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Lake Nona Jr. Lions Pop Warner Football and Cheer

Lake Nona Jr. Lions Pop Warner Football and Cheer


Welcome to the Lake Nona Youth Sports Pop Warner Cheerleading Program

We invite you to join our Pop Warner cheer squads. Pop Warner is the largest youth football and cheerleading organization in the United States and is the only national youth sports program to require satisfactory academic progress to participate. Our goals for the upcoming season is to train our cheer athletes, to teach safety, leadership, responsibility all while having fun!

We have six squads for children in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Each squad consists of a maximum of 35 cheer members and will be divided by age and experience.  Each season may be different based on enrollment and team sizes.  *A new squad Bantam was added this season for highschoolers age 14-17.  

Lake Nona Youth Sports is pleased to announce that Pop Warner Football & cheer registration will be open no later than the first week of March.
Registration Cost is $350.

Our practices begin on August 1st in which teams will practice up to 10 hours a week. After the 2nd week, practices will decrease to 6 hours a week . All competing teams cheer through the second week in December after qualifying for National Competition.

Practice Information:

  • Practice location – Heroes Community Park practice field.
  • Practice time – 5:45 to 8:00 Mon, Tues, Wed, and Thurs for the first two weeks of August.  After that, we practice 5:45 to 8:00 Mon, Tues and Thurs.
  • Practice Attire – your practice uniform.  T-shirt, shorts, bow and old cheer sneakers.
  • Must bring water bottle to practice filled with water
  • Cheer sneakers must be worn
  • Hair must be of natural color and pulled back in ponytail away from face.

The season begins with cheering for our respective football teams. Games are held on Saturdays and will require local travel for our away games. As we move into September, we will begin to work on competition preparation where the focus is on tumbling, stunting and dance. Our teams will compete in the Mid Florida Cheer Competition held at the end of October. Teams placing 1st and 2nd will then advance to Regionals which is held during Thanksgiving weekend. Any advancing teams (placing 1st or 2nd) will compete at Nationals which is held in December. Each Cheer Family will receive a Cheer Packet at registration which will contain more detailed information and expectations for the season. We look forward to seeing all of our returning families as well as welcoming new members to our Lake Nona Youth Sports Family.

Refund Policy
• There will be no refunds after registration closes.
• Refund requests prior registration closing will be a full refund less $25 to cover the cost of registration (credit card processing fees)  

In order to process a refund the following information must be submitted at the time of request.
• Athlete Name
• Parent Name (as you want the check to be made out to)
• Address
• Email address
• Phone number
For football and cheer registration questions, please email Ms. Kristen Czapka, Director of Registration at  [email protected]
For cheer related questions, please contact Ms. Amy Kleiner, Director of Cheer at [email protected]

Registration Listing

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There are no programs or divisions available at the moment. Please contact your club administrator with any questions.

Squad Designations


Cheerleaders are assigned to squads based on age and experience, at the sole discretion of LNYS. If you are a first year cheerleader, please register for the lowest level for your age.  Birthday cut off is 7/31/2022.  Provided below are the available divisions for our cheer program:

Tiny-Mite: Ages 5, 6 & 7 (8/1/14 - 7/31/17)
Mitey-Mite: Ages 7, 8 & 9 (8/1/12 - 7/31/15)
Jr. Pee Wee: Ages 8, 9, 10 & 11 (8/1/10 - 7/31/14)
Pee Wee: Ages 9, 10, 11 & 12 (8/1/09 - 7/31/13)
Jr. Varsity: Ages 10, 11, 12 & 13 (8/1/08 - 7/31/12)
Varsity: Ages 12, 13, 14, & 15 (8/1/05 - 7/31/10)
Bantam: Ages 14,15,16,17 (8/1/04 - 7/31/08) - High school only, cannot be on high school cheer squad.

LNYS is a sideline AND competitive cheer program and therefore all cheer squads will cheer on their respective football team during all regular and post season games. The regular season runs from August 1 through late October, with games being held on Saturdays beginning at the end of August. Games will be played either at our home field (Lake Nona High School) or at our opponent's field. The game schedule will be available prior to the start of the regular season.
Cheerleaders will also compete in 1-3 cheer competitions at the end of the season.  Please know that all competition practices are MANDATORY.  Our Regional competition will take place Thanksgiving weekend and we will have practice that week.  Competition season is a big commitment.  If you are unable to attend any of the competition events or practices, you will be unable to be on the competition squad.

Rules and Regulations

Lake Nona Youth Sports Pop Warner Parent and Cheerleader Rules & Regulations

Cheerleading is a commitment and takes a team effort just like any other sport. To be a great cheerleader, one must be motivated to do their best while fulfilling their commitment to their team. All cheerleaders in game or practice uniforms shall conduct themselves in a respectful manner while representing out Lake Nona community and must abide by the rules and regulations below.

Parents & Cheerleaders are to respect and cooperate with directors, coaches, and team moms at all times.

