Maryland Twisters Policies and Procedures
We have created the Maryland Twisters Chain of Command to help streamline communication between our coaching staff and parents. If you ever have a question or run into any issues please use the following Chain of Command. Email communication is the preferred method.
- Team Rep
- Team Coach
- Head Cheer/Tumble Coach
- Gym Owner
Summer Attendance Policy: Athletes are allowed 3 absences for summer vacations during June, July, and August. Each practice counts as 1 absence. Vacation dates must be submitted in writing to your Team Rep once your team assignment is known.
In-Season Attendance Policy: Athletes are allowed a maximum of 3 absences during the cheer season September through May. Each practice counts as 1 absence. Absolutely NO ABSENCES ALLOWED THE WEEK BEFORE A COMPETITION! Coaches reserve the right to replace an athlete who misses practice the week before a competition. Repeated absences are grounds for dismissal from the program.
No vacations are allowed in April for Worlds and Summit teams.
Lateness to practice:
Each athlete is allowed to be up to 15 minutes late 3 times a month. each additional lateness or lateness greater than 30 minutes will be charged $10 per occurrence.
Late Pick Up
Parents have a 15 minute grace period to pick up their athlete. For each additional 15 minutes beyond the grace period, you will be charged a $10 late fee.
Product Ambassadors/Industry Spokesmodels
(i.e., Infinity Legends, Varsity Fashion/Fashionista, Epic Athletes, etc.)
Any athlete who is invited by an industry vendor to be a spokesperson/model MUST get Tara Rall’s approval BEFORE signing any industry vendor contract and MUST submit a list of specific appearance dates required by the industry vendor prior to any athlete signing. Tara Rall reserves the right to disallow any dates that conflict with Twisters practices, choreography, camps, and competitions. Failure to adhere to this policy is grounds for dismissal from the team.
Parents will provide airfare reservations for their athlete. Airfare itineraries must be given to the Team Rep prior to departure.
All athletes are required to arrive at Travel Events no later than 4 pm on Friday. NO EXCEPTIONS.
If your team regularly practices on Thursday night, you MAY NOT make airline reservations for Thursday!!! Your team WILL have practice before National and travel competitions. Teams may also have extra practices held Friday night at the away competition, as well as at the home gym if the competition is drivable. Be sure to consider this before making travel arrangements
Mandatory Extra Practices
Extra Practices may be called before big events. If you miss these practices your account will be charged a $75 Mandatory Practice Fee.
Tuition and Allstar Fee payments are due on the 1st of the month. You have a grace period until the 10th of the month. After that, you will be charged a $25 late fee.
Everyone is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED sign up for FACTS, an auto-payment service. All tuition and allstar fee payments processed through FACTS. You will receive more information at a later date. Failure to have your monthly payments processed through FACTS will result in an additional administrative monthly fee of $15. Parents may request a change to their scheduled FACTS payment 2 times per season at no cost. Any change requests after that will be processed at an additional processing fee of $15 per change.
If your FACTS payment returns 3 times, you will be taken off the FACTS system and will be subject to the $15 administrative monthly fee. In addition, your payments will be due on the first of each month in cash or credit card only. After the 10th of the month, a late fee of $25 will automatically be charged to your account.
Inconvenience Fee – Any athlete quitting during or after choreography will be charged a $500 Quit Inconvenience Fee and will not be refunded any monies paid. This includes tuition, Allstar fees, Worlds fees, Summit fees, or any fees associated with award events.
ALL fundraisers must be approved by and coordinated through the Booster Club. Summit fundraisers will be approved by Karla on a case by case basis.
Fundraising Credits: Any fundraising credits will be applied to your tuition in March or April unless otherwise directed. Contact Karla at Karla4twisters@verizon.net if you want your fundraising credits applied earlier or to something else.
If you are fundraising and paying at the gym instead of using FACTS, you WILL be charged the $15 administrative monthly fee regardless of whether or not your account is current or you carry a balance. Additionally, your payments are still due by the 1st of the month regardless of whether or not your fundraising money has come in.