Cheer

Updated Sunday April 2, 2017 by NYFC.

 

Fall 2017 Competitive Schedule

September 23      Fun-Comp
October 21          Local Cheer Competition
November 4        State Cheer Competition (U12 & U14 if qualified)
November 18      Regional Cheer Competition (U12 & U14 if qualified)
December 9/10   National Cheer Comp (U12 and U14 if qualified)

 
About NYFC Cheer 
 
The Nashoba Youth Cheer program is open to all girls and boys, between the ages of 4, as of July 30th, up to age 14 - who live in the towns of Lancaster, Bolton, Stow & Harvard. Cheering is a fun and challenging sport.  As the participants gain experience it becomes competitive.  Each team is assigned to a football team and cheers at football games. Teams cheer at approximately 10 regular season Sunday games and if any team advances to playoffs then at playoffs too.  The first game of the season is a fun time - called Jamboree, usually held in mid-August.
 
Teams placements are determined by both age and skill and align with the American Youth Cheer guidelines:

  DIVISIONS

  AGES

  SKILL LEVELS

  Tiny Mites

  4,5,6

  Exhibition Only

  Division 8

  6,7,8

  White & Red

  Division 10

  8,9,10

  White, Red & Blue

  Division 12

  10,11,12

  White, Red & Blue

  Division 14

  12,13,14

  White, Red & Blue

  Inspiration Division

  5 to 8*

  White Level Only

*League Placement

 

In addition to football games Cheer teams also participate in local, regional, State and National cheer competitions.  All teams participate in both the Central Mass "Fun Comp" where teams can premier their competitive routines in a fun enviroment, and Local competition, which is a qualifier for the State competition.  (Tiny Mites and D8 are required to compete in Fun Comp and Local competitions, but they are considered Exibition teams and do not qualify to advance to State, Regional or National competitions).
 
Qualifying competitions for Division 10 and higher:
If a team places 1st, 2nd or 3rd at the Central Mass Locals competition (October) they qualify for States
If a team places 1st, 2nd or 3rd at the States competition, they qualify for New England Regionals 
If a team places 1st, 2nd or 3rd at the NE Regionals competition, they qualify for Nationals in Florida.  
 
During the first two weeks of practice each squad focuses on conditioning and learning the cheers, before any stunting is done.  

As the season progresses we work on choreography and the competition is the main focus of the practices. Once choreography begins practices are mandatory and not be missed. In case of sickness or family emergency, team members (parents) should call their coach and let them know. Cheerleaders who commit to cometitive teams are expected to attend all competitions. Teams learn routines before school starts and kids start having homework!  Once school begins, practice is held 2 to 3 nights per week based on age and competitive standing.