Cheer Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I sign my child up for LCCPW?
A: Online registration for the La Costa Canyon Pop Warner program is available on our website from March to June each year. In-person registration is also required and will take place on April 19th and May 10th 2023, at La Costa Canyon High School. Please refer to the Registration page on our website for specific dates, times, locations, and forms required for registration.
Q: What documents are needed for registration?
A: Both the child and a parent or guardian must be present at registration. The original copy of the child's certified Birth Certificate and a photocopy of the birth certificate for us to keep must be presented for age verification. Hospital certificates are not acceptable. A Wallet-Size Photo of the child (without a hat or sunglasses on), a completed 2023 Player Contract, a 2023 Contract Addendum for practicing on city fields, a 2023 Physical Fitness and Medical History form, LCCPW Code of Conduct Agreement are also required. Payment via credit card at online registration is accepted, and payment options and scholarships are available. Please contact LCCPW president for further information.
Q: What else does my child need prior to the first practice?
A: Physician physical forms and the 2023 year-end report cards must be submitted to the team's business manager before the first practice on August 1. If these documents were not previously submitted during registration.
Q: Why does my child need to submit a physical?
A: Safety is the top priority for the LCCPW program. A physical completed by your child's doctor or clinic is the only way we can ensure that your child is healthy enough to participate in the physical demands of football and cheer. Pop Warner requires all participants to have a physical before the start of the season. The physical form can be downloaded from the registration link. The physical must be completed after January 1, 2023, and forms must be turned in by July 31, 2023. Failure to submit a physical will prevent the player from participating.
Q. When does the season start and end?
A. Our season begins August 1st. Games are every Saturday.
The regular season runs through October with playoffs leading into November.
Competition season for cheer begins in October, advancement to Regionals and Nationals are determined by placement at each competition.
Q. When and where is practice?
A. Practice days and times are determined by the head coach. Our cheer teams practice in an indoor location on cheer mats at EdenPark. Depending on the age of the team, practice will not exceed 10 hours per week and last 1.5 - 2 hours per session.
Q. What team will my child be placed on?
A. Teams are organized by age. Each division is implemented by Pop Warner and is as followed:
Jr Pee Wee 8,9,10,11
Pee Wee 9,10,11,12
Junior Varsity 10,11,12,13
Q. What are the components of sideline cheer vs competitive cheer?
A: LCCPW Cheer has two main components: sideline cheer and competitive cheer. Sideline cheer involves cheerleaders cheering on the football teams during games, leading chants and cheers for the players and fans, and helping to create a lively and supportive atmosphere. Competitive cheer involves cheerleaders performing a choreographed routine that showcases their skills in stunting, tumbling, jumps, and dance. These routines are then scored against other cheer squads in cheer-specific competitions. Both components require commitment and dedication, with practices and performances throughout the season. Cheerleaders must participate in both components in order to be on a cheer roster.
Q. Where are games and how many are in the season?
A. Games are held on Saturdays and will last 2 hours. Our home field is La Costa Canyon High School however games can take place in other locations. There are 10 games in the season with possible playoffs and championships leading into November.
Q. When are cheer competitions?
A. Locals Conference cheer and dance competition held locally in October. WESCON regional cheer and dance competition held in selected location in November.
Nationals National cheer and dance competition held in Orlando Fl.
Q: Can my child cheer on a team with their friends?
A: In the event there are multiple teams per age group, teams are formed based on the player's performance at cheer assessments and individual team needs. We will make every attempt to evaluate factors such as single parent hardships and dual working parent hardships, but those scenarios will be considered only on a case-by-case basis. We will not place players on teams, just because their friends are on a specific team. LCCPW reserves the right to deny these requests if we feel it puts a player's physical safety in jeopardy.
Q: What if my child misses cheer practice will they be able to compete in competition or sideline cheer?
A: Attendance is critical to a cheerleader's success as well as the team's overall success and safety. If a cheerleader misses practiced, they may not be allowed to cheer during a competition or stunt in a sideline cheer game, if the head coach determines. In order to ensure that all cheerleaders have a fair chance to compete and perform to the best of their abilities, they must attend all scheduled practices. If a cheerleader must miss practice due to an illness, injury or emergency, please contact their coach as soon as possible to discuss alternative arrangements.
Q. Can my child just participate in cheer/dance competitions and not do sideline cheer?
At LCCPW, cheerleaders are required to participate in both sideline cheer and cheer competitions. The sideline cheer season runs from August to November, while the competitive cheer season continues through the end of November, with possible regional and national competitions extending into January. LCCPW encourages all cheerleaders to participate in both components to promote teamwork, skill development, and overall growth in the sport. Note that in the event there is a cheer competition the same weekend as a football game, cheerleaders will not be required to participate in sideline cheer.
Q. Are there requirements for parents
A. Yes! We ask that all parents volunteer for at least 2 hours during the season, such as working at the snack bar, spirit wear shop or a championship game.
Q. How can I volunteer?
Q: How much does it cost to register for Cheer?
A: The Early Bird registration fee is $675 until March 31st, the Regular Fee is $725 from April 1st to May 31st, and Late Registration fee is $775 after June 1st.
Q: What is included in the 2023 Cheer Registration fee?
A: The registration fee includes a uniform (shell, liner, skirt, game bow), game day and pink pom poms, registration shirt, Jamz Camp registration fee, Jamz Camp shirt and bow, competition fees for local and regionals, personalized cheer backpack (yours to keep), and cheer photo/team picture.
Q: What is the refund policy for Cheer?
A: All refund requests received before June 1st will receive a 100% refund with no processing fees. Refund requests made after June 1st will be subject to uniform order costs until July 15th. No refunds will be honored after July 15th.
Q: Can I receive a refund if my child decides not to participate in Cheer after the season has started?
A: No, there are no refunds for LCCPW Cheer after the season has started.
Q: What is Pop Warner?
A: Pop Warner is a non-profit organization that provides youth football and cheerleading programs for participants ages 5-16. The program is designed to promote academic success, good sportsmanship, and physical fitness while teaching the fundamentals of football and cheerleading in a safe and fun environment.
Q: Is Pop Warner safe?
A: Pop Warner places a strong emphasis on player safety and requires all cheer coaches to be certified in YCADA training, which emphasizes concussion awareness and proper stunting techniques. In addition, Pop Warner limits stunting during practices and mandates that all players receive a physical prior to the start of the season.
Q: Can my child participate in both football and cheerleading?
A: No, Pop Warner does not allow participants to participate in both football and cheerleading during the same season.
Q: How can I stay informed about the program?
A: LCCPW Pop Warner communicates with parents and players through our website, email, and social media channels. We encourage all families to sign up for our email list and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay informed about the latest news and updates. All football games will be scheduled and updated in Zorts Sports app and we strongly encourage all football and cheer families to download and monitor this app once official 2023 games are scheduled. Additionally, each team will set-up a dedicated communication app for keeping teams informed on scheduling and events.
Q: Who do I contact if I have a question or concern?