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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


When does the season start?

The season begins August 1st. The regular season runs through the end of October. The season will continue through the end of November if the team qualifies for Regionals or through mid-December if the team qualifies for Nationals.



Are tryouts required?

No, tryouts are prohibited by Pop Warner. All registered participants will be placed on a first-come first-served basis on a team based off their age until all teams have reached capacity.



How much does it cost to participate?

The registration fee is only $100, which is NON-REFUNDABLE, plus a $50 parent participation fee (per child), which is refundable upon 10 hours (per child) of volunteer service. Completed volunteer forms must be postmarked on or before December 1st of that season and sent to the address listed on the form. All forms submitted after December 1st or not submitted at all will be forfeited to the Pacifica Tigersharks. In addition, each cheerleader will be required to purchase cheer shoes. The cost will range from $15-$70. Cheerleaders on teams qualifying for nationals will incur travel costs. Fundraising will be provided to help offset the cost of travel.



What does the registration fee cover?

The registration fee covers uniform rental, practice T-Shirt, socks, hair bows, kick pants, facilities rental, equipment (e.g. mats, pom-poms, etc), competition fees, patches, trophies, insurance, conference dues, scholastic registration, first-aid supplies and miscellaneous supplies.



What is the time committment?

During the month of August, practices are held 5 days a week Monday thru Friday. Participant's ages 5-7 will practice from 6-7pm and ages 8-15 will practice 6-8pm. During the months of September and October, the practice schedule is reduced to 2 days per week from 5:30-6:30pm for ages 5-7 and 3 days per week from 6-8pm for ages 8-15. In addition, cheerleaders cheer at one football game every weekend in September and October, which are held on Saturdays or Sundays. The girls do not cheer at football games the weekends they have competition.

If a cheer squad qualifies for Regionals or their football team qualifies for playoffs, practices will continue throughout the month November with regional competition held the day after Thanksgiving.

If a cheer squad qualifies for Nationals, practices will continue for the first week of December, and travel to Orlando, Florida will take place the second week of December.

The specific practice schedule will be determined based on facility and team placement. Generally, participants have been able to manage participating in school activities held on an after school basis simultaneous with Pop Warner, but it is difficult to make commitments to other activities during the Pop Warner season.



Can practices be missed?

Due to the nature of the sport, a practice missed by one cheerleader has a significant impact on the squad, particularly on that cheerleader's stunt team. As a result, practices may only be missed due to illness or, if the head coach is notified in advance by a parent, due to a compelling personal reason.



What if we have a family vacation planned during August? Can my cheerleader miss practices?

Please make an effort to schedule your family vacations during June and July. Though we allow some flexibility for pre-arranged vacations, August is a critical month where skill sets are being evaluated and positions determined.



Do cheerleaders have to cheer for football games?

Yes. There are 9 games. . .the Jamboree game and 8 regular season games August through October. Typically, half the regular season games are home games at Terra Nova High School, and the rest will be "away" games. For "away" games, the drive is typically less than one hour. If the football team makes the playoffs, there can be up to 3 additional games through November. The cheer teams do not cheer at football games the weekends they have competition.



How many competitions are there and is there any travel involved?

There are three competitions held locally. The first is Jamboree, in mid August. The second is Invitationals in early October. This Invitational competition gives the team the experience of performing in a competitive setting, but does not determine advancement to additional competitions. The third competition is Conference Championships, held at the end of October. Once these dates are finalized, we will let you know. First, second and third place teams at Conference qualify for Regionals. Regional Championships are held locally, before Thanksgiving. First and second place teams at Regionals qualify for Nationals.

National Championships are held in Orlando, Florida the second week of December. National Pop Warner provides some competitive travel packages to offset the cost of this expense, which typically involves a 4 or 5 night stay in Orlando, complete with a park pass and meal tickets. Some school will be missed, and Pop Warner provides letters to the schools to explain the absence.



Is there a volunteer requirement?

Yes. Pacifica Tigersharks Football and Cheer is an All-Volunteer organization. Each cheerleader must have an adult family member commit to volunteer a minimum of 10 hours per child during the course of the season.



What are the ages of the teams?

Tiny-Mite Division – Ages 5-7 (non-competitive)
Mitey-Mite Division - Ages 7-9 (non-competitive)
Jr. Pee Wee Division – Ages 8-11
Pee Wee Division – Ages 9-12
Jr. Varsity Division – Ages 10-13
Varsity Division – Ages 11-15
Challenger Division – Ages 5-15 (non-competitive)
Note: Cheerleader's age as of 7/31 of the current year determines their age group. No experience is necessary.



What is the size of the team?

There are size limits to the teams based on Pop Warner rules and the number of volunteer coaches. A small squad consists of 12 or fewer cheerleaders and requires 2 adult volunteers. A medium Squad consists of 13 to 25 cheerleaders and requires 2 adult volunteers. A large squad consists of 26 to 35 cheerleaders and requires 3 adult volunteers.



Who rosters the teams and what is the criteria?

The Cheer Athletic Director rosters the teams. All participants will be assigned within the available squads on a first come, first served basis. Participants are placed on teams based on their age and date of registration.



Can I request my child be placed on a certain team?

You can certainly request a team, but we cannot guarantee that the request will be granted.



When will the team placements be announced?

Team placements will be announced in August. We cannot announce teams prior to that time due to anticipated changes of football teams. After August 15th, team placement will not change unless there is an eligibility issue.



What are the required documents needed to join Pacifica Tigersharks?

For each participant, the following documents must be submitted:

  1. A copy of an official birth certificate or passport;
  2. A wallet size current photo, head and shoulders, no head gear or glasses;
  3. A signed Medical Release Form dated after 1/1 of the current year. All players must have a current medical release form completed and signed by a parent AND a doctor. If a physical cannot be arranged in time, we have made arrangements with the Chiropractic offices of Dr. Danny Chan, for discounted physicals ($20.00). Please call 650-756-9003 to schedule an appointment - some same day appointments are available.
  4. Report cards covering the full school year. Be certain you have copies of these report cards prior to the last day of school, as many schools close their administrative offices for the entire summer.
  5. A Standard Player Contract;
  6. Code of Conduct

A cheerleader may not participate unless all of the required documents have been provided. Most of the documents should be provided by June 15th, with any open items cleared prior to the first practice on August 1st. All of these forms can also be found on our website under forms.

We cannot complete your registration until these are received.

Please mail to:
Pacifica Tigersharks Pop Warner Football and Cheer
P.O. Box 551
Pacifica, CA 94044



Why is the report card required, and what if my cheerleader's grades are not poor?

Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. (PWLS) is the only national youth sports organization in America that requires its participants to perform adequately in the classroom before permitting them to play. Pop Warner believes that the standards set give participants a sense of responsibility and an appreciation for academics and athletics that will help them develop later on in life. Proof of satisfactory progress in school is required. A 2.0/70% or the equivalent shall be the minimum grade point average acceptable to participate. We understand that not all student-athletes are able to meet our scholastic requirements. If a child does not meet the requirements of scholastic fitness, he/she may fill out and submit a Scholastic Eligibility Form, which is to be signed by a school administrator stating that the child will benefit from participating in the Pop Warner Program. It is the discretion of the school administrator as to whether or not the student would benefit from participating in Pop Warner.




Certification is MANDATORY for all Participants. All candidates that have been put on a team roster must be certified. Certification includes the verification of their age and scholastic eligibility. Certification is conducted by the Commissioner of Peninsula Pop Warner Football.