Cheer Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in IYF Cheer?

Cheer is open to students entering 3rd - 8th grades living within the Issaquah High School boundary.


What will it cost to participate in IYF Cheer?

The registration fee for Cheer is $125. This cost helps cover insurance, facility rentals, and supplies.  

The Club bulk orders all of the items our cheerleaders will need on game day and passes on these expenses to each cheerleader at our cost.  Items you are purchasing include Shell, Skirt, Liner, Briefs, Warm-Ups (top and bottom), Rain Jacket, Fleece Head Band, Shoes, Cheer Gear Bag, Bows, T-shirt, and Pop Poms.

First year cheerleaders are required to pay the full uniform fee ($545).  Returning cheerleaders are not required to purchase all of the items if their uniform from the prior season still fits.Cheerleaders who return next year will be able to re-use their uniform as long as it still fits appropriately and the style has not been changed. No refunds will be given after June 1.


Returning cheerleaders will be required to pay a fee ($230) for new 2017 uniform items. If a returning cheerleaders uniform does not fit, they will need to purchase a new one at the fitting session. Returning cheerleaders that are missing any of their uniform items from the previous season, or their uniform is not up to standards, will be required to purchase replacement items. No refunds will be given after June 1. 


When does the season start and how long is it?

We are an intensive 3.5 month program.  Our first three weeks are a critical learning period.  We understand we will have cheerleaders involved in others sports during this time period.  We need strong communication from these individuals about their other commitments.  Coaches will evaluate each of these cases on an individual bases to make sure the individual cheerleader is successful as well as their squad.
 
Our season is August - mid-November. Youth football will play 9 total games, all on Saturday’s, leading up to the playoffs.We will cheer in the playoffs for our football teams that continue and play on home field or nearby away games.
 
Practices for ALL CHEERLEADERS (New and Returning) will begin August 14 (Monday). There will be 4 practices per week for the first 3 weeks (Mon-Thurs).  The week of Sept. 3rd we will begin 2 times per week practices. Practices will be in the evenings for 1-1/2 hours.   Exact times and locations TBA once schedule of fields is released).


How many practices can my child miss before the first game?

Cheerleaders must attend 14 practices to participate in the first game.  If a cheerleader has not completed the 14 practices, he/she is still expected to attend the game and support his/her team.


How many practices can my child miss during the season?

Once school begins and we begin our regular season, cheer practices are reduced to twice a week.  

2 Free Passes: New this year!  Each cheerleader is given TWO free passes for the season.  She may miss practice twice during the entire season for whatever reason they want.  This includes school, family, and social obligations.  Plan wisely!  Anything beyond these 2 passes, the cheerleader will receive a game day consequence.  For each missed practice, the cheerleader will sit out of the next game for 1 quarter (example: 2 quarters sitting if 2 practices are missed). 


What squad will they be on?

The cheer team will be divided into squads which will cheer for the football levels of: Rookie, Cub, Sophomore, JV and Varsity.  3rd – 5th grades will be divided to cheer for the Rookie, and Cub levels and the 6th – 8th grade cheerleaders will be divided to cheer for Sophomore, JV and Varsity levels. Our goal is to make sure each Issaquah Youth Football team has cheerleaders present for all home games . All squads will be supervised by a qualified coach.  


What is the refund policy?

The $125 registration fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. If a registered player decides not to particpate and notifies the IYF Cheer Squad Director before June 1, the uniform cost will be refunded. If notified after June 1st, no refund will be given.


Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

Send an email to cheer@issyfootball.org

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