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Lenape Valley aims to create a positive environment where girls can be themselves and have fun while learning teamwork, self-discipline, sportsmanship, and perseverance, all while learning and perfecting their cheer skills.

Lenape Valley Cheerleading is a full-year program that begins August 1st and ends July 31st of the following year. During the traditional season, cheerleaders will participate in three (3) Pop Warner competitions and cheer on the sidelines for Lenape Valley Football. Beginning January 1st, cheerleaders may partake in the Winter Cheer Program. The Winter Cheer Season is strictly competitive. 

Commitment 
Games: Cheerleaders are required to cheer at home and away football games. Per Pop-Warner rules, all cheerleader must attend at least 8 games during the season. In addition to sideline, cheerleaders will also learn and perform a half-time routine. Cheerleaders are expected to arrive 30-minutes prior to the start of the game in their full game day uniform, shoes, bow and bloomers.

Competitions: Lenape Valley Cheerleading is a competitive cheer organization. Cheerleaders must commit to attending all practices and competitions prior to the start of the season which includes attending Nationals in Orlando, FL. 

Team Placement
All cheerleaders will be placed on teams the 1st week of July based on age and the number of athletes registered in the program. Lenape Valley teams are based on Pop Warner age guidelines which are as follows:

  • Jr. Tiny-Mite: 3 & 4 
  • Flag: 5 & 6
  • Tiny-Mites: 6 & 7
  • Mighty-Mites: 8 & 9
  •  Pee Wee: 10 & 11
  • Jr. Pee Wee: 11 & 12
  •  Junior Varsity: 12, 13 & 14

*Please note that Lenape Valley reserves the right to move girls based on skill level. 

Jr. Tiny Mite 
This is a developmental program designed to teach girls cheer core fundamentals. Cheerleaders will practice one day per week for 2-hours. This program will run for approximately 6-weeks.  

Attendance 
Since cheerleading is a team sport, the team only succeeds when everyone is in attendance.  Therefore, 100% attendance is expected at practices and games unless there is an approved absence (illness/pre-planned family event). Please schedule family vacations during June/ July, as August is a critical month where skill sets are being evaluated and team positions are determined.

Practice Schedule
Practices begin August 1st, and will be held Monday thru Thursday for 2-hours. All teams are required to participate in 20-hours of conditioning prior to the start of the traditional practice season. Following conditioning the Tiny-Mite team will practice 2-nights per week and older teams will practice 3-nights per week. Beginning in September cheer teams will move to indoor practice space upon availability.

Practice Expectations 
Cheerleaders must arrive 10-minutes before the start of practice and ready to warm-up. Cheerleaders must be dressed in the appropriate practice attire which includes - cheerleading shoes, shorts or leggings, t-shirt and hair secured in a ponytail. Cheerleaders are prohibited to practice in jeans or jean shorts, open toed shoes or wearing jewelry including stud earrings. 

**Missing multiple practice will result in loosing a spot or being taken out of the routine.**

What's Included in the Registration Fee?
All cheerleaders will receive a Lenape Valley game-day and competition uniform to use for the season. The uniform shell and skirt need to be returned at the end of the season. The bloomers, body liner, sneakers and bow(s) are yours to keep.

Registration fees cover the following items: 

  • Uniform package: bloomers, body liner, bow, and comp sneakers
  • LV insurance coverage
  • Field/ Gym fees
  • Practice location fees*
  • Halftime choreography/ music

*If a team advances to Regionals/ Nationals, additional fees will be collected to cover practice space costs.

Game Day and Competition Uniformity 
 
In accordance with Pop Warner and LVFC, all cheerleaders must be uniformed while representing LV at football games and competitions. 

Game Day Uniform: Cheerleaders must be dressed in their game day uniform which includes - LV skirt & shell, bloomers white socks, cheerleading shoes and game day bow. During colder weather games cheerleaders are permitted to wear their body liners under their shell and/or their official LV warm-up jacket.  Cheerleaders are prohibited from wearing sparkly or light-up shoes, coats or sweaters over their shell or t-shirts under their shell. 

