Cheer

RBPW BRONCOS CHEERLEADING 

RBPW Cheer Picture Day

GENERAL INFORMATION

RBPW Cheer is fun, challenging, and an opportunity to make lasting friendships.  Our goal is to teach our participants the fundamentals and safety of cheerleading, while instilling the importance of teamwork and responsibility.  We want to provide the girls with an opportunity to participate and advance in the sport of competitive cheerleading, in an organized and safe environment.

ELIGIBILITY

Any child residing in the 92127, 92128 and surrounding communities is eligible to cheer for RBPW if they are at least 5 years old by July 31st and no older than 15 years on July 31st.

DIVISION AGE* NOTES
Flag 5- 6- 7 *Non-competitive
Jr. Mitey Mite 7- 8 *Non-competitive
Mitey Mite 7- 8- 9 *Non-competitive
Jr. Pee Wee 8- 9- 10- 11
Pee Wee 9- 10- 11- 12
Jr Midget 10- 11- 12- 13
Midget/Unlimited 11- 12- 13- 14- 15

* Age as of July 31st

2015 CHEER FEES

  • FLAG: $275 (includes uniform rental)
  • JR. MITEY MITE & MITEY MITE: $425 (includes uniform rental)
  • JR. PEE WEE, PEE WEE, JR. MIDGET & MIDGET: $575 (includes indoor mat time and uniform rental)

Cheer | Late Registration Fee |  Addt’l $50 on or after 6/15/15

Cheer uniforms are provided by RBPW, but remain the property of RBPW. They are used for four years, then retired. All cheerleaders will receive and keep a bow, briefs, socks, cheer shoes, two custom designed practice wear shirts (one practice shirt for flag), one pair of shorts, and poms.  Registration fees also include attendance at the Palomar Fun Day cheer camp, which is held during the first weekend in August.  Registration fees do not cover travel costs, non-Pop Warner competitions fees (e.g. JAMZ), coach gifts, etc.

Mandatory Pre-Season Dates
Sun 5/17:  Skills Review & Assessment Day
Sun 6/7:  Cheer Fitting Day

 

CHEER PRACTICES AND GAMES

RBPW Cheer Game Day

The RBPW season officially begins Aug. 1, 2015 and will continue through the end of November and possibly through the second week of December if your child’s squad qualifies to compete at our regional and/or national championships.  Some competitive squads choose to participate in additional competitions that may occur throughout the end of January.  Cheer practices are usually held 3-5 times per week for two hours a day, depending on the team and time of the season.

Beginning at the end of August, there will be one football game every Saturday that the cheer squad will be required to attend and cheer at. Games times and locations will be announced at the beginning of August.

2015 Season Dates
8/1:  First day of practice
8/8 or 8/9:  Cheer Fun Day at Torrey Pines High School
Sat 8/8- Flag thru Pee Wee | Sun 8/9- Jr. Midget & Midget
8/29:  First Game TBA
10/25:  Palomar Conference Locals Competition
11/22:  Wescon Regionals Competition
12/7-12/11:  National Competition in Orlando, Fl.

 

PRACTICES ARE MANDATORY:

Due to the nature of the sport, a practice missed by one cheerleader has a significant impact on the squad, particularly on that cheerleader’s stunt group, who are unable to stunt without every member present. It also takes away from others when a coach has to step out during practice and teach what was missed.  Cheerleading is a unique sport in which each athlete’s safety is dependent upon teamwork, trust and responsibility of the whole squad.

As a result, attendance at all practices and games is mandatory.  Please make an effort to schedule your family vacations during June and July.  August is a critical month where skill sets are being evaluated and positions determined.

Cheer practices are held at RBHS for the first two days.  Beginning the second week of August, practice will be at Rancho Bernardo Community Park. During the season, the non-competitive teams practice 2 to 3 times a week for 1 to 2 hours in the evening. During the month of August, the competitive teams practice 5 days a week, for 2 hours in the evening until school starts.  After school begins, the competitive teams practice 3 times a week.

Head Cheer coaches determine the exact practice days and times. They are generally between the hours of 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. The days of the week vary according to the coach’s schedule and the availability of indoor facilities.  Competitive squads will also start practicing on a full cheer floor with mirror at local gyms, one or two days a week at the beginning of September (based on availability) as they gear up for their first competition of the season. Competition routines are taught along in addition to sideline cheering, which is what is done at the weekly football games.

GAMES ARE MANDATORY:

RBPW Flag Cheer

The football season runs from August 1st to December 31st. Games are held every Saturday, and typically begin the last weekend in August.  Parent’s are responsible for their child’s transportation to and from games. Your coach will provide you with a full game schedule.  Many games are at our home field, Rancho Bernardo High School, and some games are away. All Cheer squads are required to cheer at away games. The other teams in the Palomar Pop Warner Conference are located in Carlsbad, Escondido, Fallbrook, La Costa Canyon, Murrieta Valley, Oceanside, Poway, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, San Marcos, Scripps Ranch, Temecula Valley, Valley Center, Vista and Wildomar.  The schedule will list the locations of each game and the website will have links to maps and driving directions.

COMPETITIONS:

RBPW Wescon Cheer Competition

Cheerleading competitions are an exciting experience for the girls and the culmination of their cheer season!!!  It is amazing to see how much the girls have learned since the beginning of August.

The Palomar Cheer Competition (our local league competition) is the first of our competitions and is usually held at Viejas Arena. If a squad places 1st or 2nd at this competition they will advance to compete at the Wescon Pop Warner Regional Cheer Championships.  Flag and Mitey Mite squads perform at our local Palomar competition, but do not compete against each other.

Regional Cheer Championships are usually scheduled towards the middle of November and are held in Long Beach, CA.  It is usually the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, so please plan accordingly.  First and second place teams at Regionals then qualify to compete at Pop Warner Nationals.

National Cheer Championships are held during the Pop Warner Super Bowl at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida in the beginning of December.  Teams that qualify for the Pop Warner Nationals Cheer Competition must purchase a hotel and park hopper package from Disney at a discounted rate, and it involves a 3 to 5 night stay. Four to five days of school will be missed, and Pop Warner provides letters to the schools to explain the absence.  Study hall is encouraged while in Florida. Cheer squads are encouraged to fundraise to assist in travel costs.

Mandatory Competitions (2015 Season)

  • Locals: Sunday, October TBA
  • Regionals: November, TBA

SOME RULES

  • No Nail Polish or Long Nails that extend over the finger tips
  • No Jewelry: This includes ANY new piercing;  medical/religious jewelry may be taped to the body
  • No Glitter, Shimmer, Sparkles, etc.
  • No Tattoos
  • No Hair Coloring: Other than that of a natural hair color
  • Practice Attire: Shorts, t-shirt, tank top, sports bra, socks, cheer shoes are required
  • Eye Glasses must be secured by an elastic band
  • Hair Must be Off the Shoulders and out of face for all practices and games, no beads, barrettes, feather extensions, etc.

COACHING OPPORTUNITIES

RBPW is a 100% volunteer run organization.  Our season cannot be successful without the help and participation of our families.  HEAD COACHES AND VOLUNTEERS are needed for the 2015 season!!  Cheer, dance and tumbling experience is a plus, but is not necessary. Please email rwiggins@rbpopwarner.org for more information.