Missouri Southern State University Cheerleading Constitution 2019-2020 - "Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to ...

 
Missouri Southern State University Cheerleading Constitution 2019-2020 - "Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to ...
Missouri Southern
         State University
     Cheerleading Constitution
            2019-2020

“Good teams become great ones when the members trust each
  other enough to surrender the ‘me’ for ‘we’.” ~ Phil Jackson
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Introduction
This document is intended to inform cheerleaders (and parents, relatives, other interested parties, and
prospective cheerleaders) of various policies (i.e. practices, travel, appearances, alcoholic beverages,
drugs/drug testing, and nutrition) of the Missouri Southern State Cheerleading Program. In all policy and
program matters, members of the cheer squad shall first be good, law-abiding citizens of the nation,
state, and city, and secondly, shall be exemplary representatives of Missouri Southern State University.

  I.    Philosophy
            A. The Missouri Southern State Cheerleading Program is a student activity. As a student
               activity, its first and foremost responsibility to the student is to support and not to
               compromise the student's academic career. Secondly, the program should aid in
               developing the student participant into a responsible, mature and independent adult.
               Specifically, the program is a means of improving the student's mental and physical
               well-being. Cheerleading is an activity where the student will:
                   1. Be provided leadership training.
                   2. Develop the ability to make decisions.
                   3. Enhance the ability to respond to life's situations, i.e. conflict/frustration,
                        control of heat, anger and hate, win/loss, react without too much emotion.
                   4. Contribute to social development, i.e. awareness of one's self, development of
                        self-confidence, development of interpersonal relationships.
                   5. Generally, maximize the opportunity for student growth, change and maturity.
 II.    Purpose & Values
            A. Purpose
                   1. The primary purpose of the Missouri Southern State Cheerleader is to be a
                      member of the team, which has as its goal the support of intercollegiate
                      athletics and Missouri Southern State University. That support is directed into
                      three major areas, as follows:
                          a) 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 Missouri Southern State University fans and to project
                               that support to the University and its teams.
                          b) To participate in the athletic activity known as cheerleading by
                               performing gymnastics, stunts, motions, pyramids, dance movements;
                               to perfect this athletic activity for keeping the crowd attention/direction
                               focused on the field/floor where the intercollegiate activity is taking
                               place, and for entertainment and competitive purposes.
                          c) To serve as public relations ambassadors of intercollegiate athletics and
                               Missouri Southern State University; to uphold, reflect and project the
                               goals and ideals of the University; to appear at University activities,
                               functions and programs, at charitable and public causes to promote
                               intercollegiate athletics and the University.
            B. Values
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                 1. The Missouri Southern State Cheerleader will be:
                        a) Respectful
                        b) Spirited
                        c) Cooperative
                        d) A team player
                        e) A leader by word and deed
                        f) Physically and mentally strong
                        g) One who continually strives for self-improvement in all aspects of
                           his/her life
                        h) Knowledgeable of the game he/she is cheering for
                        i) On time
                        j) Committed
                        k) Safe in cheerleading and in his/her life
III.   Eligibility & Tryouts
          A. Eligibility
                  1. The candidate must:
                            a) Be a current Missouri Southern State University student enrolled in at
                                least 12 hours.
                            b) Be an incoming freshmen or transfer student with proof of acceptance
                                to Missouri Southern State University for the Fall 2018 semester.
                  2. Upon selection to the squad, the member must:
                            a) Maintain a 2.0 GPA.
                            b) Maintain full-time enrollment status (12+ hours are considered
                                full-time).
                            c) Pass at least 9 hours each semester to stay eligible for the next
                                semester.
                            d) Maintain good standing with the squad.
          B. Tryouts
                  1. Tryouts for the 2019 - 2010 season will be held during the weekend of April 5-7,
                       2019.
                            a) Additional tryouts may be held in the fall as the coach(es) sees fit.
