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WELCOME!
Welcome to Melbourne Cheer Academy for 2019! Whether you are a new or returning athlete, we
welcome you to our club and can’t wait to get to know you better. We are excited to see what you will
accomplish this year and we look forward to seeing personal goals achieved and celebrated!

The following information pack is
designed to give you all the necessary
details that you (as either a supporter or
an athlete) may need for the upcoming
season. Please read everything in this
pack carefully and direct any questions
you may have to an MCA staff member
via the office.

     We always get asked: “What is cheerleading?”
                                                       Allstar Cheer is a fast paced, dynamic sport that
                                                       encompasses dance, jumps, gymnastics tumbling
                                                       and a range of acrobatic stunts...

                                                       ...all in two and a half minutes!

                                                       Cheerleaders train year round and are taught how
                                                       to increase their strength, flexibility and
                                                       coordination whilst also learning confidence
                                                       through performance. Our athletes find cheer a
                                                       positive social outlet where they connect with
                                                       people their own age with a similar interest. In
                                                       addition to that, we can’t forget the beautiful
                                                       uniforms that the athletes wear to competitions!

      4 REASONS YOU SHOULD DO CHEER
   GET FIT, HAVE FUN          TRAIN LOCALLY              ALL AGES WELCOME             BE COMPETITIVE
   We help our athletes     Centrally located in        MCA is for people of all   Our competitive teams
     get fit and enjoy     the eastern and south          ages. We welcome           perform at national
   themselves. We aim        eastern suburbs of          anyone who wants to       events in front of huge
   for all our members       Melbourne, both of          participate in a great      audiences. Our top
  (old and new) to have    our facilities are easily      sport, as well as be     squads may also travel
  fun and make friends      accessible by car or          part of a tight-knit      interstate & overseas
      along the way.          public transport.            team in a positive          to perform and
                                                             environment.                  compete.

        CONTACT DETAILS                                      OFFICE ADMIN HOURS
                 (03) 9998 6493                                     Mon - Thurs    3.30pm - 8pm
           melbournecheeracademy.com                                  Saturday     10am - 2pm
      reception@melbournecheeracademy.com                             Sunday       10am - 3pm
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2019 AT MCA

All-Star cheerleading has evolved into one of the most exciting, fast-paced sports in the world. Training
for competitve cheerleading is hard, but extremely rewarding as athletes get to experience the
incredible feeling of performing in front of hundreds of cheering spectators. Our sport is broken down
into competitive levels by age and ability level. The Australian Cheer Sport Alliance (ACSA) is the
industry Peak Body and we form our program based on their competition criteria and age grids.

Our All-Star squads usually train Febuary to December with regular breaks throughout the year, with our
entry level teams doing half year semesters. We look for athletes that are willing to work hard, improve
their skills, train consistently and be loyal to their team.

Our program vision and goal is to build our athletes by starting with a strong foundation and progressing
your athlete at his/her own ability level in a motivating, positive environment. We focus on character and
core values, which helps develop our athletes into solid competitive team players. Our teams are always
highly competitive within their various divisions.

           MCA Box Hill                                           MCA Oakleigh
    1/37 Lexton Rd, Box Hill 3129                         6/2 Railway Ave, Oakleigh 3166
MCA Box Hill is the ultimate high performance          MCA Oakleigh has some of the best cheer
facility equipped with 2 x full size 9 run             facilities available in Melbournes south,
competition spring floors, extra spring                conveniently located 500m from Huntingdale
flooring for private classes, a 10 metre               Train Station. Equipped with a 7 run spring
Premium Tumbl Trak, a huge range of                    floor, fully sprung tumbling area, 7 metre
tumbling     development     aids,    full air         ROSS      Tumbl    Trak, various   tumbling
conditioning and heating, and athletes                 development aids, athletes lounge, heating
      lounge, vending machine and more.                                  and more.
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2019 PROGRAMS
CHEERSPORT (Beginners)
CheerSport is specifically for beginners new to the sport of Allstar Cheerleading. Our CheerSport
program aims to provide an introduction to all the skills of Allstar Cheer, but in a low pressure, relaxed
environment. With each season running for half a year and training once a week, the commitment level
is easy to organise around other sports and activities. CheerSport teams also get to experience the thrill
of performing at the end of each season at either the club Showoffs or at a competition. The CheerSport
program is also a lower cost for tuition and performances and athletes are not required to purchase an
expensive uniform.

