Sign up now for Pop Warner football, cheerleading


Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 1:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 1:56 p.m.

Registration for the city of Gainesville 2013 Pop Warner football and cheerleading season for boys and girls ages 5-15 has begun and will last until all of the roster spots on each team are filled.

Facts

FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING

What: Registration for Pop Warner football and cheerleading.
When: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
Where: Thomas Center, 306 NE 6th Ave.
Cost: $45.25-$146.75.
Information: Call 352-334-5067 or visit www.cityofgainesvilleparks.org.

And, for parents who sign their children up by May 30, there will be a $10 discount. Also, children who receive free or reduced lunch will be eligible for a $15 scholarship.

This year, there is a desperate need for cheerleading coaches, who need to sign up as soon as possible in order to participate in upcoming training sessions.

Beverly Perry of the city recreation department said 21 is the age requirement for cheerleading head coaches. She also said other levels of coaching include student demonstrators, who must be 15, coach trainees, who must be 16 to 17, and assistant coaches, who must be 18 or older.

“We have 30 roster spots on each football team and 25 roster spots on each cheerleading squad,” said Dwright Jackson, recreation leader of the city of Gainesville’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs.

The regular cost for football is $91.50 for city residents and $146.75 for non-city residents. For cheerleading, it is $45.25 for city residents and $67.25 for non-city residents. To prove city resident status, parents must submit a copy of either a GRU bill or a voter registration card.

The fee for football will cover the use of standard football equipment such as jerseys, helmets and shoulder pads, which must be turned in at the end of the season. A parent packet will be provided to let parents know about additional required and suggested equipment.

The fee for cheerleading will cover the cost of uniforms, including vests, midriffs and skirts, which also must be returned at the end of the season. There will be additional costs for other apparel.

In order for children and teens to be eligible, parents must complete and submit the following:

— City of Gainesville registration form.

— 2013 participant contact and parental consent.

— Putnam Athletic League parent code of conduct.

— Pop Warner physical exam and medical history.

— PAL medical release.

— Parent Association for Youth Sports, or P.A.Y.S., forms.

— A copy of the child’s birth certificate.

— A copy of the child’s final report card, which is due by July 19.

The divisions for football are based on age and weight. The divisions for cheerleading are based on age alone and correspond with each football division. Below are the football divisions, according to age and weight:

— Tiny-Mite: 5-7 years old and 35-75 pounds.

— Mitey-Mite: 7-9 and 45-90 pounds.

— Junior Pee Wee: 8-10 and 60-105 pounds and 11 years old between 60-85 pounds.

— Pee Wee: 9-11 and 75-120 pounds and 12 years old between 75-100 pounds.

— Junior Midget: 10-12 and 90-145 pounds and 13 years old between 90-120 pounds.

— Midget: 12-14 and 105-170 pounds and 15 years old between 105-140 pounds.

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