Competition Uniform: Cheerleaders must be dressed in their competition uniform for all Pop Warner competitions during the season. This includes - LV long-sleeve shirt and skirt, white socks, comp shoes, bloomers and comp bow. Cheerleaders may wear their official LV warm-up jackets while at competitions. 
 

Competitive Cheer & Travel 
All cheer squads will compete in 3 Pop Warner Cheerleading Competitions which include:

Bux-Mont Cheer Classic 

  • Dates: Held last weekend of September or 1st weekend in October 
  • Location: North Penn High School, Lansdale, PA 
  • Qualifying teams will advance to Regionals

Pop Warner Eastern Regional Cheerleading & Dance Competition

  • Dates: Typically held 1st weekend in November 
  • Location: Cure Insurance Arena, Trenton , NJ 
  • Qualifying teams will advance to Nationals

Pop Warner National Cheerleading & Dance Competition 

  • Dates: 1st week of December 
  • Location: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL 
  • Please note: We request that families hold the entire week of Nationals as teams will not receive an Order of Performance until 2-weeks prior to competing at Nationals 

Additional fees will incur for all comp cheer teams including, but not limited to:

  • Competition Fees 
  • Practice Space
  • Travel Expenses 
  • Spirit Wear for Nationals (includes: shirt, shorts and bow for each day) 
Competitive cheerleaders must commit to attending all practices. During the competition season cheerleaders are not permitted to participate in additional extra-curricular sports. 

Teams will travel together to all competitions. This means the Head Coach will select a meeting location prior to the competition for the team to meet and head over to the competition as one team. 

Team Dues
All participants are required to pay team dues for the season. This covers a variety of items throughout the year, which include:

  • Pink Bows for October
  • Team Shirts
  • Trophies
  • Competition Bows 
  • Competition Expenses
  • End-of-year Party
  • Miscellaneous expenses
Winter Cheer Program 
Lenape Valley's Winter Cheer Program will begin on January 1st and runs through mid-July. Participants will practice 2-nights per week for 2-hours. Team placement, practice times and location will be announced the last week of December. 

Teams will focus on tumbling, stunting and choreography. 

Teams will compete in several competitions between January and April which include: 

Battle of the States 

  • Month: January (Saturday) 
  • Location: Santander Arena, Reading, PA 

YCADA Globals

  • Month: February (Friday - Sunday) 
  • Location: Tropicana Casino & Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ

Cheer & Dance Extreme 

  • Month: March (Friday - Sunday) 
  • Location: Kalahari Resort, Pocono Mountains, PA 
  • Qualifying teams will receive a bid to The ONE Finals in April in Virginia Beach, VA
Cheer Sport Classic

  • Month: March (Saturday) 
  • Location: Santander Arena, Reading, PA 
Mid Atlantic Championship Grand Nationals

  • Month: March (Friday - Saturday) 
  • Location: Wildwood, NJ

Hershey Nationals Cheer Competition 

  • Month: April (Friday - Sunday) 
  • Location: PA Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, Harrisburg, PA
The Masters Cheer & Dance Championship 

  • Month: April (Friday - Sunday) 
  • Location: The Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, MD 

Coaches will select which competitions teams will compete at prior to the start of the winter season. Since competitions do require traveling, travel expenses will incur to all families. 

All cheerleaders will receive a competition uniform for use which must be returned at the end of season. Additional fees will apply to new registrants who did not participate in the traditional season for competition shoes and bows. 

*Please note that Lenape Valley reserves the right to place participants on a team that best suits their skill level. 

Camp
Information will be provided to parents after registration is complete for the cheer season. 

Tiny-Mite and Mitey-Mite

Lenape Valley offers a 2-day camp which is held on a chosen Saturday and Sunday in August. Cheerleaders will have the opportunity to learn tumbling, stunting, sideline cheers and choreography.

Registration for camp is $150.00 which includes Spirit Wear (2 shirts, 2 shorts and 2 bows) and lunch will be provided. 

JPW and Above
*Due to the intensity of Pine Forest Camp, Lenape Valley can only offer to JPW and above. 

