*FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS*
These are our most commonly asked questions.
What is the general timeline for
Cheer and Pom?
Uniform, shoe and camp gear fitting
Squad placement announced
Sponsors have beginning-of-season parent meeting
Mighty Mite camp
Squads begin practice schedules
Team assignments announced
Game schedules released
Football season begins
Trojan Preview and JTA Run-on
Play-off game schedules released
Play-off games begin
Academic All Stars report cards due
End-of-season cheer parties
Competition season begins for squads who wish to participate
Who or what is the INFC?
JTA is a member of the Indian Nations Football Conference (INFC). The INFC governs, coordinates, and enforces by-laws and regulations for its' youth football and cheer member organizations. JTA Football Coaches and Cheer Sponsors are required to attend a conference held by the INFC each year, where the rules and regulations are reviewed.
For more information about the INFC,
click here: www.youthfootball.com
JTA Mighty Mite teams are not part of the INFC, and therefore do not play other youth sports organizations. That is why JTA Mighty Mite teams only play each other. JTA does all the scheduling for our Mighty Mite teams.
For more information about JTA, visit the Football website at:
How can I make sure my daughter is on a certain squad or cheers for a certain team?
During registration, you may request your daughter to be with a certain Cheer Sponsor or another cheerleader. Every effort will be made to put your child on the squad that you would like.
HOWEVER, as with any youth sports organization, there are all kinds of factors considered for squad placement, such as the number of football teams we have and how many squads we need to cover them. We also have to consider how many girls are new and how many girls are returning, and the number of girls needed to create complete and balanced squads. Squad placement has nothing to do with skill level or popularity.
Sometimes squads that have been together for years are split, parents request their daughters not return to certain squads, Sponsors don’t return, and sometimes there are so many factors to consider, that things just don’t work out as easily as we would all like. We would greatly appreciate parent cooperation when girls are not placed on requested squads. There is no political agenda or spiteful intention to keep girls away from their friends. All decisions are made based on the information at hand and what is best for JTA as a whole. Squad placement is final for the season once girls have been assigned to a squad.
It is also important to note: There are no squads for specific Jenks campuses. For example, we might get a request for a girl to be placed on the squad that cheers for the “East Campus Team” . All football teams and cheer squads are made up of kids from all Jenks campuses. JTA represents Jenks as whole, not individual campuses. We request that parents view this as an opportunity for their children to get to know other kids from other campuses. All the Jenks kids will come together in Middle School, and will have the luxury of familiar faces awaiting them.
Squads are assigned to teams once the Football Board announces how many teams there will be for the season. While every effort is made to allow returning squads to cheer for the same team as the year before, this is not always possible. Parent cooperation on this matter is also greatly appreciated.
How much should I expect to spend on cheer related items?
$210 Registration (camp, camp wear, and coaches fee)
There are many squad expenses that come up. Examples of these expenses, with approximate costs, include, but are not limited to:
Adding on to half-time routine music (for music mixing) - $60 per squad
Providing handouts to squad members and parents - $15 per squad
Banners or a hoop for the players to run through - $15 per squad
First aid kit - $7 per squad
CD's and batteries - $12 per squad
Treats for football players - $20 per squad
Homecoming decorations and parade application fees - $30 to $50 per squad
End-of-season gifts for Cheer Coaches & cheerleaders - $50 to $65 per squad
Hair bows - $8 per girl
End-of-season party - $10 to $20 per girl
Expect to pay anywhere from $60 to $85 extra per child, per year toward squad expenses.
**Sponsors will be required to submit requested squad expenses to the JTA Board for approval.
Parents are also expected to pay admission to games (cheerleaders in uniform get in free) and some younger squads may require a rotating snack schedule. Just like school teachers, your Sponsor may find that she has spent some of her own money to make things special for the squad. There are always extra little things that add up which many parents never even realize.
The Cheer Board makes every effort to plan a cheer camp that will not only meet the budget we have per girl, but will also provide us with the best facility, coaches and other requirements we have for each squad. Finding a facility that will shut down their regular business and allow only JTA squads to come in for a week takes a lot of planning and negotiating. It’s not a decision that is made lightly or with the intention of inconveniencing our cheer families.
