UpdatedFriday April 2, 2021 byDiane McCabe.

Frequently Asked Questions - Cheer 2021 UPDATED

Q: What are the age requirements for the cheer program?

Players are eligible to cheer if they are entering 2nd through 8th grade.

Q: What is the cost to register and what does the fee include? When is registration?

The cheerleading registration fee is $425. Registration ends on June 30th (this date may be extended). Please register now and pay by June 30th. ALL registration is online - .  Your child will receive a uniform for games and competitions that must be returned at the end of the season (an additional $250 deposit check is required). They will not receive practice apparel this year but they will receive a competition bow. Athletes will be responsible for purchasing cheer shoes, and additional practice wear. Additional cheer apparel will be available to purchase.

Q: How and What paperwork needs to be handed in?

All paperwork needs to be handed in by July 25st. We will be adjusting the paperwork collection this year. Information will be communicated once details are finalized. We will communicate paperwork drop off opportunities in June and July -- only complete sets of paperwork will be accepted. Please refer to the “NYF&C Cheer Forms Process” in the cheer tab of the website for detailed information. Don’t forget report cards and medical consent with the doctor’s signature!

Q: When are uniform and practice apparel fittings?

All fittings will be scheduled once we have more information.  Generally fittings will occur in June.  However, due to COVID this maybe delayed. 

Q: What is the summer practice schedule? 

Cheer practices will begin on August 2, 2021. For the four weeks of summer, all teams will practice Monday through Thursday (4 days) from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Taylor Field behind Hawley Elementary School. All practices are mandatory. Please communicate with your Head Coach if you have a scheduled vacation or family commitment. 

Q: What is the practice schedule once school starts? 

Once school starts, we will be practicing indoors at NYA. Your practice schedule will depend on your assigned team. Practices are around 2 hours each. The younger teams practice twice per week (2nd through 5th grade). The older teams (6th through 8th grade) typically practice three times per week. Practice schedules will be finalized once teams are formed. All practices are mandatory.  Practices may be added or extended prior to competitions.  

Q: What is the attendance policy?

ALL practices, games, and competitions are mandatory. Cheerleading is a TEAM sport. The entire team relies on each other to learn the routine and to perform it safely.  If you know your cheerleader will miss a practice, game or competition at any time during the season please let your coach know ASAP. After 3 unexcused absences, it will be up to the coach and the VP of Cheer as to whether your child will be able to remain on the team.

Q: Do we cheer at games when it rains/snows?

If football is playing a game, we will be cheering. We will cheer in inclement weather. We will modify our cheers and half-time routine as necessary to ensure the safety of the cheerleaders.

Q: When and where are the football games?

Currently, football games are scheduled to start in September. We will update you once we have the exact date. We cheer at home games and away games depending on the football schedule. Most games are on Sundays, but some may be on Saturday. We will know the game schedule by mid-August. However, there can be changes throughout the season so flexibility is important. Home games are played on Taylor Field (behind Hawley), Treadwell, or at Newtown High School. Attendance at football games is mandatory. If your child cannot attend, you must inform the Head Coach. All cheerleaders are expected to be accompanied by an adult to football games. Please review the attendance policy.

Q: How long is the cheer season?

Football games start at the end of August and the regular season ends near the end of October. We will also cheer at any postseason games and championships that continue through November, as necessary. Our competitions start in October and typically end around Thanksgiving. Our D8 team (2nd and 3rd grade) may not attend all competitions, but will still cheer for playoff games. The cheer season will be extended if your team qualifies for the AYC National competition which is in Florida in mid-December.

Q: Will I need my child’s original birth certificate for registration?

If your child participated in 2020, they do not need to provide a birth certificate. If your child is new to cheer, you will need to provide an original birth certificate with a raised seal AND a copy. Once the birth certificate has been validated in late August, the original will be returned to you and we will keep a validated copy.

Q: When and where are the competitions?

The 2021 Cheerleading Competition Season:

October TBD - Shoreline Locals (Shelton High School)

November TBD - CT States (Floyd Little Field House New Haven) 

November TBD - New England Regionals

December TBD - Nationals (Kissimmee, FL)

All cheerleaders are expected to compete unless arrangements are made in advance with your head coach. Teams must place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at States to qualify for Regionals. Teams must place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at Regionals to qualify for Nationals.

*** There is a $125/athlete fee for teams advancing to Nationals in addition to the cost of travel (approx $1,200-$1,400)