New England AYF is dedicated to teaching youth through positive role models. Emphasis is on learning, playing, and enjoying the sport of football and cheerleading while instilling high moral standards by stressing the importance of academic achievement an

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Cheer Divisions

The following cheer divisions are offered.

Division Ages Skill Level
Tiny Mites 5 - 6 - 7 Local
Division 8 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 1 & 2
Division 10 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 1 & 2
Division 12 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 1, 2, & 3
Division 14 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 1, 2, 3, & 4

Division 18

14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 2 & 4
Inspiration Division 5 thru 21 1 only


Age cut off for all Divisions is July 31.

Note: Divisions 8 thru 14 have a 4 year age span, Division 18 has a 5 year age span.

Division 18 teams are not required to cheer at weekly gams. Athletes that have graduated high school are not eligible to be a participant.

Inspiration Division: The AYC Inspiration Division enables youth with either cognitive or physical disabilities to participate in football and cheer.

COMPONENTS OF AN AYC COMPETITION ROUTINE
• Up to 2 ½ (2:30) minute routine consisting of all music, no minimum time required
• A cheer portion is NOT required but a short chant over music is allowed

MASCOTS - 5 & 6 year olds can participate as a mascot if offered at the local level. Mascots are assigned to a specific cheer division. Cut off age for mascots is July 31.


Cheer Categories

Cheer Squads are divided into up to 4 different levels:

  • Level 1 - Teams that have athletes and coaches with little to no experience. Novice athletes and coaches.
  • Level 2 - Teams with athletes and coaches where majority of the team has mastered level 1 skills. Beginner to intermediate skilled athletes and coaches.
  • Level 3 - Teams with athletes and coaches where majority of the team has mastered level 2 skills. Intermediate to advanced athletes and coaches
  • Level 4 - Teams with athletes and coaches where majority of the team has mastered level 2 & 3 skills. Advanced athletes and coaches.

Cheer Size

Cheer squads are divided into 2 size:

Small consisting of 5 to 18 participants per squad
Large consisting of 19 to 36 participants per squad


Conference Division 14 Elite Cheer

AYC offers a Conference "All-Star type team" Rules can be found in the Official 2019 AYC Rule Book?

Division Ages Level
14 Elite 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 2 & 4

 


Dance and Step Divisions

Division Ages
Division 8 5 - 6 - 7 - 8
Division 10 7 - 8 - 9 - 10
Division 12 9 - 10 - 11 - 12
Division 14 11 - 12 - 13 - 14
Division 18 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18
 

 


Rules

We follow American Youth Cheer (AYC) and Youth Cheer and Dance Alliance rules (YCADA)