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SOUTHERN MARYLAND YOUTH ORGANIZATION

SOUTHERN MARYLAND YOUTH ORGANIZATION

CHEER ELITE

We offer year-round, competitive Performance Recreation Cheerleading for athletes ages 4 to 18 with or without cheerleading experience. Our mission is to provide a fun, safe, encouraging cheerleading atmosphere; while teaching the skills to develop strong character, positive attitudes, responsibility and sportsmanship as well as instilling positive goals, dreams, and values in cheerleading.

SMYO Cheer Elite differs from traditional school/recreational cheer programs largely because we focus on competing. There are no games to cheer at, no spirit-raising and most of the athletes on each team will not even attend the same school. We refer to our participants as "athletes" rather than by any other name and that's because of the caliber and intensity of training that they do on a weekly basis to be able to contribute to his or her competitive team.

Our program has a place for everyone, regardless of skill level. The teams are placed into divisions, which are based upon age, size of the team, and ability level. Coaches will typically train their athletes on individual skills and team components for months before choreographing routines that combine those skills together to be judged against other teams in their division.

We strive to keep our costs as low as possible while delivering the best cheer experience for our athletes.

Registration Fee includes the following for each participant:  Uniform (that you keep); practice wear; competition tennis shoes, competition bow, and 3 competition fees. Registration fee costs and items differ for the prep team.

Tuition Fee includes the following for each participant:  Competition music, practice rental space, monthly tumbling, and additional competition fees (7 to 9 in-person/virtual competitions).  Tuition fee differs for prep team.

Fundraising: Fundraising is very important for the cheer program, as it allows us to purchase cheerleading performance mats, tumbling mats, and additional equipment to benefit the participants. All cheerleaders are required to participate in one mandatory fundraiser.  Additional fundraising efforts are based on your tuition payment plan option.

Registration Fee: $600.00
Tuition Fee: $1125.00

Refund Policy – Select the link to review SMYO Refund Policy.

Pricing and Financial Information (Full Year Teams)


Full Year Cheer Teams
(August to April)

Registration Fee- $600 (Due by 30 July 2022)

*This fee is required at registration upfront or you may enter into a payment plan of $120 from March 2022 to July 2022.

If you enter into the payment plan option, the fee of $120 will automatically be taken out of your account. 

The registration fee includes:

  • Uniform (That you keep)
  •  Competition Shoes
  • Practice Wear
  • 3 Competition Fees
  • Competition Bow
  • SMYO Fees (Insurance)

Tuition Fee- $1,125 total (August to April)

*There are three payment plan options to pay for your cheer tuition.

The tuition fee includes: 

  • Additional Competition Fees (estimated 7 to 9 in-person or virtual competitions)
  • Competition Music
  • Practice Space Rental
  • Monthly Tumbling (Saturdays)

Payment Options Price 
 Upfront $1,125
 9 Month Payment Plan (August-April) $125*
 Half and Half (9 Month Half Payment Plan
(August-April) AND Fundraising)
 $62.50 + ($62.50 through fundraising)

 

*Can be paid bi-weekly.

9 Month Half Payment Plan and Fundraising

If you choose this option, you are required to pay $62.50 monthly and fundraise the difference in monthly cost.

By the end of November, you will be required to sell and profit a minimum of $250 to cover your four (4) month (August thru November) cost difference between the following fundraisers: 

o   Spirit T-shirt: Profit ranges depending on how may shout outs you sell, if you sell all the shout-outs you have the opportunity to profit $170 towards your fundraising goal.

o   Weekly Football Pools- Squares are $10.00 each, with a $5.00 profit.  If you sell 5 squares, your profit is $25 towards your fundraising goal.

o   Popcorn- You will receive a 50% profit off your sales, so if you sell $500 your profit is $250 towards your fundraising goal. Anything over $100 profit goes back to the athlete.

By the end of February, you will be required to sell and profit a minimum of $312.50 to cover your four (4) month (December through April) cost difference between the following fundraisers: 

o   Weekly Football Pools- Squares are $10.00 each, with a $5.00 profit.  If you sell 5 squares, your profit is $25 towards your fundraising goal.

o   Additional Fundraiser TBD at a later date.

If you choose the Half/Half payment plan option and you do not meet your goal at the end of November or February, then you will be required to pay the difference at that time.

If you do not reach your goal and do not pay the difference by the allotted timeframe, then your athlete will not be able to participate in practice or competition until the debt is paid.

