2015-16 CZ, Full Year and International Open Tryout Information

FCA Gems
2015-2016
Information Tryout Packet For Full Year, CZ’s and
International Open Level 5
Tryouts for: All Full Year Teams, CZ's (ages 4-6) and
International Open Level 5
Welcome to FCA where every athlete is a Gem!
Thank you for your interest in the FCA Gems Allstar Competitive Cheerleading Program. FCA began in
2000 and we believe we have the best program in the state of PA. Our coaches do a great job of
balancing the need for hard work and focus with positive reinforcement. They also strive to be great
role models for the cheerleaders. Our program goal is to build the self esteem and confidence of the
cheerleaders and teach them the importance of team work and responsibility. We teach that
cheerleading is a team sport in which every member being present at practice helps lead to overall
team success. These skills are valuable throughout life and will help them regardless of what they
pursue in the future.
Allstar cheer is an expensive sport. Quality is expensive and we
strive to provide a quality product from the Tiny’s up to the World
Teams. That being said, we often hear about how much ‘more
expensive’ FCA is than other programs. In reality, that is often not
the case. We try to be 100% transparent in what the charges will
be and any variance in what is posted is minimal and unexpected.
There are not a lot of ‘hidden’ fees or other items that pop up
throughout the year. Therefore, we urge you to seriously look at
our costs versus the ‘real’ cost at other programs before ruling out
being part of a high quality program for what is probably way less of
a monetary difference than many realize.
Also, a couple of things to factor in when looking at costs and
programs in general:
★ The choreography fee that is paid at the beginning of the
season covers ALL choreography that will occur throughout
the year. If a team needs a new dance or pyramid, etc… the
coaching staff gets it for them, but there is no additional cost
to the athletes to fly the choreographer in and get the new
item.
★ The music fee that is paid at the beginning of the season
covers the music all year -- even if it has to be changed.
★ We have a process we use to resale used uniforms to help as
many people as possible purchase them at a discounted rate.
★ Additional items are routinely offered for sale throughout the
year (such as sweatsuits, windsuits, t-shirts, window decals,
etc…). These items (unless listed below) are optional purchases. Most people pick and chose
what they want to buy and rarely does anybody buy everything that is offered. There are
individuals that rarely buy anything extra and that is fine.
As much as possible, we let individuals stay at whatever
hotels they prefer at out of town competitions. We only
have requirements at competitions that enforce the ‘Stay to
Play’ rule. This year we are hoping only 2 of our
competitions will have that requirement -- NCA in Dallas
(Worlds Teams Only) and Cheer Power in Columbus (entire
program). All cheerleaders are to stay with their parents or
another responsible adult. We do not EVER require
cheerleaders to stay together 4 in a room as a team.
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Our competition schedule is set by tryouts and
RARELY changes. We also do not routinely add additional
competitions throughout the year based on our ability to get
bids at the ones on our schedule. We design the schedule
to provide us with the opportunities we need and have
historically had no issues sticking with it.
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The practice schedule rarely changes and the need
for additional practices is scarce. The changes that do occur
are typically around the need to modify the schedule
because of travel for some large nationals or around
choreography. We not NOT routinely add additional practice
just because nationals are coming up. However, it does
occasionally occur if a team has an injured athlete or the
weather has required a large amount of cancellations. (The
only change that routinely occurs is that the Worlds Teams
will often add a 3rd practice night later in the season when
we get close to Worlds. However, they are well aware of
that all season long.)
Girls and boys at age 4 and up can tryout!!
Don’t miss the original tryout dates because once those
dates pass, only a very limited amount of spots will be available. Those limited spots usually have a
required skill or position to join the team(s).
FCA Gems
2015-2016 Program Rules
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ATTENDANCE: Many programs allow students to miss practices without accountability or
regard for the ones that do show up. We are able to keep extra practices at a minimum
because our practices are productive and mandatory. The following dates are available for
holidays and vacations throughout the 2015-16 year:
o June 21st - Father’s Day
o June 30th to July 5th
o August 14th to August 21st
o Labor Day Weekend - September 4th to 7th
o Thanksgiving - November 24th to 28th
o Christmas/New Year’s - December 22nd to January 2nd (Worlds teams will have
practice-posted on calendar)
o Easter - March 27th
After much investigation and analysis, we have decided to modify our attendance policy for
the 2015-16 season. Cheerleaders at FCA will be permitted to miss up to 4 practices for the
season. This includes all vacations, school functions, sicknesses or unexpected events. Our
investigation showed that over 93% of the athletes were at 4 or less absences.
It is the parent’s responsibility to know what is going on with your squad. You must check the
website and your email on a regular basis.
o It is the parent’s responsibility to make travel arrangements by the given deadlines. Prior to
doing so, they are responsible for checking the website regarding report times and scheduled
practices both before the event and at the event. Do not schedule
travel for out of town competitions until the modifications to the
practice schedule have been made to accommodate the
competition.
o Anyone threatening to quit or to pull their child from a squad will
be dismissed from the program immediately.
o No profanity or abusive language. We are a “G” rated gym!
o It is your responsibility to wear the appropriate practice clothing to
every practice.
o Never post any negative comments about FCA or any other
cheerleading program, event producer or individual on any type of
social media.
o Every year we go through losses and additions of team members.
The dismissal/addition of a team member is solely the coach’s
decision.
o No one is permitted to approach or yell down from the balcony to
the athletes or the coaches during practice.
o Although not likely, practices may be changed or added at any
time during the season.
o The coaches reserve the right to close practices at ANY time for
ANY reason!
o Each team will be assigned teams to watch and cheer on at
competitions. We would love to have everyone there all day, but
at the very least, you are obligated to watch your assigned teams.
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There will be no arguing with or questioning the coaching staff about their decisions at
practice or competitions.
