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Modified Tryout Information - Winter 19-20

Orchard Park Middle School Modified Tryout Information –Winter 2019-2020
www.ophscheer.com * Twitter/Instagram @ophscheer * BAND: @opmodcheer
Our mission is to promote school spirit for all Orchard Park athletes as well as perform competitively. Please feel free to always contact us with any questions or concerns throughout the tryout process.

COACHING STAFF
Mary Kate McLaughlin, Modified Coachopmodcheercoach@gmail.com
-4th year Modified Coach, year Program Assistant Coach, 2011OPHS Graduate
Jill MankaVarsity Coach opcheercoach@yahoo.com
-11th year Varsity Head Coach at OPHS, 2004 OPHS Graduate
Lauren Bonilla, Junior Varsity Coach opjvcheercoach@gmail.com
-8th year JV Head Coach, 3 year Varsity Assistant Coach, 2004 OPHS Graduate
Jenelle Mueller, Junior Varsity Assistant Coach/Program Assistantopjvcheercoach@gmail.com
-1st year JV Coach, 2nd year program assistant, 2014 OPHS Graduate

BEFORE MAKING THE DECISION TO TRYOUTPLEASE READAND UNDERSTAND THE INFORMATION BELOW:

1. You will be present at ALL practices, games, and competitions.Calendars have been posted well in advance. All practice and games are MANDATORY. Exceptions will not be made for work, vacations or other commitments. Per State Regulation, all athletes must attend a MININUM of SIX practices in order to be eligible to participate in the first game/activity. Any athlete who does not meet this requirement will be benched for games until it has been met.

Your team schedule can be viewed on our websitewww.ophscheer.com.

TENTATIVE Practice Days and Times:

MON
TUES
WED
THURS
FRI
SAT
SUN
Modified


4:45-7

5:45-8

Tentative
11-1pm 
Tumbling

MANDATORY DATES: Choreography: 12/5 5:45-8:30pm, 12/6 4-7pm, 12/7 11-2pm
Competition Dates: 1/12 Quaker Cheer Challenge
          1/26 Fredonia
          2/1 ECIC’s
          2/15 JFK

2. You acknowledge the cost associated with a competitive cheerleading program. Below you will find a
breakdown of anticipated start-up expenses.  Please be prepared to pay the applicable amount the first day of practice if you make the team. Expect to PAY IN FULL BY THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21ST. OPHS provides a vest, skirt, warm up jacket, warm up pants. These items are returned to the school at the end of each season. Each girl is responsible for purchasing the following items.


Mandatory for ALL CHEERLEADERS:
*Practice/camp wear package (t-shirt, shorts, sweatshirt): $45
Competition bow

ONLY IF NEEDED
Items from previous OP cheer seasons can be carried over if they are in good condition; all items are purchased through Varsity Spirit Fashions Team Shop. The link to the online shop will be sent out after rosters are set. Items include:
Black Motion-flex bodysuit 
Black Spandex
Personalized team backpack
Poms
White practice/game bow
Sneakers
Cotton practice shorts

3. You will participate in all fundraising activities. We will be holding a series of fundraising events 
throughout the season to help with team costs. 
-Quaker Cheer Challenge – January 12, 2020
4. You will abide by the OPHS Code of Conduct and the OPHS Co-Curricular Policy. Please visit

TRYOUTS – EGGERT ELEMENTARY 
MONDAY NOVEMBER 18TH 4-7pm
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 20TH 5pm (Athletes may leave after they tryout)

TEAM SELECTIONS:
ALL 7th and 8th graders are expected to tryout for Modified unless otherwise asked by the JV or Varsity coach. Athletes will be placed at their appropriate skill level and the needs of the program will take priority.  Athletes who make the team will be posted on ophscheer.com.  If you make the team, there will be a parent meeting on NOVEMBER 21ST AT EGGERT. We will go over all expectations for the season at this meeting.

REQUIREMENTS:
Athletes will be selected based on the needs of each team. Potential cheerleaders should be able to display a variety of skills such as multiple jump combinations, stunt/building technique, tumbling, as well as basic cheer and dance ability. You will also be judged on attitude, expression, voice, genuine spirit, and potential. 
**VETERAN cheerleaders will be held accountable for improvement andoff-season goals**
*The OPCSD now does an online athletic registration process through PowerSchool and located on our Parent Portal.  This is a secure registration platform that is an easy, user-friendly way to register for athletics. The online registration process MUST BE COMPLETED BY a PARENT/GUARDIAN and should be viewed and discussed with the student-athlete.  Please complete the registration with the student-athlete present.  Parents/Guardians are responsible for completing forms and ensuring that all medical information concerning your child's health, medical concerns, injuries, medications and allergies are reported to the School Nurse. Please note: Families with multiple students must complete an online registration form for each of their students.
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