You may pay ahead or a lump sum at any time.

Financial Notes

●       All monthly payments can be made electronically with a $3 per transaction fee (credit card usage fee per transaction). If you choose to make your monthly payments, via the electronic system this will be the set payment process for all of your payments.   

●       Monthly payments are non-refundable.

●       If your card declines, there will be a $35 late fee added onto your monthly payment.

●       Monthly payments MUST BE made by the third Saturday of each month. If we do not receive your payment, then your cheerleader/s will not be allowed to practice.

●       There will be NO REFUNDS to anyone who quits/leaves a team or is asked to leave the program. ALL fees and money paid will be forfeited. 

●       Invoices:  All athletes will receive monthly invoices that includes a running balance and payment history.

Mandatory Fundraiser

ALL ATHLETES, regardless of the payment plan option, MUST participate in one mandatory SMYO Cheer Elite Fundraiser. The proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards our goal to purchase a new set of practice mats. 

The target goal for all athletes is to sell $300.

If you are in the half and half payment plan option, you will be required to sell $300 ($150 profit) first and anything over the $300 raised will go back to the athlete.


CHEER ELITE Prep Program (Ages 4-6)

Our half year program is an amazing preparatory program. The Prep Program is intended to offer cheerleading to athletes that are NEW to the sport.  It is a perfect steppingstone for an athlete that wishes to become part of SMYO Cheer Elite’s full year program. Focus will be on teaching athletes the fundamental skills of cheerleading. The season runs from October through April with practices occurring twice a week. During practice they will focus on gaining several different skill sets, including tumbling, stunting, and dancing. They will learn a choreographed routine to be performed at competitions. Half Year Prep athletes will attend three (3) competitions and compete in the exhibition division. This program will move at a pace to ensure that the athletes are gaining the skills needed to be successful.  One of the main focuses will be to build confidence so that athletes feel comfortable performing in front of a crowd.

Registration Fee:  $300
Tuition Fee: $312.50

PRICING AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION (HALF YEAR TEAMS)

Half Year Cheer Teams (October to February)

Registration Fee- $300 (Due by 30 July 2022)

*This fee is required at registration upfront or you may enter into a payment plan of $60 from March 2022 to July 2022.

If you enter into the payment plan option, the fee of $60 will automatically be taken out of your account. (Need Melissa to Confirm, is there a specific date?)

The registration fee includes:

●       Uniform (That you keep)

●       Competition Shoes

●       Practice Wear

●       1 Competition Fee

●       Competition Bow

●       SMYO Fees (Insurance)

Tuition Fee- $312.50 total (October to February)

*There are three payment plan options to pay for your cheer tuition.

The tuition fee includes: 

●       Additional Competition Fees (estimated 2 to 3 in-person or virtual competitions)

●       Competition Music

●       Practice Space Rental

●       Monthly Tumbling (Saturdays)


Payment Options

Price

Upfront

$312.50

5 Month Payment Plan (October-February)

$62.50**

Half and Half (5 Month Half Payment Plan (August-April) AND Fundraising)

$31.25 + ($31.25 through fundraising)

*Can be paid bi-weekly.

5 Month Half Payment Plan and Fundraising

If you choose this option, you are required to pay $31.25 monthly and fundraise the difference in monthly cost.

By the end of November, you will be required to sell and profit a minimum of $62.50 to cover your four (2) month (October to November) cost difference between the following fundraisers: 

o   Spirit T-shirt: Profit ranges depending on how may shout outs you sell, if you sell all the shout-outs you have the opportunity to profit $170 towards your fundraising goal.

o   Weekly Football Pools- Squares are $10.00 each, with a $5.00 profit.  If you sell 5 squares, your profit is $25 towards your fundraising goal.

o   Popcorn- You will receive a 50% profit off your sales, so if you sell $500 your profit is $250 towards your fundraising goal. Anything over $100 profit goes back to the athlete.

By the end of February, you will be required to sell and profit a minimum of $93.75 to cover your four (3) month (December through February) cost difference between the following fundraisers: 

o   Weekly Football Pools- Squares are $10.00 each, with a $5.00 profit.  If you sell 5 squares, your profit is $25 towards your fundraising goal.

o   Additional Fundraiser TBD at a later date.

If you choose the Half/Half payment plan option and you do not meet your goal at the end of November or February, then you will be required to pay the difference at that time.

If you do not reach your goal and do not pay the difference by the allotted timeframe, then your athlete will not be able to participate in practice or competition until the debt is paid.

