Cheer

2014 BRONCOS CHEERLEADING

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 an opportunity to participate and advance in the sport of competitive cheerleading, in an organized and safe environment.

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 still needed!!  Cheer/dance/ tumbling experience is a plus but is not necessary. Please email kholmes@rbpopwarner.org for more information.

ELIGIBILITY

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

DIVISION AGE* NOTES
Flag 5-7 Non-competitive
Jr. Mitey Mites 7-8 Non-competitive
Mitey Mites 8-9 Non-competitive
Jr. Pee Wee 9-11
Pee Wee 10-12
Jr Midget 11-13
Midget 12-15

* Age as of July 31st

CHEER FEES

Þ    $250 Flag

Þ    $400 Jr. Mitey Mite and Mitey Mite

Þ    $550 Jr. Pee Wee, Pee Wee, Jr. Midget, and Midget (includes mat time)

Cheer uniforms are provided by RBPW, but remain the property of RBPW. They are used for four years, then retired.  Cheerleaders will receive and keep a bow, briefs, socks, cheer shoes, 2 custom designed “campwear” shirts and shorts, and poms.  Registration fees also include attendance at the Palomar Fun Day cheer camp, which is held on the first weekend in August, this year in Ramona.   Registration fees do not cover travel costs, non-Pop Warner competitions fees (e.g. JAMZ), coach gifts, etc.

 

Cheer Practice/ Games/ Competition Information & Important Dates

The RBPW season officially begins Aug. 1, 2014 and will continue through the end of November and possibly through the second week of December if your child’s squad enters regional and/or national championships.  Some competitive squads choose to participate in competitions that may occur through the end of January.

2014 dates
8/1  First day of practice
8/9 or 8/10   Cheer Fun Day in Ramona
8/30  First Game
10/26 Local competition (tentative date)
11/23 Regional competition (tentative date)
12/8 – 12/12  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, they practice 3 times a week.

Head Cheer coaches determine exact practice 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 the full cheer floor with mirror at local gyms, one or two days a week at the beginning of September (based on availability) as we gear up for the Palomar Competition.

GAMES ARE MANDATORY:

The football season runs from August 1st to December 31st. Games are held every Saturday, and typically begin the last weekend in August.  Parent is responsible for 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 Palomar 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:

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 currently scheduled on Sunday, October 28th at Viejas Arena. If a squad places 1st or 2nd they advance to compete at the Wescon Regional Cheer Championships.  Flag and Mitey Mite squads perform at Viejas but do not compete.

Regional Cheer Championships are scheduled for Sunday, November 18th in Long Beach.  It is the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, so please plan accordingly.  First and second place teams at Regionals qualify for 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 involve 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.  Squads are encouraged to fundraise to assist in travel costs.

Competition

Locals Sunday, October 26, 2014 (tentative)
Regionals November 23, 2014 (tentative)

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 color, 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