Liberty Cheer All Stars & Tumbling LLC
                        Season 12 All-Star Cheer Handbook & Information (2017-18)




Thank you for choosing Liberty Cheer All-Stars; we welcome you to our 12th season and to the Liberty family!  From 2006 when our organization was established, Liberty has been awarded both regional and national titles as well as NCA, SC, ACP, ACA, Summit Bid Event, The One Finals and US Finals. In addition, Liberty has received National Championship titles for the past 11 years consecutively.  Most recently we were awarded Grand Champion at Athletic Championship along with individual athlete WOW awards, tumble, building, stunts and jump awards.  Liberty started attending NCA in 2011 and we have been awarded 3 NCA National Titles.  We pride ourselves in pushing athletes to their potential and run a Christian based gym.


             
  "I can do all this through him who gives me strength."         Philippians 4:13


Our gym is conveniently located at 3390 N. Hwy 67 in Midlothian, Texas. We currently have teams ranging from L1-5R and are always highly competitive within the respective divisions. Liberty staff provides discipline and structure but with a small gym atmosphere.  You will never be another number at Liberty. We pay specific attention to every athlete to ensure he or she is progressing in all areas of cheerleading.  We strongly believe in partnering together as coaches and parents to have a successful season realizing Liberty Cheer All-Stars is a strong commitment.  Our coaches will push your athlete to achieve their goals and motivate them with positive reinforcement but expect motivated athletes to walk through the doors.  Liberty also expects our athletes to have positive attitudes, respectful behavior towards coaches, parents and other athletes for both champions in life and on the mat.

PRACTICES


Teams have a set practice schedule 2 days per week (Show Teams 1 day per week).  Teams may have a Sunday practice or an all-star jump/tumble class; we will announce the practice schedules at the parent meetings.  Practice schedules will remain consistent throughout the season unless we have an unforeseen circumstance.


All practices are CLOSED to BOYFRIENDS/GIRLFRIENDS and athletes from other gyms.  We also reserve the right to close all practices to parents!  Practices will be closed until May 20th, during choreography/camp dates, and the week before a competition. Absolutely NO PARENTS on the gym floor, this is for the safety of all parties. There is to be NO JEWELRY worn during practices, which includes all earrings, belly button rings, and necklaces for the safety of all athletes.  Also, no long nails! Sport length only allowed.

All CELL PHONES should be turned OFF and collected during practice times.  Also, please do not bring your family PETS to practices at the gym!  There is to be NO GUM whatsoever at practices or competitions.  Any TATTOOS must be covered at all times! There is to be NO videotaping of practices from the parent room or otherwise.


*ALL ATHLETES NEED TO WEAR SPECIFIED PRACTICE WEAR AT EVERY PRACTICE AND/OR CLASS THEY ARE IN WHILE AT LIBERTY. YOU ARE A REPRESENTATION OF THE GYM.  NOT ONLY DOES IT PROMOTE TEAM UNITY, IT ALSO MAKES IT EASIER FOR COACHES TO SEE WEAK SPOTS IN THE ROUTINES. THERE WILL BE A MONTHLY CALENDAR WHICH STATES WHICH PRACTICE WEAR IS TO BE WORN ON EACH PRACTICE DAY.  NON-SPECIFIED LIBERTY CLOTHING MUST BE WORN DURING TUMBLING CLASSES. *

Your practice wear package will consist of (girls) 4 shorts, 2 sport bras, 3 t-shirts; (boys) 3 t-shirts. Lost, misplaced or damaged clothing will be replaced at the athlete’s expense.  Anyone late or dressed incorrectly will condition after practice and proper attire will be provided and charged to the responsible account holder’s account and billed accordingly. Once again, our program is about building champions, teaching responsibility and accountability to our athletes. Hair MUST be pulled up in a high pony tail out of the face.  Also, athletes must wear cheer shoes to and during practice, they are available in the Proshop.

Until practice wear is available, cheerleaders must wear Liberty clothing from Liberty Proshop.   For practices, Black Liberty t-shirts or evaluation t-shirt and black shorts.  For days that do not require set practice wear, any Liberty Proshop attire can be worn.


