• The Constitution of the Odessa High and Permian High

    Varsity, Junior Varsity Black/Red and Junior Varsity White Cheerleaders

    REVISED – November 2017

     

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    PURPOSE AND PHILOSOPHY

    The purpose of these organizations shall be to promote and maintain loyal school spirit and sportsmanship; and to develop character, self-discipline, leadership, technique, and individual responsibility, while maintaining high moral and ethical standards.  Being a cheerleader is an honor and special privilege.  Cheerleaders are first and foremost representatives of their school.  Cheerleaders shall exemplify both individual and group behavior suitable to their position and in accordance with the rules as stated in the ECISD Student Code of Conduct.  Members of these groups have a fundamental responsibility to play a leadership role in building teamwork and helping the school achieve its goals and objectives. Because of these responsibilities, members of all cheerleading squads will be expected, both on and off campus, to maintain a higher standard of behavior and academic achievement than other high school students.



    ARTICLE 1 – Code of Ethics

    1. “As an OHS/PHS Cheerleader I will always conduct myself in a lady-like/gentlemen-like manner and I will maintain the highest moral and ethical standards at all times. I will not engage in any behavior that discredits or jeopardizes the integrity and moral standards of the team or of the school. I will always take pride in myself and in the Cheerleading organization.”
    2. All cheerleaders are expected to be skilled in learning and remembering cheers.  They are also expected to be able to publicly demonstrate a skill level suitable for the team position and the timing necessary for group performances.  Off the field, they are to enthusiastically support all athletic teams through advertisement, personal attitude, and attendance at events chosen by the cheer coach and approved by the Principal.



    ARTICLE 2 – Qualifications for Candidates (Tryouts)

    1. Candidates for the Varsity squad, Junior Varsity Black/Red or Junior Varsity White squad must be a current 8th grade student or a current member of the Freshmen, Sophomore or Junior class.   
    2. Should there not be enough candidates for both a JV Black/Red and JV White squad, the candidates will be combined to form a JV squad.  
    3. The candidate and parent/guardian must attend the mandatory orientation meeting for all cheer candidates.
    4. Cheerleaders will maintain grade standards in accordance with UIL regulations.  EIA regulations state that students in an advanced placement, international baccalaureate courses, or in an honors or dual credit course in English, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, economics or a language other than English, shall be exempt from no pass, no play provisions.   This provision shall include dual credit courses in English, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, economics, or a language other than English taught off campus or a dual credit course taught on the High School campus by university or community college personnel.
    5. Eligibility must be maintained immediately preceding tryouts and in all subjects to remain eligible.  
    6. Student Candidates must meet state guidelines for attendance – 90% Rule.
    7. Candidates must not have received a disciplinary infraction that has a consequence of Suspension, Alternative Center Placement or an Expulsion, as addressed in the ECISD Student Code of Conduct Book, within the school year that the tryouts are conducted.

     

      1. Candidates who have a discipline infraction of suspension or less during the school year may appeal to the Principal of the school for permission to tryout.  Prior discipline history, grades, and school attendance will be considered in the decision. The decision of the appeal from the Principal of whether the candidate can or cannot tryout is final.  
      2. All candidates must be able to enroll in the cheerleading class during the SPRING and FALL semesters.
      3. All candidates must have their schedule free from any other activity or responsibility during the year of participation. For example, a cheerleader may not also be a member of the school dance team. This also includes work. Work must be scheduled around the cheer schedule/calendar provided by the Cheer Coach.
      4. All candidates must reside in Permian’s attendance zone to tryout for Permian Cheer.  All candidates must reside in OHS’s attendance zone to tryout for OHS Cheer.

     

    • The district assumes no responsibility for medical expenses of injuries at any time.

