Cheerleading
Cheerleading

Cheerleading

Coaching Staff

  • Head Coach: Caitlin Dowling
  • Assistant Coach: Lauren McGorty
  • Assistant Coach: Toniann Marchesani

Information

Fall

  • Aug. Practices
  • Workout on your own in the summer
  • Need to go to weight room on some OFF days in fall (I will be checking)
  • JV and Varsity Teams
  • JV – Mon and Wed practices; Mon & Wed & Sat FB Games
  • Varsity – Tues and Thurs Practices; Friday games
  • Emphasis on Cheers, Dancing, and Stunting

Winter

  • Dec. – Feb. practices and games
  • All on Tues or Thurs
  • JV and Varsity Teams
  • JV all season practice from 3-5; starting in Jan. games at 5:30
  • Varsity practice in Dec from 3-5; games at 4 starting in Jan.
  • Tryouts first week of Dec.
  • Emphasis on Cheers

Competition

  • DEFENDING STATE CHAMPS
  • Tryouts beginning of Oct.
  • Choreography around end Oct. /early Nov.
  • Varsity Only
  • CO-ED!
  • Need strong guys to keep up with other teams
  • Don’t need to be on fall or winter
  • Season is mid Oct – beginning of March
  • (If on a fall sport we will work with you)
  • Weight Room! Summer, Fall, off days
  • Emphasis on Stunting and Tumbling

Fall Freshman Tryouts

  • When: Wednesday, August 9th & Thursday, August 10th
  • Where: Athletic Center – upstairs in the multipurpose room
  • Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm
  • Bus-Pickups Passaic City Hall: 11:15am; Paterson City Hall: 11:30am

Be Here BEFORE 12 if you are getting a ride to school

Tryouts

  • Students must have a physical into the nurse and check to make sure they are cleared BEFORE the day of tryouts. The earlier you are cleared the better!
  • Students should come in athletic clothing and sneakers. No jewelry is to be worn. There will be bus transportation to and from tryouts.
  • Students will learn a cheer, dance, and practice their jumps (toe touch, left and right herkies, pike) on Wednesday and then be scored on Thursday. Students will be scored from 1 to 5 (1 = poor; 5 = excellent) in the following categories: Cheer, Dance, Motions, Timing, Poise, and Spirit.

August: MANDATORY CAMP: Both JV and Varsity are required to attend (there is bus transportation to and from practice from Passaic and Paterson City Halls)

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
14
12-3

21
12-3
15
12-3

22
12-3
16
12-3

23
9-3
17
12-3

24
9-3
18
12-3

25
9-12

Missing camp dates will have consequences – automatic 1 quarter bench NO EXCEPTIONS (there are no excused absences). This is where all cheers and dances will be taught as well as formations made, it is very important that all cheerleaders are present!

Varsity Winter Cheer Schedule

Date Activity Time Location
December 6
Varsity and JV Tryouts
3:00 - 5:00pm
Café 1
December 7
Varsity and JV Tryouts
3:00 - 5:00pm
Café 1
December 8
Varsity and JV Tryouts
3:00 - 5:00pm
Café 1
December 13
Varsity and JV Practice
3:00 - 5:00pm
Café 1
December 14
JV Practice
3:00 - 5:00pm
Café 1
December 15
Varsity and JV Practice
3:00 - 5:00pm
Café 1
December 16
Girls Basketball Game
4:00pm
Main Gym
December 20
Boys Basketball Game
4:00pm
Main Gym
December 22
Girls Basketball Game
4:00pm
Main Gym
January 3
Boys Basketball Game
4:00pm
Main Gym
January 6
Girls Basketball Game
4:00pm
Main Gym
January 10
Boys Basketball Game
4:00pm
Main Gym
January 13
Boys Basketball Game
4:00pm
Main Gym
January 17
Girls Basketball Game
4:00pm
Main Gym
January 19
Boys Basketball Game
4:00pm
Main Gym
January 24
Girls Basketball Game
4:00pm
Main Gym
January 26
Boys Basetball Game
4:00pm
Main Gym
January 31
Girls Basketball Game
4:00pm
Main Gym
February 2
Girls Basketball Game
4:00pm
Main Gym
February 7
Girls Basketball Game
4:00pm
Main Gym
February 9
Boys Basketball Game
4:00pm
Main Gym
February 16
Boys Basketball Game
4:00pm
Main Gym
February 21
END OF YEAR CHEER DINNER
3:00-5-00pm
TBD

