Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. How do I register for cheer?
A. We now offer full online registration! Check out the Programs page and you should be able to find the register now button by each program. After you've registered with PGA you will be required to complete the athlete registration for both BC Cheerleading Association and Cheer Canada, a how to manual can be found on the registration page.
If you are interested in becoming a part of our competitive teams you will be asked to attend placements. At placements, we will be looking for positive attitudes, teamwork and supporting others, you will be placed on a team based on age and skill!
If you are interested in a recreational team, you will be placed in a group based on age.
Q. How much will it cost to register?
A. For the 2020/2021 season, the registration fee is $120 for all competitive athletes and $150 for recreational athletes. Competitive teams have monthly tuition in addition to the registration fee, recreation teams are the flat registration fee for each term (fall or spring). Check out our Programs pages for more details on cost.
Q. Can we still join your classes after the season has started?
A. We may have opportunities to join after placements (after our competitive teams have been determined). It is more likely that we will have spots available on our recreational teams and you may need to wait until the following season to register again. We anticipate 15 spots on each competitive team. Spots available on our recreational teams are determined depending on the demand! We would rather build a new time slot for additional recreational athletes than have a larger group!
Q. What should my child wear/bring for practices?
A. Athletes will be asked to wear leggings or shorts, t-shirt, and hair up in a pony-tail! Please wear indoor sneakers or cheer shoes! No jewelry, zippers or hoodies. We require form fitting attire to allow coaches the ability to ensure athletes are in the correct body positions during stunting and tumbling.
We recommend you bring a water bottle... and a POSITIVE ATTITUDE!
Q. What days of the week do you practice?
A. For our preseason competitive teams we currently host hour long practices on Sunday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Check out our registration package for more details on times.
Recreational teams practice on Sundays (except holiday weekends) starting in September.
Schedules will be provided at the beginning of each cheer season to each team.
Q. Can parents watch?
A. No, unfortunately do to Covid-19 we have to limit the number of bodies in our facility which means that only athletes will be allowed to stay for the duration of the practice. Parents are asked to please ensure they are social distancing if they chose to wait in the parking lot.
Q. What is your ratio of children to coaches?
A. We aim to have two coaches per 15 athletes! That's a pretty great ratio! Our goal is to provide as much opportunity for 1-on-1 training as possible.
If you would like your athlete to receive more 1-on-1 time with a coach, please contact Coach Jess to arrange a private lesson with one of our coaches.
Q. Where are competitions/Are competitions local?
A. Currently all our competitions are within BC. Each competition is at a different location but there are several in Metro Vancouver and we always attend a competition in Kelowna at the end of April!
Q. Do you need experience to join cheer?
A. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Please come to tryouts/practices with an open mind and a positive and supportive attitude! There is a place for everyone in cheer!
That in mind, if you have even a little bit of experience in gymnastics or dance, or have been a part of other team sports, that is an excellent start to becoming a cheerleader!
Q. Are your coaches qualified?
A. YES! We will have at least 1 BCCA Certified coach at every practice.
We also have coaches in training, this means that they have taken several online and field training courses to prepare to coach your kids! It means that they require just a few more courses like first aid/CPR training, or more hours to become fully certified. If you are interested in becoming a Coach in Training (CIT) email your resume over to PGCheerleading1@gmail.com, we'd love to hear from you.
Q. As a parent, how can I become more involved in PGASC?
A. We hope that you will participate in fundraising activities to help raise money to reduce the cost of competition and other expenses.
We may also have Coach in Training (CIT) opportunities available, if this sounds like something you may be interested in check out out 'Join the Team" page to learn more.