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We are excited for the 2024 season with American Youth Cheer (AYC) and the Eastern MA (EMASS) Conference. Below you’ll find information related to Spring Cheer, Fall Registration, Divisions and Team Placement, Practice Schedules, and Save the Dates.

Please direct all cheer related questions and inquiries to Steph Krol at stephaniekrolwyfc@gmail.com.

Spring Cheer 

WYFC Spring Cheer Clinics are for all new & returning Waltham youth cheerleaders, current grades K - 7. This year’s spring clinics will be held in 2 sessions, one during April school vacation week, the second on Monday/Friday nights May 20 - June 21. Both are located at Kennedy Middle School. For more information and to register, please use this form.

MAY/JUNE UPDATES:

  • K-2 cheerleaders are now on FRIDAY nights for the May/June clinics. 
  • There will be no clinic on Monday, May 27
  • There will be no clinic on Monday, June 10

Summer camp with Acrobatic rock and roll

We are excited to share that we have partnered with Acrobatic Rock and Roll to focus one of their summer camp weeks on cheer tumbling. ARRA summer camps are for ages 4-12. Our cheer tumbling week is Week #5, July 15 - 19. The camp day will still include snacks, lunch, and fun activities listed as part of the daily schedule example on ARRA's website.

If you are interested in registering, please do so directly through Acrobatic Rock and Roll. There are also morning half-day sessions available for those who may be interested.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to improve your tumbling skills!

2024 Fall Season Cheer Registration

  • Waltham Youth Cheer registration is open to cheerleaders entering 1st - 8th grade in the 2024-2025 school year.
  • UPDATE: Registration is now open to incoming Kindergarten! We will be forming a K/1st team.
  • Cheer Registration opens on or around March 1, 2024. Registration forms will be available on www.walthamyouthfootballandcheer.com/
  • Cheer Registration deadline is May 31, 2024, payments due by June 15, 2024
  • Fit Night tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 7, 2024
  • Paperwork Night will be on Friday, June 21, 2024
  • Cheer Paperwork deadline is July 31, 2024
  • All Competition teams are committing to travel if the team advances to States, Regionals, Nationals.
  • Non-Advancing teams are committing to local and invitational competitions only.

Register Today!

Divisions & Teams

AYC divisions are age based.  Placement of participants on a cheer roster is based on their age as of July 31 of the current year (7/31/2024). Teams may be categorized as small v. large based on the number of cheerleaders per squad, as well as, level 1, 2, 3 or 4 depending on skill ability. Squads also declare whether they are Competition Non-Advancing or Advancing. Below is a brief description of each declaration. Potential Competing Teams and Non-competing teams offered. 

Final offerings and team placements will depend on registration numbers.

Competition Non-Advancing
 
For our youngest cheerleaders on 8u this provides the opportunity for the team to perform a full two minute and 30 second routine. It provides the opportunity for the team’s routine to be judged enabling coaches to identify areas for enhancement going forward.  Competition non-advancing teams are placed at invitational or local competition events but do not advance to States.  Practices are limited to 2x a week.
Competition Provides the opportunity for the team’s routine to be judged, the squad to be placed and to advance. Competition teams compete at invitational and Local events with the objective of placing first, second or third in order to advance to State, Regional and National Championships.  Competition teams practice up to 3x a week.


Once the registration process has been completed, cheerleaders will be assigned to a squad. Each cheerleader will be notified of their team placement in June.  The divisions below show a broad range of ages per division.

Division Age Range 
(as of 7/31/2024)
Category
14u Ages 11-14 Competition
12u Ages 9-12 Competition
10u Ages 7-10 Competition
8u Ages 5-8 Competition Non-Advancing 
6u Ages 4-6 * Exhibition (Competition TBD)


* Waltham Youth Cheer registration is open to cheerleaders entering K - 8th grade in the 2024-2025 school year.

Practice Schedules

Summer practices 

Summer practices will be the first two weeks of August between 5:00 - 8:00pm. Teams will practice up to 3-4 times per week. Summer practices are important to fill the 10 hours of required conditioning prior to starting regular practices. Coaches will be flexible in working with families around vacation schedules.

Competition practices

Starting the week of August 19, competition squads will continue to practice 2-3 days a week through the competition season. Practice days, times and locations will depend on the availability of gym space at Kennedy Middle School and the Dual Language Elementary School (aka Rec Center). 

Competition practices are mandatory. It is essential that all girls attend practice as this is a team sport and being absent can affect the entire team (stunt groups, etc). Repeated absences or tardiness will potentially result in being pulled from the competition routine.