Rules and Regulations are as follows, but not limited to:

  • Cheerleaders will be placed on squads based on age and ability set by Pop Warner. Each team will have a maximum of 35 members.
  • Cheerleaders cannot cheer for a competitive All-Star team during the Pop Warner season.
  • Cheerleaders are to maintain good academic grades of at least a “C” average.
  • Parents and participants are strictly prohibited from using abusive language, alcohol or drugs at any Pop Warner sponsored function or event.
  • All disagreements with coaches or coaching philosophy will not be addressed on the practice or game field. All issues will be discussed in private.
  • Cheerleaders should promote team spirit and be on their best behavior while on the practice/game field and/or in uniform.
  • It is the parents’ responsibility to provide/arrange transportation for his/her child to and from all practices and games. Cheerleaders should always be on time and present for all games and practices. Other activities with exception of illness, scholastic, religion, and emergency family obligations, should not interfere with the cheer schedule.
  • Parents’ are not to leave their child unattended if unable to locate a coach during practices and games.
  • It is the parents’ responsibility to pick up their cheerleader on time from all practices and games.
  • If someone else is picking up the child other than the parent, the coach and team mom must be informed. A child may only leave with a parent unless otherwise notified.
  • Cheerleaders who are late without notification for practices/games will be issued demerits. (see demerit page)
  • Parents of cheerleaders must call the head coach or team mom in advance if they will be absent from practice. A no show or unexcused absence will result in demerits issued. (see demerit page)
  • If a cheerleader will be absent from a game, written notification must be to the head coach at the last scheduled practice. This will give the team the opportunity to make adjustments to stunts/cheer routines. A no show or unexcused absence will result in demerits issued. (see demerit page)
  • A cheerleader may not be allowed to cheer if the coach feels that she is not prepared due to missed practices and/or games. (see demerit page)
  • Repeated absences from practices/games will result in dismissal from the team. (see demerit page)
  • It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that all cheerleaders have used the restroom before coming to practices and games.  If a cheerleader needs to use the restroom, the parent of that child must escort them to the proper facilities.
  • It is the parents’ responsibility once a game or practice has started to come to the practice/game field immediately if “bad” weather arises.

Respect and discipline are absolutely necessary at all practices/games. Our coaches are trained to maintain a fun and learning atmosphere though we need everyone to be a team player and understand that there are rules to be followed. If the rules are not followed, the coaches will issue demerits.

Demerit Violation – 1 Demerit

o Unexcused absence for game or practice
o Late to practice without notice
o Gum/candy at practice or games
o Jewelry/nail polish at practice or games
o Not having hair secured properly at practice/games
o Not wearing uniform practice attire
o Not assisting with mats if asked
o Not participating in warm-ups and stretches
o Not having water bottle at practice/game

Demerit Violation – 2 Demerits

o Using cell phone during practice/game
o Late to game without notice
o Disrupting practices or games (unnecessary talking, playing etc)
o Not following directions given by coaches or captains.
o Disrespectful attitude towards teammates
o Not fully participating during practice/game.
o Stunting or tumbling without supervision or permission

Demerit Violation – 3 Demerits

o Talking back or disrespectful to coaches.
o Unwillingness to learn or make changes.
o Not cooperating with team members or coaches.
o Negative remarks or attitude toward another team member.

  • Five demerits will result in the cheerleader losing the privileged to wear a Lake Nona Youth Sports uniform and will attend the next game in her practice uniform, not participate and sitting on the sidelines.
  • Ten demerits will result in the cheerleader being removed from the squad.
  • Any cheerleader arriving to a game late and missing book check will not be allowed to cheer at that game.
  • If a cheerleader quits during a game/practice or does not continue to participate, she will be removed from the squad. These actions will be viewed as her decision to leave the squad and she will not be permitted to return. No refund will be given and uniform must be returned immediately.


Merits will be given at the coach’s discretion for a cheerleader going above and beyond the normal requirements for the team.


  • At least a 10-minute warm up exercise shall be included prior to practice/games/competitions.
  • Practice is limited to 10 hours per week prior to Labor Day and 6 hours per week after Labor Day.
  • Extra practices may be scheduled before competitions.


Practices are mandatory and failure to attend will result in groups not being able to perform stunts or having an effective practice. Always come to practice unless you receive notice that practice was cancelled (even in rainy weather). Once you arrive at the field, practice may be cancelled due to weather conditions at that present time.

