• Cheerleader Constitution

    Cheerleader Constitution

    Harlingen CISD Cheerleader ConstitutionRevised February 2012HARLINGEN CISD MIDDLE SCHOOL CHEERLEADER CONSTITUTION  INDEXArticle I: NAME 3Article II: PURPOSE 3Article III: MISSION 3Article IV: ELIGIBILITY FOR TRYOUTS 4Article V: DUTIES OF HEAD CHEERLEADERS 4Article VI: SELECTION OF HEAD CHEERLEADERS 5Article VII: REQUIREMENTS FOR PERFORMANCE 5Article VIII: ATTENDANCE 5Article IX: PRACTICE 6Article X: DEMERITS 6Article XI: REPLACING MEMBERS 7Article XII: SUSPENSION 7Article XIII: LOSS OF MEMBERSHIP 11Article XIV: APPEALS 11PARTICIPATION CONTRACT 12Constitution of the Harlingen Middle School Cheerleaders Article INAMEThe name of this organization shall be Memorial Middle School Cheerleaders.Article IIPURPOSEThe purpose of this organization shall be to promote spirit and serve as ambassadors at designated school functions and community related events, to promote a healthy lifestyle of physical fitness, and to master cheer and dance techniques.Article IIIMISSIONThe mission of this organization shall be to demonstrate positive spirit, to develop good sportsmanship, self-confidence, and self-discipline, to promote leadership, to encourage high morals and standards among its members, to develop the ability to work as a part of a group in achieving common goals, and to represent the school and community in an exemplary manner, serving as a role model for appropriate behavior and citizenship.Article IVELIGIBILITY FOR TRYOUTSThe Cheer Squad shall consist of 10 cheerleaders. Squads will be decided upon by a panel of at least 3 impartial judges. After tallying the scores, the Cheer Squad shall consist of the 10 highest scoring candidates.A. Residency Form- Any district candidate must be a current student at their respective middle school. Candidate must provide proof of residency along with her/her completed tryout packet to Cheer Coach by designated date and time.B. All candidates must meet the following criteria:1. Meet financial requirements and obligations. 2. Be able to attend ALL practices (including summer and weekend), required camps, clinics, workshops, performances, and other designated functions during their tenure as a Cheerleader.3. Follow team rules, regulations, and guidelines in addition to Campus and District policies4. Be physically able to participate in all activities and performances.C. Tryout requirements1. All required forms are to be completed and submitted to the Cheer Coach by the designated date and time. Failure to submit completed forms by deadline will result in the ineligibility to tryout.2. Wear the required attire as set by the Cheer Coach.3. Judged by three impartial judges.4. All candidates must meet the “No pass, No play” eligibility.5. Physical/Doctor’s Release- All candidates must have a medical examination before they are permitted to participate in the practices prior to tryouts. A new physical must be provided to the coach/sponsor when the candidate packet is due. Article VDUTIES OF HEAD CHEERLEADERSA. CAPTAIN:1. To provide student leadership for all Cheerleading activities and to carry out the duties assigned by the Cheer Coach.2. To work with the Cheer Coach in preparation for all Cheerleading performances.3. To report to the Cheer Coach any disruption that cannot be settled by the girls.4. To meet with the Cheer Coach to organize the week’s activities.B. CO- CAPTAIN:1. To assist the Captain and Cheer Coach as assigned.2. To be in charge in the absence of the Captain.3. To perform any assigned duty as set forth by the Cheer Coach or Captain with Cheer Coach approval.Article VISELECTION OF HEAD CHEERLEADERSA. SELECTION OF CAPTAIN1. Total judge points will determine which candidate is selected as captain.2. The candidate with the highest points will be designated as captain.B. SELECTION OF CO-CAPTAIN1. Total judge points will determine which candidate is selected as co-captain 2. The candidate with the second highest points will be designated as co-captain.Article VIIREQUIREMENTS FOR PERFORMANCEA. Any Cheerleader must be present at least one half of the school day on the day of the event in order to perform.B. If the event occurs in the weekend, they must be present at least one day preceding the event.Article VIIIATTENDANCEIn order to maintain our level of excellence, a strict attendance policy is required. An absence during the week of a performance (even excused) may result in a Cheerleader’s removal from the performance. Excessive absences may result in the Cheerleader’s removal from the organization.In the event of an absence due to an unforeseen event, the Cheer Coach must be contacted and one of the following exceptions must apply in order for the absence to be considered excused:1. A death in the immediate family.2. Unforeseen family emergency.3. Sickness or injury severe enough to warrant a doctor’s visit. A doctor’s excuse must be presented at the next practice.4. Other extenuating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis.Unexcused absences shall be defined as follows:1. Family reunions, parties, vacations, birthdays2. Mild illness or injury not requiring an absence from school..3. Practice, Trips, or performances for an outside interest.4. Leaving practice or event before dismissal will constitute and unexcused absence on the third time.Please note the Cheer Coach may make necessary exceptions.Article IXPRACTICEA practice schedule will be provided to the cheer squad by Cheer Coach. Attendance to all practices is mandatory. In the event of illness, injury, or ineligibility, attendance to practices is still expected. Article XDEMERITSThe Cheer Coach may issue demerits at any cheer practice or event. Records of demerits will be kept by the Cheer Coach. See Article XII, Suspensions and XIII, Loss of Membership, regarding additional consequences that may be enforced. Demerits will be in effect from the moment the member is elected and are cumulative through the end of their 8th grade year.Disciplinary Action:A total of ten demerits will result in permanent removal of a cheerleader/mascot from the squad with Principal approval. Each demerit will result in consequences as outlined below. When a cheerleader/mascot receives a demerit he/she will take demerit sheet home to be signed by the parent/guardian and himself/herself. • 1 Demerit- Student/Coach Conference • 2 Demerits-Parent/Student/Coach Conference• 3 Demerits- Parent/Student/Coach/Principal Conference• 4 Demerits- Removal from 1st quarter of any game.