    Perfect for beginners                          Low pressure, fun environment

    Train once a week                              Low cost of tuition / fees

    Uniform not required                           Perform for family & friends

ALLSTAR NOVICE (Beginners / Intermediate)
Allstar Novice is for beginner athletes who want a greater challenge and can handle a step up in both
commitment to their team and to their training. The program aims to provide an introduction to all the
skills and routine building of Allstar Cheer with the aim of transitioning athletes to higher levels. Novice
Allstar teams will attend multiple competitions throughout the year long season (all held in Melbourne)
and get to wear the sparkly MCA level 1-2 uniform! Training is usually twice a week and the athletes are
expected to attend all training sessions.

   Great for beginners                            Committed team atmosphere

   Train twice a week                             Sparkly uniform and custom music

   Multiple local competitions                    The chance to compete at Nationals

ALLSTAR ELITE (Experienced)
Allstar Elite is for our intermediate and advanced athletes who can handle a high degree of commitment
and are working on higher level skills. The program aims to provide a challenging and positive
atmosphere for higher level athletes to push themselves and succeed. Elite teams will attend multiple
competitions throughout the year long season (all held in Melbourne) and get in depth training (usually
twice a week) as well as the chance to qualify for the National Championships. Athletes are expected to
attend all training sessions.

    Experienced athletes                           Super successful teams

    Train 2-3 times a week                         Beautiful uniforms

    Specialist coaching                            World class choreography

    High end custom music                          The chance to compete at Nationals

    Multiple competitions                          The chance to compete at Pinnacle
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SKILLS & LEVELS EXPLAINED
All Star Cheerleading requires specific skills for each level. Each athlete is placed in a squad / level
that is best suited to their skill set and will give them a challenging and successful year. A summary of
each level and the appropriate skills are as follows:

         CheerSport &         Perfect for beginners with limited or no cheerleading experience. We
                              teach all stunting, dance, jumps and tumble skills. There are
        Allstar Novice:       NO REQUIREMENTS to join a CheerSport or Novice Allstar team.
                              Team selection REQUIRES front walkovers and back walkovers as well as
                 Level 1:     mastery of all other level 1 skills. We refine current skills and work on
                              higher level skills when ready.
                              Team selection REQUIRES a well executed back handspring as well as
                 Level 2:     mastery of all level 1 skills. We refine current skills and work on higher level
                              skills when ready.
                              Team selection REQUIRES running back tucks and standing multiple
                 Level 3:     back handsprings as well as mastery of level 1 & 2 skills. We refine
  Elite                       current skills and work on higher level skills when ready.
 Allstar                      Team selection REQUIRES significant cheer experience as well as
                 Level 4:     tumbling skills including layouts, standing back tucks and mastery of
                              level 1 - 3 skills. We work on higher level skills when ready.
                              Team selection REQUIRES significant cheer experience as well as significant
               Level 5/6:     tumbling skills that include full or double twisting layouts, jumps to standing
                              back tuck and mastery of level 1 - 4 skills.

           Non-Tumble         Team selection REQUIRES cheer experience at the desired level as well as
            Level 1 - 6:      significant fitness and strength.

2019 OAKLEIGH TEAM INFO
CHEERSPORT
       HUMMINGBIRDS                              FREE CLASS!
       Ages 8-14
       2 hrs per week
                                                 DUCKLINGS
                                                      Ages 1-3
                                                   1 hr per week
ALLSTAR NOVICE                                     (recreational)

       KESTRELS
       Youth (ages 8-11)                                                     OPEN GYM
       3 hrs per week                                                     Level 2-6 Oakleigh teams
                                                                        have free access to Oakleigh
ALLSTAR ELITE ~ Level 1                                                   Open Gym during term to
       FANTAILS                                                          get extra practice in. Other
       Senior (ages 10-18)
                                                                        athletes also have access on
       4 hrs per week
                                                                           a casual payment basis.
ALLSTAR ELITE ~ Level 2
       SILVERWINGS
       Senior (ages 10-18)
       4 hrs per week

ALLSTAR ELITE ~ Level 6                                                  REMEMBER!
       DRAGONS                                             Above Allstar Novice there are specific tumbling
       International Open Coed Non Tumble (ages 13+)        & stunting requirements. Consult the office for
       5+ hours per week                                   details. We do not allocate athletes to any teams
       *Worlds Bid Division                                  based on friendships or travel arrangements.
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2019 BOX HILL TEAM INFO
CHEERSPORT
     SPARROWS               FINCHES               BELLBIRDS             MIGHTY DUCKS
     Ages 3-6               Ages 7-11             Ages 12-18            Ages 28+ (Non Tumble)
     2 hrs per week         2 hrs per week        2 hrs per week        2 hrs per week

