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A Great Coach Can Make All the Difference in the World!

Coaches are an integral part of the Cambridge Junior Cheer program and we are so thankful you’re considering being part of the team!

Cambridge Junior Cheer (CJC) coaches guide future Cambridge athletes in learning cheers, stunting, tumbling, and dance, as well as being a role model and helping young athletes develop as kind, respectful, and responsible individuals and teammates. It is important that CJC coaches are passionate about cheerleading, have knowledge of cheer skills and safety guidelines, are great communicators, are empathetic to the middle school age group, and are strong leaders.



  • Complete the CJC coach application and interview with a CJC board member

  • Attend CJC Summer Sideline practice from 3-4:30pm @ ATA from June 5 – July 31

  • Attend CJC School Year Sideline practice from 4:30-6pm @ Hopewell from August 7- September 25

  • Attend all regular season and playoff games (August-November and may include Labor Day Weekend and Fall Break)

  • Minimum of 2 years of cheer experience (CJC experience preferred)

  • Will attend a preseason coach’s meeting with CJC Board member

  • Will follow and enforce the CJC RESPECT Creed and Requirements for Participation (copies will be provided at pre-season meeting)

  • Complete pre and post season interview with a CJC board member


  • Summer Practices – assist and follow instructions from ATA staff and CJC board members

  • School Year Practices – follow weekly plan for teaching cheers and practicing halftime routine

  • Maintain the standards in the CJC RESPECT Creed and Requirements for Participation

  • Take attendance

  • Record/Report any violations to board member (Attendance, Appearance, Or Behavior)

  • Enforce consequences


  • Maintain the standards in the CJC RESPECT Creed and Requirements for Participation

  • Record/Report any violations (attendance, appearance, behavior)

  • Enforce consequences

  • Warmup athletes and halftime routine (make needed adjustments)

  • Pick weekly captains (plan the season so everyone has a turn)

  • Place athletes in cheering rows – rotate who is in front/back and center from week to week

  • Help athletes call cheers

  • Escort athletes on the field for half time routine

  • Communicate any issues or needs with team moms or board members

  • Look presentable in CJC top (will be provided) and black bottoms (pants, shorts, skirt)

  • Keep track of equipment (pompoms, banner, team basket, and binder) and keep organized

Other Coaching Info

  • Cell phone use is only permitted at practice to assist with learning and at games in the case of an emergency

  • Coaches are encouraging, positive, and good role models to the CJC athletes

  • Coaches communicate positive feedback and any/all concerns with CJC board members and/or team moms.

  • Coaches will be a part of team GroupMe and are expected to monitor for absences

  • Coaches are paid $10/hour year 1 and 2, $15/hour year 3

  • Coaches will receive 1 CJC Coaches shirt to wear at games

  • Coaches not meeting requirements or upholding the CJC Creed of RESPECT or the Requirements for Participation will be given 2 warnings and then dismissed from the program

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