                  2. As a part of the tryout weekend, clinics will be held to teach the necessary
                       tryouts material to candidates. For candidates who cannot attend the tryout
                       weekend, instructions on how to submit a video tryout can be found within the
                       tryout packet on our website.
                  3. Each candidate must turn in his/her complete application to the coach on the
                       first day of tryout weekend. ​NO LATE/INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE
                       ACCEPTED.
                  4. Each candidate will demonstrate the designated set of skills in front of a panel
                       of qualified and impartial judges. This panel includes the coach(es).
                  5. The tryout format will be conducive to allow each candidate to show his/her
                       best abilities and potential in a fair and open manner.
                  6. A total of up to 28 cheerleaders will be chosen.
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                 7. The tryout for women will consist of the Fight Song, a cheer, a sideline
                     chant/crowd leading, group stunting standing tumbling, running tumbling,
                     stunting, and an interview with the coach(es).
                           a) The Fight Song, cheer, and sideline chant/crowd leading, will be judged
                               on knowledge of the words/motions, voice inflection and volume,
                               sharpness of motions, and overall impression.
                           b) The group stunting will be judged on difficulty level execution, and the
                               potential for growth.
                           c) The tumbling and stunting will be judged on difficulty level, execution,
                               and the potential for growth.
                           d) The interview will consist of character questions.
                 8. The tryout for men will consist of the Fight Song, a cheer, a sideline chant/crowd
                     leading, partner and group stunting, standing tumbling, running tumbling,
                     stunting, and an interview with the coach.
                           a) The Fight Song, cheer, and sideline chant/crowd leading, will be judged
                               on knowledge of the words, voice inflection and volume, use of
                               megaphone, and overall impression.
                           b) The partner/group stunting will be judged on difficulty level, execution,
                               and the potential for growth.
                           c) The tumbling and stunting will be judged on difficulty level, execution,
                               and the potential for growth.
                           d) The interview will consist of character questions.
                 9. Tryouts & clinics are closed to the public.
                 10. Tryouts will be hosted by the seniors at the end of every cheerleading year.
                           a) Seniors will be responsible for learning the tryout material to teach the
                               potential candidates.
                 11. If, for any reason, a cheerleader requests or is asked to leave the squad at any
                     time the coach(es) and administration will make the final decision to add a new
                     member.
                 12. An informational meeting/practice will be held the afternoon immediately
                     following tryouts to order shoes and be sized for uniforms. At this time, a
                     deposit of $100 is due to place the order for shoes and reserve our camp dates.
IV.   Organizational Structure
         A. The Missouri Southern State University Cheer Squad is made up of no more than 28
            members. All squad members are required to cheer for football games, women’s and
            men's basketball games, and any postseason games in any of these sports.
         B. The coach(es) will select two veteran members each year to be co-captains together.
            This decision will be based on leadership skills, punctuality/attendance, integrity, and
            responsibility.
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V.    Scholarships
         A. Scholarships will be awarded based on a loyalty program. For every year spent on the
            squad, your scholarship will be increased by $250.
                1. 1st year on the squad = $250/semester
                2. 2nd year on the squad = $500/semester
                3. 3rd year on the squad = $750/semester
                4. 4th year and beyond on the squad = $1000/semester
         B. Scholarships are prorated at Missouri Southern and awarded at the beginning of every
            semester. This means that any cheerleader that is dismissed from the squad or
            voluntarily leaves will forfeit the remainder of his/her scholarship for that semester. For
            example, if you were awarded a $500 scholarship for the fall semester but you leave or
            are dismissed from the squad during the 8th week of the semester, your scholarship will
            be divided by the 16 weeks in the semester to determine the amount you will pay back
            to the school. In this scenario, $500 / 16 weeks = $31.25/week; $31.25 x 8 remaining
            weeks of the semester = $250; you would repay the school $250 for the unused portion
            of your scholarship.
VI.   Financial Obligations
         A. Cheerleaders will be responsible for a portion of their costs associated with cheering at
            MSSU.
