Notices for February 2, 2016

Hi WHC Families,

 

Can you believe the first competition of the season is THIS weekend — Feb 6 & 7 @ Halifax Exhibition Centre(HEC)!!  It is very important that all athletes take extra good care of themselves this week… eat well, hydrate and get lots of rest!  If an athlete is missing practices this week, it is the coaches discretion to move his/her role in the routine as they see necessary for safety reasons.

 

Practices are closed this week.  **IMPT: We will always be closing practices the week leading up to competition. The exception is for parents who are helping create the backdrops and decorations for the Cheer Blast competition, but they must remain inside the viewing rooms to create as little disturbance as possible for the athletes/coaches.

Extra Practice: Stay tuned for an extra Motivation practice this week, before Cheer Blast.

 

Cheer Blast Championships Volunteer Schedule:  If you haven’t signed up already and you are available and willing to help out, please do so!  Many hands make light work… especially with moving the floor to and from the competition (Fri. Feb 5 @ 6 pm – loading at Orange Dome & Sun. Feb 7 after competition)  https://westhalifaxcheer.com/cheer-blast-volunteer-schedule/

Cheer Blast Championships: Information and Schedule 

This information was sent out last week, but is also attached to the bottom of this email.  As a reminder, things may come up which result in slight changes to the schedule, so make sure to leave yourself with plenty of time when you arrive at HEC. We will send out a follow-up email if the change is significant.

The cost for admission is $10/day or $18/weekend pass for Adults. Children ages 5-12 are $8/day and $15/weekend pass. Children 4 & under are free. Athletes are to use the Athlete Entrance and all other spectators are to use the main entrance. CASH only (no debit or credit, but there is an ATM in the facility).

Bows: The bows have not yet arrived.  We have full faith that they will be here before competition, and we will let you all know the moment they come in. The company that is making our bows (from Ontario – Spirit Bows) is actually going to be a vendor at our competition!

 

March Break Camp: Registration is now open!! You can register one day or the whole week! It’s not exclusive to WHC so register early to secure your spot! https://westhalifaxcheer.com/march-break-camp/

Learn to Cheer & Tumble: This 8-week recreational program is designed to give new athletes an introduction to both cheer and tumbling basics. Registration is now open for our Winter 2016 program! Please visit the following link to register.  http://profile.eventarc.com/profile/WHC123

Group Tumbling:  The winter group tumbling registration link is also now available.  This is an 8-week class that will be held on Saturday evenings starting Feb. 20.  As a reminder, the tumbling level of the athletes will be determined by the tumbling coach for the athlete’s safety. http://profile.eventarc.com/profile/WHC123

Adore & Charm Sleepover: The Charm/Adore sleepover has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 13th at the Orange Dome! Hopefully this will allow some of you parents to have an early Valentine’s date night.

Fundraiser: Amy Dickson & Kim Dunlop sent out an email today on the many fundraisers going on right now, such as Sunsweep Tickets, Bingo at the Forum, Pita Pit, and more!  Check them out!

Thanks,

Ashley, Erica & Jana

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Competition schedule and reminders from last week: 

Cheer Blast is proudly OUR competition, as our clubs (Scotia Cheer who co-hosts with us) benefit more from this competition than any other. Please tell all your friends and family that if they are to attend any competition this season, THIS is the one to come to! The cost for admission is $10/day or $18/weekend pass for adults. Children ages 5-12 are $8/day and $15/weekend pass. Children 4 & under are free. Athletes are to use the Athlete Entrance and all other spectators are to use the main entrance. CASH only (sorry no debit or credit, but there is an ATM in the facility).

 

Volunteers should check the schedule on our website for your times to make sure everything works for you. For those of you who are working during the event, we have volunteer t-shirts. We also have access bracelets for those who are working during the competition. The truck is scheduled to arrive at our gym on Friday night at 6 pm (exact time to be confirmed) to disassemble the floors and to bring them to Exhibition Centre. We’ve typically been able to do the whole move in about 1.5 -2 hours, so we hope that we can also do it efficiently this year.

 

SCHEDULE (The schedule is the same for both Saturday & Sunday, except for the pre-competitive teams, Innovation and Wonder, and Motivation which are on Sunday only).  This will also be posted on Facebook and on our website. Remember that we are at the mercy of how fast the judges are getting through the teams, so the times are approximate. In years past, we’ve been on time, ahead, and behind in schedule. 

