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Cheer FAQs

Q: When does the season begin?

A: First week of August. Please keep in mind that cheer is a huge commitment. Our practices run 4-5 days a week, up to 2.5 hours a day (max 10 hours per week) throughout August and early September. Vacations during this period are NOT recommended. Our National rule book states that any athlete MUST complete a full 10 hours of conditioning before participating in any stunting drills. 

Q: When will our Head Coach contact us?

A: Sometime in April

Q: How long does the season last?

A: Fall football season lasts 4 months. The season begins the first weekday in August and continues through the month of November. Some teams may play into December depending upon playoff schedules and cheer squads are required to continue cheering for their team as long as they are playing.  The Cheer Competition season starts in October and can continue through March for our older, more competitive teams.

Q: How many games do they cheer for? How many competitions do they go to?

A: 10 football games.  Additional games will be played if the team makes playoffs.  All cheer squads are guaranteed participation in 1 competition and may qualify and participate in up to 8 throughout the season, some including travel.

Q: When and where are games played?

A: Games will be held on Saturdays and possibly Sundays. Home games will be played at Tesoro HS, Trabuco Hills HS, San Juan Hills HS, and Santa Margarita HS. Away games will vary by location, our Conference covers Orange and L.A. County.

Q: Is there a refund policy if my player changes his mind and decides not to play?

A: Refunds for Documented medical and relocation only.  policy in the "General Information" section of the website.  No refunds for any reason after August 1st.

Q: Can I register after the FINAL registration date?

A: Registration forms will be accepted; however, your child may be placed on a waiting list for a team placement.  Check with the league.

Q: How much volunteer time is expected from parents?

A: Parents are expected to volunteer for league and/or team activities for the duration of their team’s season, totaling up to 2 hours of volunteer time per participant.  There will be many opportunities to meet your required hours- The SMPW Opening Day carnival, Snack Shack at games, setting up mats for practice etc..

Q: Are cheer uniforms part of the registration fees?

A: YES!   Game day uniforms, spirit wear and poms are included!

Q: Is it mandatory to fundraise?

A: Yes, NEW and IMPROVED for 2024

Q: Can I request a certain Coach or Team?

A: yes, but there is no guarantee that you will be placed on the requested team.

Q: Do I need a waiver if I live out of the boundaries of SMPW?

A: Yes you will need a waiver (signed by the President of the League of the area in which you live) to register with SMPW. Please see a Board Member for more information and we can help you get the waiver.

Q: Whom can I contact if I have questions about cheer registration?

A: Please contact our League’s cheer director via the contact tab on the website or send to [email protected]


SMPW Football & Cheer
31441 Santa Margarita Pkwy, Suite A-110
RSM, California 92688

Email: [email protected]

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