ALLSTAR NOVICE
     ROBINS                 DOVES                 EMERALDS              THUNDERBIRDS
     Mini (ages 7-8)        Youth (ages 9-11)     Senior (ages 10-18)   Open (ages 14+)
     3 hrs per week         3 hrs per week        3 hrs per week        3 hrs per week

ALLSTAR ELITE ~ Level 1
                                                                                          FREE CLASS!
     PEACOCKS               BLACKBIRDS
     Youth (ages 8-11)      Senior (ages 10-18)                                           DUCKLINGS
     4 hrs per week         4 hrs per week                                                    Ages 1-3
                                                                                           1 hr per week
                                                                                           (recreational)
ALLSTAR ELITE ~ Level 2
     RAVENS                 BLUEJAYS              EAGLES
     Youth (ages 8-11)      Senior (ages 10-18)   Open (ages 17+) Non Tumble
     4 hrs per week         4 hrs per week        4 hrs per week

ALLSTAR ELITE ~ Level 3
     SHADOWHAWKS
     International Junior (ages 9-15)
     5+ hrs per week

ALLSTAR ELITE ~ Level 4.2
     TALONS
     Open (ages 14+)
     5+ hours per week
                                                                        OPEN GYM
ALLSTAR ELITE ~ Level 4                                             Level 3-5 Box Hill teams
     FLAMINGOS              CARDINALS                              have free access to Box Hill
     Senior (ages 10-18)    Open (ages 14+)                         Open Gym during term to
     5+ hours per week      2+ hours per week
                                                                   get extra practice in. Other
ALLSTAR ELITE ~ Level 5                                             athletes also have access
                                                                   on a casual payment basis.
     ANGELS
     Senior (ages 10-18)
     5+ hours per week

ALLSTAR ELITE ~ Level 6
     PHOENIX
     Int Open Small Coed
     (ages 13+)
     5+ hours per week
     *Worlds Bid Division

                                             REMEMBER!
Above Allstar Novice there are specific tumbling & stunting requirements. Consult the office for details.
       We do not allocate athletes to any teams based on friendships or travel arrangements.
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2019 COMPETITIONS
      Below is a comprehensive competiton schedule for MCA in 2019. Please familiarise
      yourself with the below dates and mark them down in your diary so that you and your
      athlete will be available. Please note - the venue does change competition to
      competition. Check the venue details before heading off to an event! For more
      information about competitions, please read the Important Info pages.

      MCA Showoffs
      Location: Melbourne Sports Aquatics Centre, South Melbourne
      Date: 15 June 2019
      Teams Attending: All Competitive Teams, all CheerSport Teams
      Summary: Held on Saturday afternoon/evening, this is a club event and an introduction
      to cheer for all new athletes. All teams will perform once.

      AASCF Winterfest Competition
      Location: Melbourne Sports Aquatics Centre, South Melbourne
      Date: 28 - 30 June 2019
      Teams Attending: All Competitive Teams, all Stunt Groups
      Summary: Held over 3 days, Stunt groups on Friday night, all other teams scheduled
      across Saturday/Sunday. Teams compete once.

      Cheerbrandz Olympia Cheer Competition
      Location: Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, South Melbourne
      Date: 31st August - 1 September 2019
      Teams Attending: All Elite 1 - 5 Teams
      Summary: Olympia is held over 2 days. All teams will compete twice, once on each day.

      Cheercon Experience Competition
      Location: State Basketball Centre, Wantirna
      Date: 7 - 8 September 2019
      Teams Attending: All Elite 1 - 5 Teams
      Summary: Held over 2 days, teams will be scheduled across Saturday/Sunday.
      Teams perform only once.

      AASCF Vic State Championships
      Location: Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, South Melbourne
      Date: 20 - 22 September 2019
      Teams Attending: All Competitive Teams, all Stunt Groups
      Summary: Held over 3 days, Stunt groups on Friday night, all other teams scheduled
      across Saturday/Sunday. Teams perform once.

