SRYA Cheerleading

Welcome to SRYA Cheerleading’s youth-recreational program! The fall season begins in August and runs through November-December time frame.  Fall cheer season extends through football playoffs/championships.

DEFINITION OF A CHEERLEADER: A cheerleader serves to boost team spirit, promote good sportsmanship, and develop good positive crowd involvement. Cheerleaders are athletes.

The SRYA Cheer program is meant to be an introductory program.  We believe that every child that wants to be a cheerleader, should be!  There are no try-outs or prior experience required.  We do work hard, take our routines serious and walk away feeling proud about our accomplishments at all skill levels. Most importantly, we have FUN!!!

Sideline Cheer: Cheerleaders cheer during football games to entertain, motivate, and promote team spirit and crowd involvement.  They learn chants and jumps, along with basic tumbling and stunts. They also perform a short routine during Pep Rally and some games for halftime. Coaches are needed in order to continue this program.  Please reach out if interested.

Sideline Cheer and Competition: In addition to the Sideline cheer description, cheerleaders will also participate in 1 or 2 competitions/exhibitions.  To qualify for competition, cheerleaders must be 6 years old by August 31st.

REGISTRATION: Is open to all children between the ages of 3 and 14.  Sideline Cheer cost is $160, ages 3-8.  Sideline Cheer and Competition cost is $225, ages 6 to 14.

Please be sure to explore the tabs to the left as there are a lot of questions answered on the season under each, especially the FAQ tab. 

2022 Season

NOTICE- Updates from previous seasons:

Notable changes from prior years for Competition Squads:

  1. As SRYA cheer is growing, we cannot guarantee the structure will remain the same.  We are trying to more align the cheerleaders with their age groups, etc.  Please do not assume that you will stay with the same squad and coaches when age ranges vary between several years.  Thank you for understanding.
  2. Competition cheer shoes are required for inside practices and competition (This will be the Chasse Flip; a separate white shoe will be required for football games). You must purchase on your own and have them for the first game.  This is an additional cost outside of registration for shoes. Sideline cheer only is also welcome to purchase the Chasse Flip and wear them to games and practices but not required.   
    Chasse Flip IV is the name of the shoe.  Please note that cheer shoes need to be ordered one size larger than a normal tennis shoe as they are cut small.
  3. We are looking at doing another "local" competition as well. Tentative competition dates: Cheer and Dance Extreme's Spirit of Fall, Baltimore, MD on 11/13/22.  As these dates are not guaranteed, this is what we are targeting.

Information for those new to cheer and all squads:

We will begin the first week of August for ALL cheerleaders.  Details are TBD. 

Emergency contact forms and waivers are required prior to practicing.

Clinics will be revamped from previous years.  We are looking at hosting a camp on a Friday night or Saturday morning to learn motions, cheers, etc.  

Squad Practices: Schedules to be determined, but usually twice a week at Edgewater Park.  Once school starts, cheer practices are typically held in the school at Edgewater Elementary.  However, this is not a guaranteed practice location until school begins and permits are received.


Commissioner - Lindsay West

Asst. Commissioner - Stacy Spadaro

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