         B. The costs associated will be as follows:
                 1. Summer Camp - $200
                 2. Various team undergarments (Spanx, sports bras, socks, etc.) - $200
                 3. Team shoes - $90
                 4. Fundraisers will be planned immediately after tryouts to offset these initial costs
                     associated with cheering.
         C. Any items checked out to you by the school (i.e. uniforms, warm ups, bags, etc.) must be
            turned into the school in the condition in which they were given to you. Any damages to
            items will be the responsibility of the cheerleader, except for normal wear and tear.
         D. UCA Nationals in January will be an additional expense. This expense will be determined
            at a later time based on available UCA, MSSU, and personal financial resources. When
            traveling to Nationals, fundraisers will be held to offset the cost of this and the entire
            squad is required to participate in these fundraisers.
         E. All balances must be paid in full by the end of the 2018-2019 school year to be eligible
            for cheer the next year. You may still tryout for the 2019-2020 season with a balance on
            your account, however you are unable to enroll for Fall 2019 classes if you still have a
            hold on your account at the end of the semester. If you cannot enroll in classes, you will
            forfeit your eligibility to cheer the next year. If you wish to be set up on a payment plan
            throughout the year to avoid paying one big lump sum at the end, please meet with a
            coach to get this set up.
         F. Should a cheerleader terminate their spot on the squad (voluntarily or involuntarily) the
            payment plan will be forfeited and the remainder of the balance will be due
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               immediately.
VII.    Travel Expectations
           A. Occasionally, the Cheer Squad will travel out of town to perform their duties. This may
              be for UCA Summer Camp or post-season tournaments. The primary emphasis of this
              policy focuses on the behavior of cheerleaders when they travel as representatives of
              the University. At all times, cheerleaders' behavior shall be exemplary. Behavior which is
              loud, boisterous, rude, unrestrained, rough, rowdy, offensively harsh or discordant,
              unruly, etc., shall subject a cheerleader to discipline.
           B. Further information and rules on travel are contained in Section XII, E., 1-5, this
              document.
VIII.   University & Community Events
           A. Several times throughout the year, the squad is asked to make appearances at
              University and Community events and fundraisers. These appearances and events
              sometimes require all squad members, and sometimes require only a few. Events that
              require all squad members are required. In committing to an appearance that requires
              only a few cheerleaders, squad members will be chosen at the coach(es) discretion.
 IX.    Alcoholic Beverages
           A. As stated earlier, cheerleaders are expected, first, to be good, law-abiding citizens of the
              nation, state, and city. This expectation is foremost when it comes to alcoholic
              beverages. Cheerleaders are reminded that, as highly visible members of the Missouri
              Southern State University community, their actions and behavior are under constant
              observation. Absolutely while in uniform, but also while not in uniform, MSSU
              cheerleaders are known, subject to scrutiny, and can easily be the object of criticism for
              their behavior or actions; in particular, for indulging or for overindulging in alcoholic
              beverages.
           B. While traveling off of the campus to postseason games or other official functions, the
              possession of or consumption of alcoholic beverages, even by those members who are
              21 or over, is ​strictly prohibited​.
           C. Members of the squad shall adhere to the following rules regarding alcohol:
                  1. Cheerleaders shall not possess or drink alcoholic beverages in a University car,
                      van or bus.
                  2. Cheerleaders shall not consume alcoholic beverages 24 hours before or during a
                      game or a practice.
                  3. Cheerleaders shall not offer to procure for or attempt to coerce cheerleaders
                      who are under 21 or who do not want to drink alcoholic beverages into doing
                      the same.
                  4. When those members 21+ are legally consuming alcohol, this will not be done in
                      uniform or any piece of clothing that could be associated with MSSU
                      Cheerleading.
                  5. When those members 21+ are legally consuming alcohol, this will not be done at
                      any school sponsored and/or team event.
                  6. Cheerleaders who violate these rules shall be subject to serious disciplinary
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                      measures up to and including immediate dismissal from the squad.
