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 & Hip Hop). Pop Warner also offers additional competition opportunities in Sideline Performance Cheer and Skill Games.
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.
Spirit seasons start on August 1st and end on July 31st.
A spirit participant's Pop Warner Age is their age on July 31st (the day before the season starts).
|Age on 7/31||Jr TM||TM||MM||Jr PW||PW||Jr VAR||VAR||BAN|
|PW Age 3||YES|
|PW Age 4||YES|
|PW Age 5||YES||YES|
|PW Age 6||YES|
|PW Age 7||YES||YES|
|PW Age 8||YES||YES|
|PW Age 9||YES||YES||YES|
|PW Age 10||YES||YES||YES|
|PW Age 11||YES||YES||YES|
|PW Age 12||YES||YES||YES|
|PW Age 13||YES||YES|
|PW Age 14||YES|
|PW Age 15||YES||YES|
|PW Age 16||YES||YES|
|PW Age 17||YES|