FCA cheerleaders/families are not permitted to contact cheerleading companies or vendors for
any reason.
All FCA clothing and items must be purchased through the gym. You are not permitted to
make your own or order on your own using anything that would represent the gym in any
way, shape or form. This includes the use of “gems”, or any gemstone name….
You must arrive at all practices, competitions or any scheduled event on time. Punctuality is
a MUST!
NO GOSSIP about any other team (all star or school), NO GOSSIP about a child on your team
or another team. NO GOSSIP about coaches and staff. It is much better to address a
problem than to listen to idle gossip!
FCA cheerleaders and their family members and friends will show good sportsmanship at all
times.
The Policy Book, which provides more specific details about the program and additional rules,
will be posted on our website at http://fcaforms.flosgymnastics.com/. Reading it is not
optional but required.
GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP, POLITE MANNERS AND RESPECT ARE MANDATORY AT ALL
COMPETITIONS AND PRACTICES!
NO GOSSIPING!
PROGRAM COSTS
FCA GEMS ALL STAR CHEERLEADING
We offer 3 competitive cheerleading programs at FCA: CZ’s, Prep and Full Year.
All estimates are based on the 2014-2015 season and are subject to change.
We want you to know exactly what this will cost. We have listed all required expenses. We also have
fund raising opportunities available. This is the tryout packet for the Full Year Program. Half Year is
also listed here in case you are not ready to commit to the Full Year Program at this time. CZ’s details
are also listed here.
Ages
CZ’s
PREP
FULL YEAR
4-6
6-18
5 and up
(must be 4 by 8/31/15)
Team Placements
Or
Tryouts
Tryouts are held in
May
Team Placements are in
August. Everyone is
placed on a team as
long as they attend the
initial team placements.
Tryouts are held in May.
Length of Season
June-April
September-April
June-April
Required tumbling in May
Cheer Practice
1 time/week for 45
minutes
1 time/week for 60
minutes
2 times/week – times vary
Team Tumbling
1 time/week for 30-45
minutes
1 time/week for 30
minutes
1 time/week – times vary
Registration Fee
$45 for new members
$35 for returning
members
$45 for new members
$35 for returning
members
$45 for new members
$35 for returning members
Monthly Tuition
$73.00
Deduct $10.00 each
month tuition is paid
on or before the 1st.
$88.00
Deduct $10.00 each
month tuition is paid on
or before the 1st.
$103.00-$146.00
Deduct $10.00 each month
tuition is paid on or before the
1st.
Camp Gear
$30-$32/FCA Top
(With black Nike Pro
shorts-purchased on
your own)
$45.00/set
You will wear the same
camp gear for the 20152016 season as last
season.
$30-$32/FCA Top
Worlds Teams $30.00/FCA Top
(With black Nike Pro shorts purchased on your own)
(These are this
year’s prices. Last
year full year and
Worlds camp gear
was much more
expensive.)
Different camp gear must be
purchased if the team gets a bid
to Worlds to the Summit.
Choreography
n/a
$150.00
$250.00
Music
$35.00
$35.00
$49.00
Make Up
$47.00
$47.00
$47.00
Cheer Hair
$21.00
$21.00
$21.00
USASF Membership
$30.00
$30.00
$30.00
CZ’s
PREP
FULL YEAR
$185.00
Due to new uniforms
rules for the 2015-16
season, we will be
getting new uniforms
& anticipate the price
to be higher.
$250.00
$530.00
Onyx - $545.00
Diamonds - $564.00
Cover Up Shirt
Optional
Optional
Required for all Senior Teams
$30.00-$35.00
Competition Fees
(based on 14-15
season-this
includes all coach
fees)
$416.00
$416.00
$1056.00
Onyx $1231.00
Diamonds $1179.00
Cheer Shoes
Any all-white
cheerleading shoe
Any all-white
cheerleading shoe
All white Nfinity cheer shoe
2014-2015
Competitions
4 Local in the
Pittsburgh area
1 National in
Columbus, OH
4 Local in the Pittsburgh
area
1 National in Columbus,
OH
7 Local in the Pittsburgh area
1 National in Atlantic City, NJ
1 National in Atlanta, GA
1 National in Columbus, OH
The Summit held in
Orlando, FL
n/a
n/a
If bid is received
Worlds held in
Orlando, FL
n/a
n/a
If bid is received
Competition
Uniform
Worlds teams have 2nd
uniforms that can be rented
from the gym.
Summit/Worlds:
$35/cheerleader on paid bid
$50/cheerleader on at large
NOTE: All information above is accurate based on the current pricing information we have available.
All prices are our good faith estimates and subject to change.
ADDITIONAL COSTS
Competition Travel – It is the responsibility of the parents to ensure the cheerleader is present at the
posted time for out of town
competitions. The method of
transportation (flying, driving,
etc..) is completely up to the
parent. For some out of town
competitions, you are required
to stay at the team hotel due to
new rules by the event
producers and at others you are
permitted to stay at any hotel.
The exact details will be posted
on the website.
REFUNDS WILL NOT BE
ISSUED DUE TO SOMEONE
QUITTING OR BEING
REMOVED FROM A TEAM!
FCA COMPETITIVE CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS
(724) 353-9000
www.FlosGymnastics.com
Tryouts for: All Full Year Teams, CZ's (ages 4-6) and
International Open Level 5
We will be having an informational meeting on:
Thursday, 5/7/15 at 7:30
International Level 5 - This is a full year team that will practice twice a week and attend the same
competitions as the other Worlds Team(s). Attendance requirements are the same as for all other full
year teams, regardless of whether the individuals on the team work or attend college.
Some athletes, depending on their skills and experience, may be referred to summer tumbling classes
and the Prep Cheer Program to provide an opportunity to develop the skills needed. This depends on
the individuals and the specific needs of the full year teams.