In August, cheerleaders will have the chance to participate in a 4-day/ 3-night camp at Pine Forest Cheerleading Camp in the Pocono Mountains. Registration for camp is $300.00 with a $100.00 deposit required at the time of registration. 

Cheerleaders will have the opportunity to learn tumbling, stunting, cheers and choreography from UCA (Universal Cheerleading Association) staff.

Squads will stay in private bungalows with showers & bathrooms. Meals and snacks are provided to the girls. 

Additional camp fees include: Spirit Wear for all 4-days and transportation to and from the camp. 
 
Forms 
Parents/ Guardians must complete and the return the official Pop-Warner forms located under the FAQ & Forms tab on the Lenape Valley website by August 1st.  All physicals completed must be the official Pop-Warner physical, no other physical form will be accepted. In addition, parents must submit a copy of a birth certificate, 2 copies of a report card, and a current wallet sized photo. Any participant who is missing a form will not be permitted to practice at the start of the season, but will be required to attend practices as a spectator.

Financial Expectations 
Parents/ Guardians are responsible for additional costs throughout the season which include, but not limited to: 
  • Team Dues 
  • Summer Camp Fees 
  • LV Warm-Up Jackets & Backpacks 
  • Competition Fees 
  • Game Day Shoes (Parents will be responsible for purchasing prior to the start of season) 
  • Competition Fees 
  • Miscellaneous Expenses 

Spirit wear
All cheerleaders are required to purchase an LV warm-up jacket and backpack for the season. 

In addition, families/ cheerleaders may purchase LV Cheerleading gear which can be found on the under the LV Online Store tab on the website. 

Coaching/ Team Parent 
Any member in good standing with LVFC may volunteer to hold a coaching or team parent position. Those interested in coaching must complete a coaching application and submit to the VP of Cheer for review. The Lenape Valley Executive Board will complete a review of the application and notify the individual(s) who's applications have been approved. All coaches and team parents, must complete all clearances located under the Coach Information tab on the Lenape Valley website. In addition, all coaches and team parents must complete the online YCADA Coaches Education and Testing PW 101 course within 2-weeks of approval. Individuals who do not complete this course will be removed from their position. It is also highly recommended that coaches complete the Coaches Competitive Edge program to understand YCADA-Pop Warner skill levels and scoring guidelines. In addition, coaches and team parents should receive their certification from Red Cross in Community CPR and First Aid prior to the start of the season on August 1st. 

All coaching staff and team parents must adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by Pop Warner and Lenape Valley. All coaches and team parents must have knowledge and Pop Warner handbook. Coaches will operate under the direction of VP of Cheer and adhere to rules and regulations set forth by the association. Coaches must commit to attending monthly meetings, which will be held the 2nd Tuesday of every month. 

Per Pop Warner rules - Head Coaches are responsible for their own actions and the actions of the assistant coaches, staff, participants and parents. The head coach will determine the role and responsibilities of the assistant coaches. Head coaches are responsible for communication to parents regarding games, practices, competitions, team updates and any pertinent information that is passed down from the VP of Cheer or the association. Head coaches are responsible for ensuring team books are put together and all paper work received is accurate, ensuring all cheerleaders have their correct uniform and collecting uniforms and pom-poms at the end of the season. 

Team Parents will be chosen by the head coach prior to the start of the season. Team parents are responsible for the following: 

  • Collecting team dues 
  • Keeping a detailed record of expenses used from team dues
  • Working closely with the head coach to ensure the team book is properly put together and following up with parents if paper work is missing
  • Carrying the team book to competitions for book check
  • Orders/ distributes competition gifts for the team
  • Collecting any order forms and distributing items to parents 
  • Acts as a liaison between coaches and parents when needed 
  • Assists with fundraising efforts 
  • Organizes and manages team snack schedule 
  • Keep records any accidents requiring first aid 
  • Coordinates end-of-season team party 
  • Collects any additional funds throughout the season for spirit wear, camp fees, coaches gifts, etc. 

Questions?
For questions and inquiries about Lenape Valley Cheerleading, please reach out to [email protected]



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