When your Cheerleading squad has a distinct set of rules and regulations you can alleviate a lot of problems before they happen. Clearly spelling out what conduct is acceptable, how tryouts are handled, and the duties and purpose of the team can all remedy any misunderstandings quickly and fairly.
A Cheerleading Constitution can do all of the above and more, by setting forth a precise list of what is expected and procedures that will be used. Some of the most popular Cheerleading Constitutions incorporate the following:
- Purpose of the squad/team/organization.
- Financial Responsibility
- Selection process of Captains and duties
- Duties of coach or manager
- Practice schedule
- Disciplinary action
You can customize your squad's constitution to fit your needs. It's a good idea to pass these out at the beginning of the year along with a form that states they have read and understand them. Have the attached form signed by the squad member and their parents, then returned to you to keep on file.
Another set of rules you may find helpful to include are Practice Rules . With a good set of practice rules, you can avoid any safety issues and make it understood from the beginning that safety is of the utmost importance. In your Practice Rules you can cover:
- Practice attire
- Talking or playing around
- Who is allowed to attend practice sessions
- Safety measures and rules
So, before you encounter problems, disputes, or misunderstanding, write some rules that will govern your Cheerleading squad and organization. You'll be glad you did!