Meet the SCAA Cheerleading Commissioner and Head Coach Dawn Holmes
Dawn began her cheerleading career at the early age of seven years old. She began as a Warrington Warrior and her second year on was voted team captain through the unanimous votes of her teammates and coaches. In middle school she was one of four seventh grade cheerleaders to make the team and picked as team captain during her ninth grade year as well. Each year she was invited back to judge tryouts for her middle school cheerleading team until she graduated from high school. In high school, Dawn was one of three sophomore cheerleaders to make the Varsity squad and the only sophomore to be appointed front row for game positions. Dawn was nominated for All-American NCA cheerleader and made the UCA All-Star cheerleader at camp junior year. She was also her high school’s Homecoming Queen where she represented school spirit, community service and leadership. Dawn was also fortunate enough to perform in the Florida Citrus Bowl Halftime in 1998. Her high school team placed 2nd at Nationals in Myrtle Beach, S.C. where Dawn was featured in a solo scorpion to open up the performance. She has experience as a flyer and a base.
While attending college in New York, Dawn saw a need for school spirit and created the first ever Pep Squad where she led as President and choreographed all team performances. Dawn coached cheer gymnastics during her college years as well. Since then Dawn has become a wife and mother. She has stayed active as team mom and coaching here and there with the Steele Creek Seahawks. She earned her M.Ed at the University of Cincinnati, her MMLIS at the University of Southern California and recently graduated from Wake Forest University to become a clinical mental health counselor.
Since taking charge as Commissioner and Head Cheerleading Coach, Dawn has led the Steele Creek SeaGals to various competitions such as Carolina Classic at Queens University, Holiday Cheers to You in Raleigh, Platinum Nationals in Winston-Salem, Reach the Beach in Daytona Beach Florida, U.S. Finals in Virginia Beach and more recently the Quest Recreational Championship at Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. All competitions were great success with bringing home 1st Place in the Traditional Rec Division. The Steele Creek SeaGals also earned Grand Champions in the Level 1 Mini Traditional Rec Division in 2019 and each team earned Zero Deductions at the end of their seasons!!! Beginning in 2020 the SeaGals now compete in the Performance Rec category. Dawn is an educator and true competitor and is looking forward to a winning season as Commissioner and Head Cheerleading Coach for the Steele Creek SeaGals for year number four.
SeaGals Mission Statement: SeaGals are members of an inspirational team representing the community with honor, integrity and character...and of course infectious team spirit!!!
Season Registration for Year-Round Cheer Closes August 1st, 2021! All althetes will have to purchase a new uniform for this season. The uniform package price will be dependent on which level your athlete competes on. We plan to use these uniforms for 2-3 years. New athletes must pay an $85 jacket and backpack fee as well. Each family also have to pay the SCAA Family fee $80. Monthly competition season payment begins August 1st.
Seasons run from August through April/May
Registration opens mid March each season
2021 Uniform & Competition Season Package includes:
- BRAND NEW UNIFORMS
- PRACTICE UNIFORM - Choice of tank and shorts style
- Camp Shirts & Camp Shorts!
- THREE DAZZLING HAIR BOWS! Practice, Camp Bow, & Competition Bow
- Rebel Cheer Shoes
- Registration to 4 competitions; 2 local & 2 overnight travel
- Gym rental
- Music Licenses
- 2 days of camp in August to learn choreography
Everything is YOURS to keep at the end of the season!
Uniforms: Registration for uniforms begin April each season. You can easily register online at www.scaasports.com. A $80 family membership fee will apply per year, per family. NEW this season Payment Options. Pay for your child's uniform in installments or all at once! This is offered during the months of April, May and June only. Absolutely NO refunds!
Monthly payments covering year-round, competition season will begin in August 2021 and continue through April 2022
Items Needed at the first practice:
Your child cannot participate until the above requirements are fully completed and received. Please keep in mind that most of the CVS minute clinics do sports physicals without appointments.
Commitment: Cheer is unlike any other sport. Each athlete is unique to their role on the team. We cannot properly run practices if athletes are absent or tardy. It is important to be on time to practices, games and competitions. It is essential with practicing one day a week that all athletes are in attendance. Excessive absences will result in being removed from the team.
Practice Attire: Comfortable Practice Clothes (Soffee Shorts, tanks, short sleeve shirts, etc) Athletic Shoes
WATER BOTTLES ARE A MUST!
Girls will cheer at several home football games on Saturdays - the times differ due to scheduling.
Practices: Sundays - Level 1 2:30-4:30pm, Level 2 4:15-6:30pm Level 3 6:15-8:30pm
Optional, yet encouraged, weekly cheer gymnastics will be offered at Carolina Stars in Fort Mill for $80 a month
Evaluations will begin at our annual cheer clinic in May. This includes conditioning and our expectations as a competitive cheerleading team. This is different than tryouts because everyone makes a squad. This is simply determining the placement. We will also begin collecting paperwork then.
Level 1 - 10 and younger
Level 2 - 12 and younger
Level 3 - 15 and younger
After the fall season the SeaGals travel and compete in the Performance Rec Cheer Division based on ability and will be rostered due to tumbling, stunting skills and fundamentals (motions, facials and jumps).
Level 1 Tumbling- forward and backward rolls, cartwheels, round-offs, front and backwalkovers
Level 2 Tumbling - single backhandspring, single front handspring, backwalkovers
Level 3 Tumbling - Running back tucks, series of backhandsprings, Example: round-off, backhandspring, back tuck
Check out our videos of the SCAA SeaGals Cheerleaders in Action: