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History Of Cheerleading

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 (Core

Cheer, Show Cheer PW 1-4) and for Dance Teams (Pom Performance, Theme Dance

& Hip Hop). Pop Warner also offers additional competition opportunities in Sideline

Performance Cheer.

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 Orange County Convention Center in Orlando,




During the month of August, practices are held  Monday - Friday from 6pm-8pm.

Starting September 2nd, the practice schedule is as follows:


Mitey-Mites: TBA

Jr. Varsity:  TBA

Varsity: TBA

Bantam: TBA

Boston Raiders Youth Football & Cheer

PO Box 240688 
Dorchester, Massachusetts 02124
Phone : 617-249-3532
Email : [email protected]
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