Why is Cheer camp so far away and how did my daughter's squad time get chosen?
Cheer Sponsors are given a variety of time slots to choose from, on a first come, first served basis. After the Sponsor chooses a camp time, she then communicates what time camp will be for her squad. The exact dates for Cheer Camp are usually released by the end of March, although exact time slots are not always known that early.
Cheer camp and Pom Camp is USUALLY (and has always been) planned for one of the last two weeks in July. Mighty Mite Cheer Camp is at the end of July or beginning of August.
It is often suggested that we handle our 3rd though 7th grade cheer camp the same way we do Mighty Mite Cheer Camp: by having it at the High School and having the High School Cheerleaders run the camp. While this approach works well for Mighty Mites, it is not applicable to the older grades that need a tumbling facility and professional instructors to introduce and teach the proper techniques for stunting, spotting, and stretching. Mighty Mites do not require the same level of instruction, as they do not participate in the more challenging aspects of cheer.
What should my expectations for cheer camp be?
Mighty Mites attend camp at Jenks High School. Camp is generally a fun way for the squad members to get to know each other, to learn some new cheers, to be introduced to the Jenks Fight Song routine, and to learn the beginning of a half-time routine. Once regular cheer practice begins, girls will continue to learn new cheers, learn the Fight Song routine in it's entirety, and continue to add-on to their half-time routine.
3rd though 7th grade squads attend camp to work on proper technique for stunting, tumbling, stretching, conditioning, and the beginning of a half-time routine. Cheer Coaches are encouraged to attend camp with the girls to make sure they also learn the proper techniques, spotting, and half-time routine as well. Once regular cheer practice begins, more focus will go into learning cheers (and brushing up on cheers learned in previous years) as well as the Fight Song routine. Adding on to the half-time routine will also be a big part of cheer practice after camp has been completed.
Why do parents and siblings have to pay to get into the games?
While it may seem like JTA is making loads of money from registration fees, it is not. Your registration fees only cover the basics: camp gear, trophies, processing and supplies. The money you pay at the gate goes into field maintenance, clean-up crews, electricity, trash and sewage, payment to referees, announcers, Cheer Coaches, concession stand maintenance, insurance, and so much more. If at anytime you would like to see exactly how the money is spent, just contact a Board Member.
Both the Football and Cheer Boards try very hard to keep costs reasonable so that every family can participate in JTA. Businesses are invited to become “Banner Sponsors” by buying space along the JTA Field fence to advertise their products and services. The money generated by the support of these businesses helps to defray the costs of the JTA program for our families.
To become a Banner Sponsor contact
Kelly Roberts, JTA Fundrasing Director
My daughter really wants to cheer,
but I don’t think we can afford it… help!
JTA provides scholarships for those who qualify for financial assistance. Contact your JTA Grade Rep for more information and a scholarship application.
Why do we have new uniform fittings in May if football season doesn’t begin until August?
All uniforms are custom made for each girl by Varsity Spirit. Due to the volume of orders they receive from across the nation, Varsity Spirit needs about 2 months to turn around our orders. We have considered other vendors for uniforms, but Varsity Spirit has the highest quality uniform at the best price that meets all our specifications - especially consistency in color, style and durability. We advise that you allow some “growing room” when fitting your daughter in her uniform to insure a proper fit in August.
What is the role of the Cheer Sponsor?
The Sponsor is the responsible adult in charge of the squad. She will coordinate, supervise, and foster teamwork and cooperation from the Cheer Coaches, cheerleaders, and parents. She will make every effort to create an atmosphere of constructive correction and positive reinforcement when the girls are learning new techniques.
The Sponsor is responsible for selecting the location for cheer practices. Some sponsors prefer to have practice at a school, church or park, while others prefer to have it at their home. The Sponsor usually selects the time for practice based on the availability of the Cheer Coaches. Sponsors should have a set schedule for practice location and time, with no cancellations unless there is an emergency.
