This statement is intended to inform cheerleaders, dancers, and mascot (parents and prospective cheerleaders, dancers, and mascots) of the various policies of Tennessee Tech University Spirit Programs. In all policy and program matters, members of the Varsity cheerleading squad, Golden Girls dance team, and Awesome Eagle mascot, shall first be good law abiding citizens of the nation, state, and city, and secondly, shall be exemplary representatives of the university. These policies are as follows:
The TTU Spirit Program is a student activity. As a student activity, the first and foremost responsibility to the student is to support and not to comprise the student's academic career. Secondly, the program should aid in developing the student participant into a responsible, mature and independent adult. Specifically, the program is a means of improving the student’s mental and physical well being. The Spirit Program is an activity where the student:
The primary purpose of the Spirit member is to be a member of the team, which has as its goal the support of athletics and of the university. The support is directed into three major areas:
Tennessee Tech University has two varsity cheerleading squads. The coed squad cheer for the TTU football team as well as a combination of women's & men’s basketball teams. Generally there are 16 members on the squad: 8 male and 8 female. The all girl squad members cheer all football games as well as a combination of women's & men's basketball games. There are generally 16-20 members. Cheerleading at TTU is a student activity and, subsequently, is a part of the Student Affairs Division under Campus Recreation.
Tennessee Tech University has one dance team. The Golden Girl dance team members dance at TTU football games and TTU men’s and women’s basketball games. The Golden Girls will also work closely with the TTU Band and director and will be required to attend some of the band practices. The dance team at TTU is a student activity and, subsequently, is a part of the Student Affairs Division under Campus Recreation.
C. Mascot-Awesome Eagle
Tennessee Tech University has one mascot. Awesome Eagle will attend all TTU football games and TTU basketball men’s and women’s games. We will have two individuals who will split the requirements for Awesome Eagle. The Awesome Eagle Mascot at TTU is a student activity and, subsequently, is a part of the Student Affairs Division under Campus Recreation.
A. Co-ed & All Girl Squad-Cheer-in the form of cash or housing.
C. Dance Team-under review
D. Mascot-in the form of cash or housing
A valuable education experience at TTU is travel. In most cases, an official college chaperone (the cheerleading coach or designee) will travel with the squad. The TTU cheerleading squad will travel to a small number of designated away games throughout the football and basketball seasons. The TTU cheerleading squad may also travel to additional cheerleading competitions throughout the season.
The primary emphasis of this policy focuses on the behavior of the cheerleaders when they travel as a representative of the University. At all times, cheerleaders’ behavior shall be exemplary. Behavior which is loud, boisterous, rude, unrestrained, rough, rowdy, offensively harsh or discordant, unruly, etc., shall subject a cheerleader to discipline.
In addition to football and basketball games, practices, and pep rallies, cheerleaders, dancers & mascot will attend a number of public relations and / or charitable events each year. The coach and advisor must approve in advance all appearances by the cheerleaders.
Appearances shall be at places and events which are considered in good taste. The cheerleaders shall appear only at events/ activities which will reflect positively on them as individuals and as representatives of the University.
A. Tryouts –Cheerleading, Dance Team & Mascot
Any illness or injury shall be reported to the coach and advisor immediately.
Any injury suffered during practices, games, or official functions will be treated by the University athletics trainers, and / or doctors. Initial expenses for such treatment shall be paid by the squad member’s personal insurance.
If an injury or illness incapacitates a squad member, he / she shall not be permitted to practice and cheer for a period of time as determined by the trainer or doctor.
If a doctor recommends that a squad member should no longer cheer, due to injury or health problems, the squad member shall be removed from the squad. If chronic illness or injury causes a squad member to miss games or practices repeatedly, the squad member may be removed from the squad by the coach and advisor.
As stated earlier, cheerleaders are expected, first, to be good, law-abiding citizens of the nations, state, and city. This expectation is foremost when it comes to alcoholic beverages. Cheerleaders are reminded that as highly visible members of the University community, their actions and behaviors are under constant observation. Absolutely while in uniform, but also while not in uniform, cheerleaders are known, subject to scrutiny, and can easily be the object for criticism for their behaviors or actions, in particular, for over-indulging in alcoholic beverages. If a cheerleader finds him/herself in an uncomfortable situation for any reason, but especially because of alcoholic beverages, he /she should inform the coach as soon as possible.
Members of the squad she adhere the following rules:
The University is committed to providing a safe healthy environment for the cheerleading program. Thus, conduct that involves the unlawful possession, use, dispensation, distribution or manufacturing of controlled substances by a cheerleader at any time will result in appropriate discipline up to termination from the cheer program. Similarly, the unlawful possession use, dispensation, distribution or manufacture of controlled substances by a cheerleader at any other time shall result in appropriate discipline, up to and including termination from the cheer program. Any sanction for such a violation outside of Spirit program functions / activities shall be made with consideration to the potential embarrassment or bad reflection on the cheer program, and / or the University. The legal use of prescribed medicines under the direction of a personal licensed physician is permitted.
Like all TTU athletes, members of the squad are subject to random drug testing; initial positive drug tests shall result in dismissal from the squad. Spirit Program members are expected to be good citizens, and therefore, carefully and faithfully abide by University rules and regulations and the laws and ordinances of the city or state in which they live or travel.
The Spirit Program is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and eating habits for squad members. Conduct which opposes this philosophy or poses unacceptable risk and disregard for the health, safety and welfare of participants is in violation of this policy and will result in appropriate disciplinary action up to and including termination from the squad.
Spirit Program members at Tennessee Tech University must be excellent athletes. Cheerleading involves some aspects of several athletics activities such as rotation and tumbling of gymnastics, stamina of basketball, strength of bodybuilding or football, balance and movement of dance, etc.
Partner stunts are a primary activity of the TTU Cheerleaders. Pyramids are partner stunts combined vertically (in levels not to exceed two and a half human heights) and horizontally (side-by-side partner stunts). The nature of these activities demands certain general physical requirements of the cheerleader. The squad members must have sufficient strength to base pyramids and to lift, hold, throw and catch other squad members safely. Squad members must be of appropriate size and weight such that they can be lifted, held, thrown and caught safely. Squad members must demonstrate flexibility which is necessary in the athletic aspects of cheerleading.
Dance members must also be of appropriate size and weight such that they are able to perform the necessary turns, leaps, and additional technique.
All squad members are required to perform mandatory weight training and cardiovascular workouts outside of practice on an individual basis. The coach will design specific weight, agility and flexibility programs. The cheerleaders will be required to meet and maintain certain predetermined fitness requirements.