Cheer General Info
Pop Warner was founded in 1929, continues to grow and serves as the only youth football, cheerleading and dance organization that requires its participants to maintain academic standards in order to participate. Pop Warner’s commitment to academics is what separates this program from other youth sports around the world.
Cheerleading 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, over 120,000 children are participating in cheerleading and dance around the United States.
Participation in the Pop Warner spirit program provides kids an opportunity to perform in an organized, supervised, safety-oriented environment. Vista’s Pop Warner programs emphasize fun for all and encourage the development of qualities important long after the Pop Warner days are gone.
Our spirit program is growing in numbers each year due to the popularity of the sport. In an effort to keep pace with the many new changes in the Cheer & Dance industry, there are a few basic rules that are unique to Pop Warner spirit squads. These rules are designed to emphasize safety, especially within our dance and cheer programs.
Our primary goal is to provide an environment where these young ladies can grow, have fun and fall in love with the sport of cheerleading.
VPW Cheer strives for excellence while maintaining a fun and enjoyable environment. The participant’s hard work and dedication will culminate in a rewarding experience that they will remember for a lifetime. We require a huge commitment from everyone involved (kid and coach alike) and the season includes practices, games, fundraisers, and competitions from August through December.
Beginning in August, we maintain a mandatory conditioning period. During this month, cheerleaders will practice Monday through Friday for two hours each day. During their conditioning period, the cheerleaders will learn muscle building skills, cheer positions, proper stunting techniques as well as their choreography for their competition routines. This provides every cheerleader with the basics and foundation to compete safely.
During the month of September, practices reduce to 3 days a week as well as attending games on Saturdays during our 10 week football season. All games and practices are mandatory and each cheerleader will only be allowed 3 excused absences.
In addition to cheering at weekly football games, VPW emphasizes their participation in cheer competitions that take place at the local, regional and national level (please see our performance results below). the Palomar Conference competition is usually held at Cox Arena. The WESCON regional competition is held within driving distance (previous locations include Long Beach, Ontario, San Diego and Phoenix, Arizona). The National competition is held at Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida.
Individual travel expenses are the responsibility of each family, but VPW is committed to providing opportunities throughout the season to help reduce these costs significantly.
We are always looking for new fundraising ideas.
Please contact Cheer Coordinator Angie Heffner at Cheer@VistaPopWarner.com.