Basic Rules and Regulations
LU Cheer Team 2004-2005 Season
Being a member of the Lewis University Cheer Team
is a demanding activity and must come first and before all other extra-curricular activities (fraternities/sororities, school
clubs, work, etc.) You are a Lewis University Cheerleader (not just a basketball cheerleader or competition cheerleader) and
you are expected to cheer at and be a participant in other athletic/academic/social functions as deemed necessary by the coach
and/or Athletic Director.
The primary purpose of the LU Cheer team is to be
a team, which has as its goal, the support of intercollegiate athletics and Lewis University. That support is directed into
three major areas; (1) to lead the cheers: to raise the level of fan support for intercollegiate athletics; to lead in positive
vocal support for the team; to solicit that support from the LU fans and to project that support to the University and its
teams; (2) to participate in the athletic activity known as cheerleading by performing gymnastics, stunts, motions, pyramids
and dance movements, to perfect this athletic activity for keeping the crowds' attention/direction focused on the floor where
the intercollegiate activity is taking place, and for entertainment and competitive purposes; and (3) to serve as a public
relations ambassador of intercollegiate athletics and the University, to uphold reflect and projects the goals and ideals
of the University; to appear at University activities, functions and programs, at charitable and public causes.
Grades: You must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 throughout
your academic career.
Classes should not be taken during practice and/or
game dates and times, unless that class is offered only once, during that specific semester.
Specifically: night classes during second semester!
Weight requirements: There are no absolute weight
requirements for the cheer team; however, cheer team selection will be based on body composition, athleticism and skill level.
Appearance in uniform will be monitored. Partner stunting assignments will be based on the ability of the squad members to
safely perform the stunt.
Hair and make-up: If you have longer hair, it must
be pulled away from the face. Lipstick and make-up are required when in uniform or when representing the cheer team. Shorter
hair must be uniformed with the rest of the team's hairstyle for that given event. (Bows).
Permanent tattoos body piercing: No tongue, eyebrow,
nose or lip rings are allowed when in uniform. Navel rings are allowed, however, you uniform must cover these. If this is
not possible you must take the navel ring out. If you have a tattoo, your uniform or socks or tape must cover this. No other
jewelry may be worn when in uniform. This includes earrings because of safety concerns and uniformity; there are no exceptions.
Practices: If you are unable to make a practice
due to an acceptable excuse (coach will determine acceptable extenuating circumstances), you must notify the Coach or Captain
before practice. If you make no contact within an ample amount of time so that a practice agenda can be changed due to your
absence, you will be obligated to an additional half demerit. Common courtesy to your coach and to your teammates IS expected
and this concept extends to keeping your coach informed of your situation. Please
keep in mind that disrespect to the program will not be tolerated.
You are allowed only 1 excused absence from a game
OR practice. The first missed game or practice will result in a warning. Absences after the first excused will result in demerits;
missed practice = 3 demerits and missed game = 5 demerits.
Demerits system will include:
1/2 - tardy to anything
1/2 - tardy after half-time
break in games or matches
1/2 - leaving early from anything
1/2 - not in complete uniform
1/2 - excessive talking, goofing
around at anything
1/2 - jewelry, gum
1 - missed conditioning
3 - missed practice
5 - missed game
You will be dismissed from the squad if you acquire
Sickness is NOT and automatic excused absence from
practice or games, unless a physician's care is required. In the event of a game, a signed doctor's note is to be obtained
and given to the coach prior to the game. If you are under doctor's orders not to practice or cheer, this excuse must be in
writing and given to the coach. You must also be cleared or released to continue to practice or cheer at the next game.
You are expected to give 100% during practices and
games. If you are unable or unwilling to meet this expectation, you will be removed immediately from the squad. Laziness is
detrimental to the core of the team. Excessive socialization during practice is not acceptable. You will be expected to cheer
at a limited number of other athletic activities, exhibitions etc., to promote the University or the team. Serious consideration
will be placed on your level of dedication and work ethic as a part of this team for the future.
Squad members are required to attend cheer functions
during semester and holiday breaks. A detailed calendar will be discussed and approved by the coach and will be given to the
team well in advance.
If you come to a practice, game or activity "drunk"
or "hung over", or if the coach has reasonable doubt or suspicion you will be suspended from the team indefinitely. Legal
drinking age in the state of Illinois is 21. The University will not tolerate the violation of state alcohol or drug laws or the irresponsible
consumption of alcohol by any member of the cheer team.
If either basketball team reaches post season tournament
play, members of the team may travel to the tournament depending upon budget restrictions.
For safety considerations, you will be required
to keep yourself in the best possible condition at all times. The squad will condition together during regular practice sessions
during the year. Length and type of conditioning will be determined by the coach. Any team member missing ANY conditioning
will then be responsible for additional conditioning as assigned, plus one demerit.
Several fund raisers will be organized to help all
cheerleaders offset the costs of travel and some cheerleading expenditures. Members
are expected to participate in their full capacity. Cheerleaders may have to pay for personal items such as shoes, briefs,
bows etc. Should you choose to pay the costs of the season up front, please see the coach for a detailed yearly commitment
expenditure and hand over the check!