CHEER UPDATE FOR 2018
Greetings MAA Families! After a lot of thought and careful consideration, I have decided to step down as the MAA Cheer Director. This was an extremely difficult decision as I have truly loved every second of this crazy and most amazing experience. I look forward to staying involved with the organization as a coach, and in my most important role, cheer mom to Addison! I am also accepting a job as the VHSL Cheerleading commissioner for our region, so the fall remains busy for me!
I am excited to announce that the new director will be Courtney King. Courtney is a mom to 4 beautiful kids, and her two girls will be on our flag team again this year. She is excited about being the director, and I know everyone will welcome her and help her in this transition.
I am incredibly proud of the program we have all built together and feel certain that Courtney will continue to build on the legacy and the traditions that we have worked so hard to create.
Courtney will be updating the www.maasports.net page shortly with information about registration for the 2018 cheer season!
*** UPDATED FOR 2017***
Midlothian Athletic Association
Cheerleading registrations will be conducted only through the MAA Website.
The registration period will open on MAY 1st and end on MAY 31st. When a team reaches capacity, registration will be closed for that team. Space tends to fill quickly, so register early.
You can register online at http://www.maasports.net/. In addition, you will need to complete the following forms, print them out and mail them to me with a copy of your child’s birth certificate (only if this is your first year). You may also turn in completed forms at walk up registration night or the fitting night.
• MAA 2016 Registration Form
• 2016 CCL Medical Waiver
• Parent Code of Conduct/Athlete Code of Conduct
These forms can be found under the Documents link on the website. Please mail or drop off all the following forms to:
930 Roll Drive
Midlothian, VA 23114
Eligibility: Registration is open to all athletes, and is not limited to the Watkins Elementary School attendance boundaries. We offer cheerleading for football season only.
Age requirements for football cheering: 5-14 years old with age being determined as of 9/30 of current year for minor, junior and senior cheerleaders who are not aging out. Age for seniors cheering during their last year of eligibility will be determined as of 12/31 of current year.
**Please mark your calendars with the following VERY important dates**
- June 8th: Fitting night. Held in the JB Watkins Cafeteria, this is a chance to try on and purchase used uniforms, be fitted for a new uniform, and be sized for all items needed for the year (tshirt, shorts, briefs, liner, warmups). It is mandatory that all athletes stop by the fitting at some point from 6:00-7:30.
- Saturday, August 5th: Mandatory stunt clinic at Fame All-Star Cheer Gym
Minors, Juniors, Seniors: 10-2
- Tuesday, August 8th and Thursday, August 10th: Competition choreography 5:30pm-8:00pm
Registration is $175 and includes practice wear, team bow, pink bow for October, competition fees, stunting camp, and more. Uniforms cost is additional and based on individual need.
Uniforms are purchased through Varsity Brands at an additional cost outside of registration. You may swap a uniform you have that no longer fits at no additional cost, or purchase a used uniform at a reduced cost, while supplies last. If you wish or need to purchase a NEW uniform, you will need to be fitted by the uniform rep at our fitting night. Warm ups are provided to each athlete with a $60 deposit that will be refunded upon return of the warm ups in the proper condition at the end of the season. All athletes will be fitted for these this night as well. A long sleeve liner and briefs will be available to try on and order at the fitting night. Socks and shoes are to be purchased independently through one of several vendors provided at registration.
Coaches: Coaches are selected by the Cheerleading Director. All coaches undergo background checks and safety training prior to starting the season.
Season: Pre-season practice for all squads begins in late July learning cheers and stunting technique. The season (sideline and competition) extends through the end of October. All squads will cheer on the sidelines of their respective team’s football game and perform at halftime. Athletes will have the opportunity to compete in several cheer competitions in addition to cheering at football games and performing at halftime. It is optional to participate in competition and athletes must commit to mandatory practice attendances. Athletes may choose to opt out of competition. All information will be presented at the parent meeting at the beginning of the season.
Practice: Each squad will have practice time around the track behind Midlothian Middle School from 6-8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of September. Flag typically ends around 7:30. Starting in October we move indoors to the Midlothian Middle School gym. Additional practice times may be required for competition squads.
Fundraising: Cheerleaders may be asked to participate in fundraising events to support costs for gym time and competition fees.
Post Season Play: Both conference winners and the six (6) teams with the next best records enter the playoffs in each division, Northern and Southern. The playoffs are single elimination and culminate with the “Superbowl” on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. There is no post season play in the Flag league. Cheerleading squads normally continue cheering as long as their associated team continues in the playoffs.
Pictures: Team and individual pictures will be taken about mid-season and may be purchased for an additional charge.
Games: Games begin the weekend after Labor Day (the Saturday after school begins). Games are played on Saturday mornings or afternoons. The Chesterfield Quarterback League sets the schedule and MAA has no control over when it is published, or any changes due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Occasionally, a Wednesday night game will be played, usually as a weather make up. On Saturday mornings, Flag begin at 9:00 AM followed by Minors at 10:00 AM, Juniors at 11:00 AM and Seniors at 12:00 noon. However, the actual starting times depend on the ending time of the previous game. For Saturday evening games, Flag plays at 5:00 PM followed by Minors, Juniors and Seniors in order.
All questions regarding the Midlothian Athletic Association cheerleading program should be directed to:
Joi Delaney, Cheerleading Director:
firstname.lastname@example.org or (804)539-3494