Athletes cannot bring food into the gym, but can bring in bottled water or Gatorade; and it is available for purchase in the Proshop.  Athletes are required to wait on the bleachers in the gym or upstairs in the viewing room until practice starts. Athletes are not allowed to play on the equipment or in the pit before/after practices.

Parents only viewing area is upstairs in the parents viewing room for athlete’s practices, private lessons or tumble classes.  For the safety of the athletes and for Liberty insurance purposes, Parents are NOT allowed on the GYM floor or past the doors leading to the gym.  The area behind the barriers on the gym floor is not a designated viewing area.


Parents are not to withhold an athlete from practice because of bad grades or homework.  Because we cannot practice effectively without the entire team athletes are expected to attend all practices.

Coaches will send home at the end of each month starting in May 2017 an Athlete Progress Report to identify what their athlete’s strengths or weaknesses are.  This report will guide the parent in their athlete’s training needs and develops good overall communication with the coach, athlete and parents.

Here is an example below  of an Athlete Progress Report:

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Athletes may be moved if skill requirements and technique are not met for their current placement or made an alternate.  In addition, athletes may be moved/placed on a higher level as an alternate if they have acquired new skills. Athletes must maintain skills and correct technique to compete in their team division and/or level.  This is subject to change at the discretion of Liberty.


MISC. INFO



Liberty Cheer All-Stars is an organized program that requires a strong commitment to join.   It is not a recreational sport; it is a select sport where all athletes are expected to attend all competitions and every event or practice as a team.   We realize many children and young adults are involved in a variety of activities, however, we cannot make exceptions for schedule conflicts. We practice 4-5 hours a week and approximately 1 to 2 hours for tumbling; stretch or additional classes are available.  Rates are not based on hours of instruction, nor does it pay for the right to perform or to choose what team or athlete’s position on a preferred team.  All monies awarded to teams from a competition will go to the Liberty.

Many other programs allow students to miss practices without accountability or regard for the ones that do show up. We will be able to keep extra practices to a minimum because our practices will be productive and mandatory. The only SPORT we recognize as excused is School Cheer and we must have your school cheer schedule ahead of time as well as your school cheer sponsor contact information.  In the event of an optional School cheer event, DO NOT take that option on a Liberty practice time, it will be unexcused   We will work very closely with the surrounding schools but require advance dates be emailed to your coach and athletes will be required to submit an absence request form as well for school cheer.

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HOLIDAYS -GYM CLOSED (2017-18)

Liberty is a 12-month program, practices will begin May 1st and continue through the end April 2018.


May 27th – 29th (Memorial Day weekend)
June 28th - July 5th (Summer Break)
July 23rd - 28th (Summer Break)
September 1st-4th (Labor Day Weekend)
October 31st (Halloween)
November 20th - 25th (Thanksgiving)
December 22nd   -  January 1st (Christmas, Hanukah and New Year)
March 10th – 17th (Spring Break)
March 31st -  April 1st (Easter)

Camp Dates (Choreography/Technique/Team Bonding)


Once teams have been finalized you will be informed the dates your athlete will attend camps; plan 2-3 days per camp.

July 31st - August 6th(Choreography Camp) & September 23-24th ( Choreography)


June 3rd - June 6th (Technique Camp)

August 18th-20th (Team Bonding Retreat)
*Camp Copass in Denton.Tx, this team bonding retreat & is not included in “all inclusive” pricing. The camp will be mandatory for 12-18yrs old athletes. Deposit of $50 by June 1st & final payment due of $129 on July 25th. Youth teams 1 day camp on 19th . Deposit due of $50 on June 1st and final payment due of $50 on July 25th.



Extra Practices (In addition to regular schedule)

11/10/17 & 12/1/18 & 1/12/18 , 1/13/18, 1/26/18 & 2/19-23/18 & 3/23/18 -exact practice times will be announced when it's closer to the practice  date.

Competition Schedule (2017-18)


This is located under the members section of the website. Parents can access by registering online on our website .
*this schedule is subject to change

Uniform Fittings

Prep TBA

All Star TBA

Absences/Vacations


Athletes are excused for School Cheer Camp and only 1 week of family vacation or church camp.  This would be equivalent to 4 practices excused for Vacation, during the months of May 1st - September 8th.   Please try to take your vacation during the time the gym is closed. These absences may be in conjunction with any of the above listed summer breaks.  We would appreciate if you could plan accordingly.


