Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. How do I register for cheer?
A. You will be required to fill out the athlete information form, informed consent form and pay your registration fee. These documents can be found on the Registration page. Once registration fee has been paid and your forms are emailed to you registered, welcome to PGASC!
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 2019-2020 season, the registration fee is $150 for all athletes (competitive and recreational). Both competitive and recreational teams have monthly tuition. Check out our Programs page for more details on cost.
Q. Can we still join your classes after the term 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 16 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. In the 2019-2020 season, SEMI-competitive teams practice on consecutive days: Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Our competitive team will have 3 practices per week; Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (all practices are mandatory for competitive teams).
Recreational teams practice on Sundays (except holiday weekends) starting in November.
Schedules will be provided at the beginning of each cheer season to each team.
Q. Can parents watch?
A. Yes, we don't mind if you watch. It's good for parents to see and understand what cheer is about and see how it has evolved over the decades. It is not necessary for you to watch all practices, but we hope that if you do come that you respect the sport and all participants (coaches, athletes, and other parents) while you watch.
Q. What is your ratio of children to coaches?
A. We aim to have two coaches per 16 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, sign up for our open gyms and tumbling classes!
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.
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 for new equipment.
We also intend to have members of a committee who will hold specific roles in coordinating events, fundraisers, meetings, etc. If you would like to become a member of this committee, please send us an email!