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2018 Cheer & Dance
registrations will be open soon!

Please see the FAQs below for information on our cheerleading programs.
Email us at   if you have any other questions.

Congratulations to our 2017 Fall Cheer squads who
ALL PLACED at 2017 Pop Warner local cheer competition!
Jr PeeWee - 2nd Place
PeeWee - 1st Place
Jr Varsity - 2nd Place



Congratulations to our 2016 JV cheerleading squad for placing 2nd at Regional Competition
and for finishing 12TH IN THE NATION at the Pop Warner National Championship in Disney!
Way to go ladies!
Allie, Bella, Emmelyn, Emma, Ellie, Taylor, Kendall M., Megan, Kate, Kendall W.

We're also proud of all of our 2016 squads' performances at local competition:
Jr. PeeWee - 2nd place
PeeWee - 1st place
Jr. Varsity - 1st place & Highest Overall Score


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See below for FAQs


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Cheerleading FAQs

1)Does my child have to have any cheerleading experience?
No experience required! All skill levels are welcome to join. There are no tryouts, nor do we require any prerequisites to join our cheerleading program. If your child has the desire to become a cheerleader, we will help her accomplish that!


2) What all does my registration fee cover?
- One item of practice apparel (bag, tshirt, jogging pants, etc, TBD by coaching staff)
- Pop Warner fees & MARA park upkeep fees
- Rental of indoor practice space when needed due to weather

- Rental of pink pom poms for fall cheer for the month of October to support Breast Cancer Awareness. These belong to MARA and should never go home with you without a coach's permission.
- End of season awards ceremony (dessert, trophy & award certificate)
- There is an additional uniform fee if your daughter is new to MARA Cheer and needs to purchase a uniform. This fee includes
: shell, skirt, bloomers, poms, and hair bow. This is not a rental, these items are yours to keep after the season ends! (Uniform pieces for flag football will differ, but are still yours to keep).

In addition to the uniform, on game days your child is required to wear:
- White, no show socks
- A pair of all (or mostly) white, athletic tennis shoes
- A white undershirt (sleeve length dependent on weather)
- Black capri-length leggings

In addition to the uniform, on game days & for competition, your child is required to wear:
- White, no show socks
- A pair of all (or mostly) white, athletic tennis shoes


3) What can I expect for practice dates/times?
Please note, all dates/times below are subject to change. If your child is on a competition squad (fall cheer only), additional practices may be requested closer to competition dates. Exact days/times will be determined by the 2017 coaching staff.

Tiny Mites, ages 5-8: Thursday nights only
Jr PeeWee & Jr Varsity: Monday and Thursday nights
Times TBD by coaching staff

First two weeks of season

All squads, Mon-Thur, 6:30-8:00 pm
Pop Warner requires every participant to complete 20 hours of conditioning before learning cheers. These first two weeks of the season will be strictly conditioning and team-building. As you can see, this provides 12 hours of conditioning. We ask that everyone report an additional 8 hours of conditioning on their own at home. If your child misses any conditioning practices, you will also need to make up those hours. Conditioning includes any type of physical activity (swimming, running, jumping on a trampoline, etc). 

- After first 2 weeks of conditioning
Jr. PeeWee & above: 2-3 days a week
Mighty Mite & below: 1-2 days a week

4) When are games?
Regular season games are held on Saturdays.
There will not be a schedule of game times for the entire season provided, as game times are set by Pop Warner officials as the season is played in order to better match up teams by their skill levels. Generally, younger teams play in the morning, and older teams follow throughout the day; however this can vary any given week.


5) Where are the games played?
All games are played in Matthews at MARA.

Regular season games are played in Matthews at MARA. A few games may be played at local middle/high schools. Travel to these games will be decided by the coaching staff.


6) Will they cheer at away games?
Depending on the location, your squad's coach may choose to travel to a couple away games during the regular season. Playoffs/bowl games may take place at other locations which we would travel to.