For tryouts you will need the items listed below. Competed tryout packets must be presented with
payment, proof of age and picture (see details below).
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Tryout fee $50 (made payable to Flo’s Gymnastics and separate from all other
payments) A $25 discount if turned in on or before 4/15/15.
Completed tryout packet (will be posted on website)
Original Birth Certificate, passport or driver's license (those new to FCA)
Picture (wallet-sized head shot of cheerleader-those new to FCA)
Tryout packets will be available online at www.FlosGymnastics.com/fca/.
If you can not make it to
the Individual Tryout Day
on Saturday, 5/9/15, we
would be happy to give
you a private tryout
BEFORE April 22, 2015.
Please give us a call to
set up a private tryout!
Physical Address:
732 Ekastown Road
Sarver 16055
(724) 353-9000
Mailing Address:
PO Box 175
Sarver, PA 16055
www.FlosGymnastics.com
1) INFORMATIONAL MEETING:
Thursday, 5/7/15 from 7:30-8:30 PM
If you are a returning full year cheerleader, you do not need to attend this meeting.
2) INDIVIDUAL TRYOUTS
Ages below are for the cheerleaders age as of 8/31/2015. Athletes are to arrive 15 minutes early to
check in and get their tryout number. Tryout numbers will be posted on the website after Individual
Tryouts.
Saturday, 5/9/15
Age 3-6
Age 7-11
Age 12-14
Age 15 and up
11:00-11:30
11:30-12:30
12:30-1:30
1:30-2:30
3) TRYOUTS BY GROUP
Tryout Numbers will be posted on which day/time to attend. Individuals may be posted on more than
one team. If so, please plan to come to both group tryouts. This is not because you are necessarily a
crossover. All athletes are to arrive 15 minutes early to check in and receive a new sticker with their
tryout number on it.
Monday, 5/11/15
Group
Group
Group
Group
1
2
3
4
4.) TEAM TRYOUTS:
5:30-6:30
6:30-7:30
7:30-8:30
8:30-9:30
Tuesday 5/12/15
Group
Group
Group
Group
Group
5
6
7
8
9
5:00-5:30
5:30-6:30
6:30-7:30
7:30-8:30
8:30-9:30
May 18-19, 2015 from 5:00-9:00 PM
Each team will have a team tryout at some point during the days listed above. Times will be posted on
the website. Individuals may be posted on more than one team. If so, please plan to come to both
tryouts. This is not because you are necessarily a crossover. After tryouts are completed and the
teams determined, tryout numbers will be posted on the website.
***IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER***
Teams are very tentative and significant changes can and probably will occur throughout the tryout
process, including during and after team tryouts. Teams may not be finalized until camp.
5.) COMMITMENT DAY
In order to help ensure our teams are comprised in the best way possible, it is important that we know
that individuals that have completed the try-out process definitely intend on cheering at FCA. A lot of
time goes into setting up the teams and having individuals fail to appear when practices start can cause
a large amount of chaos and upset athletes if drastic team changes are required.
Therefore, in order to help make the start of the season as stress free as possible for the athletes and
coaches, and to give the coaching staff time to make necessary changes PRIOR to the start of practice,
all athletes (new and returning) need to come in during one of the following dates to pay the yearly
registration fee, June tuition, order their camp gear and pay a $100 non-refundable uniform deposit.
May 18, 19, 20 & 21 from 5:00-7:00. Camp Gear will be ordered May 22nd.
Spots assigned to athlete’s that do not come in during the commitment dates will be considered
available for any additional walk-ins that display the necessary skills.
There will be very limited spots available after Individual Tryouts!!
Don’t miss out – attend tryouts!
2015-2016 FCA COMPETITION SCHEDULE
**Tentative – subject to changes (especially for Worlds team due to the fact that
some opportunities require invitations)**
Full Year Competition Calendar
November 2015
Jamfest Lite Series
Pittsburgh, PA
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Steel Town Classic - WSF
Pittsburgh - Convention Center
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Cheersport – Pittsburgh
David L Lawrence Convention Center
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Elite
Peterson Events Center
January 2016
Steel Town Regional
January 9-10, 2016
Cheerlebrity - Indiana, PA
SUMMIT BID COMPETITION
January 16-17, 2016
Beast of the East
Atlantic City, NJ
SUMMIT BID COMPETITION
WORLDS BID COMPETITION
Athletes need to be in Atlantic City on Friday, by 9:00 pm.
February 2016
Live!
Pittsburgh,PA
This is a 2-day event, each team competing on only one day.
(There will be no practice on Sunday, UNLESS it ends up
being a one day event on Saturday.)
February 20-21, 2016
NCA
Dallas, TX
WORLDS BID COMPETITION
Worlds teams only. Athletes need to be in Dallas on Friday
by 9:00 pm.
This competition does not permit crossover across levels so
is not an option for the entire program.
March 12-13, 2016
Spirit Festival
Hartford, CT
SUMMIT BID COMPETITION
WORLDS BID COMPETITION
Looking for a competition to add to
in place of Encore.
Full Year will not be attending Encore.
April 1-3, 2016
Cheer Power Nationals – Columbus, OH
SUMMIT BID COMPETITION
WORLDS BID COMPETITION
Prep teams compete on Friday only.
April 23-25, 2016
The Cheerleading Worlds
At-Large and Paid Bid Winners
Level 5 Worlds Teams only. We will be taking teams that
earn paid or at-large bids.
April 29-May 1, 2016 (best guess on
the date)
The Summit
Orlando, FL
At-Large and Paid Bid Winners
Only certain Non-Worlds divisions are eligible to attend this
competition. All eligible teams will be attending if they earn
either a paid or an at large bid.
