2017 Cheer & Pom Season News & Updates

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Coaches Qualifications & Application: Those that are interested in serving as head or assistant coach will be required to submit an application or a letter of interest with a current resume. Coaches should reflect in their application and/or resume their experience working with children, leadership abilities, communication skills both oral and in written form.  In addition, their resume should reflect any experience in either cheer, pom, dance or gymnastics.  If you are interested, please submit your information to

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2017 – Cheer / Pom  Important Updates: 

DSA Cheer & Pom Clinic – Sunday, May 21 at 9:30AM – 3:00PM
Cost: Register by 5/1/16 and pay $40, or $45 at the door
All participants will receive a t-shirt*
(only early bird registrants will be guaranteed their shirt size of choice)
Open to all PreK-8 students
Register online at

Letter from the Board of Directors to all DSA Members

DSA now has a “Zero Tolerance” policy regarding inappropriate behavior from all of those involved with DSA. This policy will encompass all interactions during the course of the pre-season, regular season and post-season, which shall include but not be limited to the following: practices, games, opening day ceremonies, all-stars, tournaments and any other league sponsored event(s). By registering your child with DSA you are agreeing to abide by this policy effective immediately, which includes the following conditions:
1. All persons involved with DSA including parents/guardians, players, commissioners/coaches, Board Members and umpires/officials shall abide by the Zero Tolerance Policy and all the rules governing the league.
2. It is the duty of all commissioners/coaches to control their players and spectators at all times.
3. No parent or spectator will have any communication with MCPS/school employees or representatives at any time regarding a DSA event. Only commissioners/coaches are permitted to communicate with MCPS/school employees. Anyone in violation will be immediately removed from the field or field area and forbidden to return until disciplinary action(s)/decision(s) have been made.
4. Coaches should teach their players to respect the dignity of the game, the authority of its officials, the value of the opponent and the institutions they represent.
5. Cursing, obscene or threatening gestures or language, harassment of any kind, malicious or personal remarks between opponents, players, spectators or officials on or off the field will not be tolerated and will be subject to disciplinary action. Anyone in violation will be immediately removed from the field or field area and forbidden to return until disciplinary action(s)/decision(s) have been made.
6. Telephone/Verbal/Email/Social Media/In-person assaults, harassment and/ or threats are strictly forbidden and grounds for immediate ban from all DSA activities.
7. Any and all questions, concerns or reports regarding a disciplinary problem(s) and or action(s) can be directed in person to any DSA Board member or by email at Any and all information and concerns are strictly confidential and will not be shared with anyone other than the parties involved.

Volunteer Policy

DSA is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing an enjoyable, rewarding sport experience to children and their parents. We receive NO public funding and our success is the RESULT of the WORK DONE BY OUR VOLUNTEERS. Parent(s) of each participant are to volunteer in the Concession Stand located at Damascus High School. All parents/guardians are required to volunteer the number of hours requested to assist with their child’s current sport’s program. If a volunteer is unable to fulfill a position, a replacement must be found. If an assigned position is left open and unaccounted for, that volunteer’s membership will be assessed a fee of $100 (must be paid within 5 business days). Additionally, that family’s membership will be placed on hold after the 5 business days and no one registered through this membership will be permitted to participate in any sport until such fee is paid in full.

Important Information From the MVA Regarding ID Cards:

Maryland Identification Cards are mandatory for all players to participate in DSA Cheer and Poms. ID cards can be obtained from the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. All ID cards will need to be turned in to your coach by the August 24, 2017! We highly recommend obtaining this identification card for your child as soon as possible, as it will take approx. 2 weeks to receive. The instructions on how to obtain a card are located here: ( All players should check the expiration date of their current ID cards.