7) How long is the season?
Practices begin in March. The first game is March 18, 2017, and playoff games run through May 21, 2017. There may be an end of season party shortly following the last game.

The official Pop Warner season begins in the beginning of August, which is also when our practices begin. The first games are played around the last week of August. Regular season games run through the end of October, but playoff/bowl games take place in the first couple weeks of November. If your child is on a competition squad, her season could go through the first week of December, depending on competition performances.


8) Can I stay and watch practice?
Of course! While you are not required to stay, you are more than welcome to do so. However, we do not permit "sideline coaching" during practices/games and we kindly ask parents to refrain from engaging both the coaches and the cheerleaders during practice to maximize our practice time success. If you choose not to stay for practice, we ask that you be respectful of our volunteers' time by being back on time to pick your child up at their designated practice end time. 


9) Which squad will my child be on?
Your child will be placed on a squad according to her age and skill level. There will be no competitions for spring cheer, but coaches will teach all the elements of a competition routine throughout the season!

Your child will be placed on a squad according to her age and skill level. As a guideline, please find below the age breakdown for Pop Warner cheer squads. If your child's age makes her eligible for multiple teams, her team placement will be determined by the coaching staff. **Please contact us before registering if your daughter will be 14 or older as of July 31, 2017**

Tiny Mites 5, 6, 7
Mighty Mites 7, 8, 9
Jr. PeeWee (C) 8, 9, 10, 11
PeeWee (C) 9, 10, 11, 12
Jr. Varsity (C) 10, 11, 12, 13
Varsity (C) 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15
Bantam (C) 13, 14, 15 & 16

(C) - Competition squad

PLEASE NOTE: Your child's age for the season is determined by their age as of July 31, 2017. So your child must be at least 5 years old, and no older than 16 years old as of that date. A minimum of 6 girls is required to form a squad. Squads will be formed after registration closes. Please contact us before registering if you have any questions about your child's age requirement.


10) Will my child compete in any competitions?
No, at this time we do not plan on our spring cheer squads participating in any competitions.

Yes and no. If your child is on a Tiny Mite or Mighty Mite squad, she will participate in our local Pop Warner competition, but for exhibition only, meaning her squad is not judged/scored. If your child is on the Jr. PeeWee squad or above, she will compete and be judged in local competition. Our local competition for 2017 is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, October 22 at Northwest Cabarrus High School.

If your child's squad places 1st or 2nd in their division at local competition, the squad qualifies to advance to the Regional competition, which will take place in Virginia Beach the day after Thanksgiving. If her squad places 1st or 2nd in their division at Regionals, they will advance to the Pop Warner Cheer & Dance National Championship, held at ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney in Kissimmee, Florida, the first week of December. If you know your daughter will not be able to participate/travel to Regional and/or National competitions, please let your coach know asap.

Squads who make the decision to compete at Regionals are then required to attend Nationals if they place. If your squad places at local competition, the coach will meet with all parents of the squad before deciding whether to advance forward. The final decision on advancing will be made by the coaching staff, with all parents' input taken into account. 


11) Will there be any additional fees other than registration?
Hopefully not. We try our best to cover all expenses for the season within the registration fee; however, travel/lodging expenses for regional & national competitions are the responsibility of the parent (fall cheer, JPW & above only). We will do fundraising throughout the season to help offset these costs. There may also be nominal donation fees for special hair bows for Breast Cancer Awareness month, as well as end of season gifts for coaches/volunteers.


12) How is the coaching staff determined?
All Pop Warner coaches are strictly volunteers. Once someone commits to becoming a Pop Warner Cheer Coach after many preliminary conversations/meetings with the Cheer Commissioners regarding coaching requirements, they are then required to go through a mandatory background check, as well as an extensive Pop Warner training program to become certified. Background checks and additional training are conducted on a yearly basis.



by MARA Cheer posted 02/06/2016
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