Spirit Team

Purpose of the Activity

  • The Spirit Team's main duty is to promote school spirit! Spirit Team members make posters, cheer for school sports' teams, and help with pep assemblies. During games, the Spirit Team performs to engage the crowd and leads cheers and chants. Our Spirit Team is made up of two squads: poms and cheerleading. Our Spirit Team members will work closely together to perform and cheer for the boys' basketball teams!

Tryout Procedures

  • All students are welcome to participate in Spirit Team. 

    Tryouts take place after school Thursday, October 21, and if needed, Monday, October 25. Many students have trouble deciding between poms and cheerleading. Our Spirit Team is special in that our cheer and pom team members all get along and work together. We all warm up together and do some common routines throughout the season. You will need to decide what your first and second choices are at tryouts. We will do our best to give you your first choice. 

    So, how do you decide which to put as your first choice? Our best advice is to follow your own heart. If you like to tumble and do stunts, cheerleading is probably your best choice. If you love to dance, dance, dance, then the pom team is probably for you. 

    The following documents must be on file with the coach to participate:

    • Current Sports Physical Form (Physicals for sports are valid for 395 days from the date of the examination)
    • Permission to Participate Form
    • Concussion Consent Form
    • Consent Form for Athletic Handbook and Code of Conduct

Number of Participants

    • Pom Pon Squad:
      • Up to 20 students
    • Cheerleading Squad:
      • Up to 24 students

Grade Level/s of Participants

  • The Spirit Team is open to sixth- seventh- and eighth-graders.

Meeting Schedule and Location

    • Dates: Practice begins mid-October
    • Time: 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
    • Days: Monday - Thursday; no Friday practices
    • Locations:
      • Cheer: Daniel Wright home basketball games
      • Poms: Daniel Wright home basketball games at hafltime

Student Attendance Guidelines

    1. Eligibility

      1. Spirit team members must maintain grades according to DW eligibility guidelines.

      2. Spirit team members must have attended the required practices.

      3. Spirit team members must have completed the physical form.

      4. Spirit team members must have completed and returned the parental permission form.

      5. Spirit team members must have signed the extra curricular guideline and expectation contract found in the athletic handbook.

    2. Expectations for Attendance

      1. All squad members are expected to attend practices and games unless preapproved by coaches.

      2. Excused absences:

        1. Excused absences are those excused in the school office, or those with prior approval of the coach. 

        2. A Student who misses two practices before a game will not be allowed to perform unless preapproved by coaches.

        3. Continual absences could result in being dropped from the squad.

      3. Unexcused Absences:

        1. Unexcused absences are those without the prior approval of the coach and include unexcused absences from school.

        2. The first unexcused absence from practice will result in a one-game suspension. The second unexcused absence from practice will result in a one-game suspension and a conference with the coach. The third unexcused absence will result in a dismissal from the squad.

      4. If a squad member leaves school because of illness, or arrives after 11:30 a.m., the member is not eligible to perform at that day’s game.

      5. If not participating in gym class, one is not eligible to perform in the gym.

    3. Practices

      1. Practices begin promptly at 3:45 pm and end at 4:55 on the dates designated on the practice schedule. There may be several late practices a week, indicated on the calendar given out at the start of the season.

      2. Wear gym clothes or a cotton short outfit that is comfortable. The school dress code will apply. No jewelry or gum. Long hair must be tied up and shoes must be laced.

      3. Students are responsible for their belongings at practices and games.

    4. Games

      1. Attendance

        1. Please contact your coach if you will be missing a game. Spirit team members will perform at all boys home basketball games.

        2. Practice will be held on the days of home games beginning at 3:45 p.m. and ending by the start of the game.

      2. Conduct

        1. Students are representatives of Daniel Wright School. This means that BEST BEHAVIOR is expected.

        2. No gum chewing

        3. Girls must follow the rules of sportsmanship before, during, and after the games.

        4. Spirit team members are expected to help visiting parents, athletes, and students find their way around the school

    5. Uniforms

      1. Uniform items provided by Daniel Wright Junior High School

        1. Shell and skirt

      2. Uniform items to be provided by the Spirit Team member

        1. White socks

        2. Shoes

        3. Briefs

        4. Other

      3. Uniforms must be clean before each game.

      4. Wearing uniforms at school.

        1. Uniforms will be worn to school on the days of games.

        2. Spirit team will wear a smock in art class when wearing uniforms,

        3. Girls will be in uniform all day without sweats or sweatshirts unless they are team-bought sweatshirts. When in uniform, clean white sneakers or jazz shoes are to be worn. NO sandals, flip-flops, UGGs, Hunter Boots, and Birkenstocks are to be worn.

      5. All equipment must be returned in good condition, and the uniform must be dry cleaned after the end of the season and returned to the school.  Return in the dry cleaning bag WITH NAME and receipt attached

    6. Purpose of Extra Curricular Activities/Goals for the Year

      1. Present a positive image of squad members.

      2. Develop character, social skills, motor skills, and creativity.

      3. Provide and enhance school spirit.

      4. Work together and have fun!

Specific Rules or Guidelines

Fundraising Plan if Applicable (Board policy 7:325)

Contacts

  • Poms
    Rebecca Gurson, rgurson@d103.org
    Cheer
    Sarah Kantor, skantor@d103.org

Student Fees

  • To participate in Spirit Team students must pay a $25 participation fee using the RevTrak Web Store. There may also be additional fees for uniform accessories.