Cheer FAQ’s

Q: Is any experience necessary?
A: No, there is no experience necessary. We get new participants at all levels each year. The coaches will work with anyone new to bring them up to speed. We highly encourage new participants!

Q: When is registration?
A: Registration opens on 2/22!! Please click "2021 Registration"in the menu bar above.Uniform fitting night will occur in April.

Q: What is the cost to participate?
150.00 before the first practice.

Q: Is there any additional items I need to purchase for my child not included in my registration fee?
A:  Yes!  Cheer shoes & a team jacket 

Q: When will practice begin?
Practices will begin mid-August.  A full schedule will be released as practice space  is confirmed by the Recreation Department. 

Q: When is the first game?
A:  The official schedule will be released in late August,

Q: What is the practice schedule after the first game?
A:  We will release the practice schedule as soon as we have it from the Amherst Rec. Dept.  

Q: Are parents required to volunteer during the season? 
A: The Amherst Patriots rely heavily on volunteers. Each family is required to volunteer at least once throughout the season.

Q: Our family goes on vacation during August every year, how will this affect my child?
A: Cheer is unlike other sports in that we need each member of the team in order to practice. August practices are especially important because this is when we teach our game material and competition choreography. Especially if your daughter is on one of the older teams, absences may affect her role in the routine. Please consider all practices mandatory, however, if your daughter does need to miss a practice it’s important to contact your head coach so that we can adjust our practice plan accordingly. Please make sure your daughter removes all jewelry, brings plenty of water and cheer shoes to practice

Q: I would like to be a coach or assistant coach, or be a team parent who do I contact?
A: Please e-mail Lisa Marie Wellen at

Q: My child is sick, will miss practice \ game or will be late, who do I contact?
A: Please contact your child’s head coach at least 2hrs prior or as soon as you know directly by phone.

Q: What are the Post Season commitments and Schedule?
A: Playoff football games are played in November (The Amherst Patriots have been very successful in the past, prepare to cheer late into the fall!). Cheerleaders are required to be present at all regular season and post season games regardless of the weather

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