Cheerleader Tryout Guidelines and Constitution
*Teacher evaluations and judges scores will ALL be used to determine the ECMS squad.* We will select the top 6 from each grade and then the next best 4 from either grade. If scores are tight we will take the squad up to 18 or 20 girls depending on scores.
Cheer Teacher Evaluation Scoring=200 points
8 Teachers will evaluate girls based on what they have observed of the student in class. 1 is low and 5 is high on score x 8 teachers-150 points
Leadership (this student is very outgoing, yet not disruptive, lends help when needed; intrinsically motivated
1 2 3 4 5
Citizenship (this student is respectful of other students and teachers and their belongings, spaces, and feelings.
1 2 3 4 5
Scholarship (A good, responsible student; not necessarily a straight A student, but does put effort into all assignments and is responsible for doing work and turning it in.)
1 2 3 4 5
General Character (what kind of individual is this person overall? Trustworthy, kind, generous, shows empathy for others, etc.)
1 2 3 4 5
1 2 3 4 5
Judge's Score Sheet= 150 points
Crowd Appeal - Neatness, fitness, facial expression 10 points
Projection - Energy, enthusiasm, confidence 10 points
Jumps - Form, height, flexibility, must do 3 jumps 10 points
Tumbling -Execution, technique, difficulty 5 points
Motions - Precision, arm placement, technique 10 points
Dance - precision, projection, timing/rhythm, coordination 10 points
Total Score: 150 points
Total tryout score: Teacher evaluation 200 points
Judge's score 150 points
350 points Possible
El Campo Middle School Cheerleader Constitution
El Campo ISD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or disability in providing educational services, activities, and programs, including athletic programs in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
1. Sign the back page of THIS constitution after THOROUGHLY reading the requirements.
2. Return the cut off portion and $5.00 CASH tryout fee to Mrs. Farrar
3. No late sign-ups will be accepted. Pay attention to announcements for due dates.
Table of Contents
Article I—Mission Statement
Article II—Candidate Eligibility.
Article III—Candidate Membership and Expectations
Article IV—Expectations for Members.
Article V—Standards for Member
El Campo Independent School District
El Campo Middle School
This El Campo ISD Cheerleader Constitution outlines standards of eligibility and procedure for all El Campo Middle School Cheerleader candidates and standards of conduct and behavior to which all El Campo ISD Cheerleader members are expected to adhere as representatives of their student body and of the El Campo ISD. Acceptance of a candidate to the El Campo ISD cheerleading programs or removal therefrom, shall be in accordance with this Constitution on the basis of ability, skill, presentation, or any other basis set forth, but shall not be on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or pregnancy.
The following articles have been developed with the advice and consent of the campus cheerleader sponsor for the purpose of communicating the standards of eligibility and procedure which all candidates must meet to be eligible for try-outs and for the purpose of articulating the standards of conduct and behavior to which all El Campo ISD Cheerleader members are expected to adhere as a condition of participation in cheerleading activities. Participation in extracurricular activities, including cheerleading activities, is a privilege, not a right, and student participants will be held to higher standards than students who choose not to participate in extracurricular activities. Failure to comply with the standards of conduct and behavior outlined in this Cheerleader Constitution may subject the member to disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the squad, in addition to any consequences imposed in accordance with the El Campo ISD Student Code of Conduct or El Campo’s ISD Extracurricular Code of Conduct.
** This document may be amended at any time and does not limit a sponsor’s ability to make decisions pertaining to his or her program, consistent with the guidelines set forth herein. This document may change depending upon new circumstances or decisions made by the Principal or sponsor.
Article I—Mission Statement
The purpose of the El Campo ISD cheerleading program shall be to promote and encourage team spirit, to foster good fellowship and sportsmanship by example, and to engender enthusiasm and loyalty to team and school. Members shall lead by example; shall exemplify exemplary qualities of character; and shall uphold the highest moral standards in their service to the school and the community as representatives of their student body and of the El Campo ISD.
Article II—Candidate Eligibility
2.1 A cheerleader candidate must be a resident of the El Campo ISD and currently enrolled in an El Campo ISD school. However, candidates who are enrolled in an El Campo ISD school under an approved interdistrict (i.e. out-of-district) transfer will be eligible for try-outs if they meet all other eligibility requirements. Candidates are required to reside within the attendance zone of the school for whose squad they are trying out, unless they are otherwise entitled to attend the try-out school under an approved inter- or intradistrict transfer in accordance with District policy. Candidates may not automatically transfer from one squad to another if they transfer campuses mid year. Candidates may be male or female.
