Avon Grove Wildcats Cheerleading
The Avon Grove Wildcats Cheerleading program welcomes children between the ages of 5 through 13. Here is a breakdown of age groups and squad placement:
Flag Cheer Squad- 5 & 6 year olds by 7/31
Rookie Cheer Squad- 7 year olds by 7/31
Sophomore Cheer Squad- 8 &9 year olds by 7/31
Junior Cheer Squad- 10 & 11 year olds by 7/31
Senior Cheer Squad- 12-13 year olds by 7/31
Cheerleaders may not cheer on an “older” squad due to parent preferences, cheerleader preferences, sibling convenience, etc due to the rules provided by Bert Bell. Competition squads are aged different and will be assigned by September 15th. With your registration this year, a practice shirt is included. Additional practice shirts will be available to purchase in the Cheer Spirit wear store by Kelly's when it opens. There will be a link below.
The Cheer Store is OPEN until 5/27!!!! see below for the link
The coaching staff is traditionally made up of adult coaches and teen coaches. All coaches must pass a background clearance and obtain a Bert Bell ID. ACCA certification will be provided for all adult coaches in September. Teen coaches are typically prior Wildcats Cheerleaders who have experience as All-Star Cheerleaders or on the Avon Grove High School Cheerleading squad. To be considered for a teen coach position, you must be at least 15years of age. If you are interested in being an adult coach or teen coach, please email Barbara Aukzemas at firstname.lastname@example.org or Katie Hoogerwerff at email@example.com.
Your Cheerleading Directors are Barbara Aukzemas and Katie Hoogerwerff.
A significant amount of time needs to be committed to the cheerleading program. Our goal is not only to teach the game day cheers but also tumbling and stunt moves. Here is an understanding of the practice schedule:
The practice season will kick off about August 1. We will focus on cheer basics, tumbling, and stunting.
Practices will continue as follows:
Cheer Squads- 2 times per week during the month of August; 2 times per week after school begins. Practices will be added as needed as we get closer to competition. Practice days are to be determined.
We will start at Harmony Park in West Grove for the Month of August. after Labor day we will move to KX.
Cheer practices will move to KX Athletics (21 Commerce Blvd, Suite 1, West Grove, PA 19390) so that we have use of stunting and tumbling mats. Due to facility management practices, the gym does not allow parents to stay and watch in the facility. For that reason, all practices will be held at Harmony Park in the month of August. Parents are welcome to stay at the park location or drop off their child. We understand that this is a new experience for them. KX does not allow earrings to be worn in their gym.
When cheerleaders attend practice they are required to come in their practice uniform. Any cheerleader not dressed properly will be asked to sit or if parent is present, you can take your child to change and return. The uniform consists of maroon or gold Softee brand shorts, the practice t-shirt issued at uniform distribution, no show white socks, and cheer sneakers. Cheer sneakers are a must for stunting.
Parent meetings will be called by coaches as needed. We will hold our first parent meeting at Harmony Park on 7/25 7pm.
Wildcat football games will begin on Labor Day Weekend and be held every Saturday, sometimes on a Sunday, throughout the season. The season will last through October and continue into November depending on how far the football squads advance in the playoffs. Our home field is Harmony Park in West Grove, but we travel for away games as close as Kennett Square and Oxford and as far away as Norchester and Downingtown. Field directions are on this website.
We will compete in the Bert Bell Cheerleading competition held on November 11, 2018 at Oxford High School. They will also participate in the Avon Grove Red Hot Cheer Competition, November 18, 2018. Competition squads will be determined in September when the routines are being created according to the competition rules provided by Bert Bell. To be eligible to participate in the competition, a cheerleader may not miss more than 2 Wildcat football games. Competition squad placement can mirror the field cheer squads or girls can be placed on a squad based upon their age and qualifications. Coaches will consider ability, attitude, and attendance when creating competition squads. All eligible cheerleaders will be expected to participate at the competition and have paid the competition fee at registration. A committment letter will be signed as well by parents. We are considering entering at least one more competition (TBD).
This year we are instituting a competition fee. This is your and your cheerleaders commitment to the competitions. This fee will include the cost of the competition bow and materials for audience spirit-flare participation. The fee will be done by check and mailed to the Wildcats. Please put your cheerleaders name and squad in the memo field.
Wildcat Season Activities:
In addition to the football games, the girls will have the option of participating in additional tumbling and stunt clinics. We have our own Homecoming activities, as well as Wildcat Night at AGHS. On Wildcat Night, the cheerleaders have the opportunity to practice with the AGHS cheer squad and perform cheers and stunts on the track during a Friday night AGHS football home game. The season ends with an Awards Ceremony at the end of the season. All cheerleaders will receive recognition for their participation as a Wildcats Cheerleader. Additional recognition will be in the form of four special awards: the Jump Award, the Tumbling Award, the Cheer Award, and the Wildcat Award.
Uniforms are provided as part of the registration fee. Cheerleaders will need to purchase cheer sneakers and uniform accessories. A list of required items will be provided. The cost of these items is usually under $75. A link will be provided below when The Varsity Cheer store opens.
Our welcome email will include all items you will need for practice and the best places to purchase them. It will include the link to our Varsity store for them items that will be purchased for your cheerleaders use under and with her issued uniform.
A uniform contract will be signed at the time of issuance. We ask at the time of uniform issuance a post dated check (12/15) of $125.00. This check will be returned to you when the uniform is returned. No Jewelry is to be worn during games or pracices for safety. We cannot be responsible for lost or broken jewelry.
Wildcat registration will begin in May and continue through July 31st. If cheerleaders are new to our organization, they will need to show their original birth certificate or passport to get their photo ID. More information about the ID night and location will be provided at the start of the season. All cheerleaders EXCEPT Flag must obtain a Bert Bell photo ID. Cheerleaders MUST have a physical prior to the start of the first day of practice in August or they will not be allowed to practice. The physical may not be older than 6 months.
As with any non-profit organization, volunteers are necessary for success. If you are interested in volunteering, there are many opportunities from team mom to field crew. Please let us know and we’ll find a good fit.
Any questions regarding the Wildcat Cheer Program should be directed to Barbara Aukzemas - firstname.lastname@example.org or Katie Hoogerwerff- email@example.com.
Varsity on line store link:
Cheer store is open until 5/27. Click on the link below.