     



    ARTICLE 3 - The Selection Process

    1. Eighty percent (80%) of the evaluation will be based on the judge’s evaluation and twenty percent (20%) will be based on the teacher’s recommendation.
    2. The cheer coach will determine the number of members for each squad.
    3. Candidates must complete the following forms and return to the Cheer Coach by the given deadline:
    1. Cheerleading application included with a fee determined by campus. (assists paying for judges at tryouts)
    2. Permission slip
    3. Constitution Contract signature page
    4. Health Form (Physical)
    5. Teacher Evaluations
    1. All deadlines must be observed and met for the above mentioned forms in order to tryout.
    2. The cheer coach will be responsible for securing the judges. Tryout dates will be chosen by the coach.
    3. Judges will consist of staff from UCA/NCA members, other professional cheerleading association, universities, and/or other school district cheer coaches.  
    4. Every reasonable effort shall be made to avoid hiring the judges to judge tryouts if they have tutored, taught, or coached a cheerleader candidate(s) during the current school year.  However, with the hundreds of cheer camps in Texas, attended by thousands of cheerleaders, it is possible at some time that a member of the judging panel may have had some contact with a cheer candidate who is trying out.  
    5. Candidates will be judged on voice, motion technique, jumps, energy, appearance, tumbling, dance and overall cheer. The dance and cheer will be taught at the tryout clinic. Candidates will tryout individually and in a group.
    6. Apparel must consist of a plain white t-shirt, red shorts and athletic shoes for OHS, and a plain white t-shirt, black shorts and athletic shoes for Permian.
    7. The Varsity team will consist of no less than 5 and no more than 30 members, consisting of both males and females per NCA/UCA Guidelines. The Junior Varsity Black/Red team will consist of no less than 5 and no more than 24 members, consisting of both males and females per NCA/UCA guidelines. The Junior Varsity White team will consist of no less than 5 and no more than 18 members consisting of both males and females per NCA/UCA guidelines.  Mascot tryouts are for Varsity Cheer only.
    8. Tryouts will be closed to everyone except cheer coaches, principals, and the district’s designees.    Parents and non-participating individuals will not be allowed in the building during any phase of the tryouts.  Anyone in violation of this could cause the individual trying out to become ineligible.
    9. Results of the tryouts will be posted on the ECISD website the following night of the tryouts under the cheerleading section of the school’s webpage by Student ID#.  




    ARTICLE 4 - Membership

    1. The term of service for the Varsity and Junior Varsity Black/Red and Junior Varsity White squads shall be officially recognized as the time following the tryout until tryouts of the following year.
    2. Candidates selected to be a member of the cheerleading squad are expected to make a commitment to the activity for the full school year.  A letter of resignation stating the reason(s) for leaving the team must be submitted to the Cheer Coach. Once a student totally is removed from the team, only the Cheer Coach may reinstate them with Principal approval.  
    3. Members must be able to give freely of his/her time for any Cheerleading activity throughout the year; before, during or after school.
    4. Members must be willing to participate fully in all fundraising activities and the parents must be willing for him/her to do this. This means money must be turned in, not the product.
    5. Since the cheerleading squad is a voluntary group, members are responsible for all expenses except the following provided by the schools:
    1. Shell Tops and Skirts for girls and Tops and Pants for Boys.  (Varsity ONLY)
    2. The mascot suit – Varsity Cheer only
    3. Transportation for all out-of-town games for Varsity Cheer.  Junior Varsity Black/Red does not travel out of town, excluding Midland football games and Varsity Football Playoff Games.  The Junior Varsity White squad will not travel out of town excluding Midland football games.
      1. Uniform attire is designated by the Cheer Coach and is to be strictly followed by each member of the squad at any game or appearance.  Absolutely no jewelry is allowed.

     

    • The district assumes no responsibility for medical expenses of injuries at any time.

     



    ARTICLE 5 - Transportation

    1. For school safety, all cheerleaders will ride a school furnished vehicle to/from the following functions:
    1. All required out-of-town games
    2. Designated home games
    3. Any other special function or activity as designated by the cheer coach and/or Principal



    ARTICLE 6 – Grades and Attendance

    1. UIL eligibility & its calendar and ECISD eligibility policies are strictly followed for all cheer squads.  
    2. All Cheerleaders must meet state guidelines for attendance – 90% Rule.



