Parent Information

Welcome to Amherst Patriots Cheer!

 

For those of you who are new to cheer this document is meant to outline some of the details of our program.  It’s entirely possible that you’ll still have questions if so please feel free to contact me or talk to any of our veteran cheer parents or kids.

            The Patriots have proudly represented Amherst for more than 40 years.  Our coaches and cheerleaders work hard to perfect performances at both football games and competitions.  We work hard to instill a strong work ethic in a supportive team environment. Cheer is incredibly physical. We train our girls to have to have the body awareness to perform intricate dance routines, strength in order to hold people over their heads, toss them in the air and catch them and mental stamina to learn and recall material at a quick pace.  We have a strong commitment to safety and work hard to build our girl’s self- esteem and pride.

 Welcome to the family! 

Important parent information: 

            *  There will be three teams this year:  Tinys (k-1st grade), The Elementary Team  (2nd – 4the grade) and The Middle School Team.  We are trying to schedule both team’s practices after school.  The Tiny will practice two days a week and the Elementary and Middle School Team will practice three days a week. 

 

            *  Registration fee:  $150.00 if registered before May 1st – 175.00 if registered after May 1st. (with an additional $100.00 in fundraising to be collected in October) .  

 

*  Cheerleaders will have the opportunity to cheer in 8 or more regular season football games. Four of these are typically played in Amherst, four are played in a variety of Southern NH towns.   Playoff football games played in November. (The Amherst Patriots have been very successful in the past, prepare to cheer late into the fall!).  Cheer teams are required to be present at all regular season and post season games regardless of the weather. 

 

            *  The two older teams will also have the opportunity to compete in 3 state cheer competitions throughout  September and October.  The Tinys will compete in one competition in October.   Spectator entry fees for these events are typically $10.00. Additionally, the Middle School team has the opportunity to compete at Regionals in Boston in November if they earn a bid at one of our New Hampshire competitions. 

 

            *  We participate in the Amherst 4th of July parade.  This is an optional event.  We realize that many of you have plans that day but if you’re available the kids ride on our float and parents walk behind. 

           

*  Practices are very important!

SUMMER PRACTICES:  AUGUST 13TH – SEPT. 1ST.  At Wilkins

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM:   M,T,W.TH FROM 5:30- 7:30 PM

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEAM:  T,W,TH FROM 5:30 – 7:00 PM

TINY TEAM:     W,TH FROM 5:30-7:00 PM

 

*We will release the final fall practice schedule as soon as we have confirmation from the Amherst Rec. Dept. 

 

  Cheer is unlike other sports in that we need every member of the team in order to practice. August practices are especially important because this is when we teach our game material and competition choreography. Absences may affect your daughter’s role in the routine.  Please consider all practices mandatory, however, if your daughter does need to miss a practice it’s important to contact your head coach so that we can adjust our practice plan accordingly.  Please make sure your daughter removes all jewelry, brings plenty of water and cheer shoes to practice.  Typically, older teams practice on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday once school starts.  Younger teams practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  I will publish the practice schedule as soon as I have it.  Please keep in mind, we are at the mercy of the Amherst Rec. Dept. for practice space.  Last year they set our fall practice schedule in September.  I know this is not ideal but it is out of our control.    

 

*  Regular season practices are two hours long.  Parents are welcome to stay and watch but we ask that you stay in your car or off the practice surface unless invited by the coaches to participate. 

 

            *  Each family is required to volunteer in the snack shack at the home football games at lease once.  (Coaches and team moms are exempt from this requirement).  Team moms will be coordinating volunteer requirements.  Cheerleaders who’s parents do not fulfil their volunteer commitment will not be invited to the end of the year banquet.  

 

*  We will pass information on to you regarding practice, game and competition times & location as soon as they are released to us.  Typically, the football game schedule isn’t released until the end of August. 

 

*  Registration fee covers:   

                        - uniform rental                       - game tshirt                            - competition team entry fees

                        - program insurance                - bows

                        - practice facility fees             - coach safety courses

                        - competition music                - team trophies

 

*  Apparel:  All cheerleaders are required to buy a sideline jacket.  We will have samples of these to try on at registration night.  These can be purchased on our team web store.  The web store will be open for two weeks in May and two weeks in August. 

 

  Other required purchases can be bought online.  See the chart below for suggestions for vendors.  

Item

Required Purchase ?

Where to buy….

Cost

Sideline Jackets

Yes

Team webstore

$35.00

Leggings 

Yes

Team webstore OR buy any navy blue leggings

$5.00- $25.00

Cheer shoes

 

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

Buy any all-white cheer shoe:  Here are some suggestions….

Payless ( Girls “spirit” or “sizzle”)

Amazon.com  Cheerzone.com, omnicheer.com etc….

 (Please purchase by the first practice!)

$15.00 – $50.00

 

 

 

no show white socks

Yes

Walmart, Target, etc….

 

 

           

 

Cheers!

Mo Greene

Amherst Patriots Cheer Coordinator

Mogreene1@yahoo.com

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