          D. In summary, cheerleaders are expected to be good citizens and, therefore, carefully and
             faithfully abide by University rules and regulations and the laws and ordinances of the
             city or state in which they live or travel.
          E. Members who are found in violation of these rules are subject to discipline from the
             coach(es) and assistant athletic director, up to and including dismissal from the squad.
 X.    Illegal Substances
          A. Missouri Southern State University strongly opposes the use of controlled substances
             and the use of tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco. The use of these
             products is specifically prohibited while on University grounds, while traveling to and
             from University events, and while in attendance at University events.
          B. Missouri Southern State University is committed to providing a safe and healthy
             environment for the Cheerleading Program. Thus, conduct which involves the unlawful
             possession, use, dispensation, distribution, or manufacture of controlled or illegal
             substances by a cheerleader while traveling for the University or at any official
             cheerleading events/activities shall result in termination from the MSSU cheer program.
          C. Similarly, the unlawful possession, use, dispensation, distribution, or manufacture of
             controlled or illegal substances by a cheerleader at any other time shall result in
             appropriate discipline, up to and including termination from the cheer program.
                 1. The legal use of prescribed medicines under the direction of a MSSU or personal
                      licensed physician is permitted.
          D. Like all MSSU athletes, members of the squad are subject to random drug testing. Urine
             analysis testing is used; urine samples are taken by the MSSU athletic training staff with
             testing results being analyzed by a certified laboratory. Initial positive drug tests result in
             counseling; any continued pattern of drug usage or serious drug abuse shall result in
             dismissal from the squad.
          E. Members who are found in violation of these rules are subject to discipline from the
             coach(es) and assistant athletic director, up to and including dismissal from the squad.
XI.    Demerits
          A. A demerit system will be implemented to deter unnecessary attendance and rule
             violations.
          B. When a cheerleader reaches 5 demerits, he/she will be dismissed from the squad. Each
             squad member must be respectful of the squad as a whole.
XII.   Attendance
          A. Good attendance and on-time arrivals to practices, games, and other events are vital to
             a well-prepared squad and to the success of the Missouri Southern State Cheer Squad.
             In accordance with this philosophy, the following policies exist:
                 1. Late arrivals will result in 1 demerit.
                 2. Being late is determined by one or more of the following:
                         a) Not dressed in accordance with attire rules.
                         b) Not being in the designated building or at the designated spot on time.
                         c) Not being mentally and emotionally present at the
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                              practice/game/function.
          B. Excused absences will include:
                  1. Illness to the cheerleader and/or immediate family members requiring that
                     cheerleaders’ attention and travel away from campus.
                  2. Death in the family. You are of an age to determine when it is appropriate to
                     miss for a death.
                  3. Required class obligations, i.e. tests scheduled outside regular class time or
                     mandatory lectures required for the class.
                          a) Extra credit opportunities are not required and therefore not an
                              excused absence.
                  4. To qualify as an excused absence, notice of these situations, when possible,
                     must be submitted to the coach at least 24 hours in advance. It is recognized
                     this may not be possible when it involves illness of the cheerleader or illness or
                     death in the immediate family.
           C. All other absences will be considered unexcused and result in 1 demerit.
XIII.   Rules & Regulations
          A. General
                1. Cheerleaders shall maintain a 2.0 GPA, maintain full-time enrollment status (12+
                     hours) at Missouri Southern State University, and pass no less than 9 credit
                     hours each semester to be eligible to participate the following semester.
                2. Cheerleaders shall not consume alcoholic beverages while in uniform or while
                     away on official travel as a cheerleader. (See Section VIII, B, in this document.)
                3. Without special permission of the coach(es), cheerleaders, while in uniform,
                     shall not go into any place where alcoholic beverages are served. Exceptions
                     would be events such as an official appearance at MSSU or MSSU Alumni
                     Association events.
                4. Each cheerleader shall have a complete physical and concussion training by the
                     University Sports Medicine Department prior to participating in any
                     practice/game/competition/camp/etc.