Competition Cheer Schedule

Date Activity Time Location
November 1
Competition Practice
3:00 - 5:00pm
AC
November 3
Competition Practice
3:00 - 5:00pm
AC
November 8
Competition Practice
11:00 - 5:00pm
AC
November 10
Competition Practice
11:00 - 2:00pm
AC
November 12
Competition Choreography
12:00 - 4:00pm
Just CheerAll Stars Gym
November 15
Competition Practice
3:00 - 5:00pm
AC
November 17
Competition Practice
3:00 - 5:00pm
AC
November 29
Competition Practice
3:00 - 5:00pm
Café 1
December 1
Competition Practice
7:00 - 8:30pm
AC Gym
December 4
Fair Lawn Competition
1:00pm
Fair Lawn HS
December 20
Competition Practice
5:30 - 7:00pm
AC Gym
December 22
Competition Practice
5:30 - 7:00pm
AC Gym
January 3
Competition Practice
5:30 - 7:00pm
AC Gym
January 9
Fair Lawn Mini Meet
TBD
Fair Lawn HS
January 10
Competition Practice
5:30 - 7:00pm
AC Gym
January 14
Hackensack Competition
12:00pm
Hackensack HS
January 17
Competition Practice
5:30 - 7:00pm
AC Gym
January 18
Teaneck Mini Meet
TBD
Teaneck Hs
January 19
Competition Practice
5:30 - 7:00pm
AC Gym
January 21
Hpatcong Competition
TBD
Hopatcong HS
January 23
Riverdell or Lakeland Mini Meet
TBD
Riverdell HS or Lakeland HS
January 24
Competition Practice
5:30 - 7:00pm
AC Gym
January 26
Competition Practice
5:30 - 7:00pm
AC Gym
January 31
Competition Practice
5:30 - 7:00pm
AC Gym
February 3
Big North Cheer Competition
7:00pm
Wayne Valley HS or Paramus Catholic HS
February 9
Competition Practice
5:30 - 7:00pm
AC Gym
February 11
Ramapo Cheer Competition
TBD
Ramapo HS
February 16
Competition Practice
5:30 - 7:00pm
AC Gym
February 18
NJTAC Competition
12:00pm
East Brunswick Tech
February 21
END OF CHEER DINNER
3:00 - 5:00pm
TBD
February 23
Competition Practice
3:00 - 5:00pm
AC
February 26
Wayne Valley Cheer Competition
1:00pm
Wayne Valley HS
March 2
Competition Practice
3:00 - 5:00pm
AC
February 5
NJCDCA
8:00pm
Sun National Bank Center, Trenton NJ

More Information

Cheerleading at PCTI begins in the summer and runs until the end of March. Our teams cheer for football in the fall and basketball in the winter. In the fall, varsity practices 3 days a week after school and cheers on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons. JV cheers on Monday after school and Saturday mornings. In the winter, our teams cheer 2 days a week, Tuesday and Thursdays. We also have a separate competition team which also competes in the winter. They have a separate practice schedule which may include weekends. All competitions are on the weekends as well. Our varsity team is made up of upper classmen and our JV team is made up of mostly incoming freshmen. All freshmen must spend at least one season on JV in order to be moved up to the varsity team. All varsity members and sophomore and juniors on JV must be prepared to practice for 2 weeks over the summer vacation in August. Both teams may be coed. Physicals are required for both seasons and are due in the spring (June) for the fall and in the fall (Nov.) for the winter. There are separate tryouts for both fall and winter teams. Experience in cheerleading prior to tryouts is encouraged. Tumbling experience is preferred, but not mandatory.

  • 2005: 8th place at Cheerleading Nationals
  • 2006-2007: NJTAC second place overall
  • 2008-2009: NJTAC champs: First place overall
  • 2009-2010: NJTAC first place cheer; second place cheer dance, second place overall
  • 2010-2011: NJTAC first place cheer; second place cheer dance, second place overall
  • 2015-2016: NJTAC second place olverall; NJ States second place overall

Schedules

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