• 5 Demerits- Behavioral Contract and Suspended from all events for 1 week or 1 event• 6 &7 Demerits- Suspended from all events for 2 weeks or 2 events• 8 & 9 Demerits- Suspended from all events for 3 weeks or 3 events• 10 Demerits-Removal with Principal ApprovalInfractions for which Demerits will be issued include, but are not limited to the following:1. Unexcused absences to class, practice, or event 2. Tardiness3. Failure to notify coach prior to tardy or absence 4. Failure to meet financial obligations by the designated date and time.5. Inappropriate displays of affection such as: kissing, groping, extended hugging, sitting on laps, etc. 6. Not being in designated or assigned clothing for any scheduled event, practice, or game.7. Wearing uniform or other performance attire in public without permission from Cheer Coach.8. Unsportsmanlike conduct.9. Behavior unbecoming of a cheerleader including but not limited to classroom, hallway disruptions, etc.10. Violation of the student code of conduct and student handbook11. Untruthfulness to the Coach or Campus Administrators about an event or excuseThe Cheer Coach and Campus Administration reserve the right to issue Demerits or take other disciplinary actions for the offenses that may not be specified above.Article XIREPLACING MEMBERSA. If any member moves or loses his/her position for any reason before the first day of mandatory summer camp, the next candidate with the highest score will be moved up.B. If any member moves or loses his/her position for any reason after mandatory summer camp, no one else will be moved up.Article XIISUSPENSIONSUSPENSION SHALL BE DEFINED AS:Academic SuspensionAny Cheerleader placed on academic suspension as established by TEA and UIL is required to attend and participate in all practices but may not travel with the squad, perform, or participate in other Cheerleader functions during suspension period.Behavior SuspensionAny Cheerleader placed on suspension due to behavior or attendance is required to attend and participate in all practices and Cheerleader functions but will be removed from all performances during suspension period.Suspension periods may vary due to cause of suspension and demerits.Eligibility for participation will be determined by the current guidelines established by TEA and the Cheer Coach.Suspensions or removal may occur, but are not limited to the following reasons:• Any Cheerleader who fails to participate in assigned activities shall be subject to suspension and/or possible dismissal.• Any Cheerleader who is disrespectful towards the Cheer Coach, officers, adult in charge, school official, or teacher shall be subject to suspension and/or possible dismissal.• Any Cheerleader who has excessive tardies or unexcused absences from class and/or practice shall be subject to suspension and/or possible dismissal.• Any Cheerleader repeatedly referred to the Cheer Coach or a School Administrator for disciplinary reasons shall be subject to suspension and/or possible dismissal.• Any Cheerleader who is involved in fighting• Any Cheerleader who demonstrates inappropriate or unacceptable behavior shall be subject to suspension and/or possible dismissal.• Any Cheerleader who is assigned to On Campus Suspension shall be subject to a 2 week suspension and/or possible dismissal.• Citations, arrests, or affiliations (in the presence of) on or off campus in regards to smoking, using/selling or possession of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, drinking alcoholic beverages or behavior which causes embarrassment to the team, school, or school district will result in consequence outlined below. Any member of the Cheerleader organization must notify the Cheer Coach immediately upon any arrest or citation. Failure to notify the Cheer Coach will result in an additional 2 week suspension• Social Networking Websites and Electronic Communication: Cheerleaders are responsible for their personal websites and postings as well as postings on other students’ websites. The areas of appropriateness will include, but are not limited to language (abbreviated or alluding to negative, lewd, vulgar or obscene comments about any individuals), pictures, suggestive poses, clothing, and reference to alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. Any member of the Cheerleader organization who is caught with inappropriate negative, lewd, obscene or sexual pictures, comments, or statuses on any social networks will suffer consequences as outlined below.Depending on the severity, a member of the Cheerleader organization who has been permanently removed from the team for any reason at any time during their term as a Cheerleader (from the time the first payment is due to the end of the school year), may forfeit their eligibility to try out for high school cheer or dance teams. This decision will be up to the receiving Cheer Coach, with the high school principal’s approval.Level 3-A Offenses as defined by Harlingen CISD’s Student Code of Conduct include:• Conduct prohibited by the District Student Code of Conduct that my be punishable by placement in DAEP Program, On Campus Suspension, or Off Campus.• Conduct under Level 3-A, regardless of whether the conduct occurs on or off campus will result in the following consequences. Behavioral Contract and  1 week suspension from programLevel 3-B Offenses as defined by Harlingen CISD’s Student Code of Conduct include: • Conduct prohibited by the District Student Code of Conduct include:• Conduct prohibited by the District Student Code of Conduct that must be punishable by placement in DAEP Program. This conduct includes conduct that results in indictment, arraignment or arrest for an offense and is regardless of whether a conviction is upheld.