Avon Grove Wildcats Cheerleading
The Avon Grove Wildcats Cheerleading program welcomes children between the ages of 5 and 14. Here is a breakdown of age groups and squad placement:
Flag Cheer Squad- 5 & 6 year olds
80's Cheer Squad- 7 & 8 year olds
105's Cheer Squad- 9 & 10 year olds
130's Cheer Squad- 11 & 12 year olds
Depending upon squad size, the cheerleaders will be evaluated for Varsity or Junior Varsity placement during the first two weeks of practice. If only one squad will exist, a Varsity squad will be fielded during games. Cheerleaders may not cheer on an “older” squad due to parent preferences, cheerleader preferences, sibling convenience, etc.
Children who are not of cheering age can be considered to participate as a mascot. Mascots must be less than 5 years of age before Aug 1st, 2017. To express interest in becoming a mascot, please email Elizabeth Mulle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Teen coaches are typically prior Wildcats Cheerleaders who have experience as All-Star Cheerleaders or are on the Avon Grove High School Cheerleading squad. To be considered for a teen coach position, you must be at least 16 years of age.
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 on August 1. We will focus on cheer basics, tumbling, and stunting.
Practices will continue as follows:
Flag Cheerleaders- 2 times per week; 1 time per week after school begins
80's, 105's, and 130's Cheer Squads- 2 times per week; 2 times per week after school begins
Cheer practices will be held at 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. Starting the third week of August, all practices will move inside to the KX Athletics location. At that time, parents will no longer have the option to stay due to facility guidelines.
Wildcat football games will generally begin on Labor Day Weekend and be held every Saturday or 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.
Our first competition is the Bert Bell Cheerleading competition held on November 12, 2017 at Oxford High School. They will also participate in the Avon Grove Red Hot Cheer Competition on Sunday, November 19, 2017. The competition squads will be determined in September when the routines are being created. 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.
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. 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 commences 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 three 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. Practice uniforms consist of maroon or gold cheer shorts and a plain white short sleeved t-shirt. No tank tops or sleeveless tops, please. For safety precautions, cheerleaders will not be allowed to wear jewelry of any kind during practices, games, or competition.
Wildcat registration will begin in April 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 Elizabeth Mulle, email@example.com.