You may pay ahead or a lump sum at any time.

Financial Notes

●       All monthly payments can be made electronically with a $3 per transaction fee (credit card usage fee per transaction). If you choose to make your monthly payments, via the electronic system this will be the set payment process for all of your payments.   

●       Monthly payments are non-refundable.

●       If your card declines, there will be a $35 late fee added onto your monthly payment.

●       Monthly payments MUST BE made by the third Saturday of each month. If we do not receive your payment, then your cheerleader/s will not be allowed to practice.

●       There will be NO REFUNDS to anyone who quits/leaves a team or is asked to leave the program. ALL fees and money paid will be forfeited.

●       Invoices:  All athletes will receive monthly invoices that includes a running balance and payment history.

Mandatory Fundraiser

ALL ATHLETES, regardless of the payment plan option, MUST participate in one mandatory SMYO Cheer Elite Fundraiser. The proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards our goal to purchase a new set of practice mats. 

The target goal for all athletes is to sell $300.

If you are in the half and half payment plan option, you will be required to sell $300 ($150 profit) first and anything over the $300 raised will go back to the athlete.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

2018 – 2019 SEASON ACCOMPLISHMENTS

· Our inaugural 2018 – 2019 season was a great success!  In our first season, all three of our teams earned bids to The Finale.  The Finale showcases the best of the best from Cheer and Dance Extreme’s regular-season events!  At the Maryland Madness Open, our Senior Team placed first in their Division earning the “Best Pyramid” Specialty award as well as Champion Rings! 

· At the 2018 Kick Of Classic and Spirit of Fall Classic Championship competition, our Cheer Family won “Most Spirited Fans” for being our amazing support system and greatest Fans!  

·  At the 2018 Holiday Spectacular Open Championship, SMYO Cheer Elite received the “Best Sportsmanship” Specialty Award for our athletes and coaches demonstrating positive sportsmanship.  We are extremely proud of these Specialty Awards!  

·  In addition to competitions, our athletes cheered with the First Ladies of Football – The Washington Redskinettes!  This was a great experience for our cheerleaders to be showcased on the National stage.  We ended our season with our first annual banquet which brought all our athletes and their families together to celebrate this year’s accomplishments. 

2019 – 2020 SEASON ACCOMPLISHMENTS

·  Our 2019 cheer season began strong as our four teams competed in three Cheer and Dance Competitions taking first and second place amongst the competition. 

· In our second season, all four teams earned bids to The Finale.  The Finale showcases the best of the best from Cheer and Dance Extreme’s regular-season events! 

· Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 our season was cut short but as an organization we were able to end the season with an end of the season drive-thru and provided our athletes with trophies and goodies to thank and congratulate them for another GREAT season!

2020-2021 SEASON ACCOMPLISHMENTS

●      In our third season, all three teams won BIG! 

  • Royals won Grand Champion, Best of Level 1, Paid Bid to the Finale and the One at the Richmond Classic Competition in Richmond, VA.. 
  • Majesty won Best of Level 1 and Paid Bid to the Finale and the One at the Extreme Winter Open in Lancaster, PA.
  • Majesty won Best of Level 1 and Paid Bid to the Finale and the One at the Superbowl Virtual Championship.  

●     We ended our season competing at the Finale Competition in Poconos, PA. Majesty and Royals were crowned champions and took home championship jackets and our phenomenal Queens placed second.

2021 – 2022 SEASON ACCOMPLISHMENTS

●       In our fourth season, we started with two new teams and our largest enrollment number! We introduced our new prep team, consisting of ages 4 to 6 years old, who are new to the sport. Further, we created a new mini division team and created a level 2.1 team. 

●       Our 2021 cheer season began strong as our four teams competed in four Cheer and Dance Competitions taking first, second, and third place amongst the competition. 

●       Our 10U and under team, Majesty won several specialty awards this season. They have won Grand Champion twice, Best of Level 1 three times, and received a paid bid to The Finale and The One. 

●       At the Cheer and Dance Extreme Mid Atlantic Open Championship in Richmond, VA, three teams won Champion rings.

●       Our 12U and under team, Royals won Best of Level 1 and a paid bid to The One Competition at the Maryland Madness competition in Upper Marlboro, MD.

At the Cheer and Dance Extreme Maryland Madness Competition in Upper Marlboro, MD, two teams won Champion rings. 

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8210 Marshall Corner Rd 
Pomfret, Maryland 20675

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