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2016 JV squad performing in the National Cheer & Dance Championships at Disney
 

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MARA CHEER

Home of MARA Colts
Pop Warner Cheerleading

 

2017 Flag Football Cheer
Registration is closed.
 
Please check back in April
when we plan to open registration
for Fall cheer!
 
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2016 JV CHEERLEADING SQUAD FOR PLACING 2ND AT REGIONAL COMPETITION AND FINISHING 12TH IN THE NATION AT THE POP WARNER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT DISNEY!
Way to go ladies!
Allie, Bella, Emmelyn, Emma, Ellie, Taylor, Kendall M., Megan, Kate, Kendall W.
 

 

We are proud of our cheerleading program that instills pride and promotes physical fitness, while providing instruction about cheering fundamentals. No experience is required—just bring your smile and prepare to have FUN!
 


 

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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?
- New uniform, including: 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).
- 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.
- One item of practice apparel (tshirt, jogging pants, etc, TBD by coaching staff)
- Pop Warner fees
- End of season awards ceremony (dessert, trophy & award certificate)


SPRING CHEER
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


FALL CHEER
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.

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


FALL CHEER
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?
SPRING CHEER
All games are played in Matthews at MARA.

FALL CHEER
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?
FALL CHEER
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?
SPRING CHEER
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.

FALL CHEER
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?
SPRING CHEER
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!

FALL CHEER
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**

SQUAD AGES
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?
SPRING CHEER
No, at this time we do not plan on our spring cheer squads participating in any competitions.

FALL CHEER
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. Local competition is usually held at Porter Ridge High School around the 3rd Sunday in October. Date/location are subject to change. 

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.

 


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by MARA Cheer posted 02/06/2016
Important Dates

Saturday, March 25
Tiny Mite game 1:00
Jr Varsity game 3:00

Saturday, April 1
Tiny Mite game 3:00
Jr Varsity game 5:00

Saturday, April 8
NO GAMES for Spring Break!

Saturday, April 15

Tiny Mite game 3:00
Jr Varsity game 1:00

Saturday, April 22
Tiny Mite game 3:00
Jr Varsity game 5:00

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