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Without cheerleader’s, it’s just a game!


Cheerleading was officially recognized in the 1970′s, but has been a part of the Pop Warner program for several decades. The first ever National Cheerleading competition was held in DeKalb County, GA. Today, more than 180,000 children are participating in Pop Warner cheerleading and dance around the world.

Participation in the Pop Warner Spirit Program provides kids an opportunity to perform in an organized, supervised, safety-oriented environment. Pop Warner programs emphasize fun for all and encourage the development of qualities important long after Pop Warner days are gone.

The participants in the Pop Warner program are unique as opposed to those of other programs. While they are taught about the values of competition, they are also maintaining their grades at a satisfactory level in order to attain the ultimate prize of being named a Pop Warner National Champion. We salute all the efforts and accomplishments that our participants put forward!Chee

Cheer Frequently Asked Questions

Pop Warner is a national organization with a focus on spirit, teamwork, scholarship and fun! Being a part of the National Pop Warner Association there are several strict rules regarding paperwork, practice hours, team placement/age, equipment, uniform and safety issues that we must abide by. This website has a link to the National Pop Warner site if you would like to find out more about the organization. Below is some general information about our program and things to expect this season. Please read through all of this information to make sure you are ready for this commitment.

When and where do we practice?
Just like football, we have preseason conditioning & training session, which typically begins August 1st. Where the girls will learn cheers, dances, stunting and a half-time routine. The head coach of each team determines the days of each practice.

Do the girls compete?
Yes, squads that are Jr. Pee-Wee and higher will compete in a local San Diego Pop Warner Cheer Championship. If the squad places locally then the squad will compete at our Regional level and possibly compete at our National level They also have the opportunity to compete in outside competitions throughout the season with the approval from San Diego Pop Warner.

How many games do they cheer for?
There are a total of 8 regular season games: 4 home and 4 away. These games are typically played on Saturdays. Parents must provide transportation to the four away games. Some squads may need to cheer for additional post season games as well.

How is it decided what team girls are placed on?
Cheerleaders are placed according to date of birth and what number they were for registration. We can have a maximum if 35 girls per squad.

What do I have to buy?
Every association will have different types of programs for cheer uniforms. Some will require you to purchase, or rent. Please speak to your association for details.

What paperwork do I need to pass in?
Birth certificates with raised seal (copies not allowed).
2013 Pop Warner Physical
A Full Years Report Card

Who are the coaches? 
All coaches, team managers and student demonstrators are volunteers but they are all CORI/SORI checked (a National Pop Warner rule). The team demonstrators are usually high school girls who have gone through the Sharon Pop Warner program and enjoyed it so much they want to give back and help the younger girls learn how to cheer.

Who can coach?
If you are 21yrs or older you may become a Head Coach. If you are 18yrs or older your may become an Assistant Coach. For someone that is younger we have student demonstrators who need to be 14 or 15 yrs of age by July 31st. For Coaches trainees you must be 16 or 17 yrs of age by July 31st.

How it works

How it works

There are Six Divisions of cheer, all determined by a strict age scale to ensure safe and balanced competition. Other criteria includes:

  • Your child’s age on July 31st is his or her age for the season.
  • The zip code where you reside coincides with the league and team you will play or cheer with.
  • If you wish to join a cheer team outside of your designated zip code a “Waiver Form” will be needed. You can find this form on our forms and resources page. Please be aware that this form must be signed by both leagues affected.
  • If you reside in a zip code that is designated to multiple locations it is up to the cheerleader where she wants to participate.

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Age Matrix – Spirit – Cheer.

Spirit Age Matrix

 Division & Weight   Ages
 Flag  5, 6 & 7 year olds
 Mitey Mite
 7, 8 & 9 year olds
 Jr Pee Wee
 8, 9, 10 & 11 year old
 Pee Wee
 9, 10, 11 & 12 year old
Jr Midget
10, 11, 12 & 13 year old
Midget / Unlimited
11, 12, 13, 14 & 15 year old