                5. No jewelry​. No earrings, tongue rings, nose rings, necklaces, belly button rings,
                     rubber wristbands, gauges...no jewelry of any kind is permitted at tryouts,
                     tryout clinics, or any practice, appearance, game, or performance throughout
                     the year. These standards are in accordance with the AACCA College Safety
                     Rules, and following these rules at all times is mandatory.
                6. Tattoos are permitted for practices, however, ​all​ tattoos must be covered with
                     makeup or an athletic sleeve for ​all ​tryouts, appearances, games, or
                     performances throughout the year.
                7. Cheerleaders are expected to work as a team. Individual members of the squad
                     may be close friends. Squad members' friendship or non-friendship shall not
                     have a negative effect on the team.
                8. Each squad member is responsible for all of the clothing, uniforms, and
                     equipment assigned to him/her. Care must be taken to ensure such clothing,
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           uniforms, and equipment is in a clean and presentable condition. Each squad
           member shall safeguard his/her clothing, uniforms, and equipment and shall be,
           therefore, personally liable for its replacement for loss or damage, excluding
           normal wear and tear.
       9. Other rules concerning cheerleaders may be promulgated verbally or in written
           form by the coach(es). Violation of these additional rules may result in
           disciplinary action.
       10. Violations of any cheerleading rules shall subject the squad member to a ½
           demerit.
       11. A serious violation of these rules or repeated violations shall result in one's
           being suspended from the squad. Less serious violations, in addition to a ½
           demerit, may result in one's loss of the opportunity to cheer at games/events. A
           squad member may be suspended from cheering one or more games due to
           violations of these rules.
       12. These rules and regulations are subject to addition and change when found
           necessary and beneficial. The coach(es) makes final acceptance of all rules.
B. Summer Practices & Camp
       1. There will be three weekends/weeks during the summer held for practices and
           camp. These are ​required​ for all cheerleaders.
       2. The dates are as follows:
                a) June 6-9: MSSU Paperwork/Work weekend #1
                b) July 9-12: UCA Home Camp
                c) August 2-4: Work weekend #2
       3. Cheerleaders will also be given a specific strength and conditioning routine to
           follow during the summer. It will be very clear who has committed to this
           routine and who hasn’t when the squad returns for practice in July. Following
           the strength and conditioning routine is mandatory for all cheerleaders.
C. Season Practices
       1. Cheerleaders shall attend all practices. ​(Regular practices will be scheduled
           once fall class schedules are determined; these will be held twice per week.)
       2. Cheerleaders shall attend all team workouts. ​(Workouts times are TBA.)
       3. Cheerleaders will not be tardy or absent from practice.
       4. Cell phones will be put away and on silent for the duration of practice, even on
           water breaks.
       5. Cheerleaders shall not consume alcoholic beverages before a practice.
       6. Cheerleaders shall be warmed up, stretched, and have the mats rolled out
           before the coach arrives to officially begin practice at the designated start time.
       7. Cheerleaders shall be dressed each day in the attire chosen by the coach(es).
       8. Cheerleaders shall have ​no jewelry​ in at all times during practice in accordance
           with ACCAA rules.
       9. Other rules concerning cheerleaders may be promulgated verbally or in written
           form by the advisor. Violation of these additional rules may result in disciplinary
           action.
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       10. Violations of any cheerleading rules shall subject the squad member to a ½ or 1
           full demerit, based on the severity of the situation.
       11. A serious violation of these rules or repeated violations shall result in one's
           being suspended from the squad. Less serious violations, in addition to a
           demerit, shall result in one's loss of the opportunity to cheer at games/events. A
           squad member may be suspended from cheering one or more games due to
           violations of these rules.
       12. These rules and regulations are subject to addition and change when found
           necessary and beneficial. The coach(es) makes final acceptance of all rules.
D. Games/Events
       1. Cheerleaders shall attend all home football and basketball games, required
           scrimmages, and/or special scheduled games or activities.
