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Pop Warner Cheer and Dance Overview

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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 (PW 1, 2, 3 & 4) and for Dance Teams (Pom Performance & Theme Dance).

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. 


YCADA Coaches Education Course


YCADA has officially launched the new highly anticipated Y101PW training course called The Coach’s Manual – Everything You Need to Coach Youth Cheer & Dance!

This training has been designed for Pop Warner coaching staff and will take the place of the former ASEP course.  It is mandatory for all Pop Warner Cheer & Dance coaching staff listed on the spirit roster.

The objective of this course is to both educate and motivate. We want to get your creative juices flowing. All aspects of coaching youth athletes will be discussed - everything from dreaded ‘paperwork’ to exciting championship preparation! We know you’re busy, so our goal is to keep this course to-the-point while covering all important elements of youth cheer and dance.

Follow these instructions to sign up for the course:

  1. Click on the "Register" button to purchase the course.
  2. Fill our your account and payment info and click "Submit".
  3. You will receive three (3) total emails.
  4. Open the email from [email protected].
  5. Click on the link to the course to get to the main log-in page.
  6. Enter your new username and password and follow the instructions!

Cheer Conditioning

Cheerleader Conditioning


Conditioning

Strength

Flexibility

Joint range of motion


     In order to stay at the “top of our game” all cheerleaders should be conditioning their bodies DAILY!   Conditioning not only alleviates muscle soreness throughout the year but performing specific conditioning CAN and WILL increase your performance as an athlete and cheerleader.  Specific muscle memory and muscle “quickness” to perform stunts, jumps, dances, etc. rely solely on strength and repetition.  With this said, here are some general conditioning stretches and strengtheners, as well as, strengtheners and muscle-memory tasks for you to complete EVERYDAY!


Written permission from Author - Kelly Slack (Asst. Vasity Cheer Coach) Potomac Senior High School
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