      Cheerbrandz Eutopia Cheer Competition
      Location: Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, South Melbourne
      Date: 10 November 2019
      Teams Attending: All Competitive Teams, all CheerSport Teams
      Summary: Eutopia is held on a single day. All teams will compete once. This is the final
      competition of the year for all teams unless they qualify for the National Championships.

      AASCF National Championships
      QUALIFYING EVENT - PLEASE CHECK INFORMATION ON THE FOLLOWING PAGE
      Location: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Southbank
      Date: 29 November - 1 December 2019
      Teams Attending: Any teams/stunt groups who qualify during the year
      Summary: Held over 3 days, Friday - Sunday. Teams may be competing Friday during the
      day so athletes are required to be available on the Friday.

      Australasian Cheer & Dance Pinnacle
      QUALIFYING EVENT - PLEASE CHECK INFORMATION ON THE FOLLOWING PAGE
      Location: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Southbank
      Date: Monday 2 December 2019
      Teams Attending: Level 1 Elite - 5 teams/stunt groups who qualify during the year
      Summary: Held on Monday after Nationals. This is a Bid Only event which teams need to
      qualify at competitions during the year.
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2019 NATIONALS & PINNACLE

2019 AASCF National Championships
Location: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Southbank
Date: 29 November - 1 December 2019

The 2019 AASCF National Championships are being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition
Centre in November/December. Nationals is one of the largest and most prestigious Allstar Cheerleading
competitions in the world and averages over 10,000 competitiors from multiple countries.

In 2019, Novice and Elite Allstar teams will qualify to attend Nationals by reaching a certain score during
their normal competition season. Further details regarding qualifying scores will be released in February
2019. Upon qualifying, athletes will be invoiced for the Nationals competition entry. We believe that
most, if not all of our teams will qualify for Nationals, so all athletes and supporters are advised to keep
the competition weekend available when planning your yearly schedule.

2019 Australasian Cheer & Dance Pinnacle
Location: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Southbank
Date: Monday 2 December 2019

The 2019 Australasian Cheer and Dance Pinnacle is held the day after the National Championships.
Pinnacle is an invitation only event held for Elite level 1 - 5 teams who win a bid during the competition
season at selected events. Teams that win a bid are invited to attend free of charge and compete against
the best of the best from around the country.

The events where teams can win a bid are AASCF Winterfest, Cheercon Experience and AASCF State
Championships. Pinnacle is held on a Monday, so please ensure your athlete is available to compete.
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2019 CALENDAR
    This page gives our families a list of the key dates throughout the year. For more information on all of these
    events, dates and activities, please head online and add the public MCA Google calender. You will find all of
these events and activities listed with additional, specific information about each event. You can also use the link to
  add this to your own online calendar app. Simply go to your own Calendar app and add this calendar using the
                                         following link: https://goo.gl/h9WUZf

                  10 JAN         >     Office Reopens after Xmas break
                  20 JAN         >     2019 Open Day
                  29 JAN         >     Term One Classes Begin
                  2 FEB          >     Parents Information Night
                  4 - 10 FEB     >     Bring A Friend Week (Level 1 Teams)
                  9 FEB          >     Tiny/Mini/Youth Teams Movie Night (Box Hill Gym)
                  16 FEB         >     Junior/Senior Teams Sleepover (Box Hill Gym)
                  25 FEB - 3 MAR >     Shift Week Commences (Level 1 Elite - 6 Teams)
                  9 MAR          >     Open Teams Night Out (location TBC)        Allstar teams have a
                                                                                6+ hour schedule to be
                  11 MAR         >     Labour Day (no classes)                  taught their routine for
                                                                                    the year. This is a
                  5 APR          >     Last Day Term One Classes                     mandatory, non
                  6 - 14 APR     >     ALLSTAR CHOREOGRAPHY WEEK                   negotiable schedule
                                                                                 that all athletes have
                  23 APR         >     Term Two Classes Begin                           to attend.