CZ's Competition Calendar - 4 locals & 1 National
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Cheersport – Pittsburgh
David L Lawrence Convention Center
January 2016
Steel Town Regional (1st choice)
-orCheerlebrity
February 2016
Live!
Pittsburgh,PA
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Encore
Pittsburgh, PA
April 1-3, 2016
Cheer Power Nationals – Columbus, OH
If CZ’s compete in the full year division, they will
compete both Saturday and Sunday. If they
compete in the Prep division, they will compete on
Friday.
Prep Competition Calendar - 4 locals & 1 National
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Cheersport – Pittsburgh
David L Lawrence Convention Center
January 2016
Steel Town Regional (1st choice)
-orCheerlebrity
Cheerlebrity is a 2-day event, Prep teams will
compete one day only.
February 2016
Live!
Pittsburgh,PA
This is a 2-day event, each team competing on
only one day.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Encore
Pittsburgh, PA
April 1-3, 2016
Cheer Power Nationals – Columbus, OH
Level 1 teams compete Friday. Level 1 plan to be
there on Friday at 3:00 p.m. All other levels will
be posted closer to the event for when you need
to be in Columbus. All Prep teams will compete
one day only.
TRYOUT CHECK LIST
The selection of teams is a very tedious and often complicated process.
Our teams are designed to allow the team to be competitive at a given
level. Many key elements are considered in our decisions because, just
like any team sport, a good team is comprised of individuals with
different strong points because a mix of skills is needed to help ensure
team success. Therefore, it is essential to choose a well-rounded variety
of individuals for each team. We do not have a team at every skill level
for every age group. Therefore, a child may not go on a team that
matches their exact tumbling level. However, again, please remember
that tumbling is not the only important aspect in cheerleading and
cheerleaders will continue to learn and progress regardless of which
team they are a member.
Coaching staff will evaluate each athlete on the following criteria:
-Tumbling difficulty and execution
-Athleticism
-Dance ability and showmanship
-Willingness to accept instruction
-Stunting positions/execution (flyer, base, back spot)
-Jump technique
-Overall attitude/attendance from the past season, if applicable
TRYOUTS ARE CLOSED TO PARENTS & SPECTATORS!
Please make sure you have all of the following items completed and
turn them all in at the same time!
Tryout fee $50 (discounted to $25 if paid on or
before 4/15/15 with all required paperwork):
★ Tryout check payable to Flo’s Gymnastics with no
other payments/fees on it
★ Tryout Skill Form
★ Worlds Team Intent Form (Ages 12 - 19)
★ Completed 2015-2016 waiver (one/family)
★ Original Birth Certificate, driver’s license or
passport (new cheerleaders only) We will scan
and upload to USASF.
★ Picture (wallet-sized head shot of cheerleader-new
FCA cheerleaders only)
★ Financial Commitment Form (turn in ONE for each
athlete according to which program they will be
participating)
★ Hotel Stay to Play Requirement Form (one/family)
★ Parent Code of Conduct Form (one/family)
★ Athlete Code of Conduct Form (one/athlete)
★ All outstanding debts must be paid in full
Tryout fees will not be accepted unless
submitted with completed forms and all of the required items.
FCA Gems
Attach Photo Here
TRYOUT SKILL FORM
2015-2016
(New Gems Only)
(Wallet size preferred)
Cheerleader’s Name:________________________________________________
Age as of 8/31/2015: ______
Grade 2015-16: _____
If new to FCA, have you cheered before? __ Yes
Date of Birth: _____________
__ No
USASF Number: _______
None
Unknown
If yes, where and for how long? __________________________________________________
❏ Please do NOT consider me for placement on a Worlds’ team
Which stunt position do you have experience:
NONE
FLYER
BASE
BACKSPOT
CHECK YOUR MOST ADVANCED STUNTING SKILL LEVEL:
❏ Level 1 (No experience or Level 1 stunt preps)
❏ Level 2 (Ex. Preps, extensions, straight cradle dismounts, basket tosses)
❏ Level 3 (Ex. Extended one-legged stunts, full twisting two-legged dismounts, single trick tosses)
❏ Level 4 (Ex. Extended one-legged stunts, double twisting two-legged dismounts, kick-full tosses)
❏ Level 5 (Ex. Double twisting one-legged dismounts, double twisting basket tosses, full-ups)
ADDITIONAL INFO:
What other activities will be a higher priority than your FCA team? (For what would you potentially be
expecting to miss practice?) ___________________________________________________________
What are your strengths? _____________________________________________________________
What is your best contribution as a team member? _________________________________________
CROSSOVER DECLARATION:
❏ I am interested in and allowed to cross to a 2nd team regardless of whether it means I may have to
attend both the Summit and Worlds.
❏ I am interested in and allowed to cross to a 2nd team but ONLY if it means I only have to go to
either the Summit OR Worlds and not both
❏ I am either not interested in or not allowed to cross to a 2nd team.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------STAFF USE ONLY (Please do NOT write in this section)
STANDING TUMBLING:
RUNNING TUMBLING:
RO
BWO
FWO
BHS
ST
1J-ST mJ-ST
SF
BHS-BHS to: TUCK
BHS to: TUCK
FULL/DBL
BWO-BHS
FULL
LAYOUT FULL
Consistency: Good
JUMPS/MOTIONS:
1
2
3
4
5
J-BHS
TT-SF
LAYOUT
Technique: Good
mBHS
DBL
DBL Whip-
RO
RO-BWO
RO-BWO Spec
BHS mBHS
BHS-SO
FWO-BHS
BT
BHS-BT
FP
FWO-BT
Aerial-BT
LO
BHS-LO
FP-LO
FWO-LO
Whip-LO
Full
BHS-Full
BHS-DBL Spec-Full
Average
Poor
Technique: Good Average
So/So
Poor
Consistency: Good So/So Poor
STUNTS: Front
Flyer
Base
Backspot
6
7
8
9
Average
Poor
10
Technique: Good
Technique: Good
Spec-DBL
Poor
Flyer Size: A
B
Flexibility: 1
2
Average
C
3
D
4
E
Poor
F
5
6
7
8
9
10
Comments:
IO5--Must be born in year 2002 or earlier (1/1/03-8/31/03 L5/No IO5)(2002 legal after 1/1/16)
IO5 15: Yes
No
IO5 16: Yes
No
PREP
TRYOUT #: ________
FCA Gems
2015-16 Worlds Team Intent Form
The coaches work very hard when creating the teams. Unfortunately, it is impossible to put every
cheerleader where they want to be. The teams are a delicate balance of individuals to ensure the
teams can hit the score sheets in ALL categories and not just one or two.
