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2022 Pop Warner National Championships

2022 Pop Warner National Championships

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It is funny how life sometimes comes full circle.  Tara Staley cheered from 1st grade through 8th grade
for the Winter Springs Grizzlies in the Southeast Region.  Her mom, Michelle, was her coach.   After aging out of Pop Warner, Tara was a member of the Winter Springs High School cheer team. She feels her experience with Pop Warner definitely prepared her for high school cheerleading. She wasn't quite ready to leave Pop Warner just yet, she continued with the Grizzlies a Jr Coach for two years with her mom. 
Although Tara did not have the opportunity to participate in the National Championships as a cheerleader, life comes full circle and she is the Event Lead for the 2021 Cheer & Dance Championships with Florida Citrus Sports. She has been an integral part of the success of our event this year. Thank you Tara for all your hard work!

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NEW ENGLAND REGION WEDNESDAY SPOTLIGHT TEAMS
The Wolcott Eagles, coached by Andrea McNerney, have been working hard to perfect their routine. Despite changes and struggles, they come together as team to do their job. Once qualifying to represent the New England Region at The Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Championship, this Junior Varsity team started fundraising. They had great success with pizza parties, canning and a pasta dinner to offset travel expenses. 
Now that the Eagles have landed, they have enjoyed time on the parks. Harry Potter and the roller coasters top the list of favorite rides. They look forward to Pop Warner night at Universal Studios and more team bonding time.
In the final days of preparation, The Manchester Connecticut RedHawks, tragically lost one of their own, Jaidyn Buldoc, sending shock and perspective throughout Connecticut and New England. As a tribute to Jaidyn, all of Connecticut is dedicating their performances to her. Coach Andrea asks that you keep Jaidyn, her family and team in your thoughts. 

Naugatuck Hounds Coach Jillian Porter is proud of her Junior Pee Wee team. They earned the right to compete at The Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Championship after competing in the New England Region Competition. The team came together to raise travel funds by having a “Pints for Pop Warner” night. It gave the adults an opportunity to have some fun. The team arrived over that last few days and have gotten some park time in. They were allowed to go to Pop Warner Night at Universal Studios but had a strict 10pm curfew. Diagon Alley is a team favorite. No matter what happens when the Naugy Hounds run out onto the mat, Couch Jillian wants everyone to know, “We are Naugy, couldn’t be prouder.”


It’s been quite a week for the Edgewood Eagles Varsity level 2 team. Coach Naomi Tejada  and her team traveled from The New England Region to represent the little State of Rhode Island in a big way! Edgewood is represented by four cheer teams and a football team at Pop Warner National Championships. So far, the week has been filled with parks and fun but most of all support for each other. When one team is scheduled to perform, they all show up to support each other. Today is this varsity team’s day! As they prepare to hit the mat, they are reminded to “ do their job” and their “attitude is everything”. Best of luck Edgewood. 

Head coach Sarah True has earned the right to bring her Reading Rocket’s teams to The Pop Warner Cheer and Dance National  Championship four times, but this a first for this Junior Varsity team. They traveled from the New England Region to represent their town of Reading Massachusetts with pride. To help offset the cost of traveling, the team had success with canning days and raffle items. 
Once they arrived, they took advantage of Pop Warner Night at Universal Studios. The team’s  favorite rides included the log ride and Harry Potter’s Forbidden Journey but today is about competing. As the team prepares to run out on the mat, they are reminded that they “are stronger than yesterday” Good luck Reading!


EASTERN REGION WEDNESDAYSPOTLIGHT TEAMS
The Delran Bears Varsity are all very experienced with competing at Nationals & have picked a few habits that have become traditions that keep the team focused on their goal.  They always treat the warm up area the same way, doing their warmup routine in exactly the same way.  Including a little down time together for a calming prayer.  They believe their consistency is key to their return trips to Nationals.  
While they have kept their eyes on their prize, they have managed to have a little fun while in Florida.  They are looking forward to spending more time in the parks. 


