2020 Cheer Youth Academy Program
This year’s cheer program will be slightly modified due to the current pandemic that the world faces. We are excited to offer this adjusted program that we are confident will keep us all safe as possible. This program will focus on providing cheer fundamentals, instructions and progressive development. The youth sports academy for the cheer program will be a skills development program for children ages four thru twelve.
The participants will be organized by dual-age divisions at each community park and grouped into teams with a 1:9 coach-to-player ratio. Each practice session focuses on trainable, sport-specific skills which can be facilitated in accordance with two key recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: social distancing between participants and minimized contact with common surfaces. A cheer curriculum has been developed with no child touching during the practice training sessions. Spectators will be prohibited from the programming areas.
To discourage person-to-person contact, registration for the Academy program will only be conducted online. Additionally, parents must declare t-shirt sizes for their children (no in-person fitting), and a contactless distribution of packages will be facilitated a week prior to the commencement of the program at each participating park. In order to receive the equipment package, parents must complete and submit the Clayton County Athletics COVID-19 Participation Waiver. A virtual preseason parent orientation will be conducted to introduce the Academy, along with a fact sheet addressing frequently asked questions.
- The program will accommodate kids ages 3 thru 12 for the Cheer Academy.
- The Age Control Date for participants is August 1st.
- The registration fee for the Youth Sports Academy is $50 per child.
- No financial aid will be awarded for this program.
- Out-of-County residents pay an addition $25.
- Registration will be conducted online from August 12th until August 22nd.
In order to manage cohorts and contact tracing, spaces will be limited and participants may only register for one program.
Each participant in the on-site academy will receive the following as part of the registration package: Cheer package will consist of Sling bag, County-branded t-shirt, water bottle, set of poms.
The Academy is scheduled to run from September 7th thru October 31st, with the skills competition taking place on Saturday, November 7th. The Academy may be suspended at any time if the pandemic conditions worsen. In this event, participants may receive a prorated refund.
The Cheer Academy program will be structured as follows:
|Ages||Program Type||Program Duration||Session Duration||Cost|
|3-4||Mini Virtual Only||8 weeks/1 sessions per week/Recognition award ceremony||30 min. per session||$10.00|
|5-6||Youth Virtual Only||8 weeks/1 sessions per week/Recognition award ceremony||30 min. per session||$15.00|
|7-12||Junior Virtual Only||8 weeks/16 sessions/Recognition Award Ceremony||1 hour per session||$25.00|
|7-12||Junior Academy||8 weeks/16 sessions /Cheer packet/Showcase Ceremony||1 hour per session||$50.00|
The virtual session will be offered to only registered participants, password protected to ensure security of participants and unauthorized access. At the end of the virtual sessions, a virtual award ceremony will be provided. It will consist of a showcase of each participants exhibiting what they learned, event will be live streamed on all social media outlets including spectators.
Junior Academy Sessions:
The junior academy practice sessions will be held at each designated park location for each squad according to their times and squads separated practice zones.
- The onsite practice session will be conducted in groups of 10 allowing for social distancing requirements to be meet.
- Kids will be formed into groups for the duration of the practice session, with each “team” having a designated area for instructional and to keep their bags and equipment.
- To minimize contact with common surfaces, each child will have her poms
- High-fives, handshakes, hugs, and other forms of celebration involving contact will be discouraged, but the girls will creating signs for promoting spirit and togetherness that will be incorporated into the practice.
Volunteers who want to serve as coaches for the Academy have to meet the following requirements:
- Attend a virtual clinic which covers the sport-specific curriculum
- Volunteers must meet the criminal history screening requirements established by the Department.
- Volunteers will be required to wear PPE (protective personal equipment) which will be supplied.
Demonstration videos emphasizing sport skills techniques and coaching points will be produced and available on our website.
Cheer Academy logistics will be followed and adhered to:
When participants arrive at the venue, parents will see signage reminding them that families are not permitted to enter the complex if any of the following conditions apply:
- They have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last week.
- They exhibit symptoms of COVID-19
- They have had contact with a person that has or is suspected to have COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
- Parents are asked to stay in their car during drop-off, and remain in the parking lot during program activities.
- Staff members and volunteers will greet and lead the children through our contact-free check-in process.
- Social distancing measures will be maintained to ensure a contact-free check-in process.
- Ground markings and signage will be used to guide participants throughout the process.
- Kids will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival at camp by one of our trained staff members.
- The screening will include a temperature check using a non-contact forehead thermometer. If a child’s temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher, he/she will not able to participate in the academy.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided to each participant upon arrival. The staff should be advised of any known allergies.
- We will have proper PPE for all staff and volunteers on site. PPE is not mandatory for participants
- If a child gets sick during the academy, he or she will be in an isolated area to until a parent picks him/her up.
- Signs will be posted throughout the complex reminding participants of proper hygiene procedures, and participants will take regular breaks to use hand sanitizer.
- During bathroom breaks, we will implement a “one in – one out” policy.
- Participants will drink from their own water bottles during breaks, while following social distancing procedures.
- Restrooms and common areas will be cleaned and sanitized daily for the safety of program participants, volunteers, and our staff.
- If possible, the participant should leave the venue with the same person who brought them to the academy.
- Parents should stay in their cars; the children will be led to them for departure.
Volunteers, Participant Illness & Notification
- If a volunteer or child exhibits symptoms of a potential COVID-19 infection while participating in the academy, we will contact the parent immediately.
- If necessary, we will provide a mask for any potentially infectious participant who does not have his or her own mask.
- We will sanitize and disinfect any surfaces and objects touched by the child believed to have a coronavirus infection prior to allowing other academy participants in the programming area.
- If we receive notice from a volunteer or parent of a confirmed or presumptive case of COVID-19 amongst our academy participants, we will directly contact families of children in the cohort who were in immediate contact with the infected child.
At the conclusion of the eight-week sessions, the children will compete in an age-based skills competition, park versus park, at a neutral site which allows for social distancing.
Spectators will not be permitted inside the competition venue but virtual attendance will be provided. The athletes will be evaluated according to the skills they were taught over the course the Academy. The children will have an opportunity to win medals based on their performance, and the athletics parks may win trophies based on the overall performance of their respective participants.