What to EXPECT with CEA All Stars
Most of this information will also be in your All Star Packet
Fees Outside of Assessments
Annual Registration$45 & Tryout Fees $85
Rebel Uniforms $515
Bow & Scrunchie $55-$60
Mesh leotard $65-$75
16" Beehive Pony up to $200
Black low-top cheer Shoes up to $120
Practice Wear up to $110 each set
Jersey Cover-up $65
Athletes USASF Fees $50-$60
Family Travel Fees can be costly, Most, if not all of our events are "Stay to Play Events"
Uniform fees are due in September and are $515. We will size your child for the Uniforms on Athletes signing day. Bows are $55-$60. We are requiring the 16" beehive hair pony this season. up to $200. Athletes are responsible for providing **black** no-show socks and **BLACK** cheer shoes. Infinity or Rebel Cheer shoes, NO HIGH TOPS. We will size them during the first week of practice if your child needs them. Mesh leotards will be required for all youth and junior athletes this year. The cost of these will be $65-75. If a returning athlete needs a Mesh leotard.
Athlete Signing Day will be on June 1st, Summer Practice will begin on June 10th
July 21st through 26th will be a choreography camp hosted by Scott Rigoli to learn their routines. This is Mandatory Elite athletes will compete in a 2 1/2-minute routine at 5-6 events throughout the year. We will compete locally and regionally in the 2024-2025 season. All cheer and tumbling practices are mandatory.
Regular Mandatory practices will begin on August 4th
The season runs from May through May. All Star Tuition is based around the number of hours each team puts in each week. Elite Practices are 2-3 per week for 1-3 hours each. Athletes will work on their tumbling within the routine given. If they want to advance, tumble classes are discounted for our athletes ($50 monthly) Regular attendance at both practices is MANDATORY. Extra practices will be scheduled the Saturday before every competition and are also mandatory. We will have the final schedule when competition dates are released. After Thanksgiving, there will be NO MISS practices unless injured with a note or positive for contagious disease.
Attire, Hair, Nails & Jewelry
For practice, hair should be firmly secured out of the face. We recommend keeping a few extra hair ties in your child's backpack. NO jewelry to practice as it not only compromises athletes' safety during stunting and tumbling, but it also doesn’t look professional to outsiders. Natural nails that cannot be seen past the finger are the only acceptable nails for practices and competitions. Every practice if an athlete is missing a piece of their practice wear, they will condition. This is a good way for them to learn discipline, and for teammates to recognize the consequences. If there is a sizing issue with practice wear or uniform, you will need to take those items to a seamstress.
All apparel with Carolina Elite logo, team logo or team name on it must be purchased through the pro-shop. No outside sources are to be used unless approved by owners/director. This keeps us uniform looking at competitions and out in the public. Our team names and logos are specific to Carolina Elite. You may not use any logos or team names on a homemade or outsourced article of clothes/shoes.
Several times throughout the season athletes begin to feel queasy or uncomfortable at practice due to a poor diet throughout the day. Please help us encourage your children to make healthy choices (especially on practice days), with complex carbs, protein and plenty of water. Athletes will be given regular water breaks throughout practice.
Community Image and Social Media
Image is very important to us. Being a positive role model outside of the CEA family is just as important as being a positive role model inside of our CEA family. Violation of such will be handled by the discretion of the gym director and owners. Depending on the severity of the unfortunate actions, we may dismiss you and your child from our gym program.
Time, Commitment, and Attendance
Attendance at every practice is MANDATORY. This sport is extremely unique, in which we do not have a “bench” to pull from like basketball, or football. Everyone is very crucial to the team. Every absence will be sent to a review committee to be determined excused or unexcused (see review clause for more detail). From June 4th to July 1st, you are allowed two unexcused absences (we recommend you not to miss them because this month is when we determine stunt groups, tumble positions, jump spots, etc). July 1st until Choreography, all practices are mandatory. Unexcused absences are listed, but not limited to family vacations outside our given time off, extracurricular activities, schoolwork, tests, basketball games, football games, band/chorus concerts, plays, high school cheer practices, etc. The ONLY excused practices will be a death in the family, or if you personally tested positive for the Flu, Strep or Covid-19 and that will require a doctor’s note. If your child has symptoms of a sickness, we would like them to attend practice on restrictions. We suggest wearing a mask to not spread the illness. Absences will be documented and counted like baseball “three strike rule”. The first time we have a missed unexcused practice will be a written warning. The second time will be a mandatory parent and athlete meeting. The third time will be immediate dismissal from the team and the Re-choreography fee will commence. Bad behavior in school or at home is not an excuse to miss practice. School work is also not be excused. Time management is a great thing to learn at a young age. Please find a punishment that does not also punish coaches and teammates. This action will be brought to a review committee and could lead to dismissal from the program. Extra practices will be pre-scheduled for the Saturday right before any competition. These practices WILL be mandatory. If an emergency (injury/sicknesses) arises, coaches will be allowed to add an extra practice during the week if necessary. Any preplanned vacations must be given to the director at the evaluations. It will then go to the review committee and will be determined excused or unexcused (see review clause for more detail). You must submit an Absence Request Form two weeks prior to the absence to find a fill-in for your athlete. A completed form doesn’t NOT automatically excuse the absence. They must be approved by the director.
