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Cheerleading squads sponsored by SCAA are affiliated the Chesterfield Cheerleading League (CCL). SCAA conducts registration, selects coaches, forms teams and provides uniforms. Games schedules are distributed by Chesterfield Quarterback League (CQL). SCAA is represented at the league level by our Cheerleading Director.

We are an open boundary association for Cheerleading, so any child can cheer at Swift Creek. It is not limited to Swift Creek Elementary School attendance boundaries.  Registration is open to all athletes - male and female.

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.

Uniform Fees: Uniforms are purchased through SCAA at cost. Jackets and warm ups are optional and can also be purchased. White cheer shoes are required.

Squad Selection:
Squads are set up according to age. There may be additional competition squads formed based on skill and age.

Coaches are selected by the Cheerleading Director. All coaches undergo background checks and safety training prior to starting the season.

Games: Games begin the weekend after Labor Day. Most games are played on Saturday morning. Occasionally, Saturday evening games are played against opponents with lighted fields, e.g. Clover Hill, Crenshaw, etc. In addition, one Wednesday night game is typically played. 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. Please note: the Swift Creek Athletic Association does not set up the game schedules.

Competition: In addition to sideline cheer, we may offer the opportunity to compete in several cheer competitions depending on interests and available coaching staff, including State level events that offer bids to US National Finals. It is optional to participate in competition and athletes must commit to compete no later than September 1st. Competition fees and practice time are additional. The director will present all competition details at the initial practice.

Practice: Each squad is allotted weekly practice time at SCMS between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and dusk through the end of September. Starting in October we move indoors to Swift Creek Elementary School. Additional practice times are required for competition squads.

All cheerleaders will 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.

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