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**Last day to register is July 31**

Please read below for information on our cheerleading program.
Email us at   if you have any other questions.

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 competitive cheer squad Blue Reign
for placing SECOND IN THE NATION at The Quest National Championship in March!





• Recreation Cheer (August-early November)

The Recreation Cheer program is our less competitive and shorter season cheer program for athletes ages 5 through 16 years old (age determined as of 7/31/2020). This program is great for athletes with no cheer or gymnastics experience, involved in various other extracurricular activities, or want a slower pace. Our recreation cheer program is more focused on game day materials and building strong basics in all aspects of the sport. Athletes will learn cheers for football games and up to a 2 minute and 30 second routine that will be performed throughout the season and compete at 1 local competition in mid-late October.

• Competitive Cheer (August 2020-March/April 2021)
The Competitive Cheer program is our dedicated cheer program for athletes ages 8 through 18 years old who are extremely passionate about the sport (age determined as of 8/31/2020; athletes younger than 8 who are interested may be considered on a case by case basis). Athletes signing up for this program can also participate in our Recreation Cheer program, but will have additional Competitive Cheer practices during the recreation season, and will continue through March/April 2021. This program is great for athletes with prior cheer or gymnastics experience (however not required), a competitive attitude, and strong work ethic. Our competitive cheer program is fast-paced, more intense, and focused  on perfecting and drilling skills to be successful at the competitive level. Athletes will learn a physically demanding 2 minute and 30 second routine and compete at 3 competitions between November-March, with the potential for advancement to a national level championship in March or April of 2021.



Registration Fee: 
Uniform Fee: $120
Returning participants from our 2019 fall season will not pay the Uniform fee if your uniform still fits. If you need to order new sizes a la carte, that will be an option on the registration page. This is for returning cheerleaders from the fall 2019 season only—if you are are new to MARA Cheer or are returning from an older MARA Cheer program, you will need to pay the full uniform fee.


If you are interested in purchasing a previously worn uniform, made email us at MARACheerleading@gmail.com with the subject line "Uniform Needed". We can not guarantee that we will have a previously worn uniform that will fit your child, so please be prepared to pay the full uniform fee.


No previous cheer experience is required! We love teaching the sport of cheer to all levels. We only ask that participants show up to every practice with a can-do attitude, bright smile, and loud voice!


• All participants must meet a Pop Warner Scholastic Fitness Requirement of a 2.0/70% grade average, based on their 2020-2021 full year report card.*
• If your child is homeschooled, please let us know upon registering and we will provide you a home school eligibility form.

*If your child's 2020-2021 grades do not meet the 2.0/70% grade average requirement, please contact us for further info on what will be needed in order for them to participate.

Teams are open to ages 5-16 - age for the season is determined as of 7/31/2020.

AGE BRACKETS (age determined as of 7/31/2020)

  • Tiny Mites: 5, 6, 7 
  • Mighty Mites: 7, 8, 9
  • Jr Pee Wee: 8, 9, 10, 11
  • Pee Wee: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Jr Varsity: 10,11,12,13
  • Varsity: 12,13,14,15,16


- All squads will perform at a local Pop Warner competition held mid-late October.

- Practices begin August 1, and games begin end of August. The football season runs through early November, which is when our Recreational squads season will end.
- Game times are set on a week by week basis. We will not get a schedule of times for the season. Typically younger squads will cheer in the mornings, and older squads will follow.


• Uniform Fittings: TBD (mid July)

We do our best to place all participants on age/skill appropriate teams. You can request in the notes on the registration page that your participant be placed on the same squad as a friend(s)/sibling, but friends/siblings may be on different teams based on Pop Warner age brackets.

Location: MARA - Arthur Goodman Memorial Park - 1200 S Trade St, Matthews NC 28105
In the event of inclement weather or field unavailability, there may also be some off-site practices at a local school/gym.

Pratice Dates: Below are our planned practice dates, these are subject to change based on our volunteer coaches' availabilities.
- Tiny/Mighty Mites (ages 5-9): Thursday nights, 6:00-6:45 pm
- Jr PeeWee (ages 8-11): Monday and Thursday nights, 6:00-6:45 pm
- PeeWee/Jr Varsity/Varsity (ages 9-16): Monday and Thursday nights, 6:45-8:00 pm

We are always looking for more coaches/volunteers. No experience? No problem! Often times we have past MARA/high school cheerleaders help teach cheers/routines, but we are always looking for an adult supervisor to assist at practices and games and be a point of contact for the squad's parents. If you or someone you know are interested in helping coach, please email Amber at

We kindly ask all participants to assist in fundraising efforts throughout the season. Funds raised help us keep our program costs low.



  • Pop Warner Contract/Parental Consent form (click here to download)
  • Pop Warner Physical Fitness**/Medical History form (click here to download)
    **ALL PARTICIPANTS must have a physical completed in the 2020 calendar year and filled out on this official Pop Warner physical form**

  • COPY of Birth Certificate (copies only - we do not require nor will we accept originals!)
  • COPY of 2019-2020 Report Card with ALL FOUR quarters grades
  • Small recent photo for ID card




Total Program Cost: $500 (to be paid in 4 equal monthly installments of $125)


Installment / Amount Due by
1 / $125 August 31
2 / $125 September 30
3 / $125 October 31
4 / $125 November 30


Installments 3 & 4 can be offset by fundraising August-October!

Attendance at Evaluations is MANDATORY to be placed on a competitive squad. Evaluations are tentatively scheduled for Saturday, August 29, 2020 (time TBD but will likely be in the morning/early afternoon).


Previous experience is recommended, but not required. We will have practices on Tuesday nights only during the month of August for those planning to attend Evaluations. They are welcome/encouraged to attend additional practices on Monday and/or Thursday nights with our Recreation Cheer squads to get in more conditioning and to continue to learn more fundamentals.

Teams are open to ages 8-18. Age for the season is determined as of 8/31/2020. If you have an athlete who is 5-7 years old and is interested in being on a competitive team, please email us at MARACheerleading@gmail.com. We will evaluate these on a case-by-case basis.


Squads will perform at up to 3 competitions between December 2020-March 2021. Competition dates/locations are TBD. We are waiting for the list of dates/locations to be released this summer, and will choose up to 3 to attend. Dates/locations will be determined before Evaluations. We will be aiming to attend a national competition in either March or April 2021. All participants are REQUIRED to attend all competitions throughout the season.

Practices begin in August and the season will end in March or April 2021, depending on competition advancement.


Primary Location: MARA - Arthur Goodman Memorial Park - 1200 S Trade St, Matthews NC 28105
Alternate practice locations as needed: Socrates Academy; Charlotte Allstars Gymastics & Cheerleading; both located in Matthews


August-October Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 pm MARA
September-October Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 pm MARA
November-March* Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 pm Crews Road Rec
  Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 pm Crews Road Rec
  Saturdays 2:00-4:00 pm Charlotte Allstars


*Practice days/times for November-March are tentative and based on location's availability.

We are always looking for more coaches. If you or someone you know are interested in coaching a competitive team, please contact Amber at amber.maracheer@gmail.com

Fundraising opportunities will be available throughout the season to help offset the program cost. 



Have any other questions not covered in the above information? Please email us at

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook at MARA Colts Cheer & Dance


Important Dates

July 31 | Last day to register

August 1 | First day of practice

August 29 | Competitive team evaluations

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