PRECISION STEP TEAM HANDBOOK
The Bolden Academy
PRECISION STEP TEAM HANDBOOK
COMMITMENT, SCHOLARSHIP, DISCIPLINE, SERVICE, & SISTERHOOD
Welcome, and congratulations on becoming a member of Precision Step Team (PST). We are a competitive sport that competes and practices September-June, with fundraising, team bonding activities, and meetings happening year round. A PST member is always committed, disciplined, and works as a team, not as an individual. It is of utmost importance that a PST member is always positive and respectful to others.
Please thoroughly read through this handbook carefully, as it will remain a guideline for your new role as a member and parent of Precision Step Team.
a. Showing up on time for every event and performance
b. Being prepared
c. Taking criticism effectively
d. Practicing outside of practice
e. Always improving technique
a. Staying Focused
b. Not giving up, even when it seems like the only option
c. Participating in team and individual workouts and summer conditioning
d. Eating healthy and exercising daily
a. Help those that are struggling in and out of practice
b. Pulling team members out of bad situations
c. Asking questions
d. Treating teammates like family
I. To represent the Precision Step Team and its ESSENTIAL VALUES.
II. To promote the team within the community and share/show th
ESSENTIAL VALUES with the citizens of Richmond, VA and surrounding areas.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF A PST MEMBER
I. Follow the guidelines of this handbook.
II. Follow and respect the direction of the coaches.
III. Attend all practices, competitions, performances, fundraisers and any
other mandatory function decided by the coach.
IV. Show up on time to ALL team functions. Remember: Early is on time, on time is
late, and LATE is never acceptable.
V. Come prepared to all events, especially practices and competitions:
VI. Hair, makeup, costume, etc. for competitions
VII.The correct attire for practices - no jeans, sandals, or uggs (tennis
I. Be ready to practice promptly, wearing appropriate dance attire and shoes.
Jewelry must be removed.
II. Be quiet during all instruction, including warm-ups, reviews and new choreography.
Hands must be raised to ask question in order to run a productive and efficient
III. Participate fully in all practice activities. Full-out performance is expected every
day. Please notify coaches before practice of any injury that may prevent full-out
performance. All injuries must be brought to the attention of the coach
IV. Make every effort to correct mistakes that are identified by the coach and/or fellow
V. Stay for the entire practice. Late arrival and/or early departure will count as a tardy.
VI. Tell the coach ahead of time if you will be missing a practice and learn any
information or choreography from that practice. It is important to contact the
coach and/or regarding important information missed. If after missing practice you
do not attempt to learn missed moves, spots in formation, etc, you will not receive
a spot in the next performance.
VII. PST members will treat fellow team members, guest instructors, and coaches
with respect in and out of practice. Any member exhibiting disrespectful behavior
will be asked to leave practice, or suspended from the team.
VIII. If more than one incident occurs due to behavioral problems, it will lead to
dismissal from the team.
I. Practices will vary per year. Days and times will be set by the coach and
communicated to the team at the beginning of the season. Typically practices will
be 2-3 times a week, with one practice during the week for 2 hours at each
practice, and one Saturday practice for four hours. More days are adding when a
competition is approaching.
II. ALL PST members must show up on time to practice, and stay the entire length of the
I. Competitions start in October or January, depending on the readiness of the team
and will go until June. Typically, there are around six competitions a year.
II. All competitions are absolutely mandatory, no exceptions.
III. Competitions are usually on Saturdays, and will take up the entire day.
The team will ride together (carpool) there and back from every competition.
IV. Members must be present at the last practice before a competition or
performance in order to perform, whether the absence is excused or not. If
not performing all members must still attend for team support.
I. Fundraisers go year-round and are also mandatory. Summer fundraisers will vary
per year, and will be decided and communicated to the team by either the Coach
or a P.O.P. (Parent of Precision)
II. Summer Conditioning in JULY is not mandatory, but strongly encouraged.
Mandatory conditioning will start in August and absences will result in
consequences of make up conditioning during the regular season in September.
I. Attendance for all required functions is taken very seriously.
II. All absences and tardies must be excused with a parent note and the
coach must be notified at least 4 hours before practice. Acceptable parent
notifications are as follows:
a. Hand written note
c. Text message
Even though an absence is reported and/or excused, all PST MEMBERS ARE STILL RESPONSIBLE FOR LEARNING MISSED CHOREOGRAPHY AND INFORMATION BEFORE THE NEXT PRACTICE. THEY WILL ALSO LOSE THEIR “SPOT” FOR THE NEXT PERFORMANCE.
NO CALL, NO SHOWS = automatic removal from the team.
III. The following reasons are excused absences from any PST activity:
a. Personal illness or accident (confirmed by note from parent/doctor)
b. Funeral or death in the family.
c. Special school activity with permission of the coach at least 2
weeks in advance and written note from parent.
d. Family vacation with notification of coaches at least 3 weeks in
advance and written note from parent.
IV. All absences that require missing more than two practices must be
emailed to the coach.
V. Any practices that are missed, members must get together with a
teammate to learn what they missed before the next practice date. Failure to do so
will result in that team member sitting out for practice and/or the next performance.
VI. Three unexcused tardies or absences will result in suspension from the team for
one week, including practices, competitions and performances.
VII. If sick, members must bring a signed doctor’s note to the coach in order to
return to practice.
VIII. If injured, members must bring a signed doctor’s note stating they may return to
practice. Members will not be allowed to return to practice until the coach
receives verification from their doctor.
I. The only time that transportation will be provided for the team is for out of town (more than 50 miles) competitions and performances. All other transportation requirements will be provided by a private vehicle.