Over the years we have occasionally encountered issues when cheerleaders were placed on teams
other than where they expected to go and they quit. We have had to, at least once, completely redo
the teams when this occurred and, as a result, other cheerleaders got moved all around because the
actual teams we were having that year changed.
In an attempt to avoid having to do that and to cause unnecessary stress to a lot of other individuals,
we ask that you please fill out this form expressing your honest intent regarding your plans for cheering
at FCA.
Indicating you will only cheer for a certain team or teams(s) will NOT increase your
changes of making that team but will remove you from consideration for any other
teams.
If you are going to be AGE 12 or older on 8/31/2015 and under AGE 19, please:
➢
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complete this form
place it in a security lined envelope (one you cannot see through)
seal the envelope and sign over the seal of the envelope
write your name NEATLY on the front of the envelope
submit it with your completed tryout packet
Please be aware that the envelopes are NOT opened for the cheerleaders that make Diamonds. They
are returned to them unopened.
They are opened for individuals that make other teams AFTER the teams have been set. If at that
point you have indicated you are not interested in cheering on the team you were placed, you will be
removed from the team and NOT placed on another team and your number will be posted on the ‘Not
placed on a team’ list (which is ONLY used for this situation).
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Cheerleader’s Name:________________________________________________
Please check only one:
❏ I plan to cheer at FCA REGARDLESS on which team I am placed
❏ I plan to cheer at FCA ONLY if I am on a Worlds’ Team
❏ I plan to cheer at FCA ONLY if I am placed on ONYX
❏ I plan to cheer at FCA ONLY if I am placed on DIAMONDS
I understand that if I indicated above that I would only cheer for a certain team or team(s) and if I am
not placed on that team during tryouts, I will NOT be placed on a team.
Cheerleader’s Signature:__________________________________________________________
Parent’s Signature:_______________________________________________________________
FCA Gems and Flo’s Gymnastics, Inc.
2015-16 FINANCIAL COMMITMENT FORM FOR FULL YEAR/CZ’s
The standard, required payments that must be in the cheerleader’s FCA account by the posted date are
listed below. This does not include additional items you choose to purchase throughout the year. If
the account does not contain the required funds on the date posted, the cheerleader will be
benched until the account contains the required amount. Not all pricing is available at this time.
However, good faith estimates have been provided throughout the information available and your
signature conveys your intent to pay the required fees for the athlete.
ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
Payment #1 – Due May 18-21, 2015 -- at
FCA Commitment Day
Camp Gear Tops – $30-$32/top
Uniform Deposit $100 per team
Payment #4 – Due August 1st
Teams attending NCA Only
NCA Competition Fee
Payment #2 – Due June 15th
Uniform Deposit -- $175 per team/$150 CZ’s
$30 USASF Membership Fee - All Athletes
Choreography Camp -- $250 (CZ’s don’t pay this)
Payment #5 – Due August 15th
Competition Fee #1 (amt will be posted, No CZ’s)
Payment #3 – Due July 15th
Uniform Balance
Makeup - $47.00
Hair $21.00
Music $45 (Worlds’ $50/CZ’s $35)
Payment #6 – Due October 15th
Competition Fee #2 (amt will be posted)
Payment #7 – Due December 15th
Competition Fee #3 (amt will be posted)
*All Level 5 Worlds teams and all teams receiving Summit bids will have Worlds/Summit camp gear
to purchase and competition package/travel expenses for Florida.
In addition to the above payments, monthly tuition is to be paid on time. Tuition is due the 1st of
every month and, if not paid by the 15th of the month, the cheerleader will be benched until
tuition is paid.
A cheerleader’s FCA Account information is available to view online via a login and password. It is the
responsibility of the individual that is financially responsible for the account to monitor that account on
an ongoing basis throughout the entire season.
A cheerleader’s TUITION account is not available to view online. This is the account that covers tuition
and private lessons. Tuition remains the same from month to month and private lessons should be paid
for prior to the lesson being conducted. This account must also stay current. If tuition falls behind, the
cheerleader will not be permitted to take private lessons.
I acknowledge that I am the individual financially responsible for this cheerleader’s account and my
signature below acknowledges that I have read and agree to comply with the payment responsibilities
outlined above. I understand that I am the individual that is considered to be responsible for keeping
both accounts current and that if other individuals will also be paying for a portion of the fees, it is my
responsibility to ensure they pay and failure on their part of pay will revert to being my responsibility to
pay. I acknowledge all fees, once past the due date, are non-refundable if the cheerleader quits.
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Adult Financially Responsible (Print Name)
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Cheerleader’s Name(s)
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Adult Financially Responsible (Sign Name)
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Cheerleader’s Name(s)
FCA Gems and Flo’s Gymnastics, Inc.
2015-2016 HOTEL “STAY TO PLAY” COMMITMENT FORM
In many of the cities in which we compete at for out of town competitions, the Chamger of Commerce
is requiring the Event Producers (Jamefest, Cheersport, Cheer Power, etc…) to enforce a ‘Stay to Play’
process. This means that we must book blocks of rooms at designated hotels through the official
housing company.
