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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 firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday 10am - 3pm
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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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