FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CHEERLEADING
1. What is the age requirement?
AYFL Cheerleading is open to rising Kindergarten to rising eighth grade cheerleaders.
Our program will allow your child the opportunity to grow and enhance their cheerleading skills, whether for recreation or to prepare for high school cheerleading.
2. My child has a sibling who also plays for AYFL; can I have them placed on the same team?
We do our best to honor sibling requests, please make sure to indicate your football player’s name on your cheerleader’s registration form. However, please note, for some siblings there is a larger age gap. Some parents have indicated it has been difficult for younger children to cheer in the older leagues. Please keep this in mind when you are indicating your parent’s choice on your registration form.
3. How often is practice?
Practice schedules are one-and-a-half hours long, and held two days a week. Practices are held at Fitwize 4 Kids and are scheduled Monday through Thursday, 5:30-7pm, 6-7:30pm and 6:30-8pm. Your coach will email you your child’s team schedule after teams have been selected. Games will be held on Saturdays for approximately two hours.
4. Is prior cheer experience required?
AYFL Cheer is a sideline cheer program, no prior tumbling or cheer experience is required. AYFL is now offered through Fitwize 4 Kids, which will help provide basic cheer movements, cheers, dance, as well as stunting and tumbling instruction.
5. I am interested in coaching or helping coach my daughter’s squad, what do I need to do?
We welcome interested coaches! AYFL does not require the certifications needed for our football coaches. If you have approximately five (5) hours per week to volunteer, are good with kids and excited to grow our cheer program, than we would like to hear from you.
Fitwize 4 Kids will provide training for coaches over the summer, so please contact Cheer@ayfl.org for more information.
Head Cheer Coaches will be reimbursed at the end of the season for their child’s registration fee!
6. Does AYFL Cheer participate in any other programs?
AYFL Cheerleaders participate in the Pink Out in October, which helps raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness. During the football season, cheerleaders have walked in local high school homecoming parades, participated in high school camps and cheered at high school games.