Athletes must always demonstrate exemplary conduct inside and outside of WHC sanctioned events and adhere to standards of good sportsmanship at all times. A West Halifax athlete must also be aware that their actions represent the team, athletes, club and community.
1. Attendance- Includes being on time to practices, competitions, and/or any other planned events
2. Participation in all practices is mandatory
A. Full participation during practices is mandatory (unless injury or illness prevents). The team(s) depends on you to be in attendance with a positive attitude. Every time someone misses a practice, the whole team suffers.
B. Wear appropriate clothes during practice: Non-baggy clothing, socks and appropriate/approved sneakers. No jewelry (this includes any body piercing) or gum.
C. Hair is to be secured in a high ponytail or so that hair does not fall on the athlete’s shoulders or in their eyes during practices and competitions.
D. Participate in all activities proposed by the coach. You will be required to participate in stunts if you are a member of the team. This includes flyers, bases, back spotters and front spotters.
3. Follow athlete and safety guidelines as outlined by the cheer Coach(es)
4. Always show GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP
5. Be prepared to practice, or perform with the required uniform (sneakers are mandatory).
If it is necessary to be late or absent from any practice, the Coaches/staff MUST be notified as soon as possible (please add our staff email account to your contact list:
The only excused absence from any practice or activity is if you are unwell or an emergency comes up that the Coach clears BEFORE you miss practice. All appointments for hair, doctor, dentist, etc. must be scheduled outside of your mandatory practice times if at all possible.
The following applies to practices and competitions:
Be prepared to participate fully for the entire practice session or competition day. Participating fully at a competition is your “job”. Please take that responsibility seriously. Your actions reflect not only on yourself, but also on the team and the club as a whole.
Organize your time so that meals and any practice preparatory activities (getting properly dressed/doing hair) are done before the team is scheduled to practice.
Arrive at the time instructed by your coach.
Being “Late” is more than 5 minutes late (you have a 5 minute grace period…. please do not abuse).
Being late or absent affects the entire team. If the athlete or parent provides a coach with sufficient notice of absence, then alternative plans can be made in his/her absence.
While WHC realizes that absences are sometimes unavoidable, there may be risks associated with missing practice. These can include:
Not being aware of changes to the routine, this can result in safety hazards. Note that if an athlete misses practices two weeks prior to a competition, he/she may not be able to compete, as there may not be sufficient time to instruct changes to the athlete safely.
If new choreography lessons are being taught, and the athlete is absent, he/she may miss an opportunity to perform a desired role.
If an athlete is benched from participation in practices due to illness or injury, he/she must perform the following: attend all cheer activities (on time) wearing appropriate cheer attire (i.e. uniform at competition). The athlete must sit with the coach(es) and observe all changes to the routine (sitting with friends will not clear the infraction).
An athlete may be given two warnings for uncooperative behavior during practices, competitions, meetings, events, etc.
These behaviors include, but are not limited to:talking, chewing gum, not paying attention, wearing jewelry, poor attitude, negativity, not putting forth 100% effort (poor work ethic, selective participation) etc. After those two warnings, an athlete will be subject to disciplinary action as chosen by the Head Staff (WHC Board) and will be required to have consultation with the Coach/Board. In the event the athlete continues the behavior even after the consultation, the member will be asked to leave practice, will be benched from the next performance, and will be required to have a meeting with the Coaching staff prior to returning to practice. Further incidences could result in dismissal from the team.
Athletes exhibiting poor sportsmanship towards their own teammates, including but not limited to: rude comments, negative attitudes/comments towards the team/coaches, rumor fostering, “cliquing”, gossiping about teammates, etc. will be counseled by the Coach(es). Once consultation has occurred, if the behavior persists a parent conference will be called and the member will be suspended from all practices, performances, meetings, gatherings, etc. for at least a week and/or until such time as a solution is found to rectify the violating behavior.
Athletes found to be verbally or physically abusive towards fellow teammates or the coach(es) will be immediately counseled by the Coach/Athletic Director(s). This is grounds for immediate suspension/dismissal from the team/club.
Please understand that inappropriate choices and actions may have negative consequences that will impact your success with West Halifax Cheer. The actions you take and decisions you make, not only reflect who you are, but also may impact your teammates, family, club, and community. Please conduct yourself in such a way that is in keeping with the WHC code of conduct and represents the pride and dignity of all those entities. Leave a positive image in the minds of all those that know you and the organization you belong to.
Athletes MAY NOT:
Participate in another activity that conflicts in any way with their cheerleading responsibilities and/or mandatory practices.
Use or possess alcohol, tobacco, controlled substances, or any drug not prescribed for them.
Attend functions that encourage the use of illegal drugs and alcohol.
BREAKING ANY OF THE RULES OR FAILING TO FULFILL ANY CHEERLEADING RESPONSIBILITY WILL LEAD TO TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT SUSPENSION FROM WEST HALIFAX CHEER.
I understand the requirements, responsibilities and rules as stated above.
I agree to abide by all the rules, responsibilities and conditions contained herein and understand the penalties if I do not.