NOTE: This is happening with many traveling youth sports and not just cheerleading.
For the past many seasons (until the most recent), FCA has not required families to stay in a
designated location and, quite honestly, prefer not to have to worry about where people are staying.
However, this change in requirements, has forced us to now require compliance with this policy. We
are required to submit proof of compliance by submitting a variety of items, including reservation
locations, names on the reservations, individuals in the rooms, and reservation numbers to the Event
Producers. The submitted information is verified by the housing companies and/or the Event
Producers. Failure to comply runs the risk of the cancellation of our registration for our teams without
a refund of the paid competition fees. FCA would prefer to not have to take this stance, but the hard
lines being drawn by the Event Producers leave us no option and it is only fair that EVERYBODY have to
comply with the rules.Therefore, we will be requiring ALL members of FCA to follow these guidelines.
I am the parent/guardian of the following cheerleaders:
I understand the requirement and will book all hotel rooms using the link(s) provided on the FCA
website. I will NOT book hotels outside the required blocks and understand that this is mandatory in
order to cheer at FCA. I understand that if I do book a room outside the block and refuse to cancel it,
my child(ren) will be removed from the program without any refunds. I understand that if I book a
hotel room outside of the block, do not get ‘caught’ prior to the competition and utilize the room, my
child(ren) will be removed from the program without any refunds.
I also agree to follow all instructions posted on the website regarding submission of all required hotel
information. I will book my room(s) by the deadlines listed on the FCA website and understand that,
due to the complicated tracking requirements now in place, modification to the reservations will be very
limited once we are within a couple of months of the competition.
I also agree to never call an event producer regarding this requirement for any reason, including
attempting to not have to follow it.
There are very limited exceptions to this policy granted by the Event Producers and, in all cases, they
require form submission through us directly to the Event Producers and the validity of the exception is
verified by the actual Event Producer BEFORE granting the exception and, they will not necessarily
grant the exception even when it appears that individuals meet the requirements. Exceptions are
typically limited to individuals using hotel points for their stay to get free rooms (NOT staying at a
preferred chain to accumulate points, just the utilization of the points), individuals that can get
discounted employee rates and those staying with relatives in the immediate local area (which they call
and cross-reference provided address information). Individuals desiring an exception will need to
follow the instructions posted on the website to initiate the process to request an exception.
_____________________________________
Parent/Legal Guardian Signature
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Date
FCA GEMS
2015-2016 PARENT/GUARDIAN CODE OF CONDUCT
For the 2015-2016 season, FCA is making a very strong effort to create a positive and encouraging
environment for all athletes. The parent/guardian code of conduct has been created to ask parents to
be active partners in helping the management and staff of FCA to succeed in these efforts. We ask all of
you to join us in making the 2015-2016 season the best ever at FCA!
Please read and initial ALL:
I will support and encourage all FCA athletes at all practices and competitions and I will publicly
support all of the FCA athletes, staff members and coaches..
I understand that I can voice any frustrations or concerns to Flo via email or phone following
the 24 hour policy. I will respect any decisions that are made by FCA staff and management
that may result from discussions about my frustrations or concerns.
I will abide by all gym policies. I understand that any violations of the gym policies may result
from my athlete being removed from the FCA program.
I understand that violent or aggressive behavior towards any athletes, parents, coaches or FCA
staff will result in permanent removal from the facility and possible contacting of authorities
depending on the matter of the incident.
I will show good sportsmanship by cheering on all of the squads that compete against FCA.
I will not speak negative of event producers, athletes, parents, coaches, FCA staff or other
programs on any social network sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
I understand that this is a team sport and that all FCA squads either succeed or fail as a team.
Win or lose, I will recognize all of the hard work that the athletes and coaches put in to
preparing for competitions.
I will remain in the public areas of the gym. I will not enter any of the athlete training areas
without being escorted by a member of the FCA staff; this includes approaching a staff member
regarding classes or private lessons while they are in or in between classes.
I understand that FCA has rules/guidelines for a reason and I promise to follow both the rules
as stated and the ‘intent’ of the rules and to not work to find ways to avoid following either the
rules or the intent of the rules by searching for ‘loopholes’ that allow me to perform activities
that are against the ‘intent’ of the rules/guidelines of the program. I understand that I am
expected to follow the rules/guidelines and the ‘intent’ of the rules/guidelines even if I don’t
agree with them. I understand that I am making this choice freely and that if I don’t want to
agree, I am free to have my child cheer at a different program.
I have read the guidelines of this code of conduct. I understand that any violation of this code
of conduct could result in disciplinary action. This could include my child being suspended or
dismissed from the program, and forfeiture of any fees already paid.
I understand it is the stance of FCA that the use of alcohol and illegal substances is not
permitted by the FCA cheerleaders at any competitions or while out of town at a competition
(regardless of their age). I agree, regardless of my own personal beliefs, to fully support this
and understand that any cheerleaders found to be using alcohol or illegal substances will be
immediately removed from the program regardless of their team or position on the team. Also,
any parent found to have supplied the substances will be have their children immediately
removed from the program (regardless of whether they were ‘caught’ using the substances). If
appropriate, the authorities will be contacted.
Print child’s name(s):
Parent/Guardian Signature:
Date:
FCA GEMS
2015-2016 ATHLETE CODE OF CONDUCT
Please initial ALL:
I understand that safety is the highest priority at FCA. I will take every possible action to
ensure my safety and the safety of others in the gym.
I will come to every practice in the proper practice attire and ready to practice on time.
I will come to every practice and competition with a positive and good attitude.
I will give my best effort at every practice and every competition.
I will be respectful to all athletes and coaches. I will not say any negative comments about any
of my team members, FCA athletes or any FCA coach/staff member.