    ARTICLE 7 - Conduct

    1. All cheerleaders are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful manner both in school and outside of school.
    2. Cheerleaders are required to attend their classes every day. Any UNEXCUSED absence will result in suspension from that week’s activities.
    3. Good attendance to cheerleading practice is mandatory for a successful squad.  Moreover, regular school attendance is of utmost importance. Absences to practice must be reported in advance to the coach.  In order to participate in the night activity, the member must be present at school for two (2) full periods the day of an activity and at the practice prior to the activity.
    4. Certain standards are necessary for the integrity and reputation of any organization. Each cheerleader should be a leader within the school and should set an example at all times, within the school and outside the school.
    5. Cheerleaders should not engage in inappropriate messaging, dialogue, use of content (pictures, labels, artwork, etc.) on any social networking site, email, texting, etc.
    6. Derogatory comments, (discreetly or indiscreetly) towards an ECISD High School, a coach, another player or Odessa/Permian High School Cheerleading program that are posted on any social media by an athlete them self may be grounds for the athletes removal from the program.
    7. ECISD rules will strictly apply whenever the team is officially representing ECISD, attending a school sponsored activity, or while on a team trip. Any member who is guilty of engaging in any illegal activity will be subject to dismissal.
    8. If an incident should occur during school or while on a team trip or during competition, a member should expect disciplinary action from the school as well as the cheer coach.
    9. A member of the squad is obligated to practice behavior which will bring credit to him/her, the school, and the organization.  In addition, it is understood that a member of the squad is first and foremost a student at Odessa High or Permian High School.  The regulations and guidelines identified below are intended to serve the cheerleader organization and are independent of any other disciplinary action taken by the school.
    10. For EXTREME MISCONDUCT, a disciplinary consequence of a suspension, alternative center placement or expulsion as addressed in the ECISD Student Handbook, Code of Conduct, or by School Board policy, the student will be DISMISSED FROM THE TEAM. Being in possession or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs prohibited by district policy is one example which constitutes grounds for dismissal if the conduct occurred on or off campus and while the student is in attendance at a school sponsored or school-related activity. Dismissal will be at the direction of the Principal upon recommendation of the cheer coach.  Dismissal will be EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.
    11. For misconduct not deemed severe enough for dismissal, a demerit system is used.  When any demerit is issued, the coach will contact the students and parent/guardian.  Upon receiving three (3) demerits, the squad member will be restricted from cheerleading activities for one week.  Upon receiving four (4) demerits, the cheerleader will be DISMISSED FROM THE SQUAD.
    12. If a cheerleader quits as a member of the current cheer squad, that student will not be permitted to try out for the following school year’s cheer squad.  However, that student would be allowed to try out again the following year after that, as long as the student is in good standing financially with the cheer organization.  



    ARTICLE 8 – Demerits

    1. Members will receive one (1) demerit for each of the following: Some examples of receiving (1) demerit, but not limited to:   
    1. Unexcused absence
    2. Profanity
    3. Not having the proper uniform/clothing when the event starts or the bus leaves
    4. Cheerleader unable to perform the same level of skills they performed at tryouts. The exception will be if the cheerleader is injured with documentation from a doctor or trainer.
    5. Wearing uniform to unauthorized activity
    6. Failure to ride the designated travel vehicle
    7. Leaving a function without notifying the coach
    8. Unexcused absence from practice
    9. Unexcused absence from run through sign session – PHS only
    10. Disciplinary action from administration of OHS or PHS (This includes In-School Suspension)
    11. Fraternizing with crowd during performance of function
    12. Cell Phone on, out, or being used during practice and/or functions
    1. Members will receive two (2) demerits for each of the following: Some examples of receiving (2) demerits, but not limited to:  
    1. Any display of poor sportsmanship.  This includes rudeness to opposing team’s cheerleaders or fans.
    2. Any behavior judged by the coach to be severe misbehavior may result in a one week suspension from any activity at the coach’s discretion.  
    1. All rules become enforceable the day the cheerleader is selected and remain in effect until the end of the cheerleading year.



    ARTICLE 9 – Communication for Concerns

    1. Cheerleaders and their parents should follow the steps below IN ORDER if a concern or an issue arises:
    1. Contact the cheer coach by phone (no text), or email, or in person, and notify the cheer coach of the concern.
    2. If there is no resolution after initial contact with the cheer coach, schedule an in-person conference with the cheer coach.
    1. If there is no resolution after the in-person meeting with the cheer coach, contact the Administrator on campus who supervises the cheer squad and cheer coach, and schedule an in-person conference.
    2. If there is no resolution after the meeting with the Administrator on campus who supervises the cheer squad and cheer coach, contact the Principal of the High School to schedule an in-person conference.