2.2 A cheerleader candidate must not have been academically ineligible, as defined by No Pass No Play rules, for two or more six weeks during the current school year and must be passing all courses with a grade of 70 or above at the time of try-outs to be eligible. However, for purposes of academic eligibility for try-outs, a student will be allowed one waiver per grading period per semester in an advanced class, as identified by the State Board of Education or by local District policy. The advanced waiver is not transferable from the first semester to the second semester. A student with disabilities must be meeting the standards in his or her IEP at the time of try-outs for purposes of academic eligibility for try-outs.
2.3 A cheerleader candidate who has resigned or been removed from his or her squad may not try-out in subsequent years.
2.4 All candidates must demonstrate exemplary attendance, behavior, and citizenship habits. Candidates must have had at least a 95% attendance rate for the current school year and must not have been suspended (in-school suspension will be decided per the principal as to the decision for ISS), assigned to D.A.E.P., or expelled at any time during the current school year to be eligible for try-outs. The campus principal or designee will make the final determination regarding a candidate’s citizenship eligibility for try-outs.
2.5 All candidates must be in good financial standing with the El Campo ISD. Candidates who have outstanding balances, including but not limited to fines for lost or damaged textbooks, library fees, late fees, or other extracurricular fees, will not be eligible for try-outs.
2.6 Candidates must complete all requirements for try-out prior to try-outs, including but not limited to timely submission of application, timely submission of all required forms, and attendance of all required meetings, practice sessions or clinics. Any candidate failing to complete all try-out requirements who is otherwise eligible for try-outs will not be allowed to try-out, absent extenuating circumstances as determined by the sponsor.
Article III—Candidate Membership and Expectations Candidate Expectations
3.1 Candidates should understand that acceptance into the El Campo ISD Cheerleading program is a privilege. Cheerleading members represent to the community and the public not only themselves, but their student body and the El Campo ISD and should uphold the highest moral standards.
3.2 Candidates should exemplify exemplary qualities of character. Candidates should be responsible, honest, reliable, dependable, cooperative, dedicated, and loyal.
3.3 Candidates should be enthusiastic, self-disciplined, willing to learn, and prepared to practice to improve their performance and the performance of the squad.
3.4 Candidates who are accepted for membership should understand that the schedule of a cheerleader member will require a large time commitment and that members will be expected to put cheerleading above participation in all other organizations or other nonacademic activities.
Membership in the El Campo ISD Cheerleading program is from the date of try-outs to the last day of school the following school year. Membership numbers are subject to change based upon tied scores, provided that any such change in numbers shall be approved by the sponsor and the assigned administrator. Membership may be terminated at any time for failure to comply with the standards of conduct and procedure outlined herein.
Grade classifications named below are for the year following try-outs and shall be determined according to official school records.
The El Campo Middle School cheerleading squad shall be comprised of 8th and 7th grade members, which membership shall consist of top scoring members from each grade in relevance to their teacher evaluation and judge's scores. The team will be the top 6 from each grade and the next best 4. The team will grow as long as the scores are tight. We will take 18 or 20 if necessary. Please read the Teacher Evaluation Guidelines above as well as the Judge's Scoring Sheet.
Head and Co-Head Cheerleader will be selected after the girls prepare and present a Pep Rally themed idea along with a speech regarding teamwork, trust, spirit, and school leadership.
*Final decisions regarding head and co-head cheerleaders for the squad will be made by the sponsor(s).
Article IV—Expectations for Members
4.1 Members shall be on time and prepared for all cheerleading activities. Members should be dressed in the required uniform prior to the start of the activity.
4.2 Members shall be neatly presented in appearance, with hair neatly groomed and pulled back from face.
4.3 Members shall attend and perform all required duties at all practices, games, events, or functions, including any required camp or competition. Members who miss a required practice or fail to perform a required duty may not be allowed to perform at the next game, event, or function.
4.4 Members shall maintain their eligibility status under No Pass, No Play Rules. Members must maintain a grade of 70 or above in all classes. Members with disabilities must meet the standards in their IEP to be eligible to participate.
