W&L Cheerleading

The Washington & Lee Club Cheerleading team fosters school spirit on campus. We cheer at home football games as well as a variety of men and women's home basketball games. One of our goals is to increase student attendance at athletic events. Many have joined the club without previous cheer experience, and the club has provided them a way to learn the necessary skills. Additionally, we meet several times a week to practice and learn new cheers and stunts, providing a great way for members to stay physically fit.

Contact: Zoe Ottaviani ‘17 and Monica Musgrave ‘18

Constitution

1. Mission Statement/Purpose

1.1 The purpose of the W&L Cheerleading team shall be:

1.1.1 To promote school spirit in support of the University's athletic teams,
to lead cheers, and to raise the level of fan support for intercollegiate
athletics.
1.1.2 To participate in the athletic activity known as cheerleading and to
use this activity both to keep crowd attention on the field where the
intercollegiate activity is taken place and for entertainment and
competitive purposes.
1.1.3 To service as public relations ambassadors for Washing and Lee
University.

2. Organization

2.1 W&L Cheerleading shall consist of one squad of 10-20 members. With just cause,
the coaches can make adjustment to the squad size and squad make up.
2.2 In the event that there is no coach, the captains shall serve as the final decisionmakers
for the team, and the term "captains(s)" shall be substituted for
"coach(es)" within this constitution.
2.3 The squad will cheer at all home football and basketball games. If transportation
permits or as scheduled by the coach, the squad will cheer away games within a
two hour radius of Lexington.
2.4 As permitted by the coach the squad will attend the ODAC (or comparable)
competition. All squad members are required to participate in the competition.
Pending the season, the coach may amend the requirements in participating in
the competition.

2.4.1 If the completion falls over Spring Break, squad members will forfeit
that weekend of Spring Break.

2.5 All squad members will attend all practice, games, fundraising events and any
additional events as scheduled by the coaches.

3. Eligibility

3.1 All members of the team must be students in good standing with the university.
3.2 All members of the team must maintain a GPA of 2.0. All team members shall be
on their honor to report to the coaches if their GPA drops below a 2.0, and all
team members shall be willing to submit a copy of their transcripts to their
coach, at the coach's request.
3.3 All members of the team must provide proof of health insurance and be
medically fit in order to participate.
3.4 All members of the team must follow the requirement as set forth in this
Constitution, and all requirements set by the coaches and captains as
supplements to this Constitution. All members shall be subjected to the
punishments or consequences for their actions, as directed by this Constitution
or by the coaches and captains subsequent to this Constitution.

4. Practices

4.1 Attendance at all practices is mandatory.
4.2 Failure to attend a practice without a pre-excused reason will result in automatic
beaching at the next game.
4.3 Practices will be held 2 to 4 times per week from August through April while
classes are in session.
4.4 Team members are required to attend a preseason work week before classes
begin.
4.5 Additional practices may be called, as necessary, in order to satisfactorily
prepare material for games or competitions. These practices may include, but
are not limited to full team practices or individual practices, as necessary.

5. Games

5.1 Attendance at all games is mandatory.
5.2 Failure to attend a game without a pre-excused reason will result in automatic
termination from the team.
5.3 Tardiness will not be tolerated. A strike will be placed on the tardy team
member's record, and further consequences will be determined by the coaches,
including, but not limited to, being benched for a portion of the game, a written
letter of apology to the team, or an additional condition session with the coaches.

6. Competition

6.1 All team members are required to participate in the ODAC (or comparable)
competition in the spring as permitted by the coach.
6.2 All team members are required to attend all competition practices. The same
policies apply to any competition practices as apply to all practices.


7. Rules and Procedures

7.1 There will be a three (3)-strike systems for infractions.

7.1.1 Three (3) strikes will result in dismissal from the team.
7.1.2 One unexcused absence from practices equals a strike.
7.1.3 One unexcused absence from a game equals three strikes and results
in an automatic dismissal from the team.
7.1.4 Missing the bus to an away game equals two strikes.
7.1.5 Missing a pre-game warm-up equals 2 strikes and the team member
will sit out for that game.
7.1.6 Tardiness to a practice, or tardiness to a game that doesn't result in
missing pregame warm-ups, equals 1 strike, and the squad members
may be required to sit out for a portion of the game, to be determined
by the coach.

7.2 A squad member with three strikes may appeal his/her dismissal before the
coaches and captains. The coaches have final discretion in the team member's
termination, and, in the event that they choose not to terminate the team
member, may institute other consequences in lieu of termination, including, but
not limited to, conference with the coaches, a letter of apology to the squad, and
probation.
7.3 Each team member is permitted three (3) excused absences per term from
practices. Excessive absences will not be allowed.
7.4 Scheduled tests and class meeting will not count as part of these three excused
absences. Team members, if provided the opportunity, are asked to schedule
classes and tests so as to avoid interfering with practices and games.
7.5 The following is a list of excused absences:

7.5.1 Serious illness with a note from the infirmary or a personal physician.
7.5.2 A court appearance
7.5.3 Job or graduate school/internship interviews
7.5.4 Death or serious illness in the family
7.5.5 Other exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis at the coaches'
discretion.

7.6 The following is a list of reason that will not be excused. It is not all-inclusive.

7.6.1 Extracurricular or sorority meetings/events
7.6.2 Rush workshops
7.6.3 Studying, group projects, review sessions, study groups
7.6.4 Social Events
7.6.5 The coaches have final say over whether an absence is excused or not.