       2. Cheerleaders shall arrive at the game site at the time set by the coach(es).
       3. Cell phones will be put away at the direction of the coach(es) and will stay put
           away until given the “all-clear” to get them out again.
       4. Cheerleaders shall not consume alcoholic beverages before a game.
       5. Cheerleaders shall be warmed up and stretched before the coach arrives to
           officially begin game/event stunt and tumbling warmups at the designated start
           time.
       6. Cheerleaders shall be dressed for each game/event in the attire chosen by the
           coach.
       7. Cheerleaders shall have ​no jewelry​ in at all times during games/events in
           accordance with ACCAA rules.
       8. Other rules concerning cheerleaders may be promulgated verbally or in written
           form by the coach(es). Violation of these additional rules may result in
           disciplinary action.
       9. Violations of any cheerleading rules shall subject the squad member to a ½ or 1
           full demerit, based on the severity of the situation.
       10. A serious violation of these rules or repeated violations shall result in one's
           being suspended from the squad. Less serious violations, in addition to a
           demerit, shall result in one's loss of the opportunity to cheer at games/events. A
           squad member may be suspended from cheering one or more games due to
           violations of these rules.
       11. These rules and regulations are subject to addition and change when found
           necessary and beneficial. The coach(es) makes final acceptance of all rules.
E. Travel
       1. Travel to postseason tournaments will be in accordance with budget restrictions
           and in accordance with the MIAA Conference, and University rules and
           regulations.
       2. The squad or a portion thereof, will travel with a chaperone as a group and
           return as a group. If a cheerleader chooses to go to or from a game by other
           transportation, he/she gives up his/her privilege to cheer at the game, except in
           special cases, which will be determined by the coach(es).
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                  3. Final authority of all decisions made while traveling shall rest with the coach(es);
                     decisions may be made with the advice and consent of the captains and
                     majority.
                  4. An itinerary will usually be prepared and given to each cheerleader traveling.
                     The itinerary will include times of departure, arrival, etc., telephone number(s)
                     of hotel(s), appropriate articles of clothing, etc. Squad members shall adhere to
                     the itinerary.
                  5. When only a specific number of cheerleaders are attending an away game, final
                     authority on who goes rests with the coach(es). Consideration as to the
                     selection shall be as follows:
                         a) Determination of who wants to go.
                         b) Fairly even distribution of trips for each squad member.
                         c) Attendance records at practices, games, special events with due
                              consideration to tardiness.
                         d) Input from the squad (vote as to whom the squad thinks would be best
                              to go).
                         e) Other methods of selection, which could be used, are
                                   (1) Drawing
                                   (2) Seniority
                                   (3) Class
                                   (4) GPA
XIV.   Injuries & Illnesses
          A. Any illness or injury shall be reported to the coach(es) immediately.
          B. Any injury suffered during practices, games, or other official functions will be treated by
             the MSSU Athletic Trainer. Initial expenses for such treatment shall be paid by the squad
             member's personal insurance up to the amount of the applicable insurance policy.
          C. If an injury or illness incapacitates a squad member, he/she shall not be permitted to
             practice and cheer for a period of time as determined by the MSSU Athletic Trainer.
XV.    Social Media
          A. The MSSU Athletic Department recognizes and supports the cheerleaders’ rights to
             freedom of speech, expression, and association, including the use of social networks. In
             this context, however, each cheerleader-athlete must remember that cheering and
             competing for Missouri Southern State University is a privilege. As a cheerleader, you
             represent Missouri Southern State University and the community of Joplin. The
             University and community of Joplin are expecting you to portray yourself, your team,
             and the University in a positive manner at all times. Attached you will find social
             networking guidelines:
                  1. Everything you post is public information – any text or photo placed online is
                     completely out of your control the moment it is placed online – even if you limit
                     access to your site. Information (including pictures, videos, and comments) may
                     be accessible even after you remove it. Once you post a photo or comment on a
                     social networking site, that photo or comment becomes the property of the site
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                      and may be searchable even after you remove it.
