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Upper Township Cheerleading

Upper Township Cheerleading

2020 Revised Safety Guidelines

UPPER TOWNSHIP CHEERLEADING

2020 Revised Safety Guidelines


Our program is open to the youth of Upper Township and the surrounding areas who are in grades K - 8. We cheer home and away games for the Upper Township Indians Football teams. 


Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, there are many uncertainties as to the future of a 2020 football and cheerleading season. At this time, we are only asking that you register for cheerleading, no payment until a later date.


Signing up now allows your player to be placed on a team and will allow us to begin direct communication with your family. If for the unfortunate reason the season is cancelled, no money will have been transferred.


A few things you need to know about our 2020 Cheer season.


  1. In the past, we have had our annual Meet-n-Greets so that the girls could meet their teammates, coaches, and go over rules and regulations. Due to the pandemic, we will have a VIRTUAL Meet-n-Greet. A date will be posted at a later time at which you will sign a google form to acknowledge that you watched the virtual Meet-n-Greet and agree to abide by the rules, regulations, and policies set forth by UTCA.

  2. Practices will begin on August 11th. Practices will be located at Amanda's Field as follows:

    • JV, Pee Wee, and Taxi Elite will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:00.

    • Varsity will practice on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00.

    • Taxi Jr. (Kindergarten) will practice on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00.

  3. Half-time: Cheerleaders will still perform a half-time routine that will include a half-time cheer, dance, jumps, and tumbling.

  4. Games: Cheerleaders will perform a hello cheer, chants, tumbling, jumps, and we are hoping to incorporate a dance at the end of each quarter/touchdown dance.

  5. UTCA will provide cheerleaders with cheer t-shirts, shell tops, skirts, and bows. 

  6. Participants will need to purchase cheer sneakers, black shell tops, and black briefs from Tilton Dance and Fitness or www.omni.com.  Also, you can try to borrow them from girls who have cheered in the past and no longer fit them anymore.  Cheer sneakers will need to be worn to every practice.  Girls can wear any white low cut socks to games. 

  7. Cheer sweatshirts and merchandise will be available at a later date.


CHANGES to our program:


Teams will be formed by the following grades:


  • Varsity: 7th & 8th Grades

  • JV: 5th & 6th Grades

  • Pee Wee: 3rd & 4th Grades

  • Taxi: 1st & 2nd Grades ("Elite Taxi Team")

  • Taxi: Kindergarten (They will be called the "Junior Taxi Team")

We will have 2 Taxi teams this year.  Kindergarteners will be called the "Junior Taxi Team", will have their own coaches, and will cheer until half-time.  The first and second graders will be called the "Elite Taxi Team", will have a different set of coaches, and will cheer the entire game.  Both teams will cheer for the Taxi Team and perform at half-time in separate routines. 


  1. This year, we will NOT have a cheer camp.

  2. During this time, our main goal is to provide a recreation cheerleading program while keeping everyone safe. The state has categorized cheerleading as a "high risk" sport due to the close contact of the girls during stunts. With that being said, we will NOT permit girls to stunt. The board will reconsider the decision to stunt in the fall pending the status of the Coronavirus.  This was a difficult decision as we know how much the girls LOVE to stunt, however, safety is our top priority.

  3. The Beef-n-Beer has been canceled.

  4. Instead of an end of the season banquet, as we traditionally held in the past, we will have an end of season celebration/pizza party/awards for each team.  The celebration will take place at the Community Center or alternate outdoor location pending approval from the township.  Celebrations for cheerleaders will be at staggered times.  For our 8th graders, the board will be working on creating a special and meaningful celebration to honor each of them and their dedication to the UTCA cheerleading program.  More information to come when we get closer to the end of the season.

  5. In order to limit the transfer of germs, cheerleaders will NOT use pom-poms. 

Additional policies and procedures for practices can be found in the slide presentation sent via email, as well and on our website under Season Information: What You Need To Know. These are subject to change by the Board.


Contact

Upper Township Cheerleading Association
PO Box 307 
Marmora, New Jersey 08223

Email: [email protected]

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