Teams and Practice Schedules will be released by June 1. 

You’ll learn more about the competition team guidelines and expectations when we kick-off the 2024 season but if you have any questions or concerns prior to registering, please reach out to stephaniekrolwyfc@gmail.com.

Save the Dates! 

Registration, Football Games, & Showcase!

​Spring Cheer - Registration is open and closes April 4, 2024. 
Participants will receive a WYFC Cheer t-shirt.

Fall Season Registration - Registration opens in March 1, 2024
Registration will close May 31 to allow time for uniform sizing and apparel fittings 

Football Games - There will be 8 regular season football games starting the first weekend in September. Cheerleaders are expected to travel for away games.

Football play-offs begin the end of October and wrap-up in mid-November.

Competitions - First competition is usually the end of September and locals are mid-October. Advancing squads run through mid-December with travel.

Fit Night to be held Friday June 6 at the Kennedy Middle School from 6:00-7:30 PM (tentative date)

Paperwork Night to be held Friday June 21 at the Kennedy Middle School from 6:00-7:30 PM

Showcase night - Date TBD

2024 Cheer Competition Dates & Locations​

EMASS Power in Pink Invitational
October 5th or 6th, 2024 (This is a tentative date)

EMASS Local Championship
October 19th, 2024 (This is a tentative date)
Top 3 qualify for States

Massachusetts State Championship
November 2, 2024
Tsongas Arena in Lowell, MA
Top 3 qualify for Regionals

New England Regional Championship
November 16, 2024
Tsongas Arena in Lowell, MA
Top 3 qualify for Nationals

American Youth Cheer (AYC) National Championship
Team Check-in Wednesday, December 4, 2024
2-day Cheer Competition December 6-7, 2024
Top 5 advance from day 1 to Super Saturday
Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida

 

Apparel, Accessories & Equipment

Cheerleaders are required to wear athletic clothing (e.g. shorts, t-shirt, cheer sneakers) to all practices. There should be no denim, zippers or buttons on shorts. Camis or spaghetti strapped tops are not allowed. (These can cause safety issues when stunting). 

No Jewelry is allowed (e.g. earrings or other piercings) with exception to medical id bracelets or necklaces.  

All cheerleaders should have their hair pulled back in a ponytail for every practice. No nail polish is allowed and all nails should be kept short. 

Cheer apparel is a combination of:

  • Items provided by the program as part of registration (e.g. uniform top, skirt, poms, practice t-shirt)
  • Items ordered by the program and paid separately by the cheerleader (e.g. lollies, bow)
  • Items purchased separately by the cheerleader not ordered by the program (e.g. white cheer sneakers, black leggings for cold days, red or black warmup jacket)  

Any items owned by Waltham Youth Cheer are not to be worn outside of league sponsored events.  They can be washed on the gentle cycle in cold water but line dried only. Uniforms will be returned to Waltham Youth Cheer at the end of the season. Uniforms not returned or damaged will be the financial responsibility of the parents or guardians.  

Cheer apparel fitting night(s) will be held in June.  We make every effort to keep mandatory items the same for a number of consecutive years so they may be re-used year after year or passed on to others. If you have any immediate questions relative to estimated costs, please reach out to stephaniekrolwyfc@gmail.com.  Additional information will also be shared via email to all registrants.

Additional expenses to plan for:

  • Cheer apparel not included in registration fees
  • Competition entrance tickets 
  • Possible travel for regional and national competitions
  • If a team qualifies for the national competition in Kissimmee, Florida, there will be fundraising opportunities to support the cost of travel for the cheerleaders and their families. 

Behavior Policy

All Cheerleaders are expected to adhere to the code of conduct.

Fighting, intimidation, bullying, use of illegal substances (including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and vaping by minors) or disrespect for authority by any cheerleader or parent during practices, games or Waltham Youth Football & Cheer functions will not be tolerated. These activities may result in suspension up to removal from the Waltham Youth Football & Cheer program without refund. 

Please remember that each cheerleader is representing Waltham Youth Football & Cheer and the Town of Waltham. Cheerleaders and parents should always conduct themselves in a proper manner and display good sportsmanship to the organization, team members, coaches and opposing teams.

Volunteer Needs and Requirements

Waltham Youth Football & Cheer is an all-volunteer organization.  We always need volunteers and there are many different ways you can contribute to make a difference – fundraising, concessions, game day chains, cheer competitions, coaching, or as a team parent.  If everyone does a little it goes a long way! 

Please let us know where you can volunteer!