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A message from our DLYF Cheer Director:

Hello everyone!  Welcome to our 2023 Youth Cheer Season!  I wanted to lump as much information as I could together for you, so that you know how/what to prepare for.  Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.  I am excited to have so many of you join us for a great season!

***Our practices will begin July 31, and the schedule will proceed as follows:

7/31 - 8/3 (Monday - Thursday) MANDATORY CHEER WEEK!  Practice will be held all 4 nights this week from 6 - 8:30.  This is an important week that gets us started on our halftime routine.  It is important that your child attends all of the practices so that we are ready for our first game 8/12!
8/7 - 8/10 - Practices will be held from 6 - 8:30
8/11 PEP RALLY  - Times TBD, tentative arrival of 5:00
8/14 - 8/17 6-8:30

SCHOOL SCHEDULE - beginning the week of 8/21, practices will move to Monday and Wednesday only 6 - 8, and will remain until the end of the season.

We need your child to be committed to practices.  If you cannot attend Cheer week your child may not be included in the halftime stunts or tumbling portions of the routine.  This will remain the case for the season. While we recognize that August is a busy month and still part of summer vacation, we need a majority of attendance to make our routines look nice and to keep the girls progressing in their skills.  Please let us know well in advance the dates in which you have conflicts, this helps us to prepare the girls in the week leading up to game day.  

*There will be consequences for frequent absences from practices, TBD at the discretion of the cheer director.

We are requiring that everyone completes and signs the Rules and Regulations and Code of Conduct prior to the first practice.  If you have not completed those by 7/31, you will not be permitted to participate until those forms are signed.  We will also be requiring stunting and tumbling permission forms to be completed and turned in prior to 7/31 in order for your child to participate in any stunts or tumbling at practices or games.

*We are still in the process of updating these forms electronically, but will have them available well in advance to the start of practices.

All games are considered mandatory.  This is what we practice for!  All cheerleaders are expected to attend home and away games.  Cheerleaders typically arrive 60 minutes before scheduled start times so that they can adequately warm up and run through the halftime routines and any stunting formations that have been planned for that game day.  If you have prior commitments to a game, please make that known well in advance so the coaches and jr coaches can plan accordingly.  

*There will be consequences for frequent absences of game days, TBD at the discretion of the cheer director.

We are getting brand new uniforms this season.  These uniforms need to last the league for many years to come, so we ask that you take very good care of them, all season long.  
Please wash them in cold water and hang them to dry, do not dry clean them, wash them with similar colors.
Uniforms will be handed out after the complete set is ordered and has arrived.  I'm hopeful to get this completed by Monday at the latest so that we have them for pictures.
Uniforms are not to be worn to school.  If you are coming early or staying for a later game, you must change out of your uniform.  You are not permitted to eat or drink in your uniforms.  

FUTURE PURCHASES - we typically purchase t-shirts, bows, pink bows and socks, rain jackets, and bags for each season.  This information will be coming soon.  

SHOES - for game day you will need a clean, plain white athletic shoe.  Please do not buy anything with large logos or sparkly designs.  Please do not buy anything similar to a "KEDS" shoe.  The girls will need something to support their dancing, jumping, tumbling, etc.

PRACTICE WEAR - please wear athletic shoes to practice that will support you for jumping, dancing, tumbling, and stunting.  Please refrain from wearing your white game day shoes to practice.  Please wear comfortable athletic clothes, have sunscreen and bug spray already applied before the start of practice
WATER - please be sure your daughter has water at all practices and games, especially during the warmer months.
JEWELRY - No Jewelry is to be worn during practices or games; it is a safety hazard while stunting and tumbling.
NAILS - please refrain from bright nail colors on game day and make sure your nails are at a manageable length so that you do not injure any of your stunting partners.
BATHROOM BREAKS - please make sure your daughter uses the bathroom before practices and games.  It is a very significant distraction to have girls running to the bathroom at all times

Please review the following attachments.
TEAM SHOP QR CODE - Place your order ASAP to ensure everything will be in on time.  Liners and sweatshirts will be mandatory for this year.
STUNT TUMBLE PERMISSION FORM - Stunting and Tumbling Forms will need to be turned in at the first practice.  Please list only the skills that your daughter can do safely without a spot.  Coaches and Jr. Coaches are not permitted to spot gymnastics.
Please be sure to review the Code of Conduct and Rules and Regulations for the season.  Sign and submit those before the first practice.
2023 DLYF SCHEDULE (as of 6/7/23)
FUNDRAISERS (see the Fundraiser tab for the latest info)

I know this is a lot of information.  Please don't hesitate to ask questions or let me know of any concerns that you may have.
Angela Farster

Please note: June 15th is the last day to get a full refund for any 2023 cheerleader registrations should your child(ren) decide to not participate this year.  Refunds drop to 50% after that and then will continue to decrease at the board's discretion.
(page updated 6/9/23)


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DLYF, PO Box 209
Russellton, Pennsylvania 15076

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