 

Charm

Arrive at Exhibition Park:  8:30 am

Check in with your Team Mom: 9:00 am

Begin warm-up cycle: 9:36 am

COMPETE: 10:06 AM

 

Prodigy

Arrive at Exhibition Park:  9:15 am

Check in with your Team Mom: 9:45 am

Begin warm-up cycle: 10:12 am

COMPETE: 10:42 AM

 

Charisma

Arrive at Exhibition Park:  9:45 am

Check in with your Team Mom: 10:15 am

Begin warm-up cycle: 10:42 am

COMPETE: 11:12 AM

 

Passion

Arrive at Exhibition Park:  10:20 am

Check in with your Team Mom: 10:50 am

Begin warm-up cycle: 11:18 am

COMPETE: 11:48 AM

 

Love

Arrive at Exhibition Park:  11:15 am

Check in with your Team Mom: 11:45 am

Begin warm-up cycle: 12:12 pm

COMPETE: 12:42 AM

 

Devotion

Arrive at Exhibition Park:  11:15 am

Check in with your Team Mom: 11:45 am

Begin warm-up cycle: 12:18 pm

COMPETE: 12:48 AM

 

Adore

Arrive at Exhibition Park:  12:00 pm

Check in with your Team Mom: 12:30 pm

Begin warm-up cycle: 1 pm

COMPETE: 1:30 pm

 

Unity

Arrive at Exhibition Park:  12:30 pm

Check in with your Team Mom: 1:00 pm

Begin warm-up cycle: 1:30 pm

COMPETE: 2:00 pm

 

Precision

Arrive at Exhibition Park:  12:30 pm

Check in with your Team Mom: 1:00 pm

Begin warm-up cycle: 1:36 pm

COMPETE: 2:06 pm

 

Brilliance

Arrive at Exhibition Park:  1:20 pm

Check in with your Team Mom: 1:50 pm

Begin warm-up cycle: 2:18 pm

COMPETE: 2:48 pm

Ambition

Arrive at Exhibition Park:  1:30 pm

Check in with your Team Mom: 2 pm

Begin warm-up cycle: 2:36 pm

COMPETE: 3:06 pm

 

 

Motivation (SUNDAY ONLY)

Arrive at Exhibition Park:  2:00 pm

Check in with your Team Mom: 2:30 pm

Begin warm-up cycle: 3:00 pm

PERFORM: 3:30 pm

 

Wonder (SUNDAY ONLY)

Arrive at Exhibition Park:  2:00 pm

Check in with your Team Mom: 2:30 pm

Begin warm-up cycle: 3:06 pm

PERFORM: 3:33 pm

 

Innovation (SUNDAY ONLY)

Arrive at Exhibition Park:  2:00 pm

Check in with your Team Mom: 2:30 pm

Begin warm-up cycle: 3:18 pm

PERFORM: 3:36 pm

For many of you, this is your first competition. A few things you need to know (please read! Your coaches and team moms will go over this with you and can answer any questions on items we may have missed here):

 

1)      Come to the competition ready. There will be over 70 teams of athletes, plus spectators, parents, coaches, all running around, often frantically. This is also OUR competition that we host, so many of your parents and team moms and coaches (and us) will be busy with the hosting duties. Therefore, you will have to get ready at home, or come early enough to have someone do your hair and makeup (make arrangements for this ahead of time – don’t show up expecting someone to be ready and available at any given time). Do not expect to have time and space in the bathrooms to get ready.   You can wear your hair as you like, but NOT in your face or falling on your shoulders. Your coaches may have more specific hair requirements for your specific team. A rule of thumb is that if your flyer has to move your hair to grab your shoulder, it should be tied up more. Flyers: if you have to touch your hair to move it out of your way, it’s in your way. It MUST be tied up out of your face. You can also wear as much or as little make up as you want; we do not have strict rules around this. Your coaches can tell you how they want the bow to be specifically (ask Jana – this is her thing!), but it should be visible when looking at the athlete face-on.

2)      Come at the times listed below for your team OR EARLIER. As a coach, it is a nightmare to be taking a team out back for warm up and Sally and Mary are nowhere to be found. Competitions are stressful; please do not make it worse by disappearing when your team is warming up!! Pay attention to the time, and also to Facebook throughout the day (if you have a Smart phone). If we can’t find athletes, then we will post in the groups or text you if we have your cell number handy. If you see said missing athlete, send them immediately to warm up area or to wherever we’ve requested on the posting. The team moms will be doing a first check-in for our teams prior to sending them back to Hall D for warm up.

