What to wear & what to bring - kids coming along for a trial class can wear any comfortable sports wear (shorts, joggers, leggings, tshirt etc.). If they have a pair of indoor only trainers, these would be perfect to bring along. However, if they don't have any that's no problem - they can just do the class in their socks. I would suggest they bring a bottle of water along. Jewellery should be removed and long hair should be tied up.
Entrance to the building - Arriving for the first class, you should use entrance J at the Stirling Enterprise Park (around the back). I will meet everyone at door J 5-10 minutes before class starts. I will then escort the class down the corridor to the studio. In the evening, the main doors are locked for security reasons. If you are running late and cannot gain access, please send me a message through the Planet Cheer Facebook page. This will give me an instant notification on my watch and I can arrange for someone to come and let you in. Please do not email as I will not be checking these during class. After class is finished, I will bring all participants back to the main door to be picked up. If you are running late to pick up, I will take them back to the studio with the next class. Please send me a message on your arrival and I can arrange for them to be brought to the door for you.
Covid-19 measures - All participants over the age of 12 should please wear a mask to class (these will be removed once in the studio). There are hand sanitiser stations at the main door and also within the studio. All DMC classes are run in accordance with Scottish Government and SportCheer Scotland Covid-19 guidelines and will be modified as required.
Feeling anxious? - I know that starting a new club can be a very anxious experience for kids, especially when they don't know anyone else there. At DMC we pride ourselves on making everyone feel welcome and as comfortable as possible. If your athlete is feeling particularly anxious, please let me know in advance of their first class. I can arrange an earlier meeting time and a personal tour of the studio for the family. This will allow them to become familiar with their surroundings and their new coach before the rest of the kids arrive. We can also arrange a class buddy to help them settle in.
Fees are paid in 4 weekly terms. You can pay by bank transfer, credit/debit card or by direct debit. You will be emailed an invoice 10 days before the term is due to start. Payment must be received within 7 days (the Friday before the term starts). Details of how to pay will be on your invoice.
Please note that our term dates are different than normal due to Covid-19 disruption. We would normally finish up at the end of June and return with the schools in August. However, this year I have decided to extend the season into July and restart classes at the beginning of August. I feel that the team have missed out on so much this year and it is unlikely that many will have holidays booked this summer.
Upcoming term dates are:
Term 1 - 26th April - 21st May (payment deadline - 23rd April)
Term 2 - 24th May - 18th June (payment deadline - 21st May)
Term 3 - 21st June - 16th July (payment deadline - 18th June)
We will then have 3 weeks off before starting the 2021/2022 season on 9th August.
As mentioned, invoices MUST be paid by the deadline. I understand that you are all busy people and it's easy to forget. That is why I am now offering Direct Debits as a way to pay. This should take away the stress of remembering to pay invoices. However, the choice of how you pay for classes is entirely up to you.
Athletes that turn up for classes that have not been paid for will not be allowed to take part. Due to problems with persistent late fee payments in recent years, I have to be very strict about this. There are substantial overheads involved in running a studio and customers paying on time is necessary for running the club. Thank you for your understanding. If you find yourself in genuine financial hardship due to unforeseen circumstances and are struggling to pay, please contact me to discuss.
Refunds will never be issued for missed classes or if your athlete decides to stop attending classes mid-term. In the event of a class cancellation, the class will be rescheduled when possible. If this is not possible, your account will be credited with the cost of the class in full. Cash refunds will not be offered.
Our class uniform consists of a team t-shirt & plain black shorts (cheer shorts, Nike Pros) and a cheerleading hair bow (any colour is fine - must be hair elastic kind and not a clip on one). Cheerleaders are expected to have cheerleading trainers and dancers require tan split sole slip on jazz shoes & hip-hop trainers. All of these items (and more) are available to buy in our online shop. We also have other, optional items available. These include hoodies, onesies, crop tops, personalised drink bottles and cheerleading bows. We will be adding a message board to the website shortly for parents to use to sell/buy second hand uniform items.
New athletes are not expected to get their uniform items straight away. I understand that you will want to see if your kids are going to stay at the club long term before spending money on a uniform. However, it is expected that all athletes will have their full class uniform within 6-8 weeks of joining. As mentioned above, our message board may have second hand items for sale. Cheerleading trainers can be expensive, but eBay can be a good shout for second hand ones in great condition.
Existing athletes are expected to wear their uniform to every class. Those who attend more than 1 class per week can wear a competition t-shirt to additional classes. Joggers, hoodies and leggings are allowed for warming up in only and are not permitted to be worn for training in. All jewellery must be removed or taped over (small stud earrings are allowed but not recommended). Long hair should be securely tied back. If your athlete turns up for class with acrylic nails, false nails, long sharp nails - they will not be allowed to participate in stunts or tumbling for safety reasons.
Recreational - Attendance at class is optional for all recreational athletes. There is no minimum attendance required and they will keep their space on the team as long as fees are paid.
Competition - Competition athletes are expected to maintain an excellent attendance record. Cheerleading is a complex sport that requires athletes to work in groups and as a team. People cannot be easily substituted and so it is difficult to train with missing athletes. Any competition athletes who have a poor attendance record may be removed from the competition team as a result.
Elite Competition - Elite competition athletes are expected to have 100% attendance and should only miss classes in the event of illness/injury or a family emergency. Athletes who need to miss classes for holidays/parties/other hobbies etc. will not be suitable for these teams. Full commitment for the entire season is also required. Please think carefully if the elite team is the right fit for your athlete before committing.