Cheerleading
Cheerleading
Caitlin Dowling
Head Coach
Lauren McGorty
Assistant Coach
Toniann Marchesani
Assistant Coach
Daniel Ambrose
Chess Head
(973) 790-6000

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

  • 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 1st & Thursday, August 2nd
  • Where: Athletic Center – upstairs in the multipurpose room
  • Time: 10:00pm-12:00pm
  • Bus Pick-ups: 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
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9-12
7
9-12
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9-12
9
9-12
10
9-12
13
9-12
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9-12
15
9-3
16
9-3
17
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!

Accomplishments

  • 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
  • 2017 State Divisional Champions - NJCDCA

Schedules

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