I will do my best to support all of the athletes at FCA by being positive and encouraging them
to do their best.
I will be respectful of all the other teams and athletes that we compete against. I understand
that I represent FCA, my team and myself at all competitions.
I will not speak negative of event producers, athletes, coaches, parents, FCA staff members or
any other program on any social network (Facebook, Twitter, etc…)
I understand that I am a member of a TEAM and that it is my responsibility to support all
members of my team and to not bully, boss, yell at or speak negatively to other members of
my team or other teams at the gym. If I am found to be doing this, it will be addressed by the
coaching staff and could result in suspension or termination of my privilege of cheering at FCA.
I understand it is the stance of FCA that the use of alcohol and illegal substances is not
permitted by the FCA cheerleaders at any competitions or while out of town at a competition
(regardless of their age). I agree, regardless of my own personal beliefs, to fully support this
and understand that any cheerleaders found to be using alcohol or illegal substances will be
immediately removed from the program regardless of their team or position on the team. I
also understand that smoking while in uniform or other FCA attire at out of town competitions
is also not permitted. I also agree to not come to practice hungover or under the influence of
any type of chemical substance.
I have read the guidelines of this code of conduct. I understand that any violation of this code
of conduct could result in disciplinary action. This could include being suspended or dismissed
from the program, and forfeiture of any fees already paid.
Print athlete’s name:
Athlete’s signature:
Parent/guardian’s signature:
Date:
Worlds Teams
2nd Uniform Information
Our Worlds teams will be getting second uniforms this year. As I am sure you are aware, we would not
be the first team in Pittsburgh to have 2 uniforms for our World’s teams. This is a fairly common
practice among the programs competing against us at the upper levels of our divisions. It also
provides the coaches with flexibility.
However, this is an expensive endeavor. Therefore, it has not been entered into lightly or without a lot
of thought and preparation. The second uniforms can either be purchased outright or rented for the
season. The rental cost is still being determined and will not be finalized until after the design process
is completed. However, the highest the rental fee will be is $30/month for 6 months (June-Nov) for a
total of $180.
There are also some changes that have occurred in the program this year that will help some to
neutralize this additional cost and some fundraising options:
★ Camp gear will be tops only and they are $30 per top. This is significantly less than the $101 a
set that was paid last year and was what people were expecting to pay this year. (If you
typically bought 2 sets, that is a savings of $142.)
★ We are going to Hartford, CT this year and NOT Atlanta, GA. It is 7 ½ hours from the gym, so it
is a much shorter drive than Atlanta, so many more people will be able to avoid flying. Also, this
year it was NOT a Stay to Play competition, so you can stay at any hotel you want.
★ There will be additional individual fundraising opportunities offered throughout the first 6
months of the season to help interested people in offsetting the cost and anybody that wants to
conduct an individual fundraising event is welcome to as long as it can be done within the rules
of the parent organization.
★ We also are back fundraising at Heinz Field in full force. This fundraiser is often overlooked by
individuals because they think the commitment is going to be extreme. People that have done it
have found it be very successful. There is one evening of training required (which lasts at the
most 4 hours, but has been known to actually be as short as 2 ½.) There is no minimum
number of events that have to be worked. The payout for the events (including the tips that are
evenly distributed) ranges from $80 to $150 with the average being around $100. There are
concerts in the summer and the Pitt/Steelers football games in the fall.
If the rental option (versus outright purchase) is selected, the uniforms are to be returned in good
condition after the final competition of the season. A rental agreement will need to be signed and a
post-dated check will need to be attached covering the remaining cost of the uniform in case it isn’t
returned.
This is an exciting opportunity for the members of these teams and we look forward to seeing them
shine in even different ways! The 2nd uniforms will be COMPLETELY different than their current first
uniforms.
Flo’s Gymnastics Plus, Inc. & FCA
(Please print first and last name of student)
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School
First & Last Name of Student(s)
Gender
Athlete’s
Grade
Date of Birth:
2015-16
District
2015-2016 Waiver
Cell Phone #
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Do any of the above students have any medical condition to which we should be alerted? Y
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If YES, please explain who and what:__________________________________________________
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Are the students above covered by health insurance?
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Initials
Y
N
I/we declare that the above student(s) have been seen by a registered physician within the past
six-twelve months and has been cleared to participate in physical activity including gymnastics,
tumbling or cheerleading.
MOTHER’S NAME
FATHER’S NAME
First/Last Name
Address
City, State, Zip
Home Phone
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Occupation
Work Phone
May we call you at work?
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May we call you at work?
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Email (required)
Email address should be checked regularly and in working order!
Emergency Contact
Name:
(Other than parent)
Relationship to student:
Legal Guardian: _____Mother
_____Father
Phone: (
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_____Other, please state:
Please read and sign the back of this form.
WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY
DISCLAIMER: Flo’s Gymnastics Plus, Inc. is not responsible for any injuries, illnesses, (or loss of property) to any person while practicing, training,
taking class, competing, participating in open gym, special events, recitals, demonstrations, shows, or in any other way involved in gymnastics,
cheerleading, preschool, birthday parties, or sleep-overs at Flo’s Gymnastics Plus, Inc. and Cheerleading Academy (FCA) for any reason what so ever,
including ordinary negligence on the part of Flo’s Gymnastics Plus, Inc. its owners, officers, agents, volunteers or employees.
In consideration of my participation, I hereby release and covenant not-to-sue Flo’s Gymnastics Plus, Inc. the Flo’s Gymnastics Plus, Inc. Board of
Directors and Officers, the Flo’s Cheerleading Academy Parent Organization (FCAPO), and any of their employees, teachers, coaches, or agents,
volunteers from any and all present and future claims resulting from ordinary negligence on the part of Flo’s Gymnastics Plus, Inc. or others
listed for property damage, personal injury, or wrongful death, arising as a result of my engaging in or receiving instruction in gymnastics, cheerleading
or any other activities or any activities incidental thereto, wherever, whenever, or however the same may occur. I hereby voluntarily waive any and all
claims resulting from ordinary negligence, both present and future, which may be made by me, my family, estate, heirs or assigns.
