Notices for August 25, 2015

Dear WHC families,

Thanks for your patience while I was on vacation last week! Weather was great, and it was a lovely break.

We have lots of important information for you today! Please read carefully as some of these changes may affect you.  The coaches have just completed our annual “Coaches Retreat” in which we do most of the planning for the year.  The retreat allows us to get together, make suggestions on how to best set up our teams, athletes, and practices for the most success possible. However, this does sometimes result in changes that may affect some athletes more than others. This email contains important information regarding some changes coming to WHC for the 2015-2016 season.

Combining Brilliance (Small Youth Level 1) & Courage (Large Youth Level 1):  As we near the end of summer practices and choreography work is under way, this is the time that we begin to restructure the teams in an aim to set both the athletes and teams up for a successful year ahead. After reviewing the numbers of athletes on Brilliance and Courage, we have decided it makes the most sense to combine them into a single large youth team (named “Brilliance”), instead of two teams (one large and one small). This is something we’ve done several times in the past – once the summer settles down and we have a better idea of athlete numbers/ratios.  We did this last season with two senior teams and have also done this in a previous season with two junior teams.

As a result of combining these two teams, some Brilliance and Courage athletes have been asked to move to Unity, our Large Junior Level 1 team. Unity was quite small (for a large team – they were barely over the minimum for a large team of 21 athletes) – making it a possibility that they could compete against our other Junior Level 1 team (Passion), which is small (fewer than 21 athletes). To avoid that, we are adding a handful of children to Unity to ensure it will remain a “large” team.

What does this mean for the ‘new’ Brilliance team?  For the next two weeks, current Brilliance athletes are invited to attend the Courage practices (Thursday at 6 pm).  Current Brilliance athletes will still have their regular practice next Monday, August 31, but that will be the last one.

The adjusted schedule resulting in this combination of youth teams is posted at the end of this email. We were able to adjust some teams’ times (hopefully favourably) and extend the length of some practices as a result of this change.

Choreography Dates: As mentioned earlier this season, WHC holds specific choreography sessions for our teams, in which the routines are taught to the athletes. Note that we have scheduled TWO sessions per team this year. The dates are between the end of September and the end of October. Here are the dates. Please note that these are in addition to your regularly scheduled practices, and it is VERY important to come to the choreography sessions. These are mandatory.

These dates have been added to our website, www.westhalifaxcheer.com as well for future reference.

Saturday, September 26, 2015:

·         Prodigy: 12 pm – 2 pm

·         Passion: 2 pm – 5 pm

·         Precision: 5:30 – 9:30

 

Sunday, September 27, 2015:

·         Ambition: 9:30 am –  1:30 pm

·         Prodigy: 4 pm – 6:30 pm (this overlaps their regular practice)

·         Charisma: 6 pm  – 9:30 pm

 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

·         Unity: 12 pm – 3 pm

·         Charm: 3 pm – 6 pm

·         Love: 6 pm  – 9:30 pm

Sunday, October 4, 2015:

·         Adore: 10 am – 1:30 pm

·         Precision: 5 pm – 8 pm

 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

·         Brilliance – 12 pm – 3 pm

·         Love: 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Sunday, October 18, 2015:

·         Passion: 10 am – 1:30 pm

·         Devotion: 5 pm – 8 pm

 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

·         Charm – 12 pm – 3 pm

·         Brilliance – 3 pm – 6 pm

·         Ambition – 6 pm – 9:30 pm

Sunday, October 25, 2015:

·         Unity: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

·         Adore: 5 pm – 8 pm

Saturday, October 31, 2015

·         Charisma: 12 pm – 3:30 pm**

 ** Note that this time may be adjusted between now and October 31, but this is what we have tentatively scheduled for Charisma. 

Sunday, November 1, 2015:

·         Devotion: 5 pm – 8 pm

Modified Fall Schedule

 

Due to combining Brilliance & Courage to one large team, the schedule for the fall (starts the Tuesday after Labour Day) is modified slightly. Here is the new schedule. The biggest change is we moved Precision earlier on Tuesdays.

These changes have been added to our website, www.westhalifaxcheer.com as well as our calendar for future reference.

 

Mondays (September – May):

Brilliance: 6:00 pm – 7 pm

Adore: 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Charisma: 7 – 8:15 pm

Unity: 7:15 – 8:15

Love: 8:15 pm – 9:45 pm

Precision: 8:15 pm – 9:30 pm

Tuesdays (September – May):

Precision: 6 – 7:15 pm

Brilliance: 6 pm – 7:15 pm

Ambition: 7:15 – 8:30 pm

Charm: 7:15 – 8:45 pm

Wednesdays (September – May):  

Prodigy: 6 pm – 7 pm

Devotion: 6 pm – 7 pm

Adore: 7-8:15

Passion: 7-8:15

Ambition: 8:15 pm – 9:30 pm

Charm: 8:15 – 9:15

Thursdays (September – May):

Passion: 6 pm – 7 pm

Charisma: 7-8:15

Unity: 6:45 –  8 pm

Love: 8:15 – 9:30

Devotion: 8 – 9:30 pm

Sundays (September – May):

Wonder: 2 pm –2:45 pm

Innovation: 3 pm – 4 pm

Prodigy: 4 pm – 5pm

Thanks everyone,

Erica