    ARTICLE 10 - Finances

    1. The candidates and his/her parents or guardians must be fully aware of the expenses involvement, as explained in the financial packet. They must be willing to meet all financial obligations. All expenses must be paid in full before the first football game of the fall semester.  The cheerleader may not participate at the football games and/or pep rallies until the financial obligations are met.
    2. ALL PAYMENTS/MONIES COLLECTED ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.



    Article 11 - Uniforms

    1. All uniforms will be checked out to each individual cheerleader at the start of the season.
    2. No uniforms are to be cut for alteration purposes. For any uniform cut for alterations, the individual cheerleader will be required to purchase the uniform at the end of the year.
    3. Uniforms must be turned in clean and on hangers. Any spots on the uniforms must be taken care of by the cheerleader. If they are not returned in the condition they were checked out in, the cheerleader will be responsible for paying for the uniform.
    4. It will be the sole responsibility of each member to turn in all uniforms that are property of ECISD. Any uniform not turned in, the member will be required to pay for the lost/damaged uniform.
    5. Failure to wear the proper uniform will result in a demerit.
    6. Uniforms must be clean and neat and must worn only on game days, to pep rallies, and other events attended by the squad.  



    ARTICLE 12 - Required Varsity Cheer Functions

      1. All members must attend the following functions.  It will be the responsibility of the cheer coach to find out dates and times of all events listed below and communicate them to the Varsity Cheer Squad.
      2. All District, Non-District and Playoff varsity football games
      3. OHS red/white or PHS black/white varsity game in the spring semester
      4. All district varsity home basketball games, and playoff games (boys & girls)
      5. All district home varsity volleyball games, and all playoff games
      6. All home varsity soccer games and playoff games (boys and girls)
      7. Other varsity athletic games or school events  - as designated by the cheer coach / Principal
      8. All pep rallies

     

    • All practices

     

    1. Football Banquet
    2. Media Day for Football
    3. Watermelon Feed – PHS / Hot Dog Feed - OHS
    4. Boys & Girls Club Clinic (summer)
    5. Summer Cheerleading Camp (designated by the cheer coach)
    6. Special Olympics activities (Fall and Spring semesters) – OHS only
    7. NCA/UCA High School Nationals or other state competitions (practices and competition) – if the cheer coach and squad decides to attend and fundraise for this event
    8. In the event the squad member fails to ride the designated vehicle, then he/she will be given a demerit and will not be allowed to participate as a member of the squad at that function.  Special permission may be granted to ride home from an out-of-town game with parents. This permission consists of turning in a trip change form by 4:30pm the day before the game or function.  The parents must come to the bus to pick up their son or daughter after the game with the coach being present.



    ARTICLE 13 - Required Junior Varsity Black/Red Cheer Functions

      1. All members must attend the following functions.  It will be the responsibility of the cheer coach to find out dates and times of all events listed below and communicate them to the Junior Varsity Black/Red Cheer Squad.
      2. All Home Junior Varsity football games
      3. All Varsity Playoff football games
      4. OHS red/white or PHS black/white junior varsity game in the spring semester
      5. All district home Junior Varsity basketball games (boys & girls)
      6. All district home Junior Varsity volleyball games
      7. Hot Dog Feed – OHS    

     

    • All practices

     

    1. Summer cheerleading camp (designated by the cheer coach)
    2. Assist with decorating pep rallies
    3. Other Junior Varsity Athletic Games or School Events  - as designated by the cheer coach / Principal
    4. Any event that the Varsity Cheer Squad is unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts.  This is a decision of the cheer coach.
    5. Junior Varsity Black/Red Cheerleaders will not attend out of town games, except for Varsity Football Playoff Games
    6. Junior Varsity Black/Red Cheerleaders will not perform at pep rallies
    7. In the event the squad member fails to ride the designated vehicle, then he/she will be given a demerit and will not be allowed to participate as a member of the squad at that function.  Special permission may be granted to ride home from an out-of-town game with parents. This permission consists of turning in a trip change form by 4:30pm the day before the game or function.  The parents must come to the bus to pick up their son or daughter after the game with the coach being present.