3)      We are not responsible for your children throughout the day. If you are going to drop your child off at Exhibition Centre for the day unsupervised, we cannot be held responsible for him/her. We have too many athletes and need to focus on each team’s performance to do this. We are not responsible for your items either. Parents make great dumping stations, but please, be careful of bringing too many valuables to the facility.

4)      There will be lots of vendors set up selling cheer gear, jewellery, bows, etc. Parents: be aware that these vendors are set up, and your kids will come to you looking for money to buy stuff. Can’t say you weren’t warned.  🙂

5)      Parents: it’s really nice when you all wear similar WHC clothing or colours and sit together! It’s easy to find you and subsequently, your kids. 🙂  We love our orange and black cheering section!

6)      Do not take a lot of valuables to the arena, or parents, expect to be a dumping ground for your kids’ stuff. Not a lot of room to be carrying around phones, cameras, jewelry. Best course of action is to leave it home, or leave it with someone (a parent) in the stands.

7)      No jewelry; no exception. If you wear jewelry, we lose points, this includes things being taped. Please do not ask us or the other coaches if taping this is okay, or this new piercing, can I leave it in, it hurts to take out, no one will see it, etc. Believe us, we’ve heard it all. Your team will lose points for your jewelry. We don’t think the coaches will be willing to have worked 8 months of the year to lose points in a performance for jewelry. The judges deduct for jewelry; no exceptions. This is a Cheer Nova Scotia and USASF rule, not a WHC rule.

8)      No nail polish. In the unfortunate event of an accident, the paramedics need to be able to see your fingernails for circulation. No nail polish.

9)      For the warm up circuit area: no parents are allowed back here. It’s not for very long, but typically we have five minutes to check in, five minutes for a team picture, five minutes to stretch, five to warm up tumbling, and five to run the routine. Then there is a short wait, and then we compete the routine.

10)   For the tumbling warm up and open tumbling on the main arena floor: NO WHC ATHLETE IS TO WARM UP LINES/PASSES NOT BEING COMPETED THAT DAY. We can sadly count MANY times where the adrenaline and excitement of a competition has led an athlete to believe he/she can FINALLY do a back-handspring un-spotted, and ends up spraining a wrist/ankle, etc. This leaves he/her unable to compete and the team and coaches scrambling to find a fill in with 5 minutes before performance. Believe us, this is NO fun for anyone.  If we find any athlete doing a pass or tumbling skill that is NOT being performed on THAT DAY, then a written warning will ensue. Any questions on this, ask your coaches.

11)   Doors to the arena open at 8:30 am. If we are set up to accept spectators before 8:30, we will do so, but NO promises till 8:30 am. Cost to get in is $18 for a two day pass or $10/day. For children ages 5-12, its $8/day or $15/two day pass, and kids 4 and younger are free. Athletes will require bracelets, which will be given out this week leading up to Cheer Blast.

12)   The canteen will be available (hot dogs, fries, chips, other unhealthy stuff), so we suggest you bring healthy snacks. Don’t forget to EAT!! Too many times we hear of kids performing at 3 pm and haven’t eaten anything that day. EAT. You’re putting yourself and your team at risk. Hydrate as well, bring lots of water.

13)   After you compete on Saturday, you may leave, but we strongly encourage you all to stay and cheer on your fellow WHC teams. On Sunday, you are all required to be there for awards WITH YOUR FULL UNIFORM ON.  Team pictures with excited and proud faces after awards look so much better when the athletes are dressed in their uniforms, and not baggy sweatpants and half of a uniform. You can dress comfortably throughout the day, but put your uniform back on for awards.

14)   When you are at the competition in WHC clothes, you not only represent yourself, but you also represent your family, your coaches, and us. DO not talk about other teams in a negative way, do not criticize other teams’ skills, uniforms, etc. People will hear you, and SOMEONE always tells us. We will discuss the competition results at the practice following the awards. The judges are the final say, and we must respect that. In circumstances where allowed, we can contest a ruling, but for the most part, you need to have faith and respect in their judgement. Do not be a sore loser or a boastful winner.

 

15) Don’t forget to bring your sneakers! If you have a locker at the Orange Dome, please take your sneakers with you after your last practice next week!