8. Health and Safety Issues

8.1 All squad members will refrain from consuming any alcoholic substances, illegal
drugs, or any other inappropriate substances for the full 24 hours prior to any
game, practices, fundraising events, competitions or any additional events. The
24 hour period shall commence 24 hours prior to the initial meeting time for the
event.

8.1.1 Failure to follow this will result in the squad member being dismissed
from participating in the event. The squad member must remain at
the event, sitting on the bench. A strike will be placed in the squad
member's record, and a conference with the coaches will be held to
discuss further measures. Further measures may include, but are not
limited to, a written letter of apology to the team, an extra
conditioning session with the coach, probation from the team until the
individual is deemed fit to resume the activity, or dismissal from the
team.

8.2 All squad members will refrain from consuming any alcoholic substances, illegal
drugs, or any other inappropriate substances for the full week of pre-season.

8.2.1 Failure to follow this will result in the squad member being dismissed
from participating in the season.

8.3 Drug use will not be tolerated and will result in automatic dismissal from the
team.
8.4 Squad members are encouraged to make healthy lifestyle choices in terms of
diet, exercise, and getting the proper amounts of sleep. Failure to do so may
result in a mandatory conference with the coaches to discuss these lifestyle
choices and come up with a plan to make these changes. Further problems may
result in probation or dismissal from the team.
8.5 Squad members are mandated to complete the summer fitness program. The
program will be 3 days a week 30-45 minutes a day. Each squad member will
complete their summer fitness plan journal and submit to their coach at the start
of pre-season.

8.5.1 Failure to follow this will result in the squad member being dismissed
from participating in the season.

8.6 Any members of the team who suffer from an eating disorder or other physical
or mental illness will be required to seek help in order to remain a member of
the team. If a squad member's health, safety and well-being are in jeopardy,
He/she may be put on probation by the coach until he/she is deemed fit enough
to resume activity.


9. Voting and Election of Captains

9.1 All major issues to be voted on will be done via email to the coach.
9.2 All minor issue to be voted on will be voted on at practice by a heads-down,
hands-up count, conducted by the coach.
9.3 Captains for the following year will be elected at the end of the season (in the
spring).

9.3.1 Selection of the captains will be done in the following manner: squad
members who wish to hold the position must be nominated by
another squad member. Following nominations, each member will
vote for two nominees. The two nominees with the greatest number
of votes will be selected as captains. In the event of a tie, the coaches
will be the tie breaker. The coaches retain ultimate authority in
choosing the captains, and with just cause my exercise this discretion
in the selection of captains.

10. Tryouts

10.1 Tryouts will be held over the summer through the W&L Cheerleading
YouTube site.
10.2 Returning cheerleaders will be required to tryout.
10.3 The captains will not be required to tryout again.
10.4 The coaches, with the help of the captains, will decide who makes the team.

11. Summer Conditioning

11.1 All squad members will be given a summer fitness program to help them stay
in shape over the summer. All squad members are expected to keep up with this
program through their fitness journals.
11.2 It is the individual's responsibility to contact the coach if he or she cannot
complete the workout plan. This is the only way the individual may be excused
from the set workout program, and the coaches will work with the individual to
create an alternative plan.
11.3 Proper completion of the workout plan is essential for members on the team.
Failure to maintain a certain level of athletic ability may prevent the individual
from being on the team.
11.4 The captains must also complete the summer workout plans, even though
they are waived from trying out.
11.5 Failure to maintain a proper level of athletic ability may also prevent the
individual from being awarded certain opportunities on the squad, including
placement in stunts and in cheer formations.

12. Uniforms

12.1 All uniforms are owned by the team. Each member will be issued a uniform
at the beginning of the season and must return it in good condition or he or she
will be responsible for replacing it at his or her own expense.
12.2 No alternation will be made to the uniform without the approval of the coach.
12.3 All cheerleaders must pay for their own shoes, bodysuits, warm ups,
bloomers and bows. The coach will provide a cost list with due dates after
tryouts.
12.4 Your uniform represents the university. Skirts and shells must be kept a
length designated by the coach.

13. Coaching Staff

13.1 The coach is the director of the program and has final say over all decisions.
13.1.1 In the event that there is no coach, the captains will run the team
using the constitution to enforce all rules.

13.1.2 When the coach is not present at a practice or game, the captains will
run the event, and have the same authority during that even as the
coach would have. The coaches have the authority to retroactively
enforce punishments incurred as a result of behavior at the event.

14. Monetary Requirements

14.1 All team members must pay an annual fee of $50.00 due at pre-season.
Annual dues will help defray the cost of traveling, funding for uniforms, camps
and other expenses incurred
14.2 All team members must pay for required items on the W&L required clothing
list. The items will include shoes, bodysuits, bloomers, warm-ups and bows.
Items on the list under not required are the only optional items. The amount will
be determined by the coaches and will have a due date.
14.3 All squad members are expected to contribute to the team's fundraising
efforts.

15. Additional Requirement

15.1 Squad members may be required to participate in additional activities
throughout the year, including but not limited to: fundraising events, community
service events, alumni events for the University, and team jobs or
responsibilities.

15.1.1 Failure to participate in these activities, depending on the significance
of the event, will subject with the individual to the three-strike
system.

15.1.1.1 A special number of strikes and other consequences will be
determined by the coaches on an event-by-event basis