Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2024-02-01T16:32:21-07:00

CHEER

Are the cheer coaches certified?2024-02-01T12:19:31-07:00

Yes, all of our coaches are qualified and committed to the well-being of our athletes. They hold certifications from recognized organizations, including YCADA (Youth Cheer and Dance Alliance), NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) concussion certification, CPR/first aid certification, and have undergone thorough background checks. Moreover, our head coaches are AYC (American Youth Cheer) certified, showcasing their dedication to the highest standards in coaching. The safety, skill development, and positive experience of our cheerleaders are paramount, and our certified coaching staff is well-equipped to provide guidance and support.

Do cheerleaders have to do sideline cheer and participate in competitions?2024-02-01T12:18:47-07:00

Yes, cheerleaders in our program are required to participate in both sideline cheer and competitions. We embrace a comprehensive approach to cheerleading, combining the excitement and support of sideline cheer with the skill and artistry showcased in competitive events. This dual focus allows our athletes to develop a well-rounded skill set, teamwork, and spirit, contributing to a fulfilling and dynamic cheerleading experience.

What should my cheerleader wear and bring to practice?2024-02-01T12:17:37-07:00

Practice and Game Attire

  • Until Practice Shirts/Outfits come in – t-shirts or tank tops (not spaghetti straps) are acceptable
  • Gym shorts or leggings, socks, and sneakers.
  • Sweatshirts without a hood or pockets are acceptable.
  • Hair must be tightly pulled back into a ponytail for safety; no plastic or metal accessories allowed.
  • Games
    • Uniform, white socks, cheer shoes, hair pulled back with appropriate bow

Footwear Policy

  • Cheer shoes are for practice or game days only, limited to the field.
  • Flip-flops or alternative shoes are to be worn to practice/games; change into cheer shoes on the field.

What to bring to practices/games

  • Bring a yoga mat for floor exercises and a reusable water bottle.
  • Apply sunscreen before practice and games
  • Use mosquito repellent before practice (participant-supplied).

Prohibited Items

  • No shorts with pockets, jean shorts, baggy sweats, or walking shoes like Converse.
  • No halter tops, half shirts, spaghetti strap tank tops, hats, headbands or sun visors.
  • Nail polish, temporary tattoos, writing on arms/legs.
  • No halter tops, half shirts, spaghetti strap tank tops, hats, or sun visors.
  • No candy/junk food at practices or games
  • Absolute Restriction: No jewelry of any kind (rings, earrings, necklaces, watches, belly piercings, etc.) allowed during practice, games, and competition.
    • Exception: Religious medals or medical alerts are permitted, worn under the uniform and secured. Notify the head coach if your child has one of these items.
What happens if it’s raining?2024-02-01T12:16:56-07:00

Rain or shine, we cheer. All cheerleaders are to report to the field for practices/games unless notified by the coaches. Cheerleading often requires adaptability, and practicing in various weather conditions helps build resilience and flexibility in our athletes. 

However, if at any point the weather conditions pose a threat to the safety of our athletes, the organization reserves the right to cancel practice and games. The safety and well-being of our participants are our top priorities, and decisions to cancel are made with careful consideration to ensure a secure environment for everyone involved. It is the parents’ responsibility, once a game or practice has started, to come to the practice/game field immediately if a practice or game is canceled due to bad weather.

Are practices and games mandatory?2024-02-01T12:41:58-07:00

Yes! Regular attendance is crucial in cheerleading for synchronization, skill development, safety, and adaptability. It ensures precise timing, contributes to skill improvement, fosters trust for safer stunts, and enables coaches to make adjustments for optimal performance. 

Cheering at football games is also a required part of our program, as we are a sideline and competition program. Active participation in cheering during games is essential for showcasing team spirit and supporting our athletes on the field.

The detailed attendance policy can be found within our Cheer Constitution.

What is the schedule for the season?2024-02-01T12:15:25-07:00

The official season will start on July 8th at 6:30pm

First Month

  • Practices are 5 days a week
  • Mon – Thu: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Fri – 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Cheer camp will be on Sat/Sun end of July

August (exact dates TBR) thru September

  • Practices 3 days a week with games on Saturday 
  • Tue/Wed: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Fri: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

October up until Competition (end of Oct or Beginning of November)

  • Practice 4 days a week with games on Saturday
  • Tue/Wed: 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Fri: 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Sunday: Competition mat practices

FOOTBALL

REGISTRATION

When does registration start?2024-01-31T21:33:56-07:00

Registration for returning athletes begins February 24th and opens to everyone March 1st.

LEAGUE

Are your coaches CPR certified?2024-01-31T21:24:45-07:00

Yes! A minimum of one coach per team is CPR and first aid certified in accordance with the AYF national rulebook.

Are your coaches certified?2024-01-31T21:24:40-07:00

Yes! All coaches must be certified in accordance with the AYF national rulebook.

Does cheer have a end of season competition?2024-01-31T21:24:50-07:00

Yes! SDAYF had over 50 teams compete in 2023 in every age group from flag to 14u and in every level of cheer.

What does SDAYF charge each organization to run the conference?2024-01-31T21:24:56-07:00

The SDAYF does not charge a fee to the member associations. Each association is it’s own 501c non-profit entity who purchases their own insurance and all of their money is kept to reinvest in their associations.

When are games played?2024-01-31T21:25:02-07:00

Games are played on Saturdays ONLY. For the majority of weekends, associations all travel together and play a single opponent, including flag. Exception to this will be communicated via association presidents well in advance.

Would we have to drive to Phoenix for SDAYF?2024-01-31T21:25:07-07:00

No. However, each coach has the option to compete against a team in Phoenix on their bye week or during a week they are not scheduled to play an SDAYF conference opponent. Our coaches are encouraged to discuss this option with their parents in advance before scheduling a game in which you would be required to travel out of southern Arizona, including Phoenix and beyond.

Where are games played?2024-01-31T21:25:13-07:00

Vail Vikings home games are played at Cienega or Mica Mountain High Schools. Road games are played at the host association’s home field which are located in Tucson (14), Sierra Vista (1), Benson (1), or Douglas (1).

Who is in charge of the SDAYF conference?2024-01-31T21:25:19-07:00

Each member association president holds one vote on the board, so no one person has more power than anyone else.

Are your refs AIA certified?2024-01-31T21:25:25-07:00

Yes! All tackle refs are AIA certified.

What conference do the Vail Vikings compete in?2024-01-31T21:25:31-07:00

The Vail Vikings compete in the Sonoran Desert American Youth Football Conference (SDAYF) under the rules and regulations of American Youth Football (AYF)

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