                  25 APR         >     ANZAC Day (no classes)
                                                                                 Check out the Google
                  29 APR         >     Worlds Sleepover (Box Hill)              Calendar events or the
                                                                                 competition section in
                  10 JUN         >     Queens Birthday (no classes)             the info pack for more
                                                                                  information on these
                  15 JUN         >     FLIGHT NIGHT (MSAC)                             competitions
                  28 JUN         >     Last Day Term Two Classes
                  28 - 30 JUN >        AASCF WINTERFEST COMPETITION (MSAC)
                  15 JUL         >     Term Three Classes Begin
                  31 AUG - 1 SEP >     CHEERBRANDZ OLYMPIA COMPETITION (MSAC)
                  7 -8 SEP       >     CHEERCON EXPERIENCE COMPETITION (SBC)
                  20 SEP         >     Term Three Classes Finish
                  20 - 22 SEP >        AASCF STATES COMPETITION (MSAC)
                  4 - 6 OCT      >     Aussie Gold Queensland Trip (Level 6 teams only)
                  7 OCT          >     Term Four Classes Begin
                  2 - 5 NOV      >     Melbourne Cup (no classes Saturday - Tuesday)
                  10 NOV         >     CHEERBRANDZ EUTOPIA COMPETITION (MSAC)
                  29 NOV - 1 DEC >     AASCF NATIONALS COMPETITION (MCEC)
                  2 DEC          >     AUSTRALASIAN PINNACLE COMPETITION (MCEC)
                  7 DEC          >     MCA 2019 Awards Night
                  8 DEC          >     Tiny/Mini/Youth Teams End of Year BBQ
                  13 DEC         >     Last day of Term Four regular classes
                  14 - 15 DEC    >     2020 Team Placement Days (Box Hill & Oakleigh)
                  18 - 20 DEC >        2020 Team Trainings (modified timetable) Not all teams attend.
                                                                                                    See the online Google
                                                                                                     Calendar for more
                                                                                                           details.
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COSTS
                                                                                                                      DUCKLINGS
    ENROLMENT                                                                                                                     FREE!
                                                                                               Talk to the office if you wish to join.

$100 PER YEAR                                                                                          CHEERSPORT TEAMS
 Enrolment fee is required for all athletes. It includes the
 athletes 2019 Cheer Federation Membership, training                                           Sparrows, Finches, Hummingbirds,
 uniform & personal accident insurance cover.                                                             Bellbirds, Mighty Ducks
                                                                                                            $100 PER MONTH
                                                                                                           5 payments per season
                                                                                                     Seasons: Feb-June or July-Nov
 CLASS TUITION FEES
                                                                                                NOVICE ALLSTAR TEAMS
Please remember, TERM FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.                                                  Robins, Doves, Kestrels, Emeralds
Class fees DO include:                                                                                          $155 PER MONTH
>     Weekly squad training
                                                                                                               (Feb - Dec) 11 payments

>     Weekly tumble class
                                                                                  ELITE ALLSTAR TEAMS (LEVEL 1-2)
                                                                                         Peacocks, Fantails, Blackbirds, Ravens,
Class fees DO NOT include:                                                            Thunderbirds, Silvrwings, Bluejays, Eagles
>      Competition entry costs, uniform, shoes or travel
                                                                                                                $195 PER MONTH
>      Extra classes, holiday or summer programs                                                               (Feb - Dec) 11 payments

                                                                                  ELITE ALLSTAR TEAMS (LEVEL 3-6)
COMPETITION PACKS                                                                              ShadowHawks, Talons, Flamingos,
                                                                                              Cardinals, Angels, Dragons, Phoenix

CHEERSPORT TEAMS: $99*                                                                                         $225 PER MONTH
                                                                                                            (Feb - Dec) 11 payments
> Includes entry to Showoffs 2019 (season 1 only),
  or Cheerbrandz Eutopia (season 2 only)
> Includes photos from each comp
> Includes team music fees & choreography costs
  *Price is per season                                                                        “WHY 11 MONTHLY PAYMENTS?”
                                                                                  2019 has an additional 4 and a half weeks of classes
NOVICE ALLSTAR TEAMS: $400                                                        compared to our 2018 schedule, which is the reason
>    Includes   entry to 3 Melbourne based competitions                                 for an extra month tuition compared to 2018.
>    Includes   entry to Showoffs 2019
>    Includes   photos from each competition
>    Includes   team music fees                                                                        REQUIRED GEAR
>    Includes   all choreography costs                                                                CheerSport Uniform: N/A
ELITE ALLSTAR 1 - 4 TEAMS: $640                                                              Uniform (Novice - Elite 3): $195
> Includes entry to 5 Melbourne based competitions                                               Uniform (Elite 4 - 6): $300
  (teams will perform twice at Olympia)
> Includes entry to Showoffs 2019 at MSAC                                               Allstar Teams Competition Bow: $25
> Includes photos from each comp                                                              Cheer shoes: various prices
> Includes team music fees
> Includes all choreography costs
                                                                                       EXTRA TEAMS, CLASSES
ELITE ALLSTAR 5 - 6 TEAMS: $670                                                              & COMPETITIONS
> Includes entry to 5 Melbourne based competitions                               Athletes wishing to do extra classes can speak to
  (teams will perform twice at Olympia)                                          the office about tuition upgrades. Extra
> Includes entry to Showoffs 2019 at MSAC                                        competitions are billed outside of prices listed on
> Includes photos from each comp                                                 this page. Any athletes who compete on 2+
> Includes fees for World Class custom team music                                teams pay $225 per month tuition in total and will
> Includes all specialist choreography costs                                     be required to pay a second competition pack at a
  (chorey week and any in-season touch ups)                                                                           reduced rate.

