Frequently Asked Questions

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Season 7

Where can I find out all the documentation relevant to Season 7?

If you are an existing member of White Rose Cheer, the Season 7 Handbook and International Handbook have been posted in our parent group, "White Rose Cheer - Club Information" on 10th May. It has also been emailed out to the address that we hold on file via Coacha. 

You can also find all the documentation here on the website. If you head to our "Documents" section, you'll find everything you need. Please don't hesitate to ask us any questions on whiterosecheer@gmail.com if you wish to clarify something, or utilise the chat function. We'll get back to you ASAP!

How do I sign my athlete up for Season 7?

You can find the Season 7 Interest Form here - https://forms.gle/E5LUmA591rCkN4kx8 - where you'll be able to input all your athlete's information. As much detail as possible is appreciated as it will help us choose a team for your athlete. Both new and returning athletes can fill this form in. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Covid-19

Is the gym safe for my athlete to return? 

We have taken every measure possible to ensure that our gym is as safe as it possibly can be in the current climate. If you wish to know more about our individual procedures, please head to the Documents section to read our "Return to Cheer" policy. 

Will my athlete be training with their normal team(s) at the normal time?

During the first phase of our Phased Return, all athletes will be in one single "bubble" that they will be training with until at least the end of September. Our "Return to Cheer" document lists each of our athletes individually and explains the time their bubble will be training. They will train once during the week for cheer, and once on a Saturday for tumbling.

Finance

What do my monthly fees go towards?

All monthly fees are completely inclusive.

Your monthly fee pays for the costs of our venue - contributing to lighting, heating, water and other utilities, alongside rental and insurance costs. All competition fees are included in the monthly fee. All training costs, including coaching costs, plus one tumbling class per week are also included.

Music licensing fees and personal athlete insurance is - yep, you guessed it - included! The only extra costs we have are our competition uniform (at £135), and any training kit that you choose to purchase - this is not mandatory. ​

How much is cheerleading going to cost me per month?

That all depends on which team you are placed in. We pride ourselves on being the most value-for-money program in our area, and because of this costs are as low as possible. Our Tiny beginner team Ospreys is our cheapest team at £35 per month, and our advanced program and older teams are £54, £57, or £60 monthly. This change of fee is reflected in the training hours and the competition schedule. If your athlete is a crossover, they will have £20 per month added to their fees to take into account their second team. 

How do I pay my monthly fees?

All athletes will be registered with our chosen sports software system, Coacha. From here you will be sent an email request to sign up for your monthly fees. You manually input your chosen card details and on the 1st of the month, your monthly fee will be taken. You only need to input your details. Once, and the system will do all the hard work! If you're wishing to sign up, check out the "Join Us!" section of this website. 

Communication

Who can I contact when I have a question?

Your first port of call for day-to-day running of the club is our private Facebook Group, “White Rose Cheer -  Club Information”. Here, there are lots of people who may have the answer. For the more major updates, an email will be sent to the address we hold on file and an update will be placed on the “news” section of this website. ​If you wish to discuss something personal with the director, please email whiterosecheer@gmail.com.

Are there any rules regarding Social Media usage whilst being a member of the club?

All social media usage by athletes and parents alike must be positive, and reflect the club in a good light. This is throughout all Social Media platforms, White Rose Cheer Facebook groups, and anonymous forums. Please check out the Code of Conduct within the Season Handbook, which all athletes and parents are expected to abide by.

Competitions

Why do we compete?

The main reason we compete is to have fun, and to show off how hard we have worked! Competitions are the highlights within our season and a clear, focused goal for all our athletes. Our main aim at each competition is to produce a Zero Deduction routine (known in these circles as Hitting Zero). Any trophies or accolades we win are a complete bonus. 

How many competitions are there in one Season?

Our teams compete in 4-5 competitions each year. The cheer season runs from August to July, with our first competition usually being in late January. This year, we are taking part in a number of Virtual Competitions before our Live Events hopefully come back into play in June 2021. You can find each team's competition schedule in our Season 6 Handbook, on pg10. 

