Volunteering in the community with proof of a note and signed by the coordinator of the event. Volunteer work must be approved by the coaches.
The whole team will receive one merit for every practice when attendance is 100% (No tardy, no leaving early, no absences).
Unknown practices will have surprise merit days (If you are present for that practice, you will receive a merit for attending).
Becoming Cheerleader of the Month.
Being grade eligible on scheduled Grade Check Day.
A/B Honor roll for each grade check. (2 Merits)
Perfect attendance at school for 9 weeks straight (must show proof).
Perfect attendance at practice/cheer function for 9 weeks straight.
Coaches reserve the right to award merits at their discretion for any positive behavior not listed.
Reward for Merits
The cheerleader with the most merits at the end of each season (football and basketball) will receive a $25 gift card to the place of their choice.
Please note, most demerits can be worked off, those that cannot are highlighted in yellow.
To erase a demerit, the athlete can cash in 5 merits.
The cheerleader will receive a WARNING for the first offense, and ONE DEMERIT for each time after, for the following:
Talking to fans or other cheerleaders excessively and uneccessarily during practices or games.
Being picked up late from a game or activity that exceeds 15 minutes.
Having your cell phone visible at any cheer-related activity or event (this includes practice).
Gossiping or showing a bad attitude at games, practices, competitions, or any other cheer related activity. (Rolling eyes, talking back, arguing, etc. all apply).
You will Receive one Demerit for the following:
Showing up any later than the arrival time designated by the coaches and/or calendar for any game, practice, or other cheer-related activity without prior approval from a coach. (After three tardies, you will receive one demerit.)
Leaving early from practices, games, or other scheduled cheer events- (after three, you will receive one demerit.)
Accumulating 5 or more excused absences per season (1 demerit for each absence after 5).
Becoming ineligible during a grade check.
Not following the dress code at any cheer-related activity or event (including jewlery).
Not participating in Spirit week at school.
Not being “Game Ready.” This includes halftime performances and the start of third quarter.
Eating or drinking anything other than a sports drink or water on the floor or field during games and practices. (The snack the school provides is acceptable).
Leaving one's trash on the field or practice areas.
Making obscene gestures or using obscene language.
Posting inappropriate images, language, or "bashing" the school, program, peers, or other schools (including rival teams) on social media.
Being disrespectful to other schools or teams at functions or activities. (Including rival teams).
You will receive 3 demerits for the following:
An unexcused absence from a practice, game, or other cheer-related event. A doctor’s note, illness, or family emergencey is an exception, but the coach must be notified 2 hours prior to the activity or event The coach will determine if the absence is considered excused or not.
Not attending study day without an excuse approved by coaches. (If the athlete has a planned excused absence for practice, the athlete will only receive an absent mark for the missed practice, not study day as well. The coach must be notified within the 2 hour mark of study time if the athlete will miss).
Cheerleaders may receive additional demerits at the coaches’ discretion, for any negative behavior not listed.
Penalty for Demerits
3 Demerits- 1/2 game benched.
6 Demerits- 1 game benched (Includes any halftime routines).
9 Demerits-2 games benched and cheerleader will be on DVHS Cheer Probation.