GRESHAM YOUTH CHEER
We are a recreational cheer program open to the youths of Gresham to cheer on GYFA and GYB. We offer both a sideline only program and a sideline/competition team.
Please read about our amazing team below
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2020/2021 SEASON
Thank you so much for your support to Gresham Youth Cheer and we look forward to hopefully seeing everyone soon.
Program Director/Head Coach Ashley Spencer:
I am a mom of 2 GHS students and I work full-time, I dedicate any remaining time I have to this program and ensuring that my coaches, athletes and parents are getting the best cheer experience. I was a dancer, but my daughter has been dancing and cheering for 12 years and I have always been the involved mom.
Coach Kylee Hamilton:
She is a GHS graduate and has been cheering for over 7 years and is a GHS Cheer alumi. When she's not coaching cheer she works as a certified medical assistant in an allergy clinic. Kylee is entering her 2nd year with GYC and will a liaison between parents and the program director when needed.
Coach Kota Foreman:
She is a GHS graduate and has been involved with cheer for 6 years and dance since she could walk. She is a Gresham Rhythmette and GHS Cheer alumi. Outside of cheer her passion is hair and makeup. She will be entering her 2nd season with GYC.
Coach Trainees are high school students who volunteer their time to learn how to coach youths.
2020/2021: Alli S, Juliette F, Sarah S, Sophia P, Giselle D, Lauren J, Jaedyn
Jr Cheer Coaches are GYC athletes who are 7th and 8th graders and have had at least one season. These athletes help coaches when teaching new cheers and chants and must demonstrate being a role model.
2020/2021: Mikayla F, Lauren A and Monica D
What does the registration fee cover?
The Sideline registration fee is built to cover the registration/league fees, insurance, location fee, OCCA fee, coach training, team bow and any other fees incurred in the season.
The Sideline/Competition registration fee is built to cover the registration/league fees, insurance, location fee, OCCA fee, coach training, competition gear, competition, music, choreography, and any other fees incurred in the season.
Tumbling fee covers the cost of tumbling at Thunder Elite: 3 months for Sideline Only and 6 months for Sideline/Competition.
When is tumbling and how long? Why do we have this?
Tumbling will be on its own practice day (typically a Wednesday), which will be one hour at Thunder Elite located in Clackamas (they are an all star cheer facility). We utilize their coaches and space to ensure ALL athletes are progressing as a cheerleader. Tumbling is a major part of cheer and we like to see our athletes grow these skills throughout the season. We also utilize this time for stunting purposes.
Is the uniform included in these fees?
No, the uniform is a separate cost and will be paid to Varsity Cheer through their payment portal. The uniform package will cost under $220 and will include: skirt, shell, practice shorts, practice shirt, poms, bow and shoes. The uniform will be custom fit to each cheerleader and roughly takes about 6-8 weeks to make.
Where will practice be held and what days and times?
Practices will be held at Gresham High School, we typically practice Monday and Fridays 5pm to 7/7:30pm. We work closely with the high school and these days and times are subject to change based on their needs.
How can I have help with the cost of the program?
We strive to make the cost as low as possible and offer payment plans through our registration system. The early you registration the more cost effective it is as you will have more months to pay the lower cost. We offer a Uniform Fundraiser to help with the cost of the uniform that starts at the Parent Meeting. We are always willing to work with families and have limited funds to offer a scholarship (first come basis – please inquiry).
Can a parent help?
Of course, we are looking for Team Parents to help out at the games. If interested please contact the Program Director for more information.
When are football games? When are basketball games? When are competitions?
TVYFL sets the schedule for GYFA and from there the coaches workout a schedule to ensure as many games as possible are covered. Games typically start the first weekend of September on Saturday ranging from 8am to 6pm.
GYB is also in a league and their schedule comes out in December – since basketball tends to have more games we do not squad out athletes we just spend a Saturday at one location performing half-time routines at each game possible.
Competition schedule is set by the OCCA which comes out in August – once the schedule is out coaches will look ahead and start planning what competitions are best suited to the competition team – season starts in January, schedule will be released in October. We will attend Oregon Elite and OCCA Championships in February as our “state” competitions.
What is OCCA?
OCCA stands for Oregon Cheerleading Coaches Association and we are one the only program in Gresham to be affiliated and registered with it. The OCCA provides education to our coaches, promotes safety and regulations throughout all of Oregon not only for Recreational cheer, but for the High Schools too. They are a resource we rely on to ensure that our athletes are getting the best out of this program so if they choose to go on and cheer in high school it will be the same. Coaches attend a conference yearly to keep up on training and education.
Are coaches certified?
Yes, ALL coaches are certified and could easily be high school coaches. The Program Director made it her mission to ensure that athletes were a number one priority and to do that meant that all coaches MUST be background checked and certified.
What does this mean? All coaches have the following certification: CPR/First Aid, Concussion in Sports, Fundamentals of Coaching. Heat Illness Prevention, Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs and Substances, and the Oregon State Component.
Certificates are obtained through extensive training and tests from NFHS (National Federation of State High School Association).
GYC is looking for Sponsors to help support our 2020/2021 Season - if interested please reach out to Program Director.
Silver Sponsor - $400
White Sponsor - $200
Blue Sponsor - $75
Season to begin practices 7/27
2019/2020 GYC Coaches (from left to right): Ashley, Kota, Laney and Kylee
Code of Conduct for 2020/2021 to be uploaded soon.
Program Director/Head Coach
From left to right: Jaedyn, Jr Coach Lauren, Jr Coach Mikayla, Jr Coach, Kathryn, Jr Coach Sophia and Jr Coach Alli