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Pop Warner Spirit teams have participated for several decades on the football sidelines (Pep Squads, Majorettes, etc.); however, cheerleading was not officially introduced until the 1970’s. 

Today, thousands of youth participate in Pop Warner Cheerleading and Dance teams around the United States.


The Cheer and Dance Program offers teams a wide range of opportunity for young athletes at all skill levels: Novice, Intermediate and Advanced.  


Pop Warner has established one set of spirit rules along with JAMZ, the Pop Warner Education Development Partner and the original developer of the Youth Cheer and Dance Alliance (YCADA).   

Together with YCADA, Pop Warner is able to provide online educational courses for its coaches, administrators and judges on team skill levels for Cheer Teams (Core Cheer, Show Cheer PW 1-4) and for Dance Teams (Pom Performance, Theme Dance & Hip Hop). Pop Warner also offers additional competition opportunities in Sideline Performance Cheer.


With continued education, the Pop Warner Coaching Staff provides basic instruction, training and conditioning for both football games and competition.


Teams participate on the sidelines at football games for home and most away games through to the Pop Warner Super Bowl. In addition to Game Day, teams participate in qualifying spirit events (League and Region) through to a Pop Warner National Championship.


The Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Championships (started in 1988) are now held in December located in ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida. 

The Fall season begins on August 1st

Practice (at Cicero Central Park):  

Mon - Thurs 6pm - 8:30pm until school starts

After school begins:  Tues - Thurs 6pm - 8pm

Age Division Breakdown

**Age as of 7/31 of current calendar year.

Included in registration fee:

  • Uniform (to be returned at end of season)

  • Bows

  • Jacket

Additional Items Needed:

  • Sneakers

  • Practice shorts and t-shirt

  • Water bottle
Pee Wee
9, 10, 11, 12
Jr Pee Wee
8, 9, 10, 11
Mitey Mite
7, 8, 9
Tiny Mite
5, 6, 7
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