*At this time Mansfield Youth Cheer will extend the opportunity to begin cheerleading as early as 1st grade (age 6). Mascot opportunities may also available
Welcome to Mansfield Youth Cheer!
We are excited about the new opportunities American Youth Cheer (AYC) along with the Bay State Conference will bring to our program. We are here to answer any questions you may have about the change and upcoming season. Below you’ll find information related to Divisions and Team Placement, Save the Dates for football games, exhibitions and competitions, cheer apparel and the 2018 Cheer Committee.
Please direct all cheer related questions and inquiries to MansfieldYouthCheer@gmail.com.
2018 Cheer Committee
Cheer Director: Cathy-Jo (CJ) Reed
Competition Manager: Dianne Kyriakidis
Apparel Manager: Caroline Connaughton
Uniform Manager (8u & 10u): Tara Volpe
Paperwork Coordinator: Louise Honor
Cheer Teams & Divisional Breakdown
AYC divisions are aged based. Placement of participants on a cheer roster is based on their age as of July 31 of the current year. Teams may be categorized as small v. large based on the number of cheerleaders per squad, as well as, either White, Red or Blue level depending on skill ability.
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 – for informational purposes only we have also included grades. Our “Spirit” program is also a great opportunity for those that may want to cheer at games without the commitment for competition. Please contact us for more information.
We need you
Mansfield Youth Cheer is all volunteer organization. We always need volunteers and there are many different ways you can contribute to make a difference – coaching, fundraising or as a team parent. If everyone does a little it goes a long way!
Please let us know where you can volunteer.
Apparel, Accessories & Equipment
Cheerleaders are required to wear athletic clothing (e.g. shorts, t-shirt, non-competition 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. Any cheerleader with jewelry will not be allowed to practice or participate in games or competitions.
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:
Any items owned by Mansfield 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 Mansfield 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. Additional information will be shared via email.
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 Mansfield Youth Football & Cheer functions will not be tolerated. These activities will result in removal from the Mansfield Youth Cheer program without refund.
Please remember that each cheerleader is representing Mansfield Youth Cheer and the Town of Mansfield. Cheerleaders and parents should always conduct themselves in a proper manner and display good sportsmanship to the organization, team members, coaches and opposing teams.
For All Cheer questions, please email MansfieldYouthCheer@gmail.com
Summer practice will begin on August 1st and is typically held Monday - Thursday from 6-8 PM (coaches will confirm the final start time/schedule). We will be using the ramp up schedule below:
Week 1 8/1-8/2 (Wed/Thurs)
Week 2 8/7-8/9 (Tues/Wed/Thurs)
Week 3 8/14-8/16 (Tues/Wed/Thurs)
Week 4 8/20-8/23 (Mon-Thurs)
Week 5 8/27-8/30 (Mon-Thurs)
After Labor Day, competition squads (14u & 12u) will continue to practice 3 days a week through the competition season. Exhibition squads (10u & 8u) will continue to practice 1 day a week through mid to late October following completion of the exhibition season.
Practice times and locations will depend on the availability of gym space. If weather permits, practice may continue outside. The Head Coach of each squad will determine practice days and times.
Competition practices are mandatory. You’ll learn more about the competition team guidelines and expectations when we kick-off the 2018 season the week of July 30.
Parents and guardians, please be sure there is a coach visibly present before dropping your cheerleader off at practice. Please be prompt when picking your child up from practice. Cheerleaders will not be released until an adult is present. Coaches should be aware if someone other than a parent or guardian is picking up the cheerleader. Please let the coaches know in advance if a cheerleader is going to miss a practice.
Save the Dates
Cheer Competitions & Exhibitions