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Cheer FAQs

Q: When does the season begin?
A: August 1, 2022. Please keep in mind that football is a huge commitment. Our practices run 4 or 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 May

Q: How long does the season last?
A:4 months. The season begins the first weekday in August and continues through the month of November. Some teams (Jr. Pee Wee and above) may play into December depending upon playoff schedules.

Q: How many games will be played?
A: 10 for tackle and 8 for flag. Additional games will be played if the team makes playoffs. (for Jr Pee Wee level and above)

Q: When and where are games played?
A: All games are on Saturday. 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. Playoff games may be scheduled on Sundays.

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 "General Information" section of 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 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, which includes playoffs and bowl games. Parents are also expected to assist during game day (field security, parking lot patrol, chain gang, field set up/take down, spotter duty, score board). Parents will also need to help at Opening Day Carnival.  Volunteers run SMPW.  All parents need to help in some capacity.

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 2023

Q: Can I request a certain Coach or Team?
A: yes, but there are no guarantee that you will be placed on 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 football registration?
A: Please contact our League’s Player Administrator 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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