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If you are a cheer coach and have questions concerning your routine, cheers, stunts, etc. Click on the link below.  (Note:  if you have questions concerning cheer sign-ups, registration, etc.  please contact one of the cheer board members listed at the bottom of this web page.)

Cheerleading was officially recognized in the 1970's, but has been a part of Pop Warner for several decades. The first ever National Cheerleading competition was held in Georgia. Today, 160,000 children are participating in cheerleading and dance around the United States.

Participation in the Pop Warner Spirit Program provides kids the opportunity to perform in an organized, supervised, safety-oriented environment. Pop Warner programs emphasize fun for all and encourage the development of qualities important long after their Pop Warner days are done.

Northern Indiana Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. (NIPWLS) is part of the Mid-America Region. This is one of eight regions located throughout the United States. The Mid-America Region had over 260 cheer and dance squads participating during the 2008 season, of which 104 of them where from the Northern Indiana Pop Warner league.

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Types of Spirit Squads:

Traditional Spirit : These squads compete during the Pop Warner playing season form August 1st through December 31st .

Year-Round Spirit : The year-round season begins January 1st and ends July 31st. A year-round squad must compete in one competition from January 1st to July 31 st .

Cheer & Dance Division
Division Ages
Tiny Mite 5, 6, 7 year olds
Mitey Mite 7, 8, 9 year olds
Jr. Pee Wee 8, 9, 10, 11*
year olds
Pee Wee 9, 10, 11, 12*
year olds
Jr. Varsity 10, 11, 12, 13*
year olds
Varsity 11, 12, 13, 14, 15*
year olds

*The asterisked (*) provisions in each division are for those leagues that carry "older but lighter" football players. The age of the spirit participant may match the age of the football players in the same division. The participant's age as of July 31 st of the current year shall be the participant's age for the coming season.

Why There Are No Personal Statistics

Pop Warner exists to use football, cheerleading, dance and a respect for education to develop strong, smart, responsible, healthy young men and women. We give them experiences that build their appreciation for and understanding of leadership, teamwork, and discipline.

While individual statistics may be more common, particularly among older football players, Pop Warner only recognizes the athletic accomplishments of the team, not the individual. We don't track personal tallies of touchdowns or yards rushing per game. We don't count sacks and blocked kicks. We applaud the athletic efforts of the team to reinforce the importance of teamwork with each member.


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