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Please read below for information on our cheerleading program.
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Congratulations to our 2018 fall cheer competition squads!
JR PEEWEE WHITE – Local Comp: 3rd Place
JR PEEWEE BLUE – Local Comp: 1st Place – Regional Comp: Participant
JR VARSITY – Local Comp: 1st Place – Regional Comp: 1st Place – National Comp: 12th in Nation!
VARSITY – Local Comp: 1st Place & Overall Highest Score – Regional Comp: 1st Place – National Comp: 9th in Nation!

Congratulations to our 2018 Spring MARA Dance Company on their first competition:
Valorie S - 1st place solo performance & 9th place overall solo
Madison, Sophia, Isabella, Sydney & Valorie - 1st & Gold Elite in their group category and 3rd place overall

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Registration Fee: $125
Uniform Fee: $110*

Total for new participants: $235
Returning participants who already have a uniform do not have to pay the uniform fee!

*Uniform fee includes a brand new uniform: shell, skirt, briefs, hair bow, pom poms, and one other piece of apparel/gear TBD. These pieces are all yours to keep after the season ends! We host a consignment sale before the season begins with slightly used uniform pieces available for purchase at a discount from new uniform prices.


No previous cheer experience required! We love teaching the sport of cheer to all levels. We only ask that participants show up to every practice with a can-do attitude, bright smile, and loud voice!


All Pop Warner participants must meet a Scholastic Fitness Requirement of a 2.0/70% grade average, based on their last full year report card. If your child is homeschooled, please let us know upon registering and we will provide you a home school eligibility form.

Registration will be open to ages 5 through 15 (age for the season is the age the participant is on July 31, 2018)

AGE BRACKETS (age determined as of 7/31/18)
Tiny Mites: 5, 6, 7 
Mighty Mites: 7, 8, 9
Jr Pee Wee: 8, 9, 10, 11
Pee Wee: 9, 10, 11, 12
Jr Varsity: 10, 11, 12, 13 
Varsity: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

All squads will perform at a local competition held mid-late October. Tiny & Mighty Mite squads will exhibit only and will not be judged/scored. Jr PeeWee and older squads will compete locally, and can qualify to advance to Regional/National competitions.

Regional competition is held in Virginia Beach the day after Thanksgiving. Competing squads will be required to be in Virginia Beach Thanksgiving night. National competition is held at Disney World in FL around the first week of December. All participants will be required to book a 3-night minimum stay at one of the resorts. More info on competitions will be discussed at a parent meeting at the beginning of the season.

Practices begin August 1, and games begin end of August. The football season runs through early November. Competitive squads seasons may extend through the first week of December depending on their results at competitions.

We will not cheer at any games on Labor Day weekend, but we do ride on a float in the Matthews Alive Labor Day parade that Saturday. The number of spots on the float are limited, so unfortunately not all cheerleaders will be able to participate. 

We will be hosting a 2-day mini cheer camp. 2018 dates are Saturday, July 21, 9:00-11:30 am; and Sunday July 22, 2:00-4:30 pm. Cost is $25 and will include a small snack each day and a tshirt.

We do our best to place all participants on age/skill appropriate teams. You can request in the notes on the registration page that your participant be placed on the same squad as a friend(s)/sibling, but no guarantees can be made. Friends/siblings may be on different teams based on Pop Warner age brackets and determined skill levels assessed during the first two weeks of practices.

Location: MARA - Arthur Goodman Memorial Park - 1200 S Trade St, Matthews NC 28105*
All participants will be required to attend ALL practices. This will be strongly enforced this season. If you cannot commit, please do not register!

Practices will be held 2-3 nights a week for the competing teams (Jr PeeWee & older)
Practices are 1-2 nights a week for Tiny & Mighty Mite squads (non-competitive)
Practice days are TBD. As we are a volunteer-ran organization, practice schedules will be based on our wonderful volunteer coaches' availabilities. We are always looking for more coaches/volunteers. If you or someone you know are interested in coaching, please email Amber at

*Some practices for competitive squads may be held at Charlotte Allstars Cheerleading, located less than 2 miles from MARA.

We will do fundraising throughout the season. All cheerleaders/families will be expected to participate!


  • Contract/Parental Consent
  • Physical Fitness/Medical History (physical must be performed in the 2018 calendar year and filled out on our official Pop Warner physical form)
  • Competition Interest Form (only required for participants who will be ages 8 or older as of 7/31/18)
  • Copy of Birth Certificate (originals will be required for regional competition)
  • Copy of Report Card with ALL FOUR quarters grades
  • Small recent photo for ID card

CLICK HERE for links to the first three forms

Have any other questions not covered in the above information? Please email us at

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