PAYMENTS & FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS
ATTENTION: JOINING A COMPETITIVE SQUAD INCLUDES COMMITTING TO A FULL YEAR OF CLASSES. TUITION FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
- Customers have the option of full payment of tuition fees for the year or to go on a Debit Success payment plan. Full payments can be made at reception via cash, bank deposit or EFTPOS. Phone transactions are available.
- Enrolment & tuition fees must be paid by all athletes prior to the commencement of their first class (with the exception of a free trial class).
- Tuition fees that are overdue will incur an additional $25.00 late fee for administration. Failure to pay will result in loss of service: athletes will be gently removed from class until the debt is paid.
- Payments that are more than 30 days overdue will incur an additional 30% collection fee on top of the outstanding amount and the debt will be passed on to a debt collection agency.
- All tuition and enrolment fees are strictly NON REFUNDABLE even in the event of injury, sickness, dismissal non-attendance of classes by the athlete or discontinuation of a squad.
- Debit Success fees apply when setting up a payment plan that the customer will incur.
- Melbourne Cheer Academy is not responsible for reimbursing travel expenses, competition fees, enrolment fees or tuition fees to an athlete who is injured, sick, moved or dismissed from a team.
INJURY MANAGEMENT / MEDICAL CONDITIONS
- Upon enrolment every athlete will be supplied with a pre-existing injuries/medical form. This form must be returned to the office outlining medical issues or past injuries that could affect training. If any medical information changes throughout the year a new form will need to be supplied.
- Injured athletes are required to supply their coach with a physiotherapy report or medical certificate outlining the extent of the injury, rehab plan and when they are allowed to restart training. Injured athletes without a report or certificate will not be allowed to train.
- The first aid kit is available to any student through their coach. MCA is unable to provide athletes with Paracetamol or equivalent medication. The club reserves the right to call an ambulance for any athlete and will not bear responsibility for any costs this incurs. Parents will be notified immediately.
- Each MCA coach holds a Working With Children check and Level 2 First Aid qualification.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Athletes and parents are expected to always exhibit good sportsmanship and show respect for MCA staff, team mates, other athletes and parents within the gym. During competitions, athletes and parents will not approach competition officials for any reason.
Athletes will be asked to read and sign an athlete contract upon their first session with their team that outlines correct behaviour. This contract covers a number of items including our anti-bullying policy. Copies of this contract are available on our website.
- All athletes must wear full training uniform (training top, black, green or MCA shorts and training bow) to every training session. Athletes not properly attired will not be permitted to train.
- All athletes must have long hair tied back off the face for all classes and must remove all jewellery (including earrings) prior to each training session. Fingernails must be kept short at all times.
- Both runners and cheer shoes are required at every training session.
- COMPETITIONS: All athletes are required to wear their club t-shirt, singlet or jacket to and from all competitions. Athletes are required to wear at least one piece of MCA apparel at all times during competitions to promote club unity and presence.
INSURANCE / AMBULANCE COVERAGE
- Personal accident insurance is supplied for all athletes upon enrolment, but we DO NOT supply ambulance cover. MCA reserves the right to call an ambulance on behalf of an athlete regardless of their coverage with Ambulance Victoria. Parents will be notified immediately.
- All official communication from the club will be distributed via email to both parents and athletes. Notifications may be sent in the form of text messages to parents and athletes mobile phone numbers. Billing information will be supplied to a single nominated email address.
- Facebook is not an acceptable communication tool regarding class absence or lateness for athletes. Any scheduled absences are to be submitted in writing to the office. More than 3 absences per term will result in you or your child being made a substitute or dismissed from a competitive squad, regardless of the reasons given.
- Athletes running late need to notify the gym office. Hospitalisation or serious contagious illness are the only accepted reasons to miss training. If ill or injured, athletes are still expected to attend and watch training so as to not miss changes.
ADDITIONAL CLUB RULES
- School exams or tests the following day are not considered acceptable reasons to miss training. We expect all of our athletes to prepare themselves for their schooling responsibilities so that they do not negatively impact their team. If you have an exam during training hours, please give the office 2 months notice to plan substitutes for your position in the routine.
- MCA does not allow cross competing with other All-Star teams under any circumstances including Pom and Cheer. The club also does not allow training at other cheerleading gyms inclusive of private classes and open gyms. Failing to adhere to these rules will result in immediate dismissal from MCA without refund. Note: Exceptions can be made for gymnastic clubs and scholastic programs (High School/University) but need to be approved upon enrolment with the head coach (Danelle Cooney).
- MCA has a strict ‘No Bullying Policy’ that extends to verbal, physcial and cyber bullying. We do not tolerate bullying in any form or negative body remarks. If anyone is found to be bullying other athletes they will immediately be removed from the club without refund.