CHEER MISSION STATEMENT
To promote safety, leadership, responsibility and fun while providing an environment in which the cheerleading athlete is both academically and physically fit.
ABOUT OUR PROGRAM
Pop Warner is the largest youth football and cheerleading organization in the United States and is the only national youth sports program to require satisfactory academic progress to participate. Our mission every season is to promote safety, leadership, responsibility and fun while providing an environment in which the cheerleading athlete is both academically and physically fit.
We have squads for children from 5 to 16 years old. Each squad consists of 35 cheer members and will be divided by age and grade level. Each season may be different based on enrollment and team sizes.
Our practices begin on August 1st with teams practicing up to 10 hours a week. After Labor Day, the practices will decrease to 6 hours a week. Tiny Mites end their season at the end of October with an exhibition routine performed at our local conference competition; while competition teams cheer through Thanksgiving weekend after qualifying for Regional competition and possibly the second week in December if they qualify for National Competition. Starting with the 2018 season, Tiny and Mitey Mite teams can choose to participate in an exhibition day at Regional competition weekend.
Our focus for the upcoming season will be on fun and physical fitness while maintaining a strong emphasis on scholastics. The season begins with cheering for our respective football teams. Games are held on Saturdays and will require local travel. As we move into September, we will begin to work on competition preparation where the focus is on tumbling, stunting and dance. Our teams will compete in the East Coast Conference Cheer Competition held at the end of October. Teams placing 1st and 2nd will then advance to Regionals which is held during Thanksgiving weekend at the Silver Spurs Arena. Any advancing teams (placing 1st or 2nd) will compete at Nationals which is held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in December. Please continue to check the website for more updates as well. We look forward to welcoming returning and new members to the Panthers Family.