What is Hitting Zero?

Hitting Zero means that the athletes perform their given, choreographed routine with no mistakes or errors, earning them Zero Deductions from the judges. We always strive to achieve this at every competition. 

Whereabouts are the competitions held?

We strive with our regular competition schedule to ensure proximity to Leeds, to remove the necessity for travel and accommodation costs. For example, this season, the bulk of our program are travelling to Nottingham, Manchester and Liverpool. Two of our older teams are travelling to Bournemouth. Our International Teams are travelling to Germany.

Are competitions mandatory for all athletes?

Yes - all athletes in a White Rose Cheer competitive squad are expected to commit to all competitions for their squad in a season. We do not authorise absences for a competition unless in case of emergency, which is judged on a case-by-case basis. 

Training and Attendance

 

How often does my athlete train?

All athletes train with their team once a week, between 1-2 hours depending on their age group. Crossover athletes will train twice weekly in cheerleading, once with each team. All athletes will then train 60-90 minutes each Saturday with our Head of Tumbling to work their all-important gymnastics skills. Tumbling remains optional but heavily encouraged.

Do the athletes train in the school holidays?

We close for two weeks over Christmas and two weeks over Easter, reflective of the school holidays. During the half-term breaks and over the long Summer break, we run to a skeleton timetable with a smaller training schedule. The details of this skeleton timetable can be found in the Season Handbook. All training during the school holidays is optional, but all athletes are encouraged to attend unless they have other plans.

What is Lockdown?

Lockdown is the three weeks leading up to any competition where attendance at cheerleading training is mandatory with no exceptions. This is to allow us to maintain productive sessions throughout this crucial time. Any athlete unable to attend a lockdown training, for whichever reason, will be removed from their team for the upcoming competition to allow their team mates to train. 

Extra Training 

My athlete needs a little extra help in perfecting a skill, is there anything I can do to help that?

 

Yes! Our coaching program put on a number of private classes each week. All athletes can book a 30 minute private for £12 to work on their skill set that they wish to improve. These are advertised in our Facebook Group, "White Rose Cheer - Club Information" and can be booked directly with your coach. 

How does my athlete become eligible to travel abroad with one of the International Teams?

 

For most of our International teams, entry is open for anyone who wishes to travel. At the start of each season, we will ask all parents and athletes if they wish to be a part of the Travel Teams, and will then create the teams accordingly. Please note, registering your interest does not automatically believe a place will be offered. We must base our teams on the strength/age of the general pool of athletes that register their interest. 


Cheerleading in General 

What elements are there within a typical cheerleading routine?

Within cheerleading, we perform acrobatic stunting, gymnastic tumbling, jumps and a short dance section. No, there is no Pom-poms or “cheering”! 

What are the various stunting positions?

There are several different stunting positions and no single position is stronger than another. Over the course of an athlete’s time within cheerleading, they will probably find themselves having held all roles at some point. Backspots focus on stability and safety of the stunt, and are often the tallest. Bases work in partners and are usually equal height to one another, use their strength with great technique, are reliable, and have great stability. Flyers are often the shortest in the squad, have brilliant performance skills, great flexibility and are fearless. 

How are athletes assessed for a team?

New athletes are invited for a free class, following discussions with either themselves or their parent (age depending) into a team that coaches feel they’d be a good fit for. They will be informally assessed during the session and then made a firm offer if we feel that team would be a great fit for them. We look at their tumbling and their stunting skill set, if they have previous experience. We do not place athletes where their friends are or where their skill set does not compliment the team - we want every athlete to feel like a shining star!

What is a crossover athlete?

A crossover athlete is an athlete who performs on two teams (I.e. Youth Level 2 and Junior Level 4). They train once per week with each team and compete with both teams at competitions. Crossover athletes must be dedicated, pick up quickly, have a versatile skill set and have great stamina!