FAQs - Cheer

1.  At what age can my daughter cheer for the Gridiron League?

Gridiron League Cheer is for girls ages 5-12 (age as of September 1, 2021).

2.  How are the Gridiron cheerleading squads formed?

The Gridiron League is a zoned league.  The cheerleading squads will be made of girls that live in the same high school zone per Fort Bend ISD and LCISD zoning maps -- just as the Gridiron Football teams are formed.

Ideally, teams are formed by age groups: Freshman (Ages 5-6), Junior Varsity (Ages 7-9), and Varsity (Ages 10-12)

An exception will be made strictly for siblings in order to allow for sisters to cheer for their brother's team.  For example, a 6-year-old cheerleader may "cheer up" for the junior varsity football team if her brother is on that team.

Note:  The League reserves the right to make adjustments in squads to balance numbers where necessary.

3.  How much is the cheerleading registration fee, and what does Gridiron provide?

The registration fee is $300 per cheerleader.   The Gridiron League will provide a 3-day (10 hour) APEX cheerleading training camp. Each cheerleader will receive a uniform, which includes a shell, skirt, bloomers/briefs, hair bow, pompoms, and Camp T-shirt.  In addition, first year cheerleader will receive a "cheer bucket" to be decorated.  Cheerleaders will provide their own shoes (all white) and white no-show socks.

4.  Will there be a cheer camp, and is this included in the price of the registration?

Gridiron will provide a cheer camp for all cheerleaders at Apex Cheer in Stafford.  This camp is included in the cost of your registration.  Each girl will attend for three days (Tuesday through Thursday) for 3.25 hours each day.  At camp, the girls will learn cheers, half-time dance and cheerleading basics.  Dates for the 2021 camp are July 20 to July 22. We ask that you plan your vacations around this week.

Check out the Apex Cheer website - www.apexcheer.com  

5.  How many nights a week will there be a practice and/or a game?

Each Cheer Coach will determine the day and time of practices for the team.

Typically, practices are on Monday or Tuesday nights from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.  The practices are held adjacent to where the boy’s practices are held to keep families from going to multiple places to drop-off and pick-up.

Most likely, the first 2 weeks of practices will begin the first week in Aug with 2 practices that week. Once the season starts, squads will drop to one practice a week and will have one game on Saturday. All of the specifics will be communicated by the team Cheer Coach to registered Cheerleaders in advance.

6.  Where do the cheer squads practice?  

Cheer squads will practice at or near the same practice location as the football teams in your zone.  The Cheer Coach will determine the exact time and location for cheer practices and advise parents as soon as possible.  Every attempt is made to hold practices the same nights as the football players and in a location at or near where the football teams practice.    

7.  Will the squads participate in cheerleading competitions?

The squads will only cheer recreationally for Gridiron Football games, parade and Gridiron related activities.

8.  I am interested in volunteering to help with cheerleading. What should I do?

Contact the Cheer Director, Beth Ann Karraker ([email protected]) as soon as possible with your name and what team you are interested in coaching.

Cheerleading coaches will be subject to a background check.

9.  What is the Refund Policy?

Refund requests must be given in writing to the Cheer Director.

Full refund will be given, less a $10 processing fee, up until uniforms have been ordered.  After uniforms have been ordered, the cost of the uniform will be deducted from the refund. 

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