.
Memorial Day Parade...Mon. May 27th 7:45 meeting time
Just Tumble Parking Lot
Uniform Fittings…….Saturday, June 15th Shelton Community Center 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
TEAMS AND TIMES TO BE ANNOUNCED AS TIME NEARS
Conditioning Week….Mon. July 22nd to Thurs. July 25th, 6 to 8 at Lafayette Field
Practice begins………Mon. July 29th. All competing teams will practice 6 to 8:30 Monday through Thursday at Lafayette Field through the summer until school begins. School schedules TBD.
Tiny Mites schedule will be Mon., Tues. And Thurs. 6 to 7:30.
Locals Comp………….Sat. Oct 19th North Haven High School, 221 Elm St, North Haven CT
States Comp…………...Sat. Nov. 2nd, James Hillhouse High School, 480 Sherman Pkwy, New Haven. CT
Regionals Comp……….Sat. Nov. 23rd. UMASS, Tsongas Center 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell, MA
Nationals Comp……….Thurs. Dec. 12th (Noon) - Monday, December 16th. Orlando, FL
If at anytime 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 Jessica Gencarelli, our Cheer Coordinator or Patti Prodan, our VP of Cheer. Open communications 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