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2020 CHEER & POM


Welcome to the 2020 Pirate Cheer/Pom Season!



As VPs of Cheer/Pom, our goal is to provide all participants with a fun, exciting, and enjoyable team environment! We want the children to learn all of the basic skills of cheerleading and pom and become as skillful as they can while keeping it fun. We want to provide a positive experience where we teach through positive reinforcement while motivating and challenging all of the participants on the team. Good sportsmanship, athleticism, a sense of family, camaraderie, and pride in one's self and one's team are important qualities that we hope to instill in your children. Your children will experience cheerleading and pom in a range of positions as it is intended to rotate each child’s position as much as possible. We also believe that forming friendships, developing a feeling of belonging, and learning to share experiences with others is important.

For the 2020 season:

Due to COVID, we will be unable to stunt or have Cheerfest but we are just excited that we can have a season at all!

Practice schedule:

The fall renewed season begins 9/9/20. Practices will be based on the age and instruction level of the girls, as described below. Exact practice days and times will be set by each team's head coach. Practices will be held outdoors at the Navigator/Pathfinder complex and will move indoors in late September. 

General practice information:

Please bring a water bottle or sports drink. No pop/soda/energy drinks. We will be practicing outdoors in a somewhat wooded area so please make sure your child has bug spray and/or sunscreen. Please make sure your child has eaten a snack or dinner before arriving at practice, they will not be allowed to eat during practice. Please make sure your child uses the bathroom before arriving at practice as there is no guarantee that there will be a port-a-potty available.

Practices before Labor Day:

Instructional (1st-2nd grade) will be allowed to practice up to 3 nights/week no earlier than 6:15pm and will be allowed to practice up to 2 hours each night for a total of 6 hours each week. 

Freshman (3rd-4th grade) and JV (5th-6th grade) will be allowed to practice up to 4 nights/week no earlier than 6:15pm and allowed to practice up to a total of 15 hours each week.

Practices after Labor Day*:

Instructional will practice 2 nights/week no earlier than 6:15pm and will be allowed to practice up to 1.5 hours each night for a total of 3 hours each week. 

Freshman and JV will be practice 3 nights/week no earlier than 6:15pm and allowed to practice up to 2 hours each night for a total of 6 hours each week.

* This is a new LCACC rule for 2020. Practice hours will not reduce until after Labor Day so all teams are on an even playing field whether they start school before Labor Day or not. 

Game days:

Games are held on Saturdays. Times and locations will vary. Games will begin on 9/26/20. Some games will be here at Pinckney High School and some games will be away. Potential away game locations are Howell, Brighton, South Lyon, Hartland, Milford, Fowlerville, and Lakeland. Game schedules will be posted as soon as they are released by the league. Once the schedule for the season has been finalized, it will be shared with you. The organization is part of the Kensington Valley Youth Football Conference. You can find information relating to other teams and their field locations at: Your coach will also touch base with your team regarding game day information each week.

Proper attire:

Practice: The girls are expected to wear proper attire for practicing such as shorts or pants and t-shirts, tank tops, and/or sweatshirts to all practices. All girls must wear tennis shoes and have their hair pulled back off of their face and in a ponytail. They may not wear jeans, crocs, sandals, or flip flops. If they wear these items, they will sit and not participate during practice. 

Games: All of the girls are expected to arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the game in their complete uniform (shell, white bodysuit**, skirt, spanks, white no-show socks, and white game shoes) with their hair up in a ponytail with optional hair bow and a smile on their face.

** At the discretion of the head coach, the following may apply: If the weather is warm at game time, your child may wear a white, black, or red tank top under their shell that must be tucked into their skirt.

ADDITIONALLY, Uniforms must be kept clean and presentable.  Any uniforms damaged due to improper care or not promptly returned at the end of the season will require just compensation and/or repayment of uniform.

 Coaches, respect, and safety:

The PYA Coaches are responsible for watching over your child during the practices and games.  We want to make sure that your child is safe while at practice. Please help us out by observing the following rules:

  • Participants cannot be dropped off at practice until the PYA Coach is present.
  • Parents must pick up participants from the Cheer/Pom practice areas. Participants may not walk to their cars on their own. This is unsafe and we don't want any accidents. 
  • Participants may not sit in cars during water breaks. 
  • Please remember that your coach is a volunteer. She is not paid by PYA. If you have a concern, please approach your coach either before or after practice. Please do not disrupt practice. Game day is also not the appropriate time to bring up any concerns you may have. Coaches are focused on the game and the team on game day. Also, please do not address our high school coaches at practice or during game day. If you have a concern that you would like addressed, please speak with your head coach. Our high school coaches are not getting paid for their time. They are involved as mentors and are given direction from the head coaches and assistant coaches of PYA. 

Cheerfest 2020:

There will be no Cheerfest this year. We will have a showcase event instead, date and time TBD. However, this information is here for your review for next year. 

Cheerfest 2021 will be hosted by Milford. It will be held on a Sunday TBD at Milford High School. Participation is mandatory. It is very important that all Cheer/Pom participants attend all scheduled practices during the month of October or they may jeopardize their ability to perform as a team at Cheerfest. This is a team sport and we cannot move forward as a TEAM if we do not have everyone present at practice. It is mandatory for each team to compete in two rounds. One round is a Pom Routine and the second round is a Stunt Cheer Routine. All teams will complete the MHSAA Precision 10 Count. Each practice, we learn a new segment of our cheer and pom routines. We have very little time to learn our routines for Cheerfest so attendance at all practices throughout the season is very important, especially if girls are trying to learn stunting as all partners must be present in order to learn and practice.  

There will be mandatory indoor practices the two weeks before Cheerfest. The week prior to Cheerfest, these practices will be 3 nights for all teams and last 2 hours each night. Practices time and location TBD.

Uniform sizing and handout:

The uniform sizing/handout wil take place on Tuesday, September 8th from 6-8:30pm at the Merrill Field equipment shed. Attendance is required. All items listed on must be turned in and accounts paid in full before we can provide you with a uniform. We are no longer allowing these items to be handed in to the coaches on the first day of practice at is too much of a burden on them and we need to ensure compliance before girls are allowed to practice. Thank you for understanding. 

Teams must have a white cheer/pom shoes, however, they do not have to all be the same. Cheer/Pom shoes may be purchased at Dunham's, Dick's Sporting Goods, or online at Omni Cheer or GTM. Please keep in mind that Brighton, Howell, and Hartland teams will also be purchasing their shoes from these local stores so the sooner you get yours, the better.

Cheer/Pom coaches:

Coaches are expected to follow HPYFA/PYA and LCACC (Livingston County Area Cheer Commissioners) rules/regulations. Coaches are also given guidelines from the Cheer/Pom VPs that they are expected to follow.

 If you have any questions regarding Cheer/Pom, please contact Kelly Rysso and Jamie Baltzell at

Thank you for your support!



Contact Information

Contact the Cheer/Pom VPs with any questions:

Kelly Rysso and Jamie Baltzell

Thank you for your support!

2020 Coaches

Congratulations to our 2020 Cheer/Pom Coaches!

Instructional: Head Coach Krista Ransford, Assistant Coaches Deanna Andrews and Melessa Michael

Freshman: Head Coach Carrie Dygert, Assistant Coaches Debbie Sandecki and Krystal Gambrell

JV: Head Coach Kelly Rysso, Assistant Coaches Kristi Meade and Tiffany Watts

2020 Parent Handbook

We are so glad that you are with us this season! We created this Parent Handbook to make sure you know what to expect from us and what we expect from you so that the program can run as smoothly as possible for everyone.