                 2. What you post may affect your future. Many employers review social
                      networking sites as part of their overall evaluation of an applicant. Carefully
                      consider how you want people to perceive you before you give them a chance
                      to misinterpret your information (including pictures, videos, comments, and
                      posters).
                 3. Similar to comments made in person, Missouri Southern State University will
                      not tolerate disrespectful comments and behavior online, such as:
                          a) Derogatory language or remarks that may harm my teammates or
                               coaches; Missouri Southern State University student athletes,
                               professors, or coaches; and student-athletes, coaches, or
                               representatives of other schools, including comments that may
                               disrespect my opponents.
                          b) Incriminating photos or statements depicting violence; hazing; sexual
                               harassment; full or partial nudity; inappropriate gestures; vandalism,
                               stalking; underage drinking, smoking, selling, possessing, or using
                               controlled substances; or any other inappropriate behaviors.
                          c) Creating a serious danger to the safety of another person or making a
                               credible threat of serious physical or emotional injury to another
                               person.
                          d) Incriminating photos or statements depicting any activity(ies) that
                               involve alcohol or illegal substances. Persons 21 years of age or older
                               shall not publicize their indulgence or overindulgence of alcohol.
                               Persons 20 years or younger shall not publicize their indulgence or
                               overindulgence of alcohol as that against the law.
                          e) Indicating knowledge of an unreported school or team
                               violation—regardless if the violation was unintentional or intentional.
                 4. Violations to the above mentioned guidelines may result in discipline at the
                      discretion of the coach(es), up to and including termination from the squad.
          B. In short, do not have a false sense of security about your rights to freedom of speech.
             Understand that freedom of speech is not unlimited. The online social network sites are
             NOT a place where you can say and do whatever you want without repercussions. The
             information you post on a social networking site is considered public information.
             Protect yourself by maintaining a self-image of which you can be proud for years to
             come.
XVI.   Health, Lifestyle, & Nutrition
          A. The MSSU cheerleading program is committed to promoting and fostering healthy
             lifestyles and eating habits for squad members. Conduct which opposes this philosophy
             and/or conduct which poses unacceptable risk and disregard for the health, safety and
             welfare of participants is violation of this policy and will result in appropriate counseling
             and/or disciplinary action up to and including termination from the squad.
          B. Cheerleaders at Missouri Southern State University must be excellent athletes.
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   Cheerleading involves some aspects of several athletic activities; i.e. rotation and
   tumbling of gymnastics, stamina of basketball, strength of body building of football,
   balance and movement of dance, etc.
C. A primary activity of the MSSU cheerleaders is stunting. Pyramids are stunts combined
   vertically (in levels, not to exceed two-and-a-half human heights) and horizontally
   (side-by-side partner/group stunts). The nature of these activities demands certain
   general physical requirements of the MSSU cheerleader. Both male and female squad
   members must have sufficient strength to base pyramids and to lift, hold, throw and
   catch the flyers safely. Female squad members who are the flyers must be of
   appropriate size and weight such that they can be lifted, held, thrown and caught safely.
D. Program Requirements
       1. All squad members shall be required to lift weights and adhere to a cardio
            routine. The Head Strength Coach or the Assistant Strength Coach in
            consultation with the Cheer Coach will design specific weight programs.
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  Missouri Southern State Cheerleading Constitution Contract
         I, ​               _______                   ​, pledge to abide by all rules and requirements set
forth in the Missouri Southern State University Cheerleading Constitution upon selection to the Missouri
Southern State Cheer Squad for the 2019-2020 school year.

       I pledge to strive for a quality cheerleading program at Missouri Southern State University.
Cheerleaders are a highly visible part of our University community and the community of Joplin and as
such, must maintain a high standard of character in addition to providing quality performances and
promoting crowd interaction and school spirit!

       If, at any time, I feel I cannot carry out my responsibilities as a Missouri Southern State
Cheerleader in a responsible and committed manner, I will resign from the squad.

Candidate Signature: ________________________________________________________

Date: ___________________
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