4.5 Members shall maintain at least a 95% attendance rate throughout the school year.
4.6 Members shall comply with all TEA-UIL Side by Side Guidelines for Cheerleading.
4.7 Members shall comply with all rules and regulations outlined in their program Handbook.
Article V—Standards for Member Removal
Due to the high level of visibility of campus cheerleaders, members are expected to demonstrate leadership, honor, and integrity both in and out of uniform.
Because acceptance into the El Campo ISD Cheerleader programs is a privilege, not a right, members will be held to higher standards than those imposed on the general student body.
Members may incur disciplinary consequences for behavior that does not constitute a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, and may also incur disciplinary consequences from both the appropriate administrator and his or her sponsor for conduct that does constitute a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
Members must comply with all standards of conduct outlined below, in addition to the standards of conduct and behavior outlined in the El Campo ISD Student Code of Conduct.
Members will be subject to the standards of conduct outlined herein at all times regardless of when or where the conduct occurs, whether on or off school property and whether or not school is in session. Failure to comply with the standards of conduct may result in disciplinary action against the member, up to and including removal from the squad.
5.1 Members shall not engage in inappropriate behavior, including but not limited to inappropriate sexual contact, fighting, public intoxication, possession or consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs, or other criminal activity.
5.2 Members shall not engage in behavior that warrants suspension from school, removal to DAEP, or expulsion from school. Members who have been suspended from school, removed to DAEP, or expelled from school shall be removed from the squad for the remainder of the year. Students who are bullying others will be dismissed from the squad.
Any student who is not respectful to their teachers, principals, or other school staff will be reprimanded and may be removed from the squad for inappropriate behavior. This includes talking excessively during class, being rude and obnoxious in the hallways, cafeteria, classroom or other school area, not completing assigned work from teachers, and the inability to maintain exceptional leadership as a student on this campus. Cheerleaders are LEADERS and therefore you will be expected to LEAD both on and off of the field.
5.3 CELL PHONE/ELECTRONIC DEVICES: Members may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the squad, for any other behavior which the sponsor deems inappropriate, including but not limited to unsportsmanlike conduct, insubordination, or lewd or profane internet OR social media behavior. Any behavior through texting or social media that is lewd, provocative, of a bullying nature, or just completely inappropriate will be handled through the demerit process.
5.4 DEMERITS: Two or more demerits results in you being benched for a game. Any DEMERITS OVER 2 with principal action will be dismissal from the squad.
For blatant disrespect of the constitution, school, squad or coach a student may lose the privilege of performing in the pep rally as well as she may be dismissed from the squad with principal disciplinary action.
5.4 Cheer Costs: We do not have a booster club, therefore the uniforms for cheer are purchased at the parent’s expense. This includes pompoms, megaphone, cheer shoes, backpacks, bows, bloomers, the actual uniform, and any other items that the parents of the cheerleaders want to purchase. Varsity Athletics will send a representative to measure the girls and size them for shoes and the payment is usually due by the middle of May and runs around $200.00 for EACH girl. A fundraiser will be offered, you do not have to participate if you want to purchase everything outright, but a fundraiser if offered to cover cheer expenses and will begin immediately after tryouts.
There will also be a flat $25.00 fee per family that will go into the cheer account for things such as tryout judges for next year, food for parties for the girls, gifts for pep rally participants, and other items we will need during the year for the girls.
ECHS Cheer Camp Cost per girl $45.00
5.5 **UPDATED INFO! PRACTICES AND DEDICATION TO CHEER EVENTS: We cheer two games of football on Tuesday nights from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Attendance is mandatory! Your involvement in competitive cheer/dance will not be used as an excuse from required school cheer. Make sure your outside activities are aware of your MANDATORY requirements as an ECMS cheerleader.
5.6 **We practice on FRIDAY afternoons in the Fall from 2:30-4:30 p.m. to prepare for Tuesday morning pep rallies and games. Again, your involvement in competitive cheer/dance will not be used as an excuse from required school cheer. Make sure your outside activities are aware of your MANDATORY requirements as an ECMS cheerleader
5.7 **Attending Summer Camp, all practices, and all football and basketball games are MANDATORY. Only illnesses will be excused in 2017-2018. If you play basketball then you are excused from cheering because you will be involved in another school activity.
Cut off and Return to Mrs. Farrar by _______________________ and include a payment of $5.00 for the tryout DVD and tryout camp costs.
___________________________________ ___________ Student Name (print)
____________________________________ Parent Signature
I agree as the parent/guardian of the above named student, that we have read this constitution and that we agree to its terms.