2016 INFORMATION FOR CHEERLEADERS AND PARENTS
- The WYFCL’s primary mode of communication is EMAIL … coaches, league representatives, and team moms will use email to keep you up-to-date and informed of upcoming games, items of interest, and volunteer commitments that you have made. You must check your email frequently and make sure the WYFCL, as well as your Coach, and Team Mom, have your current, and correct email address.
- The Williamsburg Youth Football & Cheerleading League (WYFCL) maintains a website to keep you informed, and help you contact coaches, and board members: http://www.leaguelineup.com/wyfcl. The Peninsula Youth Football & Cheerleading Organization (PYFCO) has a website for tracking the league game results, standings, directions to away games, and contacting officials and board members: http://www.leaguelineup.com/pyfco
- PRACTICE ATTIRE: Appropriate attire is critical to quality practices. Cheerleaders must be in comfortable clothes that allow full range of motion and flexibility. Hair must be pulled back away from the face, off the shoulders, and secured at all times. NO JEWELRY. In addition, there will be no gum, candy, food, or soda at practices.
Cotton gym style shorts/skorts
Jeans, Jean shorts, skirts, skorts, dresses, tank tops, halter tops, sandals, flip flops, platform shoes, nor any other kind of clothing or footwear other than the items specified above, will be allowed at practice.
Girls who show up in anything other than proper “practice attire” will not be allowed to practice.
- Equipment Distribution: All necessary equipment or attire provided by WYFCL will be distributed before the first game of the season.
- PRACTICES START: Practice begins Monday, August 1st. There will be three (3) practices (M-W-TH) through September 6th; practices run 6PM - 8PM. Once WJCC School begins (Sept 6th) practices will be 2 nights a week (M-W-TH – coach discretion), from 6PM-8PM. Any squad whose football team moves into the playoffs will continue to practice until the team’s final game in the post-season. Practice is important. On-time attendance at practice is expected. If a child misses practice, their knowledge of the routine and the squad’s stunt ability is deficient. Each child is an integral part of the routine and absenteeism affects the entire practice for the whole squad. Failure to attend practices and late arrival will not be accepted and may result in disciplinary action including cheerleaders not participating on game day.
- PRACTICE FIELDS: The WYFCL holds regularly scheduled practices at the Warhill Field Complex near Wanner Stadium. We are provided game and practice facilities and fields through an agreement with James City County. We must abide by all county rules at these facilities at all times and keep these facilities clean by removing or disposing of all trash properly. There is absolutely no alcohol, tobacco use, firearms, or pets allowed at the facility. Please familiarize yourself with JCC rules and regulations.
- Proper hydration at all practices and games is absolutely critical. Please make sure your child has plenty of water to drink before they come to practice and brings a large water bottle or sports drink. Please, no sodas.
- A Parent or “assigned guardian” MUST be in attendance at all practices and games. This is mandatory. At least one parent, or family friend/guardian, is required to attend practices/games with your cheerleader in case of emergency or early cancellation of practice due to inclement weather. The County requires the WYFCL to notify authorities if a child has been left unattended with no parent available to pick them up after practice. If you have a football player and cheerleader, it is important that you check in on your cheerleader on a regular basis.
- Inclement Weather As a rule, plan to be at practice unless you hear otherwise from your coach, team mom, or via a league wide email. Weather is ever changing. We do our best to stay on top of it. Please know that football games are played in all types of weather, and a “rain-shower” is not cause for practice or game cancellation in general. The WYFCL and PYFA adhere strictly to VHSL guidelines on heat and humidity levels to ensure a safe climatological environment for our kids. League representatives are constantly monitoring ever changing weather patterns to make sure that we not only follow VHSL guidelines, but also exercise reasonable on the spot judgement.
- GAME DAY: Cheerleaders arrive 1 hour prior to their game time in full uniform.
- GAME DAY UNIFORM: Skirt, shell (top), briefs, warm ups (pants and jacket), and pompoms will be provided by WYFCL. White ankle (no show) socks, cheer shoes and a white long-sleeve shirt will need to be purchased at the beginning of the season.
All cheerleaders should carry a cheer bag with all cheer items to EVERY game. This bag should include:
n White long-sleeve shirt
n Hair ribbons
n Warm up suit (jacket and pants)
n Water bottle
n NO JEWELRY
Cheerleaders are required to wear an official cheerleading shoe.
· BREAK TIME ON GAME DAYS: Cheerleaders will be provided with water breaks and a bathroom break after the half time routine. Cheerleaders will take a bathroom break as a squad and will be accompanied by the coach, assistant coach, or team mom. Cheerleaders will not purchase items from the concession stands during the game. Snacks will be limited to the snack provided by the snack moms at HALFTIME of the game.
- Parental involvement is encouraged and greatly appreciated…both at the games and at every practice. Be there for your child to cheer them, support them, and offer positive suggestions & encouragement when they pause for water breaks during practice.
- We are looking for parents to share the job of “Team Mom” or “Team Dad.” If you can help out in this way for your child’s team it would be greatly appreciated. Think of it as the Team’s Communications & Activities Coordinator for snack assignments, & passing the word on news and events.
- The game schedule for 2016 will be developed by PYFCO & distributed prior to the start of the season.
Most importantly, please remember that we are all here for the kids.
“ A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…. but perhaps the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child ”