You should expect your Cheer Sponsor to supervise all practices and games and intervene, when necessary, to keep things organized and running on schedule. Your Sponsor should ensure each squad members follows all JTA and INFC rules, and make sure all rules are enforced. Click on the tabs to the left for the Guidelines, JTA Regulations and Stunting Rules for more information.
Your Cheer Sponsor will select two Coaches from a list of girls who have either been in JTA cheer when they were younger, or who are currently in Jenks High School Cheer or Pom. These Coaches are paid $10.00 per hour by JTA. Your Cheer Sponsor oversees the Coach budget and makes sure the Coaches are staying on task by collaborating with them about the squad goals.
The Cheer Sponsor is also responsible for providing each cheerleader with a squad roster and other information - such as photography dates, the Trojan Preview event, and Homecoming Parade details - as it is announced by JTA. She will collect report cards from members of her squad who qualify for the JTA Academic All-Stars. Your Sponsor will also decide and coordinate extra cheer gear, squad expenses, competition paperwork and all aspects of the squad, including the end-of-season party. Some Sponsors even coordinate extra tumbling classes for the whole squad, but this is not a requirement.
Many Sponsors request the help of their cheer parents to facilitate certain aspects of the season, so if you are available to help, let your Sponsor know!
All Cheer Sponsors are non-paid volunteers, who have been certified by the National Youth Sports Association (NYSCA) by taking a clinic and signing a code of ethics. JTA also conducts a background check on all Cheer Sponsors and Football Coaches.
If you are interested in being a Sponsor, download an application
by clicking here:
JTA VOLUNTEER APPLICATION
What is the role of the Cheer
Cheer Coaches will teach the girls cheers, chants, the Jenks Fight Song routine, and will add on to the half-time routine learned at cheer camp. Cheer practice is, and should be, a lot of repetition. Good Coaches recognize when certain moves are not coming together and make changes to accommodate the strengths of the squad along the way. If parents or girls have a problem with one or both of the Cheer Coaches, this should be discussed with the Sponsor after the practice or game, and not during. As with all teenagers, Cheer Coaches sometimes have other obligations that may prevent them from attending practice and/or games. Communication between Coaches and Sponsors is imperative so that Sponsors can step in and perform “coach duties” when needed.
Why can't my squad cheer more
at the Jenks Fields?
All game schedules for 3rd through 7th grades are coordinated by the INFC. JTA football teams in grades 3rd though 7th grades play other youth football teams, and traveling to away games is just part of the program. If the boys are playing, the cheerleaders are expected to cheer, rain or shine, away or at home.
Why can’t we get a sound system, announcer and scoreboard at the Track Field?
JTA does not own the Track Field; it belongs to Jenks Public Schools. We are guests renting this field and have no control over the amenities at this field. We generally use this field for Mighty Mite games because the High School Stadium and JTA field are booked with our 3rd though 7th grade games. Every effort is made to allow each Mighty Mite team a chance to play at least one game at either the High School or JTA Field per season.
Will my daughter’s squad go to competition?
Participation in competition is at the discretion of each Cheer Sponsor. Going to competition is a great way to extend the cheer season and create a fun team-building experience for squads who wish to participate. Preparing for competition may require extra cheer practices and commitment on the part of the cheerleaders, parents, and the Cheer Coaches involved. Click on the Competition Info tab to the left for more information about going to Competition.
What if I feel like I’m not getting all the information I need during the season?
Always check this website. It will be as up-to-date as possible. Announcements and upcoming events will be listed on the home page. There are also links and downloads for just about everything you could possibly need while participating in JTA cheer and pom. You can also call or e-mail your Sponsor or contact a Cheer Board member. We all want you to be informed and know what is going on, so if you feel you’ve missed any information, please don’t hesitate to contact someone. We are all here to help you.
Who do I contact if I am having issues with my Sponsor or squad?
First, always go to your Sponsor if you have any concerns and try to resolve them with her. If you feel that the problems continue or cannot be resolved, you can contact your JTA Grade Rep, who can advise you on how to handle the situation. You are also always welcome to contact any of the JTA Cheer Board members. A complete list of the JTA Cheer Board can be found right here on this website.