  • Practice Attire:
    • ‘Cheer’ shorts, t-shirt, socks and cheer sneakers with practice bow. Sweat pants/leggings are acceptable in cooler weather.
    • No baggy or oversized jackets or hoods are allowed as these items are a safety hazard.
    • Wear old cheer sneakers, as they will get dirty during practices. DO NOT WEAR NEW CHEER SHOES.
    • Hair pulled up off of the neck, away from the face and secured tightly with hair bands.
    • Yoga mat to sit on during warm-ups is recommended.
    • No fingernail polish and nails must be kept trimmed for stunting. No acrylics or tips.
    • No make up and glitter allowed (including glitter hair gel and body lotion).
    • No Jewelry (including earrings, watches, body piercings, necklaces, hair jewelry or beads, etc.) No band aids are allowed over newly pierced ears. All earrings must come out for practices – no exceptions.
    • Hair must be of natural colors only.
  • Full water bottle at every practice – no glass containers.
  • No cell phone use at practice by cheerleaders; phones must be kept in cheerleaders bag even during breaks.
  • Find your coach right away for instructions.
  • Do not leave practice or game until your parent has informed the coaches you are leaving.
  • Pick up your trash when at practice and prior to leaving practice.
  • Stay in groups at all times. Do not wander off – always have a buddy.
  • Stunting:
    • No stunting when the ground is wet; coaches’ discretion.
    • No stunting on pavement.
    • Never attempt stunting without a spotter, even in the presence of your coach.
    • Never attempt stunting without the presence of your coach!
    • Above examples are grounds for counsel and dismissal with no refund.
  • Please remember that all of our coaches are parent volunteers with family responsibilities of their own. They give their personal time so our children will have a program to participate in.
  • Coaches should be given the opportunity to do their “coaching” job with minimal disruption from parents. Your patience, support and cooperation are necessary if we are to have a successful season.


  • Games are scheduled on Saturdays and are mandatory. There will be home and away games. Regular season games may be played anywhere in the Mid-Florida area and will require travel. If games are cancelled, make-up games may be scheduled on weeknights. Generally, games start near the end of August and go through October. If a football team ‘advances’ to the playoffs, the cheerleading squad will cheer at ALL of the playoff games. Football playoffs may go into the first week of December.  Any more than 2 absences from games, will result in dismissal from competition squad.
  • Be sure to have your cheerleader at the field at the time designated by your coach. (Note: as coaches we cannot control delay in games, games starting early, field accommodations and parking at visiting fields.)
  • Cheerleaders should arrive for the game dressed in full uniform. Clean uniforms, shoes, socks, briefs and bows should be worn.
  • Cheerleaders should have breakfast or lunch before they arrive at the field. Eating at the last minute will cause illness or stomach cramps.
  • Remember hydration begins at home.  Make sure to drink plenty of water the day before game day.
  • Good sportsmanship and manners are required at all times for cheerleaders, coaches and parents. The opposing teams should be treated with respect at all times.
  • No smoking or alcoholic beverages on the field or visiting areas at any time.
  • Parents, it is great if you learn some of the words to the cheers. Crowd involvement at the games really gets the football teams and cheerleaders excited. Parents may choose to make signs or noisemakers for the games.
  • Cheerleaders will be given water breaks during the game. Parents are asked to remain in the bleachers and not to come down to the fence area to speak with the cheerleaders during their break time.
  • At the end of each game, cheerleaders should remain with their coach until they are dismissed. This gives the coach an opportunity to pass out memos, or instructions regarding upcoming practices/games.

Important note:
Saturday games are held during the day in the HEAT. Children need to be aware that it is very hot during these games and if they are uncomfortable with outdoor sports, cheerleading may not be the sport for them.  We stress the importance of hydration, it begins at home.  Make sure to drink plenty of water the day before game day.


Competition is just one facet of Pop Warner Cheerleading and it is optional. Your coach will need to know by the end of August who will be competing, and parents will need to sign a competition agreement form.  If you are unable to make one of the competitions, your child will not be able to be on the competition squad.

Cheerleaders will be required to be at all competition practices. The girls will be cheering at the football games on a weekly basis and as the season progresses, competition will become the focus. Teams will begin working on competition dances, tumbling and stunt routines.

All competition team members will have an additional purchase of competition ponytails and possibly hair bows. Teams that advance to Regionals/Nationals may incur other expenses.

Mid-Florida Competition
– in October – Location TBD.

Following is the current flow of advancing at each level of competition for all team levels.

1st and 2nd in each category per division at the Mid-Florida competition advance to Regionals.

1st and 2nd in each category per division at the Regional competition advance to Nationals.

Southeast Regional Competition – Squads that advance to Regionals will be performing on Thanksgiving weekend.

Advancement to the Southeast Regional Competition will require additional MANDATORY practice time that involves practicing the week of Thanksgiving – please plan accordingly!

National Competition
 typically the first week of December.  Squads that ‘advance’ to the National Competition will be performing on a school day(s).  All of the girls hope to advance to the next level of competition, but only a small number of the competing teams actually move-on. We encourage our cheerleaders to try their best, but do not put the success of the season on one 2 ½ minute performance.  We want all our athletes to leave the season with many happy memories.


  • Complete Uniforms shall be worn at all Lake Nona Youth Sports Pop Warner sponsored events during the season.
  • Uniforms (including shoes and socks) shall always be clean and in good condition.
  • Cheerleaders are required to wear approved cheerleading sneakers as part of their uniform to all games and competitions. Shoes from previous years may be used as practice shoes only.
  • Uniforms, and crop tops will be returned at the end of the season. Parents will be financially responsible for the replacement costs of uniforms not returned, lost or damaged in any way.  A uniform agreement will be signed at uniform hand out.
  • Uniforms – $120.00, Crop tops – $25.00. Failure to return uniform items or refusal to pay the replacement costs by the specified date will result in the cheerleader being ineligible to participate the following year.
  • Any cheerleader who decides to leave the program will be required to return their complete uniform immediately.

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