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General Cheerleading Questions

No.  All cheerleaders must do Sideline Cheer and the Competition Cheer team is chosen from those cheerleaders who demonstrate the skills and commitment necessary for Competition Cheer.

In the Fall, Varsity cheerleaders will cheer every home and away Varsity football game.  If the team makes playoffs, they will cheer these games too as long as the team keeps winning.  JV cheerleaders will generally cheer every home JV football game.

In the Winter, both Varsity & JV cheerleaders will cheer home boys and girls basketball as well as some wrestling matches.  The number of games/matches depends on the schedule and whether or not the teams make playoffs.  The events are divided among the cheerleaders so each cheerleader does not have to cheer every game/match.

Our entire cheer program is self-funded, and our parent-led Booster Club does its best to raise the funds to cover costs associated with Sideline Cheer.  However, depending on our year-to-year budget, costs for clothing & equipment and cheer camp still tend to be $500-700 per cheerleader throughout the May to March season.

For Competition Cheer, which includes the Nationals trip to Florida, parents can expect to spend an additional $750 (for a total of $1,250-1,450) throughout the season.  Of course all costs are subjective and depend on each year’s budget as well as our overall success at fundraising.

Please see the Welcome Packet under Resources/Forms & Documents for more information.

The cheerleading season is technically about 10 months long, although the bulk of the activity is during the Fall & Winter months.  Tryouts generally happen during the last week of April, practice is generally 1-2 times each week from May through January.  Football cheer begins in August and lasts through November.  Basketball & Wrestling cheer happens November through February.  Competition cheer season gets started in November and culminates with Nationals in February.  Our end-of-season Cheer Banquet is generally in early March.

Absolutely.  Competition is an additional team that Sideline Cheerleaders may try out for at their option.

Competition Cheerleading

The number of competitions vary from year-to-year, but you can expect 6-8 competitions.  This includes a number of local competitions, Districts, States, and Nationals in Florida if we qualify.  All competitions are local (within a couple hours) except, of course, Nationals.

Partially.  The assessments for competition families represents the difference between our budgeted program costs and revenues.  The Nationals trip is a large part of our program cost, so in that sense it is certainly a portion of it.  However, there isn’t a one-to-one relationship.  Per-cheerleader Nationals costs are closer to $1,200.  The difference between the real cost and the assessments is covered via competition cheer fundraising.

Yes.  All competition cheerleaders must attend.  It is part of the commitment when you join the competition team(s) and pay the commitment fee.

Nationals in Florida

Of course, but don’t worry – there is a full cafeteria at the hotel and plenty of food options at the event and the parks.  There is also a grocery delivery service called Garden Grocer ( that some parents take advantage of for providing some extra food/snacks for the room.  They will deliver groceries/snacks directly to your cheerleader’s hotel and your cheerleader will pickup the order at the front desk.  It is not inexpensive but it is easy and convenient.  Make sure to order a couple weeks in advance because delivery slots do fill up.

No.  All teams must earn a bid to Nationals by competing in their category at a regional competition.  Regionals are typically held in early December and we usually attend either the Kutztown University or Slippery Rock University event.  We will not know FOR SURE whether we are headed to Nationals until we successfully secure our bid.

No.  This trip is a school-authorized, fully-chaperoned trip.  Parent attendance is most definitely welcomed but not required.

Yes.  If we qualify for the event, all cheerleaders who accept the invitation to join our competition team must participate in the National High School Cheerleading Championships held each February in Orlando, Florida.  The cost of airfare, lodging, and registration for the event are all included as part of your competition assessment which was outlined at the organizational meeting back in April, and officially agreed to with the payment of your Competition Commitment Fee in September.

This is a school-authorized trip for a sporting event and three (3) school days are excused – no action is required by parents.  These days are Thursday, Friday, and Monday, which is the length of the regular trip.

HOWEVER, if you are extending your stay after the event, you must follow the school’s typical protocol for securing an excused absence from school for these additional days.

Honestly, probably not too much.  While you will certainly see them compete at Nationals, the cheerleaders do spend a lot of time at dinners, breakfasts, many practices, hanging out with each other, and of course at the event.  While the practices are open, don’t be surprised if you don’t actually see a lot of your cheerleader, or they’d rather hang with their friends than with you!

No.  All cheerleaders travel down together as a team.  Parents will drop off cheerleaders at the cheer garage the morning of departure, and the coaches take it from there.  The Booster Club will arrange for transportation from the cheer garage to BWI and back again.

Yes.  You can make arrangements with Coach Faith for your cheerleader to be ‘released’ to your care on Monday in Florida.  It would then be your responsibility to secure a return airline ticket for your cheerleader based on whatever your plans are.  An example of where this situation may occur is when a family attends their cheerleader’s competition and then extends the trip into a vacation after the competition.  This is not uncommon for senior families to do, and it is the reason Coach Faith needs the travel form back so she can obtain an accurate count of the number of airline tickets the Club needs to reserve.

Likely, but make advanced reservations at your own risk.  As soon as Coach Faith reserves our seats on the flights down and back, the flight info will be emailed to the parents.  Parents may then make their own arrangements for themselves and their families.  BEWARE: We won’t actually know if we’ve earned a bid to Nationals until after regionals in early December, so if you make non-refundable reservations before that date and we do not qualify, you may lose that money.

Unfortunately, no.  The Booster Club has chartered a bus for transportation of cheerleaders to/from the airport.  Also, by riding together, all cheerleaders remain together which makes it much easier for the coaches to track, organize, and safely chaperone your children.

No. Cheerleaders room together at one of the Disney resort hotels.  It is a team bonding experience and, in addition to competing in the competition, the team spends a lot of time together for the event, practice, meals, parks, and fun!  Parents are encouraged to make the trip to support their cheerleader, but must make their own separate lodging arrangements.  There are plenty of Disney lodging options to fit all budgets and their are also plenty of off-property accommodations as well.   Parents are welcome to attend all practices.  Don’t be disappointed, though – the kids are very busy and may not make a lot of ‘parent time’!

Cheerleaders typically room quad occupancy in one of the Disney All Star resorts.

All cheerleaders will have a team dinner one evening, and all seniors will have a senior dinner another evening – these are covered by the Booster Club.  The UCA package for each cheerleader includes one (1) meal voucher as well.  All other meals and snacks are the responsibility of the cheerleader, so parents should provide some spending money. The amount of money to provide is a personal decision. A cheerleader should NEED no more than $100-150 for meals, but if they want sweatshirts, hoodies, t-shirts, and keepsakes, it can easily be $200-300.  Have this conversation with your cheerleader. Later this season, more information will be shared regarding how you can send groceries right to their room as well.

It is held at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – about a 10-minute ride from the All Star hotels.  It is a custom-built sports complex created to handle all types of sporting competitions and events.  It is a standalone location and is not located in one of the four main Disney parks.  Also, you will need to pay daily admission to enter the complex (cheerleaders are covered with their package).  If you buy park tickets through UCA, admission is included with your tickets.  Also, if you book your stay through Disneyworld and buy park tickets, choosing the Park Hopper, Water Park, & More” option includes admission.  If you don’t have any of these, the daily cost has been $25/pp.

Yes – details are available on the Events page of this website under National High School Cheerleading Championships.

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