    ARTICLE 14 – Required Junior Varsity White Cheer Functions

      1. All members must attend the following functions.  It will be the responsibility of the cheer coach to find out dates and times of all events listed below and communicate them to the Junior Varsity White Squad.
      2. All Home Freshmen football games
      3. OHS red/white or PHS black/white freshmen games in the spring semester
      4. All district home Freshmen basketball games (boys & girls)
      5. All district home Freshmen volleyball games
      6. Hot Dog Feed - OHS

     

    • All practices

     

    1. Summer cheerleading camp (designated by the cheer coach)
    2. Assist with decorating pep rallies
    3. Other Freshman Athletic Games or School Events  - as designated by the cheer coach / Principal
    4. Any event that the JV Black Cheer Squad is unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts.  This is a decision of the cheer coach.
    5. Junior Varsity White Cheerleaders will not attend out of town games, except for Midland games
    6. Junior Varsity White Cheerleaders will not perform at pep rallies
    7. In the event the squad member fails to ride the designated vehicle, then he/she will be given a demerit and will not be allowed to participate as a member of the squad at that function.  Special permission may be granted to ride home from an out-of-town game with parents. This permission consists of turning in a trip change form by 4:30pm the day before the game or function.  The parents must come to the bus to pick up their son or daughter after the game with the coach being present.



    ARTICLE 15 – Pep Rallies and Run-Through Signs (Permian only)

    1. The varsity cheer squad will be responsible for planning all pep rallies during football season and special pep rallies during the year.  For Permian - the varsity cheer squad, assisted by the junior varsity squads, will be responsible for providing two run-through signs for all home varsity games and designated varsity out-of-town games.  These signs will be drawn and painted at a time designated by the cheer coach during the weekend before the game. Attendance is mandatory.



    ARTICLE 16 – Mascot – Varsity Squad Only

    1. Mascot will be for the Varsity Cheer Squad only.
    2. Mascot selection will be held under the same conditions as cheerleading.
    3. Mascot candidates must perform a 2-3 minute skit in costume. The skit will be timed and will result in disqualification if the participant exceeds the time limit.
    4. Candidates must be a current member of the freshmen, sophomore or junior class for OHS.  Candidates must be a current member of the sophomore or junior class for PHS.
    5. The Mascot Uniform is property of ECISD and is to be returned at the conclusion of the year in the same condition it was checked out to the student.



    ARTICLE 17 – Responsibilities and Duties of the Cheer Coach

    1. The cheer coach will supervise and coordinate all cheerleading activities in accordance with the Cheerleading Constitution, Board Policy, UIL Regulations, and Campus Policies.  
    2. The cheer coach will be responsible for determining whether or not alleged misconduct has occurred, and what the appropriate disciplinary action will be.   The cheer coach’s decision in these matters shall be final. A student may be dismissed for the squad only upon the recommendation of the cheer coach and the approval of the Principal of the campus.  
    3. The cheer coach will communicate all dates and times of all required functions to all members of the cheer squad in a timely manner.  



    ARTICLE 18 – Parent Participation

    1. Positive parental involvement is appreciated throughout the cheer program.  Parents play an important role in supporting and encouraging their cheer member and the cheer program.  
    2. Parents are encouraged to work in a positive manner with the cheer coaches and the High School Administration to promote and improve the educational, financial, and ethical welfare of the high school cheer program and all the students involved.  
    3. Derogatory comments, (discreetly or indiscreetly) towards an ECISD High School, a coach, another cheerleader or the Odessa/Permian High School Cheerleading program that are posted on any social media by a parent of an athlete or any family member of an athlete may be grounds for the athletes removal from the program.
    4. Parents will be REQUIRED to attend parent meetings with the cheer coach when the discussion of the meeting addresses finances and fundraising for the squad.  
    5. Parents are encouraged to set up an appointment to discuss concerns, both positive and negative, which directly impact their child or the overall program with the appropriate cheer coach.  Parents will need to follow the communication process as established in Article 9 of the Cheer Constitution for any concerns.
    6. Parents are strongly discouraged from making negative remarks about an individual cheerleader, the cheer squad as a whole, the cheer coach, or other school cheerleader squads in public or on any social media sites.  
    7. Parents who interfere with decisions of the cheer coach, such as, but not limited to uniform selection, choice of cheers, which cheerleaders call cheers, location of cheerleaders within the squad at performances, or other decisions made by the cheer coach may result in the removal of their child from the cheer squad.