II. Parents/PST members should carpool to and from practices, performances and other team events and competitions.
III.NO COACH OR INSTRUCTOR WILL PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO OR FROM PRACTICE, EVENTS, OR PERFORMANCES.
IV. Transportation to and from competitions will be done by the graciousness of the
P.O.P.S. Students will be randomly assigned to a car a week before a competition
by either the coach or TEAM MOM.
IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE PLEASE LET THE TEAM MOM KNOW AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON, BEFORE THE FIRST PRACTICE.
I. Comfortable clothing must be worn at step practice.
II. NO JEWELRY SHOULD BE WORN.
I. PRECISION PARAPHERNALIA MUST be worn the day of a competition or
II. Absolutely NO jewelry of any sort is allowed during a competition.
III. Nails should be kept short for safety.
IV. Costumes will be decided by the coach and are mandatory for all
V. Each member will be responsible for their own costume.
VI. If any part of a costume is lost or stolen, it must be replaced
immediately at the expense of the PST MEMBER , or will result in suspension
from the team until items are replaced. If never replaced further action will be
taken to retrieve funding from the parents or guardian.
VII. Costumes may not be worn outside of a competition or performance
(unless permitted by the coach) until the season ends.
To eliminate out-of-pocket expenses of the members, the team holds fundraisers year-round. Step is an expensive sport, which is why the team holds many fundraisers. These fundraisers will vary throughout the year.
All other fundraisers will be communicated to the team well in advance by either the Team Mom or the Coach.
All fundraisers are required. Failure to commit to a fundraiser will result in payment of your own funds.
I. A payment of $150.00 for team clothing/paraphernalia (Team shirt, bag, and jacket)
will be due by the FIRST WEDNESDAY IN OCTOBER (this payment is subject to
change based on rising prices for goods and services).
II. Annual dues/tuition can be paid monthly (10 months) $65.00, quarterly (Sept. Nov. Feb. and Apr.)$162.50, or one payment of $600.00 due by the end of September. A discount is given for dues paid in full at the beginning of the season.
III. ALL MEMBERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DUES/TUITION. IF YOU
LEAVE/QUIT BEFORE THE SEASON IS OVER, YOU ARE STILL RESPONSIBLE
FOR THE REMAINDER OF YOUR DUES.
The expenses calculated for the Team are based on the roster at the beginning of the season.
FAILURE TO PAY DUES WILL RESULT IN SUSPENSION AND THEN DISMISSAL FROM THE TEAM AND FURTHER ACTION WILL BE TAKEN TO RETRIEVE THE DUES THAT IS OWED.
IV. PST members are responsible for purchasing their team clothing. These items
are mandatory to participate with the team.
V. Each fundraiser has a goal; failure to reach this goal will result in out-of- pocket expenses from the members.
I. Try-outs will be held each year by the coaches, current team members, and guest judges.
II. There are two teams. Competition and exhibition. Placement is determined by
III. Every member must try-out each year. Just because a member made it one year
does not mean they will make it the next year.
I. A team member is expected to remain on the Precision Step Team for the entire
year unless dismissed for a rule violation.
II. A team member must be enrolled in grades 7-12 during the upcoming school year
and making appropriate progress towards graduation.
III. The candidate and their parent(s) and/or guardian(s) must complete the
appropriate BOLDEN ACADEMY & PRECISION registration forms prior to the first
day of PRACTICE . Forms are available ONLINE OR AT THE STUDIO. A current
waiver must be on file with the studio.
IV. The team members and their parent(s) and/or guardian(s) will read, agree to and
sign a copy of this Handbook.
V. A PST member must be committed to give freely of their time for any team activity
throughout the year.
VI. Practices/performances may be scheduled during holidays, including
Thanksgiving, and winter breaks, as well as scheduled days off from school.
These practices are still mandatory.
VII. Members and parents/guardians must be fully aware of the expenses. They must
be willing to meet all financial obligations.
VIII. If unable to meet financial obligations the team member must make special
arrangements with the coach.
IX. The team member must be willing to participate in fundraising activities.
Parents/guardians are also expected to assist with fundraising activities and
X. Parents/guardians are also expected to provide snacks, water, and lunches during
competitions and big performances (see expectations sheet).
Directors are expected to:
I. Be committed to the team program.
II. Be a positive role model and demonstrate conduct that is ethical and rational.
III. Display the qualities of good sportsmanship and fair play.
IV. Set long term and short term goals for professional growth and the team program.
V. Follow The Bolden Academy policies, guidelines and rules.
VI. Have knowledge of and compliance with rules for eligibility and participation.
VII. Supervise students.
VIII. Provide appropriate communication to parents/students concerning all guidelines
IX. Disseminate and manage all required written forms and documentation.
X. Communicate and ensure proper safety standards.
XI. Plan and provide written schedules for all practices, competitions,fundraisers and
XII. Coordinate tryouts, including the selection of judges.
XIII. Be responsible for the approval, selection, distribution and return of all
XIV. Maintain current certification in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Parents are partners with the team and coaches and will:
I. Respect and support the step team program, members, and coaches.
II. Support the student’s commitments to the team and community.
III. Attend performances and other necessary activities.
IV. Meet financial obligations in a timely manner.
V. Set an example of good sportsmanship at all activities.
VI. Provide transportation for team activities.
VII. Assist in fundraising.
VIII. Provide snacks, beverages, and sometimes meals.
IX. RESPOND TO ALL COMMUNICATION IN A TIMELY MANNER VIA THE BAND APP.