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Welcome to GYFA Cheerleading
 

 

 

We are so excited for our 2023 season!

Glastonbury Guardians Cheer is a proud member of the Shoreline Youth Football and Cheer Conference and American Youth Football.

Glastonbury Youth Football Association Cheerleading is a fun recreational cheer program that offers participants from 2nd to 8th grade a chance to root for our fantastic Glastonbury youth football teams.  Football games are typically held on Sundays - four kickoff times are possible, with the first game starting at 9 a.m. Being flexible is a requirement, sometimes things change and we ask for your understanding.

GYFA Cheerleading is based on grade and overall participation numbers. There are NO TRYOUTS (including for competition cheer). Participation at every level is encouraged!  

All of our cheerleaders will cheer at football games based on their age/grade. Each Sunday (about 8 games per season), home or away, GYFA Cheerleaders help increase the level of excitement for Glastonbury football Fans. Our cheerleaders lead the crowds in chants, dances, and touchdown celebrations!  The fun continues as our squads follow GYFA teams to the end of the playoffs. This means up to 3 additional games.

  • Attendance at pre-season practice is very important in order for all the participants to master their cheers and routines.  Therefore, it is expected that you will not miss these practices.

  • Camp/Conditioning week for ALL CHEER Participants (sideline & competition) will begin Monday, August 14, 2023.

  • Camp will be Monday-Friday 5:30-7:30 pm outside at Gideon Welles. This will be a time for ALL cheerleaders to bond, show their spirit and get prepared for the new season ahead. Practice during the school season will be Tuesday and Thursday nights with additional nights or added time for our competitive cheerleaders. 

Fitting is scheduled for Thursday, June 8th at the High School field house.  

Sideline Cheer

  • ‚ÄčOpen to grades 2 through 8.

  • Cheerleaders will cheer at tackle football games on Sunday through playoffs in early November.

  • Some travel to away games possible.

  • All practices and games are mandatory.

  • Practice scheduling is currently being worked for the following days Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Cost is $250.

 

Competition Cheer 

  • Open to grades 2 through 8.

  • Cheerleaders are required to cheer at tackle football games on Sunday through playoffs in early November.

  • Some travel to away games possible.

  • All practices and games are mandatory.

  • Practice scheduling is currently being worked for the following days Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Competitive teams may require and extra night of practice or later practices to prepare the team for competitions.  It should be understood that missing more than 3 practices will remove a participant from the competitive routine.

  • The Competition team will compete at our Local & State Competitions in October/November (we are a part of the Shoreline Conference). If a team qualifies, they will also compete at the New England Regional Competition in November (can be either in CT, RI, MA or NH). If they place 1st, 2nd or 3rd at Regionals, they will advance to the AYC National Championship in Florida in December.

  • Competition cheerleaders will participate in fundraisers throughout the season to raise money for travel to Florida. 

  • Cost is $300.

 

Additional Info:

  • Practices during the summer will be held at Gideon Welles Middle School on the grass fields.

  • After school starts, practices will be held indoors at one of the Glastonbury Schools.

  • Sideline and Competition cheerleaders will be required to attend up to 3 practices a week, at the coaches discretion.

 

Important Dates:

Shoreline Local Competition – Sat 10/21/23 @ North Haven High School (Times TBD)

CT State Competition –  TBD

New England Regional Competition – TBD

National Competition – TBD (Florida)

 

Additional Costs:

  • The Sideline and Competition cheerleaders will need to purchase a sneaker package in June/early July that consists of white cheer sneakers & boyshorts.  

  • The cost for the sneaker package is approximately $90.

  • Fitting is scheduled for Thursday, June 8th at the High School field house.  We will fit all of the girls and then place the complete order through the league.

  • Competition tickets will be need to be purchased by cheerleaders families.

  • Competition cheerleaders/families will be responsible for all costs related to travel & lodging for Regionals & Nationals. A parent will be required to travel to Florida with their cheerleader.  If a team qualifies for Florida, fundraisers will be offered to offset costs.

  • Average cost for parent & child to go to Nationals is approximately $1200.

  • Uniforms are loaned by the league to all cheerleaders and must be returned in their prior condition.

  • Warm-ups and other Guardian Cheer apparel will be offered for purchase.

 

 

 

* Refund Policy- 100% refund as long as you withdraw by July 12th in writing to the CHEER DIRECTOR. 

Please contact our Directors of Cheer: Rachel Jameson at gyfacheer@gmail.com