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Welcome to the Herndon Optimist Youth Cheerleading Registration System! Please read each program's description before selecting a program and beginning the registration process. 

If you have additional questions after reading a program's description, or need assistance completing the registration form, please use the "Contact Us" option in the menu on the left side. We will get back to you as soon as we can.

 

HOYC Fall 2022 Cheerleader

Herndon Optimist Youth Cheerleading (HOYC) is a recreational/development program for children 5 - 14 years old. The program provides a rewarding and fun experience with an emphasis on both teamwork and individual accomplishment. Cheerleading requires stamina, concentration, and regular practice as a team. Throughout the season, your child will learn cheerleading fundamentals, sportsmanship, leadership and teamwork appropriate for each age level. 

Participation:

HOYC is open to boys and girls, ages 5-14. Players must be at least 5 years old and no more than 14 years old as of October 1, 2022.

League Schedule:
 

HOYC cheerleaders participate in National Night Out on Tuesday August 2, 2022 at a Herndon area park.

HOYC team practices begin the week of August 8, 2022. Practices will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-7:30pm at the Herndon Middle School field or in a Herndon area school gym.

New this season: HOYC cheerleaders will receive cheer training at Phoenix Elite located in Chantilly, VA one day a week every other week starting in September. The specific day of the week and time will be communicated to parents/guardians once the season starts.

HOYC cheerleaders will cheer with the Herndon High School cheerleaders at home football games on Thursday or Friday nights starting in late August through mid-November. In addition, they may also cheer at elementary-middle school tackle or flag football games which begin in mid-September and end mid-November and are held on Saturdays between 8am-6pm at Herndon or Reston school sports fields. 

The season will conclude no later than November 18, 2022.


League Structure:

Depending on the number of cheerleaders registering, there may be more than one cheer squad. 

We will do our best to place cheerleader siblings together on the same team and cheerleaders on a squad that cheers for their football sibling's team. Please indicate in the registration whether the cheerleader has a sibling playing football. 

Requests to be placed with friends or specific coaches will be considered on a case-by-case basis and honored at the discretion of the Commissioner to ensure proper age placement and balance of squads. If you have a special request, arrange a time to explain your special request to the Cheer Commissioner by using the "Contact Us" menu option on the home page.
 
Fees:

  • HOYC Registration Fee: $175 (includes Phoenix Elite training fee)
  • HOYC Uniform Deposit Fee: $25 per uniform; Deposit is fully refunded when uniform is returned in clean condition, with no rips or stains, by the return date specified by the league
  • If your child resides in Fairfax County and receives government assistance (e.g., free/reduced lunch, Medicaid), the Registration Fee can be covered by a scholarship; the Uniform Deposit Fee is still required to be paid
  • If an adult family member is a Coach, the Registration Fee for one child is waived; the Uniform Deposit Fee is still required to be paid

Fee Payment Options:

  • Credit/Debit Card
  • Check
  • Scholarship (Fairfax County residents only; Uniform Deposit Fee still required)
  • Fee Waiver (Coaches and HOYC Board Members only; Uniform Deposit Fee still required)

 Fee Refunds:

  • Registration Fee refunds will be authorized if the league Registrar receives an email withdrawing the cheerleader and requesting a refund prior to August 26, 2022
  • If a player or family is removed from the league for refusing to follow Code of Conduct Rules or  Health and Safety Protocols, no Registration Fees will be refunded
  • If Fairfax County cancels our access to FCPS field/gym space, the amount of Registration Fee refund, if any, will depend on the costs already incurred by the league
  • Uniform Deposit Fee will be refunded after uniform is returned in clean condition, with no rips or stains, by the return date specified by the league

Additional Costs

  • Each cheerleader will be required to purchase their own red boy cut briefs, white ankle cheer socks, and white sneakers; suggested websites will be provided via email to registered participants

Base Cost: $175.00

Opened: 06/12/2022
Closes: 09/15/2022

Open to:
born between: 10/02/2007 and 10/01/2017

In Grades: K to 8 for 2022-23 School year

HOYC 2022-2023 Adult Volunteer

HOYC is run soley by volunteers.  We strongly encourage at least one adult family member volunteer their time to assist with running the league or their child's squad. The league’s success is directly related to adult involvement.   We have many positions available where you can help - some require a larger commitment than others, but we will gladly take any time you can give to help make this league better.

HOYC Head Coach/Assistant Coach Positions:

  • Head Coaches must be at least 18 years old as of October 1, 2022. Please make sure to provide your birth date when completing your member profile information. If you leave birth date blank, the system will prevent you from completing the volunteer registration because it will think you are too young to meet the age requirement.
  • No cheerleading experience required for coaches. At the first few practices, the coaches will work together as a team to teach the kids the cheers. This provides consistency but also provides an opportunity for the new coaches to learn the cheers.
  • Each Head Coach that has a child participating in the program receives ONE FREE child registration!

Other HOYC Volunteer Positions:

  • Team Manager
  • Apparel Coordinator (e.g., Uniforms, Spiritwear)
  • Publicity/Social Media Coordinator
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Special Events Coordinator (e.g., Pep Rally, End-of-Season Party) 

There are no fees to register as a HOYC volunteer. All HOYC volunteers are expected to:

  • Provide additional personal information and complete a background check before participating in HOYC events involving youth (link will be sent to you after you register)
  • Complete a youth abuse prevention online training and exam before participating in HOYC events involving youth (link will be sent to you after you register)
  • Complete the Volunteer Building Director (VBD) online training and exam by the deadline given (see link provided under "Links")
  • Enforce the HOYC Code of Conduct with your squad members, parents, and spectators (see documents provided under "Forms and Documents")
  • Complete administrative tasks by the deadlines given by the league
  • Attend required coaches meetings and training/clinics
  • Assist with league special events (e.g., uniform issue and collection)
  • Implement and enforce Fairfax County/HOYC health and safety protocols

Opened: 06/12/2022
Closes: 03/16/2023

Open to:
born between: 10/02/1946 and 10/01/2004

HOYC 2022-2023 Youth Volunteer

HOYC is run soley by volunteers.  We welcome high schoolers volunteering their time to assist with training our elementary-middle school cheerleaders. 

HOYC Youth Assistant Coach Positions:

  • Youth Assistant Coaches must be at least 14 years old as of October 1, 2022. Please make sure to provide your birth date when completing your member profile information. If you leave birth date blank, the system will prevent you from completing the volunteer registration because it will think you are too young to meet the age requirement. 

There are no fees to register as a HOYC volunteer. All HOYC volunteers are expected to:

  • Enforce the HOYC Code of Conduct with your squad members, parents, and spectators (see documents provided under "Forms and Documents")
  • Complete administrative tasks by the deadlines given by the league
  • Attend required coaches meetings and training/clinics
  • Assist with league special events (e.g., uniform issue and collection)
  • Implement and enforce Fairfax County/HOYC health and safety protocols

Opened: 06/12/2022
Closes: 03/16/2023

Open to:
born between: 10/02/2003 and 10/01/2008

In Grades: 9 to 12 for 2022-23 School year