    All Competition Packs must be paid IN FULL by April 1st 2019. Comp packs are NOT refundable under any circumstances. Development teams,
                   athlete crossovers and stunt groups will be required to purchase an additional team comp pack at a reduced rate.
IMPORTANT INFO ~ Please Read!
FINANCIAL TERMS & PAYMENT INFORMATION
ATTENTION: JOINING AN ALLSTAR PROGRAM INCLUDES COMMITTING TO A FULL YEAR
OF CLASSES & TUITION. FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING TERMS SO YOU CAN MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION.
Enrolment MUST be paid and a tuition debit plan covering all tuition for the year completed by all customers prior
to the commencement of their first class (with the exception of a free trial class). Athletes enrolling during the year
will be charged from the month they join onwards with a reduction for their joining month (ie - enrolling 15th April
will mean April’s payment will be 50% off the full monthly amount).

Payments are deducted monthly for tuition. PLEASE NOTE: Class tuition is a contract formed upon successful
submission of a debit plan. The contract start date is the date of submission. The contract expires once the full
amount owed is paid. As part of our class tuition contract we allow a 20 day cooling off period from the signing date
for customers to choose to cancel their contract without repercussions. After 20 days, customers have a
contractual obligation to fulfill their contract, all costs must be paid in full.

Scheduled payments that fail to transact or bounce will result in a temporary loss of service to the athletes: they
will be gently removed from classes until the payment is made. Customers will be contacted by the direct debit
company in this case. Failed payments will incur an automatic $12 Failed Payment fee. If outstanding payments
continue to fail the debt will be passed on to a debt collector and all debt collector fees will be added on top of the
outstanding amount owed.

In the event of serious injury or severe illness, debit payments may be suspended for athletes who are incapable
of attending training for a duration of between 3 - 6 weeks. To suspend your payments, a suspension form will need
to be filled in and submitted to the office to be approved along with a medical certificate outlining the details of the
reason for suspension including length of time. Suspension requests cannot be backdated and will be approved at
the discretion of the MCA Management team.

Payments can be made at reception via cash or EFTPOS. Tuition must be managed via scheduled debits set up
through our Enrolment Portal. The only alternative to this is full payment upfront upon enrolment. We do not accept
cheques. A 1% surcharge applies to any Credit Card transactions including Paypass at reception.

Tuition, enrolment and competition bundle costs are non-refundable in the event of injury, sickness, dismissal,
cancelled classes, non-attendance of classes or discontinuation of a squad. MCA is not responsible for reimbursing
travel expenses, comp fees or term fees to an athlete who is injured, sick, moved or dismissed from a team.

INJURY MANAGEMENT / MEDICAL CONDITIONS
Upon enrolment each athlete will be supplied with a pre-existing injuries/medical form. This form must be returned
to the office outlining medical issues or past injuries that could affect training. If any medical information changes
throughout the year a new form will need to be supplied. Injured athletes are required to supply their coach with
a physiotherapy report or medical certificate outlining the extent of the injury, rehab plan and when they are
allowed to restart training. Injured athletes without a report or certificate will not be allowed to train.

Every senior MCA coach holds a Working With Children check and Level 2 First Aid qualification. The first aid kit is
available to any student through their coach. MCA is unable to provide athletes with Panadol or equivalent
medication. The club reserves the right to call an ambulance for any athlete and will not bear responsibility for any
costs this incurs. Parents will be notified immediately.

INSURANCE / AMBULANCE COVERAGE
Personal accident insurance is supplied for athletes upon enrolment, but we DO NOT supply ambulance cover.
MCA reserves the right to call an ambulance on behalf of an athlete regardless of their coverage with Ambulance
Victoria. Parents will be notified immediately.