Further, I am aware that gymnastics and cheerleading are vigorous sporting activities involving height and rotation in a unique environment and as such
they pose a risk of injury. I understand that gymnastics, cheerleading and related activities always involve certain risks, including but not limited to
death, serious neck and spinal injuries resulting in complete or partial paralysis, brain damage, and serious injury to virtually all bones, joints, muscles,
and internal organs, and that the mats and other safety equipment such as Air Trak and Tumbl Trak and apparatus provided for my protection, including
the active participation of a coach or teacher who will spot or assist in the performance of certain skills, may be inadequate to prevent serious injury. The
risk of harm may be limited by all of the safety equipment and trained coaches, but never, eliminated. I understand that participation in gymnastics,
cheerleading, and related activities involves activities incidental to active participation in gymnastics, including moving from event to event,
conditioning, stretching and other activities which may leave me vulnerable to the reckless actions of other participants who may not have complete
control over their actions or who may not see other students in the gym. I am voluntarily participating in this activity with knowledge of the risks
involved and hereby agree to accept any and all inherent risks of property damage, personal injury, or death.
I further agree to indemnify and hold harmless Flo’s Gymnastics Plus, Inc. and Flo’s Cheerleading Academy (FCA) and all others listed for any and all
claims resulting of my engaging in or receiving instruction in Flo’s Gymnastics Plus, Inc. and Flo’s Cheerleading Academy (FCA) activities or any
activities incidental thereto, whenever, wherever, or however the same may occur.
I understand that this waiver is intended to be as broad and as inclusive as permitted by the laws of the state of Pennsylvania and agree that if any portion
is held invalid, the remainder of the waiver will continue in full legal force and effect. I further agree that the venue for any legal proceedings shall be
within the state of Pennsylvania.
I affirm that I am of legal age and am freely signing this agreement. I have read this form and fully understand that by signing this form, I am
giving up legal rights and or remedies which may be available to me for the ordinary negligence of Flo’s Gymnastics Plus, Inc. and Flo’s
Cheerleading Academy (FCA) or any person listed above. As a legal guardian, I hereby agree to individually provide for any possible future
medical expenses, which may be incurred by my child as a result of any injury sustained while training at or performing at or for Flo’s
Gymnastics Plus, Inc. and Cheerleading Academy (FCA).
I understand that my child is covered under my own family’s medical insurance coverage and that if I do not carry or have medical coverage, I
am completely responsible for all medical bills.
I further understand that Flo’s Gymnastics Plus, Inc. and Flo’s Cheerleading Academy (FCA) may take and use photographs of my family
members during class, recitals, parties, and competitions for commercial purposes without further compensation to my child or myself.
I have read and understand the policies regarding tuition payment, service charges, registration fees, refunds, withdrawals, make-ups and
discounts.
Please print student name(s):
Student First & Last Name
Date
#1
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#3
#4
________ (Please initial) -- I realize that I am enrolling my child from today’s date until 5/31/16. I understand that a
letter is required to withdraw my child(ren). Refunds are not given once a month has started.
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2015-2016 FULL YEAR CAMP GEAR
(CZ's & Non-Worlds Full Year Teams)
Each athlete is required to order one top. Please keep in mind that you practice twice a week and you are required to
wear this camp gear to every practice. You will be required to wear solid black Nike Pro shorts (or shorts with the
same fit and appearance such as Reebok, Under Armour, etc.).
If your child is on a Level 1 team, please remember that their stunting often involves athletes standing on the backs of
other athletes, therefore if this is going to be an issue for your child, please make sure you order the full length camp
gear tops. These athletes are not going to be permitted to wear t-shirts over or under their camp gear tops.
Order deadline: FCA Commitment Day, May 18-21, 2015
Please make checks payable to: FCA
Camp Gear Top $30.00 each
SIZE
YXS YS YM YL YXL
AXS AS
AM
AL
AXL
A2XL
A3XL
QTY:
$
TOTAL
Full Length Camp Gear Top $32.00 each
SIZE
YXS YS
YM
YL YXL AXS
AS
AM
AL
AXL
QTY:
$
TOTAL
Cheerleader
Name/Team:
Mom’s Name:
Daytime Phone:
Please make checks payable to: FCA.
A2XL
A3XL
2015-2016 FULL YEAR CAMP GEAR
(CZ's & Non-Worlds Full Year Teams)
Each athlete is required to order one top. Please keep in mind that you practice twice a week and you are required to
wear this camp gear to every practice. You will be required to wear solid black Nike Pro shorts (or shorts with the
same fit and appearance such as Reebok, Under Armour, etc.).
If your child is on a Level 1 team, please remember that their stunting often involves athletes standing on the backs of
other athletes, therefore if this is going to be an issue for your child, please make sure you order the full length camp
gear tops. These athletes are not going to be permitted to wear t-shirts over or under their camp gear tops.
Order deadline: FCA Commitment Day, May 18-21, 2015
Please make checks payable to: FCA
Camp Gear Top $30.00 each
SIZE
YXS YS
YM
YL YXL AXS
AS
AM AL
AXL
A2XL A3XL
QTY:
$
TOTAL
Full Length Camp Gear Top $32.00 each
SIZE
YXS YS
YM
YL
YXL
AXS
AS
AM AL AXL
QTY:
$
TOTAL
Cheerleader
Name/Team:
Mom’s Name:
Daytime Phone:
Please make checks payable to: FCA.
A2XL
A3XL
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