Promote and uphold school spirit, unity and pride
Represent the school to the highest degree
Set an example of good behavior and sportsmanship at all times (in uniform or not)
Promote friendship with each other and with schools whom we compete, perform and go to camp with
Promote the development of lifelong values and skills
Mansfield Cheer Program Rules and Regulations
Cheerleaders understand that teamwork and the maintenance of discipline is the key to success of the spirit of the program. Cheerleaders are dedicated to promoting spirit, enthusiasm, and positive winning attitude through example. Adherence to the Cheer Program rules and regulations is vital to achieve goals. All members realize that the manner, in which they conduct themselves in or out of uniform, directly reflects on the entire team, squad, and school.
It is recognized that these rules and regulations are necessary to maintain morale, discipline, and effective learning. Consistent enforcement of these rules and regulations is also necessary to ensure the safety and general well being of each individual spirit leader. Participation in spirit leading is voluntary not mandatory. It is a privilege not a right and may be revoked by the school personnel when a spirit leader violates rules and regulations. Mansfield Cheer by-laws as outlined in the student handbook and NFHS SPIRIT rules apply first and foremost.
All cheerleading candidates and parents must sign a contract stating that they agree to and are aware of the amount of time, expense, commitment and responsibility required and expected.
Please read the Mansfield student handbook for athletic eligibility as these rules take precedence.
Junior High squad can consist of students entering the 7th, 8th, and 9th grade
Varsity Squad can consist of girls entering the 10th, 11th and 12th grade
Varsity Competition Squad can consist of girls entering the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade
By being a part of the cheerleading squad, you are accepting the fact that your actions are more prominent then those not associated with such an activity. Exemplary behavior is mandatory at all times, anywhere in the community and at all school functions where you are recognized as a representative of Mansfield Public Schools.
Promoting good sportsmanship by way of example is required at all times. Members must not use foul language at activities, in school, at games, or camps, etc.
Excessive public displays of affection are never considered appropriate but especially in uniform, at games, in school, around the community and on social media.
Due to social media your presence can be seen everywhere.
Proper appearance is required at all times.
Members must cooperate with all faculty members, squad members, game officials, and coaches.
Cheerleaders must display proper behavior in class. This includes; being on time, not skipping and not cheating.
Every attempt will be made to discipline fairly and equally, and to make consequences of actions known ahead of time. Parents will be kept informed of problem situations. Severity of, or repeated offenses may dictate harsher action.
Set aside your personal differences for the benefit of the squad and school.
Cheerleading is unlike any other sport. We do not have substitute members when needed. We have no room for substitutions so you being present is very important. Illness or other extreme emergencies are the only valid reason for missing practices and games.
One person being absent affects the entire squad. It is important not to inconvenience the practice time of the entire squad by being absent. Absences should be avoided when possible
Absences will be excused in the event of a personal illness with a doctor’s excuse if requested by the coaches, a school or function planned ahead, family emergency, or death of a family member. Family vacation will be excused if planned and scheduled ahead with coaches at least 2 weeks prior to the vacation.
Absences due to work schedules are unexcused. Jobs must work around the cheer schedule.
Attendance at a game or practice without proper shoes, clothes or uniform will be considered an absence and the cheerleader will be benched for that game.
Cheerleaders need to schedule appointments around the cheer schedule whenever possible and coaches need to be notified ahead of time.
If you are going to be late or miss a practice/game you need to give prior notice and notify the coaches directly.
Absences will be reviewed on an individual basis.
Practice Absences: Failure to attend practice will result in the cheerleader being benched during half time performances or games.
PRACTICES and GAMES
Safety is our first priority. No excessive horse-playing. Never stunt or tumble when a coach isn’t present. All practices and games are mandatory. Should you have a situation that is unavoidable you MUST contact the coaches directly. Any unreported absences from practice or games will result in not performing during the half time game performances and disciplinary action.
Uniforms are provided by the school and must be cared for properly. DO NOT DRY CLEAN. Machine wash in cold water, hang to dry. Uniforms, crops, and briefs must be washed after every game. All spirit squad members must have the same uniform look. If you fail to return, destroy, or ruin a school issued uniform you will be required to pay for the replacement.