Alternates are required to follow all rules and guidelines.  Additional absences will jeopardize an athlete’s placement on their respective teams so try to take your vacation times during our two summer breaks if possible.  You must not miss the following MANDATORY camps; Routine Choreography/Stunt &Pyramid and Technique, they are not optional or excused.  If an athlete is injured, they will be required to find a fill-in to learn his/her spots so he/she can step back in when released from physician.  We appreciate partnering with our parents!


The only excused absence is a school function that results in a grade or school cheer.  Choir, other sports, part time jobs, dances, concerts, banquets, long distance driving, family reunions, weddings, recitals, school/church socials, and any other non- related school activities are unexcused.  An absence 2 weeks before a competition or an unexcused absence can and will result in the athlete being placed in an alternate position or pulled from an upcoming performance.

If there is an emergency such as hospitalization or a death in your family please contact your coach or the gym (972)775-5323.

Absences must be approved and can only be approved by the Head Coach.  We will verify with school administration and the teaching staff if we think that someone is being dishonest.  Be prepared to show documentation from a teacher or instructor. You will be removed immediately if the request is falsified.  Absences are not permitted the week of a national event.  Every tardy is counted. Two tardies equal 1 absence.  An absence request form must be submitted to the head coach 2 weeks prior to absence.  Submitting does not mean it is approved.  If approved or denied, you will be contacted by the Head Coach.  Absence request forms are located under the forms tab on the website.


Communication



Your athlete’s Head Coach will be your contact, handling all team emails, announcements or social media for his/her team.  Each team will have a Head Coach and an Assistant Coach. The Head Coach will communicate with the Liberty staff.  Any team questions or concerns must first be sent to your athletes Head Coach.  If you do not feel your Head Coach can answer your concerns or questions or can no longer assist you, an owner will be notified.  Please allow 24 hours before contacting a Head Coach/Owner to schedule a conference.


1.        The Website, email, calendar and remind 101 will be updated appropriately.   So that we can communicate effectively with you, we ask that you sign up for our email distribution list and to also become a member in the member’s section of the website to get all private updates.  

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To register on the website as a member, go to go to the member’s area at the top left. Password to set it up is: 2017liberty




Illness

In the event of illness, you will be required to attend but not to participate in practice without exception so an athlete does not jeopardize their position. In addition, you must provide a doctor’s note with detailed information regarding the illness, treatment and length of recovery. This includes dental, medical and any other health related issue that would prohibit an athlete from participating.  Extended illness such as Mono or Strep throat could jeopardize an athlete’s position on the team.  Special discretion will be necessary if an athlete is highly contagious; contact your Head Coach for necessary decision and precautions.


Code of Conduct


A Liberty Cheer All-Star must always be a strong representative and a positive reflection of his/her teammates.  Abusive behavior, lying, bullying and or any other form of negative behavior are grounds for removal from his/her team. Liberty has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for BULLYING and will not tolerate comments about other athletes/teams and their programs.  Let’s respect their athletes/teams, as we will get respect in return.   If you communicate with other cheerleaders at various organizations through email, Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat and/or Instagram. please remember that anything you say is a direct reflection on Liberty.  

NOTE:   If you are caught sending rude or inappropriate messages on SOCIAL MEDIA, you will be subject to immediate removal!   In addition, you CANNOT use the Liberty Cheer name or any variation of our name in your E-mail address. If you currently have our name in any portion of your e-mail address, it must be changed!

Teammates are expected to treat one another with mutual respect. They should treat and talk to one another in a way they want to be spoken to. We do not tolerate pettiness, gossiping or cliques; which attempt to exclude or alienate certain members.  Back talk, rolling of eyes and any other disrespect for instructors or teammates is unacceptable.  After a warning, the athlete will sit out of practice until the problem is solved.  A problem between an athlete and staff member will first be addressed between the owners. If not resolved, a parent will be notified of the problem or infraction of the rules and will be expected to assist in resolving the problem.  A parent should never reprimand or discipline someone else’s child. We will handle any disciplinary problems privately and professionally.



Also, any parent that acts in a disrespectful nature to an athlete, coach or owner is subject to automatic removal of the athlete from the Liberty program.  We pride ourselves with good sportsmanship, we are ONE GYM, ONE FAMILY.

