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Come join our Knights Cheer family! Here are some FAQs you may be curious about:

WHAT AGE DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO CHEER?
Per National Pop Warner rules, Pop Warner Spirit Teams are created based upon the child’s age as of 7/31 using the same age brackets as football.  Knights Pop Warner cheer teams are open to boys and girls ages from 5-15! Athletes under the age of 8 will participate in our "Intro to Cheer" program- a program designed to introduce the sport of cheer to our youngest athletes!  

ARE THERE TRYOUTS? DO YOU NEED PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE?
Knights Cheer offers fundamental and competition cheerleading for all levels and ages. No experience required and there are NO TRYOUTS. ALL DIVISIONS will get a chance to showcase their talents at the Easter MA Pop Warner Cheer and Dance Competition. All Participants will learn: Motions. Jumps, Stunting Techniques, Sideline Cheers & Chants, Cheer & Dance Routines. 

WHEN ARE PRACTICES?
Practice schedules will be set by the cheer director and head coaches and will start mid-August. Pop Warner National mandates 20 practice hours for conditioning and practice before athletes can stunt. National Pop Warner rules require: 10 hours of conditioning (No stunts or tumbling for cheer) followed by 10 hours of athlete readiness (Stunt and Tumbling progressions only for cheer).

Prior to Labor Day, practices will be held 3 times per week (for ages 8+) for 2.5 hours each day, beginning on August 20, 2019. Those in our Intro to Cheer program will practice 2x per week for 1 hour each day.  

It is VERY difficult for athletes missing any of these practices to “catch up” to the rest of the team in terms of development and understanding. Therefore, we ask that every athlete make the effort to attend every practice in August. Otherwise, the athlete will have to spend time while the rest of the team is practicing, making up those condition hours under a Pop Warner certified coach’s supervision before being allowed to participate in the rest of the team activities. Please plan your August travel plans accordingly! Practice time and locations will vary depending on team assignments and field/space availability.

DO TEAMS COMPETE?
Our youngest age group participates in the Non-Competition Division, showcasing a performance routine at either the Eastern MA or New England Regional Pop Warner Competition and Showcases held in October or November, respectively.  All other teams participate in the Competition Division.  

WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT LEVEL?
Intro to Cheer: Attend and perform at HOME tackle football games (3-4 per season), usually held on Sundays during the season. Must commit to practicing 1 day per week during the school year and a performance at the Eastern MA Pop Warner Showcase and Competition. 

Ages 8+: Attend and perform at ALL tackle football games (1 per week, usually held on Sundays during the season). Must commit to practicing 2 days per week during the school year (3 days/ week two weeks leading up to competition). The latter part of the season will contain additional focus on preparing the team to compete at the Regional and National Pop Warner Cheer and Dance Competitions, should they qualify. Must commit to compete at all 3 levels of competition: Eastern MA (early to mid- October), New England Regionals (early November) and National Championships (early December) if the team qualifies for advancement.

IS CHEERLEADING SAFE?
Like all sports, cheerleading does come with risks, however, we have a heavy focus on safety. As a Pop Warner requirement, each year ALL coaches are required to attend a "hands-on" clinic in which they learn safety techniques, as well as complete an online course on safety and general regulations.

When stunting, our athletes practice on cheer mats, are taught grips and technique prior to putting up a flyer, and only practice and perform level/age appropriate stunts. 

Athletes who tumble are asked to only do the skills they are able to do without a spot. 

WHAT IS THE COST?
The cost is $255 per cheerleader, which includes uniform rental, competition fees, poms, practice facility fees, and more!

HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
Visit us on Facebook, contact our director, Jakki Eckmann, at [email protected] for more detailed info, and look out for an email with more information about the season when it gets closer!

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Westford-Acton-Boxborough: KNIGHTS FOOTBALL & CHEER

PO Box 505 
Westford, Massachusetts 01886

Email Us: [email protected]
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