Welcome to the 2019 Pinellas Park T-Bird Cheerleading season! This is a huge commitment you and your child are about to undertake. Our goal is to make your season with the T-Birds a fun-filled learning experience.

We are very excited to be here for you this year!

Participating in cheerleading is a big commitment by both cheerleader and parent. Your cheerleader is part of a team and is making the commitment to herself and her teammates. Parents will be asked to sign a participation contract so that they understand the commitment and rules of our organization.

Starting Date:

The season will start on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. We will be practicing Monday – Thursday for the first two weeks, from 6:15 – 7:45 p.m. Please come to the field with your cheerleader and go to the main bleachers.

There will be a MANDATORY PARENT MEETING on July 10, 2019 @ 6:15 pm on the bleachers. There will be a lot of information covered, so please adjust your schedules. It will be at this time that you will need to let your coordinators know if your child has any siblings playing FLAG as well. We will do our best to keep your children on the same teams. All other children will be divided by ages.

What to Wear:
Please make sure your cheerleader is ready for practices. This means DRESS APPROPRIATELY –
• Soffee shorts or some type of stretchy shorts. NO JEAN SHORTS, SKIRTS, SKORTS, etc.
• T-shirts (not to big) or tank tops are fine. (NO spaghetti straps)
• Sneakers – Sneakers with tied laces. No thick heel sneakers or heely-type shoes (this is a safety issue and your daughter will not be able to participate.)
• No jewelry of any kind. They are not permitted to wear jewelry at practices or games. PLEASE do not let your daughter get her ears pierced, belly button, or anywhere right before season starts. They will not be able to participate. (Remember it takes 2-3 months of healing.)
• Hair must be pulled back away from their face neatly.
• Please make sure she has water or money to purchase a drink for practices.

It is a great idea to label jackets, clothing, water bottles, jugs, etc. with your child’s name!

Do I need to purchase anything else?
Cheerleaders will need practice shoes – nothing specific, basic sneaker. Uniforms are provided, but may not leave the field. All participants will change at Davis Field before and after the games.

Practice nights and teams:

Practice nights before school starts may be four nights per week. 

On the first night of team practice the coaches will re-introduce themselves to the cheerleaders and provide you contact information. They will also notify you of the 1st Team meeting (with parents) to provide and go over lots of information.

Where is my child???
Once all the teams have split up, there will be designated areas for each team to practice in. We invite you to watch a team practice from the outside of all fields or the surrounding bleachers. We have a large organization and every bit of ‘green’ it is used by the teams.

If you have to leave the field during practice or you have made arrangements for another parent to be responsible for your child, please let the coach know. This is necessary information in case of emergency as well as possibly ending practice early for inclement weather.

Please be aware of practice times for your team(s). Coaches cannot leave practice without every child having been picked up. So please be on time to pick up your child from practice so our coaches, who also have families, can get home themselves.

Inclement Weather Plan:
The normal weather plan is that we will not cancel a night of practice due to rain until ~ 6:30. Practice is cancelled by the President, Vice-President, Athletic Directors and/or Cheer Coordinators. You never know if the weather will blow over or not, or if it even hit one area of town vs. another.

If we have to cancel a practice night before the players are on teams, we will do it from the field by notifying all the coaches and as many people as possible.   

Once the player is on their team, all the coaches will be notified once a decision has been made and they in turn will contact the Team Parent and parents to notify them.

Cheer Packages:

You are required to purchase a Cheer package which consists of all the items the cheerleader gets to keep (shoes, practice shirt, practice shorts, hair tie, cheer bag, and additional cheer gear items.) The cost of the package is $145.00.

ALL CHEER PACKAGES MUST BE PAID IN FULL BY JULY 20, 2019, OR CHEERLEADER WILL NOT RECEIVE HER CHEER PACKAGE AND WILL NOT CHEER. No exceptions! If you need to make payments, they can be made at any registration date before season starts and up to July 20, 2019.

We will be having an early sizing on TBD. Although your cheerleader may have been sized at registration, it is very important to make one of these dates for cheer shoe sizing. Those cheerleaders who do not get sized for shoes by (TBD) may not have their cheer shoes in time for the Kickoff Classic (Jamboree).

What else to expect and other activities
Besides practices and games, we will be participating in additional activities which may include but not be limited to spirit week, dances, homecoming events, family night, outside cheerleading competitions, and much more. For those of you new to our organization, below is some background on some of these events.

Spirit Week: Designated week before the regular season games start where the teams dress up for various nights of the week. For example, Monday may be Western night, Tuesday is Princess Night, etc.. It is a bit of lighthearted fun to pump up the T-Birds and we hope parents will also get involved in! Spirit Week ends with a Pep Rally for all T-Birds.

Family Night: Family Night is a designated Friday night during season where T-Birds join as family for a spaghetti/pizza dinner and are provided the greatest of entertainment – T-Bird cheerleaders – who perform their Flag routines and Cheer competition routines.
Entry into Family Night is a monetary donation, and/or canned food.
Our T-Bird raffle drawing winner is also announced.
All proceeds from Family Night go towards our T-Bird Family fund which helps us support families in need during the holidays.

Parent Appreciation Day: Designated home game day for the T-Birds to thank our parents who support their children, teams, and the organization. Players escort their parents as they are announced at the beginning of each game.

Parent Participation:
As parents, you will be required to volunteer in our concession stand and/or other volunteer opportunities. You are also required to participate in all league/team fundraisers. This is a non-profit organization and the responsibility falls on all of us to do our part.

We are here to assist you and your coaches. If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to an exciting, fun-filled season with you and your child!

Contact Information:

Cheer Coordinator

Melissa Ethridge @ 727-678-0552

Assistant Cheer Coordinator