We frequently monitor Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.  If it becomes apparent that a negative reflection of Liberty and/or athlete is presented on social media, we will screenshot it and send to the athlete’s parent. They will get 5 minutes to remove the post or they are removed from the program.

To ensure you have read and agree to the terms of the
Code of Conduct please submit the electronic form.
FORM CODE:
https://goo.gl/forms/EbVKlkX0wG7HykDo1



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*Athletes selected as flyers must maintain flexibility and skill requirements. Selected flyers unable to meet the level requirements must learn to base.  In addition, mandatory tumbling will be required for athletes who do not maintain the level skill requirements. If athlete is not maintaining their ability to perform in the air at the level selected athlete will be placed on the level of her tumbling ability or age level. All selections are made by the coaches and are not to be questioned. Please do not discuss another child’s placement.



Sportsmanship

Liberty Cheer All-Stars are expected to cheer for each team as they are called.  If we are the 1st place team, athletes are not to Celebrate until the 2nd place team has celebrated their 2nd place win and have officially called our name.  We also stand higher on our knees with our arms up in a high clap (steeple clap) for every 1st place team from every division to honor them and recognize their win.  We clap for all teams but we do a special clap for all 1st place teams.  Athletes will learn this in practice.  In the event, we do not win 1st place, Liberty athletes are expected to be as gracious losing as humble in winning. We never show an attitude that is negative even if we don’t agree with the outcome.


Parents too, must also show good sportsmanship always. Do not cheer if a stunt falls from another team.


Liberty Proshop


Trademark /Property Rights Agreement:  No Liberty Cheer All Stars & Tumbling LLC, Liberty, Liberty Gymnastics Academy, Liberty Dance Company or any related items may be sold without prior consent from Liberty Cheer All Stars & Tumbling LLC. The company name and its entity are solely owned by Liberty Cheer All Stars & Tumbling LLC. Any violation of this agreement may result in legal action.



Outside Merchandise Sales Policy: No spirit wear of any kind may be designed, purchased or distributed without prior written consent from an owner of Liberty. All team t-shirts and spirit items will only be purchased through the Liberty Proshop.  In addition, no solicitation of any items while on Liberty property will be allowed.

Pricing



Liberty’s competitive cheer program is from May 2017 through the end of April 2018. There are 4 different payment plans to offer flexibility and convenience for our customer which includes all fees “all inclusive” for the entire all-star season.

Pricing includes:  All-star designated jump/tumble (starts June 2017), all-star cheer practice, competition fees, USASF membership, registrations, all choreography, technique camp (all teams except exhibition), (dance, stunts, pyramid, routine, music - these fall under choreography).  If an all-star takes additional classes, there is a fee of
$20-30 monthly increase (depending on class) which will be billed accordingly.


There are fees not included in the “all inclusive” pricing (ex. End of Season Party/Banquet ticket, summer camps, extra classes, evaluation fee, pro shop items, uniform, additional competitions, travel expenses. coaches fee for bid event etc., team bonding activities)

Whether an athlete takes advantage of the jump/tumble class is up to you but is strongly suggested.  Prices are not based on hours of instruction.

Liberty Spirit Committee  

The Spirit Committee is to help promote team spirit and a great way for the athletes to get to know other families and athletes.  We are a family at liberty and we will have many events throughout the season to get to know everyone. The spirit committee will have a lead team parent and 2 parents from every team chosen by Liberty staff (lead parent reports to owner for approval).  If you are interested in the position please let the staff know.  The committee will plan gym wide snack days during camps or long practices. They also plan cookouts, parties, goodie bags, team gifts, theme weeks before competitions and during nationals. All teams will get same items so that it is consistent gym wide.

A sign-up will be provided for contact information to be shared
with the committee for upcoming events.
 
To Sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQVHbyZq6L1no-wuzJA8c6jcnjM8DEmxzv53RNKNeInZ8tjA/viewform?usp=sf_link



To ensure you have read and agree to the terms of the
Code of Conduct & Handbook please submit the electronic form.
FORM CODE:
https://goo.gl/forms/EbVKlkX0wG7HykDo1


Contact Us:

GYM (972)775-5323
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