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Youth Football And Cheerleading

Cheer/Dance FAQ

When does the season start?
August 1st

Does my child need specific skills?
NO! There are no try-outs and no specific skill requirements. Just bring your willingness to learn and work hard!


How often are practices?

EVERY participant must complete conditioning practice each week night for the first two weeks of the season from 6:00 – 8:00 pm outside at our practice field off Perry Road. After the conditioning period is complete, teams will hold twice weekly practices. Competitive teams will add a third practice per week near the time of competitions. Practices are determined by each team’s head coach. Competitive team practices could include weekends.

What are the age categories?
All teams are based on the child’s age as of July 31st. Team availability depends on coaches and number of participants. There may not be a team in each one of the categories below.

Non-Competitive Cheer
Tiny Mite: 5-7 year olds

Competitive Cheer & Dance
Mitey Mite: 7-9 year olds
Jr. Pee Wee: 8-11 year olds
Pee Wee: 9-12 year olds
Jr. Varsity: 10-13 year olds
Varsity: 12-16 year olds

Can I choose which team my child is on?
The Cheer & Dance Commissioner assigns participants to teams based on age, team availability and number. You may indicate a preference for a specific coach/team on your registration but it is not guaranteed.
 
What do the cheerleaders do other than practice?
Each participant “cheers” on the sidelines at Saturday football games beginning on the last Saturday in August through mid-November. Cheer/dance teams are assigned to their corresponding football team by age and follow that team’s game schedule. Home games are at West Lake Middle School and away games include travel to any Pop Warner field in Wake, Durham and Johnston counties.
 
What do I have to pay for?
Registration fees are due upon registration. Cheerleaders may need to purchase an accessory package through our approved vendor which could include shoes, bloomers and crop top (approx. $80). If ASA offers a dance team or dual cheer/dance team, those participants may need to purchase a dance costume.
 
What does ASA provide?
All cheerleaders will receive a cheer uniform (top and skirt) to be returned in good condition at the end of the season. Competitive level cheerleaders will be provided a competition uniform to be returned after each competition.  ALL cheerleaders will use poms provided by the coach at each game.  
 
What extra items are provided by ASA?
Each cheerleader receives an ASA custom-designed practice t-shirt and gym shorts as well as game bows, competition bows and "pink" bows that do not have to be returned.  Athletes also receive a trophy at the end of the season.

**** Spirit wear for athletes and parents is on sale throughout the season.
 
If my child is on a non-competitive team, does she perform other than at games?
YES! All non-competitive teams participate in a local exhibition held on a Sunday in mid to late October usually in Johnston County. Each team performs a two minute routine including a chant, stunts, tumbling and dance routine to music on a dead floor inside a venue. All athletes receive participation medals.
 
If my child is on a competitive team, when and where are the competitions?
Local competition mostly likely will be held on a Sunday in mid to late October. Teams compete in their age division, skill level and team size against other teams within the league. If the team places 1st, 2nd or 3rd, they advance to the Regional competition held in Virginia Beach on the day after Thanksgiving. If the team places 1st or 2nd, they advance to the National competition in Disney World in Florida the second week of December. Athletes are required to participate in all qualifying competitions. Please consider the time and financial commitment required to participate on a competitive-level team.
 
What is the cost if my child’s team advances to Nationals?
Congratulations, National competition is an honor and ASA teams have qualified for the past 11 years straight! All qualifying participants need to travel to Florida and pay for an onsite Disney room package including 3 night minimum stay in the designated hotel with a three day park hopper pass. Each person on the reservation (anyone can come as long as they book with ASA) costs approximately $600 each for hotel and park passes which also includes admission to the Pop Warner private party at Animal Kingdom.
 
How do we fundraise?
All participants are encouraged to take part in the ASA program fundraising events. The sale of GoPlaySave coupon books as well as other events are required to offset costs to run the program (uniforms, equipment, insurance, dues, administrative costs, etc.) ASA is a NON-PROFIT program providing a fantastic sports program for the youth in our area at a very reasonable cost.

Additional fundraising events including a business sponsor program are provided to allow competitive-level athletes an opportunity to raise funds to offset expenses if they qualify for travel competitions.
 
What are the volunteer requirements?
ALL participants are required to have a designated person volunteer for shifts at home games. A master schedule is distributed and volunteers are asked to sign up for at least 2 shifts (2 hours each) for the season. ASA is a 100% volunteer organization. EVERYONE from the coaches to association commissioners to league and region staff are all volunteers.

 
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Apex Pop Warner - ASA Youth Sports

P.O. Box 1474 
Apex, North Carolina 27502

Email : [email protected]
Phone : 919-249-6660
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