While not an official member of AACCA, Coaches should be following the rules and guidelines provided by this association.
Each Squad will have at least one Head Coach, and can also have a Coach, an assistant Coach and a Squad Rep.
Each Squad may also have a designated Team Parent, Team Photographer and a Team Videographer.
The Squad Rep is each squads liaison between its respective football level.
Forms: Head Coaches will collect all Code of Conduct Agreements (Parent and Participant), Waivers and Fit to Play Forms on or prior to first day of practice.
All coaches and volunteers must also review, agree to, sign and abide by the League's PVG Code of Conduct.
All Coaches 18 years and older must complete Fingerprinting and Background Clearance with the Town of Newton.
Unless otherwise advised and arranged for, Cheer practices will be held outdoors at Memory Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays, each week, beginning late July. Younger squads will practice from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Older squads will practice 6pm to 8pm. Once school begins in September, practices will take place 1 hour before scheduled games for older squads, 45 minutes prior to games for flag squads. Very important that Coaches arrive prior to cheerleaders at all practice and scheduled meeting times.
League, Team, Level and Participant photos will be scheduled to take place before a home game mid-season. Details and information will be circulated by the League Admin.
Pick-Up and Drop-Off Policy
Cheerleaders, in League's care, are not allowed to wonder away from practice or games by themselves-- not even to go to the bathroom or snack stand. Coaches and fellow squad members should always escort each other in groups or as a whole squad. Bathroom breaks and snack stand visits should be coordinated and attended by Coaches.
In the Case of an Emergency:
Assess the situation, if any doubt of the severity of an issue exists then call 911 right away. If not a life-threatening or actual emergency situation, assess and advise accordingly. Head Coaches should report incident to Parents as well as follow steps to report the incident to the Board of Officers.
The town of Newton has AED's in the following locations: 1 by Roller Hockey Rink (covers roller hockey, the park and ride field and softball field #2), 1 by Soccer Field (covers soccer field and softball field 1), 1 by Babe Ruth Baseball Field (covers baseball field, basketball court and playground), 1 by Brock’s Office (covers baseball and football fields), 1 at Pine Street Park (covers all activities there), 1 by Summit Pond Shelter (covers all activities there).
Always contact and alert a Cheer Director as to any issue or concern that arises while coaching. If a problem arises with a parent or participant which is not easily resolved, first engage the Cheer Director, then the President of the Leauge.
The Cheer Director will conduct a Parent Meeting (orientation). Parents will receive a notice with date and times. Coaches should make every effort to attend. Director should go-ver and review policies, procedures, expectations, and League Fundraising responsibilities (which includes help with Concession).
Flag Squad(s) - depending on football registration levels will be either one or two squads. Flag will perform a 1/2 time routine and hello cheer. PomPoms may be incorporated into the hello cheer. Flag will learn a SET grouping of sideline cheers-- no exceptions. This will establish a consistent foundation with the program as cheerleaders grow and move onto to upper levels. One sideline cheer with PomPoms can be added to be done at games, at Coaches' discretion. Important- Flag is not to STUNT higher than a thigh-high stand. Flag is NOT to go up into half or full extensions. They can do different stunts and formations that do not require any lifting or off the ground suspensions. Flag dismount is a Pencil Drop. Full tumbling is allowed and encouraged. Coaches are NOT to stunt with girls, however should be spotting everything the girls/squad is doing. Flag Squad(s) usually cheer at Home Games only, but can volunteer to attend away games if agreed to and organzied by Head Coach.
Hello Cheers and Halftime Routines - ALL routines must be prepared and executed in accordance with the League guidelines. Head Coaches are responsible for progress and preparedness of their respective squads.
Pep Rally and Trophy Game - Pep Rally is a season opener event and usually occurs the Friday evening at Memory Park field, before the Annual Trophy Game (which is usually scheduled for the Saturday before Labor Day).
The Trophy Game is a Tourney for all our tackle levels vs Mt. Olive. The Tourney is played at Home in odd years and away (in Mt. Olive) in even years. Attendance at the Pep Rally for Cheer is critical. We look to Cheer to as the Leaders of the Pep Rally event.
Schedule Changes / Cancellations - If our football players play, our cheerleaders should cheer. Head Coaches are responsible for monitoring game schedules and football player notifications, and likewise responsible for sharing any/all info with their respective squads.
Cheer Etiquette - Coaches should lead by example with regard to following same dress code, cell phone and eating rules. Cheerleaders are not allowed to wear flip flops, use cell phones or snack/eat while on the sidelines during games.
After Half-Time Performances - coaches and cheerleaders should always return to the sidelines after half-time performances. At the Coach's discretion cheerleaders will be given a break, but should be back on sideline ready to cheer promptly by the start of the 3rd Quarter of any game.
Game Time Rosters - Head Coaches need to provide Game Announcers, both home and away, with Squad Rosters before each game begins. Cheerleaders are usually announced along with football players at start of games. NEVER distribute a roster with contact info of participants on it.
Game Schedules and Directions - all will be posted and maintained on each Squad's TeamWall, managed by the Head Coach.
Field Access during Games - as required by League Rules, ONLY Coaches and uniformed cheerleaders are allowed on the sidelines and/or field with the football team at any/all home and away games. Cheer Squad photographers and videographers must remain behind the field's outer perimeter (unless provided with a field badge).
Signs, Banners and Poms - Squads are encouraged to use signs in their Hello Cheers, sideline cheers, etc. If Squad's want to make their own signs and banners that is terrific. Poms may be used at Coaches' discretion if available.
Spirit Days - cheer uniforms may be worn to school, but ONLY on Fridays before a Game, until the end of football season. Cheerleaders should wear their uniforms with PRIDE and should remember that they are representatives of more than just themselves and so should behave appropriately and accordingly at all times (as representatives of the League).
No Pets - though we are a very pet friendly league there are absolutely no pets / animals (no matter the size) allowed at cheering activities, practices, games and/or events. NBYFL is responsible for providing a safe environmnet and has a responsiblity to the town for upkeep of the fields and park areas we use.
Music - Yes, by all means, but keep it clean and appropriate please.
Coaching Best Practices:
1. No favorites, or favoritism!
2. Have a set way and structure to running your practices. Be prepared before you arrive to practice.
3. Don't plan your practices ad hoc when you arrive at practice. Have a plan.
4. Don't eat or snack in front of the kids.
5. Treat your Cheerleaders with the same respect, courtesy and consdieration you expend from them.
6. Stay focused on your practice, the SAFETY of your squad and the task at hand.
7. Do not bring friends or distractions to practice.