Communication is Key
Carolina Elite Athletics uses a variety of communication methods to ensure parents are informed at all times. That said, it can sometimes seem like an overload of information if you're trying to catch it in a variety of formats. The following will help you determine what method may be best for you. Our advice: Keep tabs on the team Facebook group and your email for all star information that is very important for your child. We will be using BAND for teams this year.
COACHES & SOCIAL MEDIA
It's very important that parents and athletes have the opportunity to interact with coaches and ask any questions they may have. That said, practice is a tough time to do that, as coaches work hard to create a lesson plan that has the most effective utilization of time for all teammates. For that reason, we ask that parents set up a time to meet with the All-Star Director and/or any team coach outside of regular practice times. We're happy to set up an in-person, over-the-phone or Zoom meeting to best meet your schedule. That said, many of our coaches are students and have full-time jobs outside of Carolina Elite. We do ask parents to refrain from private messaging our coaches. To establish a healthy work and personal life boundary, our staff has been asked to direct any inquiries made on their personal social media accounts to the gym's email and/or social media. By doing this, we're able to create a healthy work environment while also responding to your needs efficiently and accurately.
POSITIVE COACHING ENVIRONMENT
Our goal as a gym is to always ensure that your child is developing healthy character skills and leadership that will continue to benefit them later in life. Sports is an excellent way to foster teamwork, drive, and self-discipline. All-star cheerleading, while incredibly rewarding, is also very challenging. At times, both you and your child will be challenged. emotionally and mentally. From the emotional growth of a young adult, and the difficulties of overcoming challenges your child may be faced with adversity at times. We ask that you let our staff know if they're finding challenges in sports, school, or daily activities that would impact their choices and attitude at practice. This helps our staff to work alongside you to foster positivity. In the same way, we ask that parents who have questions or concerns bring those to our staff in a timely manner. By doing this, we are provided the opportunity to answer your questions and develop solutions before negativity ensues.
It is important that our coaches are given the ultimate authority to make decisions and help your child grow in the areas we see fit. We will make changes throughout the year to our routines to better our scores, which may include your athlete being taken out or put into different spots. We ask that you trust our judgment and allow us to do our job. That said, if parents ever have any questions or would like to get clarification on their child's progression plan, please set up a time to meet with our All-Star Director, who will be happy to provide additional information.
OPEN LINE OF COMMUNICATION
We keep an open line of communication here at Carolina Elite. Email, Facebook groups, and group chats will all be used during this season to send important information about practices, competitions, and events. If any questions arise or you have any concerns about the team, or your child, please contact the Allstar Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All-Star Assessments include Coaches Travel Fees, Competition/Gym USASF Fees, Music Fees, and Choreography Fees.
All-Star Tuition is based around the number of hours each team puts in each week.
There is a possibility our elite teams may get a bid to the Youth Summit in April or D2 Summit in May. This will be mandatory.
Like our recreational classes, tuition payment is automatically charged by the 15th of each month. There is no penalty for early payments. On the 1st of each month, the assessment All Star fees are automatically charged. All tuition and professional fees must be current before an athlete may compete, practice, or collect any uniform, clothing, or other items. No refunds will be given for any reason. In the event that this occurs, we will reach out to event producers and make every effort to recover fees. If an athlete is released from a team, a $250 re-choreography fee will be processed immediately for each team the athlete is on. This fee is waived for injuries that require more than 8-week non-participation status. Crossovers to any team who are released from one team for not meeting their contract obligations are hereby released from all teams. Only authorized fundraisers will be allowed. At no time may parents use the logo, team names or gym name in reproduction, personal apparel items or fundraising efforts to receive monetary incentives.
Injury and Fill-in Athletes Policy
A doctor's note is required for every injury that needs professional medical attention. It is the responsibility of the athlete and family to keep the coaches informed about any injury. If the injury prevents the athlete from returning, there will be no refunds paid in advance.
When the athlete’s injury is healed, the coaches and director will put in place a “return to play” course of action to ensure that the athlete is fully ready to return. We require athletes to attend practice two weeks before a competition on restriction and back fully to play the week of the competition to be able to participate.
If your child is injured or is unable to practice due to an injury and needs a fill-in athlete for practice and/or competitions for most of the season. With the discretion of your Athlete's doctor and your athlete's coaches, you have the option to leave the program. If you choose this option, your athlete will not be able to come back until the next season's tryouts.
Their team placement will not be guaranteed for the next season.
Fill-in Athletes policy If you approve your child to be a temporary fill-in for an injured athlete and they participate in a competition for the injured athlete, the crossovers fees WILL apply for that competition. If the team wins any medals, jackets banners etc., that prize will be given to the fill-in athlete for that competition.
Fill-in to Crossover Position Policy After 4 weeks of filling in they will be considered a crossover and crossover fees will apply for as long as they are crossing over. This can be discussed with our Allstar director before making this commitment.