The Middle School Competitive Cheer team is designed for grades 6-9 and is focused on fostering development in the sport of cheerleading. Athletes will experience the sport in a fun, team-focused and competitive environment. Coaches will emphasize safety, teamwork, good sportsmanship and making good choices to become a better athlete and prepare athletes for future, higher level, cheer teams. Previous cheer/gymnastics/dance experience is helpful for participating on this team, but not mandatory. The season runs July-February; practices are Mondays and Thursday nights at Minnetonka Middle School East from 6:00 - 8:30 PM. This is a competitive team - all practices are mandatory and critical to team safety and success. Participants are expected to fully commit to the team and be present prior to signing up and becoming a member. The team will perform at middle school sporting events, community events, and local/state cheer competitions. *Please Note The Universal Cheer Association (UCA) states that participants have to attend a Minnetonka School to be eligible for this Minnetonka program. New for 2021 - Team Clinic & Team Try-outs: Required Clinics: June 21 & 22 from 6-8 pm Tryouts: June 24 6-8 pm All take place at Minnetonka Middle School East. This is a squad that requires athletes to try out for the team in order to earn a spot on the team. Spots are limited based on mastering of the tryout materials, which is taught by coaches at the clinic prior to tryouts. Team registration will take place after tryouts. A registration fee of $690 can be paid in full or through a payment plan. For the payment plan option, $235 is due at the time of registration, two additional payments of $237 will be charged: September 24 & November 19. Class fee covers: Full uniform and fees for events.