COMPETITIONS
If you are on a competition team, you MUST ATTEND your scheduled competitions. The detrimental effect on a
team missing athletes for competitions is huge and it makes our coaches’ jobs incredibly hard. It is imperative that
all competitions are attended.

Performance schedules are usually released 2 weeks beforehand by the event providers so please keep the WHOLE
WEEKEND free until you know your arrival, performance and awards time.

Missing training within 1 week of a competition is completely unacceptable for ANY reason and may result in your
athlete being removed from the routine for that competition.
IMPORTANT INFO
COMMUNICATION
As our club community grows ever larger we are constantly striving to communicate better with our athletes and
supporters. To this end, we have several communication methods that we use for varying information.

EMAIL
All official communication from the club will be distributed via email to both supporters and athletes including a
monthly Newsletter. All billing information will be supplied to a single nominated customer email address. Please
ensure that reception@melbournecheeracademy.com is not marked onto your spam list. Scheduled athlete
absences should be emailed to the office AS WELL as phoned in.

HEJA APP
Each team has a App available on mobiles called Heja that we ask all parents, supporters & athletes to request
access to. Within the Heja App, information regarding your team including event updates, training reminders and
other relevant information specific to you or your childs team will be sent out. Heja is not used to notify the
team/coaches of an absence.

To get Heja App, search “Heja” on your iPhone or Android Phone App Store. Then, ask the MCA office for the code
for your particular team to gain access. Please make sure you also manually turn notifications on.

PHONES
Notifications may be sent in the form of text messages to parents and athletes mobile phone numbers but we try
to avoid that when possible. Athletes running late need to notify the gym office via phone as well as send an email.

FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM
Athletes are not required to have Facebook or Instagram - neither of these platforms are used for any official club
communication.

ATTENDANCE
Due to the team based nature of the sport, MCA has a very strict policy on attendance for classes. An athlete
missing training on an Allstar team (this does not apply to Cheersport teams) for whatever reason significantly
affects training and is detrimental to the entire team as choreography, stunts and pyramid sections all don’t work
if a single athlete is not there. Due to this, if an athlete misses 2 trainings or more during a term, they will be
removed from the routine until whenever the coach deems it an appropriate time to inject them back in (usually at
least 5 weeks before the next competition).

Hospitalization or serious contagious illness are the only accepted reasons to miss training. If ill or injured, athletes
are still expected to attend and watch training so as to not miss changes. School exams, homework load or tests
the following day are also not considered acceptable reasons to miss training. We expect all of our athletes to
prepare themselves for their schooling responsibilities so that they do not negatively impact their team. If you have
an exam during training hours, please give 1 month notice to plan substitutes for your position in the routine. For
more information, please read the MCA attendance policy which can be found at the office and on the website.

DRESS CODE
We ask that all athletes wear full training uniform (training top, black, green or MCA shorts and training bow) to
training. Athletes not properly attired will not be permitted to train. All athletes must have long hair tied back off
the face for all classes and must remove all jewellery (including earrings) prior to each training session. Fingernails
must be kept short at all times. Runners AND cheer shoes are required at every training session. At competitions
athletes are required to wear their club t-shirt, singlet or jacket to and from competitions. Athletes are required to
wear at least one piece of MCA apparel at all times during competitions to promote club unity and presence.

SPORTSMANSHIP & BEHAVIOUR
MCA has a strict ‘No Bullying Policy’ that extends to verbal, physical and cyber bullying. We do not tolerate bullying
in any form including negative body remarks. If anyone is found to be bullying other athletes they will immediately
be removed from the club without refund.

Athletes and parents are expected to always exhibit good sportsmanship and show respect for MCA staff, team
mates, other athletes and supporters within the gym. During competitions, athletes and parents will not approach
competition officials for any reason. Athletes will be asked to read and sign an athlete contract upon their first
weeks with their team that outlines correct behaviour. This contract covers a number of items including our
anti-bullying policy. Copies of this contract are available on our website or at the office.

OTHER GYMS
MCA does not allow training or competing with other All-Star Cheer clubs under any circumstances. This includes
private classes, clinics and open gyms. Failing to adhere to these rules will result in immediate dismissal from MCA
without refund. Note: Exceptions are often made for gymnastic clubs, dance & scholastic programs (High
School/University) but do require notice and approval from the MCA Program Director.
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