Frequently Asked Questions and common topics
WHEN DO PRACTICES BEGIN?
Practices for all teams will start around the first week of June. Actual practice days for each team will be set by GEA coaching staff after tryouts. Full season teams will practice 4 hours a week. However, more practices may be added at any time but mainly prior to competitions. These are added at coaches’ discretion. **All paperwork and down payments must be received for team members to start practicing.
WHAT IS THE LENGTH OF THE SEASON?
All competition teams are a year around commitment. Our season runs from June through April, with competitions beginning in November.
WHAT IF MY CHILD MISSES PRACTICE?
All absences should be called into their Coach at least 48 hours prior to the missed practice. Extreme family emergencies or a graded school event are the only excused absences. If your cheerleader misses a practice one week prior to any competition or two weeks prior to a National Competition, GEA staff has the option to replace them in that competition and/or change their position in his/her routine.
WHAT ABOUT HOLIDAYS AND VACATIONS?
No vacations after August 9th, 2024. Please understand that if you miss, it affects a stunt group, pyramid and team. You must commit 110% or this team is not for you, period. The gym will post closed holidays and typically emails are sent out to notify cheerleaders of gym closing dates. We encourage all cheerleaders to take their summer vacations when the gym is closed. Cheerleaders must submit their request for vacation to GEA coaching staff at least 2 weeks prior to the vacation dates. GEA coaching staff reserves the right to move a cheerleader’s team placement based on excessive absences during the summer months or no longer performing skills they had at try outs.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHEERLEADER MISSES A PRACTICE?
We take attendance very seriously. Athletes will incur a $50 fine for any unexcused absence. Your account will automatically be charged for the fine. Excessive absences will result in removal from the team. After 2 unexcused practices a meeting will be held with parents & cheerleader.
WHAT DOES MY CHEERLEADER WEAR TO PRACTICE?
Typically, practice wear will be handed out in August or September; so until that time, cheerleaders are required to wear black on black sports bra and shorts or other GEA approved apparel. (No additional colors, i.e. pink stripes, swooshes, waistbands, etc.) Additional practice wear is available for purchase at the GEA spirit shop. Bows must be worn with hair pulled up in a high pony. Bows can be worn in any color, but our GEA colors of black/gold/white are preferred. No jewelry can be worn at any time. Appropriate cheer shoes must be worn to practice at all times. Comp shoes will be a specific shoe that the whole team is required to wear.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM BEHIND IN MY MONTHLY PAYMENTS?
If for any reason a cheerleader’s family falls behind in payment, it is the family’s responsibility to contact GEA accounting to resolve the matter. GEA coaching staff reserves the right to bench any cheerleaders for delinquent accounts. The Cheerleader will be required to attend all practices, but will be benched during this time until account is in good standing. There will be a $50 late fee for accounts 5 days behind. You will not be allowed to do private lessons, cheer clinics, tumbling classes or competitions until you are current
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHEERLEADER IS NOT PERFORMING AT THE SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED OF HIS/HER ASSIGNED TEAM?
All cheerleaders must perform at the highest level of the skills required for the level of his/her team. If for any reason, the cheerleader’s skills are not meeting these expectations, GEA coaching staff reserves the right to move the cheerleader down to the team of his/her appropriate level.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHEERLEADER QUITS THE TEAM FOR ANY REASON?
There are no refunds from any fees paid for any reason, including illness or injury.
$600 Termination fee if you are removed from the program or you quit.
CAN THE ATHLETE STILL TAKE TUMBLING CLASSES OR PRIVATE LESSONS AT JUST TUMBLE IF THEY LEAVE AND GO TO ANOTHER ALLSTAR PROGRAM?
No, you will not be allowed to return to Just Tumble until the current season is over
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHEERLEADER’S TEAM QUALIFIES FOR THE SUMMIT OR ALLSTAR WORLDS IN ORLANDO?
When a team qualifies for the Summit or ALLSTAR Worlds competitions, we as a gym will go if we feel the team is ready. By signing up for a travel team, you must agree to go and it will not be put up for a vote. A revised practice schedule will be set by GEA coaching staff and all practices will be mandatory. Any cheerleader missing a Summit or ALLSTAR Worlds practice could result in removal from the team, with an alternate substituting in for your cheerleader. In addition, there will be extra fees incurred for coaching, travel and comp fees and/or additional practice wear or uniform costs.
IS MY CHILD ALLOWED TO DYE HER HAIR?
No! Your child will not be allowed to color his/her hair any color that could become a distraction to the judges. Example: Green, Blue, Hot Pink, Purple, Red, etc.
PREFERRED AIRLINE TRAVEL?
We recommend flying Southwest because it's easier to switch flights if needed. I also recommend purchasing a flight if we do a Reno competition in the winter months. Traveling by car might not be feasible due to heavy snow.
WHEN ARE TRAVEL DAYS?
Travel days are always Fridays before comps and Mondays after comps for away competitions needing airfare; with the exception of NCA Dallas, when which we travel on Thursday due to practice in Dallas on Friday
DO WE HAVE TO STAY IN TEAM HOTELS?
Most of the time, YES. Many events are Stay to Play meaning you must stay in the designated hotels offered by the Event producer. We will inform all families of “stay to play” hotel requirements for each competition once we know.
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