• On Campus Offense will result in the following consequences 1st Offense: Behavioral Contract and 3 Week Suspension or DAEP placement whichever is longer. 2nd Offense: Behavioral Contract and Suspension: Minimum 6 weeks and no longer than 9 weeks (Principal’s discretion) or possible removal from program, depending on the severity of the offense (Principal’s discretion) 3rd Offense: Permanent removal from program• Off Campus Offense will result in the following consequences 1st Offense: Behavioral Contract and 3 Week Suspension from program 2nd Offense: Behavioral Contract and Suspension: Minimum 6 weeks to 9 weeks maximum (Principal’s discretion) or possible removal from program (Principal’s discretion) 3rd Offense: Permanent Removal from ProgramLevel 4-A Offenses as defined by Harlingen CISD’s Student Code of Conduct• Conduct prohibited by the District Student Code of Conduct may be punishable expulsion 1st Offense: Behavioral Contract and Suspension: Minimum 6 weeks to 9 weeks maximum (Principal’s discretion) or possible removal from program (Principal’s discretion) 2nd Offense: Permanent Removal from ProgramLevel 4-B Offenses as defined by Harlingen CISD’s Student Code of Conduct• Conduct prohibited by the District Student Code of Conduct must be punishable by expulsion or placement in JJAEP Program. Permanent Removal from ProgramOther Behaviors—Follow Level 3-B• Buying, selling, giving, delivering, using, possessing, or being under the influence of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, a controlled substance (without a proper prescription), or a dangerous drug at any time and regardless of whether the student is on school property or at a school-related activity.• Maintaining, creating, or being instrumental on a website, blog, or other internet communication that depicts behavior or photographs of illegal or sexual nature.Article XIIILOSS OF MEMBERSHIPDismissal from the organization may be immediate and without a suspension period if deemed appropriate by the Cheer Coach and/or School Administrator. In addition to the consequences outlined in Article XII and XVI, a cheerleader may be removed for the following conduct:A. Any Cheerleader who does not meet financial deadlines is subject to removal. There can be no exceptions because of the time sensitivity involving orders and other deadlines.B. Any Cheerleader who is removed or resigns from her Cheerleader position during any given performance year shall relinquish ALL rights and privileges as a Cheerleader.C. Money raised for any fundraiser will NOT be refunded to any Cheerleader who is removed or resigns from her Cheerleader position.Article XIVAPPEALSAll appeals will be addressed through the District’s complaint process. If a parent/guardian has a concern, they must follow the chain of command, beginning with the Cheer Coach. They may then choose to set up a conference with designated campus administration. If a parent/guardian still has a concern after meeting with both the Cheer Coach and designated campus administration, they may then make a Level 1 Appeal pursuant to policy to the Middle School Principal.Middle School Administration reserves the right to make all final decisions as deemed necessary and appropriate to each situation. The Cheer Coach supports any decisions made by the School Administration or District as final decisions. The Cheer Coach, School Administration, and HCISD reserve the right to amend the Constitution and cheerleader guidelines and expectations at any time during the year as deemed necessary.______________________________________Alejandro Gonzalez, Principal Memorial Middle School_____________________________________Crystal V. ValdezCheerleading SponsorMiddle School CheerleadingParticipation Contract Participation in the Memorial Middle School Cheerleading Program is a privilege, not a right. In order for the cheerleader to retain this privilege, the policies and procedures contained in the constitution must be adhered to in the spirit of discipline, education and overall goals and objectives of the Harlingen CISD and the Memorial Middle School Cheerleaders.The policies and enforcement procedures are relative to the Memorial Middle School Cheerleading Program and will be administered accordingly. The rules, regulations, and polices are all outlined in the Memorial Middle School Cheerleading Constitution.I, __________________________, will do my best as a Cheerleader to always set a positive example for the Memorial Middle School student body. I plan to follow the rules set forth in the Memorial Middle School Cheerleading Constitution and understand the consequences if I fail to adhere to the rules and regulations. I will commit myself to attending all practice, fundraisers, and performances and will always strive to have a positive attitude. I will respect my sponsor, captains(s), and fellow squad members at all times._____________________________________ _____________________ Student Candidate Signature DateI, __________________________, have read the Memorial Middle School Cheerleading Constitution and am fully aware of the time, expense, and discipline that membership would include to my child. I understand and agree to abide by all provisions of the Memorial Middle School Cheerleading Constitution. I further stipulate that I will assist the Memorial Middle School Cheerleader Coaches and Memorial Middle School in the monitoring and enforcement of the constitution policies and procedures. I support my child in this endeavor and understand the implications that will result in the event that the rules and regulations are not followed. _____________________________________ ______________________ Legal Guardian Signature

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