Carthage,NY is a military community.  Most of its residents are military families.  So the Carthage Comets coaches always try to keep their participants’ home life in mind.  The kids have had a great time since coming to Florida.  They enjoyed the Universal Party but made it an early night to be ready for competition.  The team does have a little cheer they like to do before each competition.  But their big thing is a Tik Tok pose they love to hit together.  Good Luck Comets!

The Camden Blue Devils Peewee team has had a great trip so far!  While it snows at home, they have taken full advantage of the temperatures to enjoy their hotel pool. And they were able to spend pretty much the entire day yesterday at the parks.  They enjoyed so many things at the parks, they could not agree on their favorite.  
They were able to agree that their ending is the best part of their routine.  And they love getting so intense when they “stomp the competition.”  



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NEW ENGLAND REGION TUESDAY HIGHLIGHT TEAMS
The Stratford Renegades came from the New England region to show what Stratford can do. Coach Latanya Tubman has made the journey to The National Pop Warner Cheer and Dance Competition 6 times. It’s the second time for most her her team. They put the work in both on and off the mat. This Junior Varsity team of 21 raised funds through sponsorships, canning and the popular Krispy Kreme fundraiser. Now that they are here, Coach Latanya tell her team they’ve “got this”. The team, knows they can do it and looks forward to some time in the parks once they finish competing. Go Stratford!

New England’s East Bay Warriors are making the most of their first and last first trip to the Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Competition. This small but close group of cheerleaders will age out at the end of the season. The sadness of ending their Pop Warner careers has been put off a little longer. When it ends, it will be together. 
Coach Andrea Rodrigues is proud of her team and all they have accomplished. After finishing up their competition today, the team is looking  forward to Pop Warner night and getting on some of the rides. Most of all, they look forward to doing it together. Go East Bay Var-si-tay!!


MID AMERICA REGION TUESDAY SPOTLIGHT TEAMS
Laporte Slicers are a varsity team from Mid America Region. Their colors are a bold Orange, Black and White.   They are a busy squad, participating in both dance and cheer this week.  Their favorite you ask...and overwhelming POM.    It is their "fun" routine.  We also have two boys on our team.   Like all teams, much fund-raising was needed to get here.  For team bonding- they had a “Friendsgiving”.
"We love to cheer and dance and thank our coaches for everything they do for us." 


Independence Patriots are from Mid America.  Our colors are red white and blue.  We are a dual team performing two routines today.  They love both dance and cheer and it’s hard to choose between the two teams. We took first at locals, first at regionals.  We were at a cheer competition with our high school team and we scored higher than them.  Meagan has been the head coach for several years. She is also the league coordinator and the association coordinator  Meagan had also coached her daughter for many years and she is now one of the teen coaches.   Good luck patriots!

SOUTHEAST REGION SPOTLIGHT TEAMS
Faith…Trust…Believe……(FTB) is the moto of the Lakeside Panthers Pee Wee Show Cheer Team.   The coaches of this team are committed to building a connection with the girls that will last for years.  This team consists of various levels of cheer experience that aren’t noticeable during the performance due to the cohesiveness of the team.  They work together as more than a cheerleading squad as a family unit. As with any family, having so many different personalities ranging from quiet, sassy, strong, sweet to the life of the kids' party, makes this team one to be reckoned with during performances.  The head coach of this team leads by example. She's not only dedicated to her team, but also to her East Georgia Association, and the league.  The team's dedication extends and is reflected in the parents' support.  The coaches and team wanted to say, “Thank you for the support of their parents, Jeremy McCoy, Marvin Cole, and Nick Dunn.” Nothing like the heart of a Panther!

Unity is strength! The Wesley Chapel Coyotes Junior Varsity Show Cheer Team experienced their first time in Pop Warner, and they are loving it. Coach Cristen thinks the focus on scholastics and education is one of the great aspects of the program.  This awesome group of young ladies has learned that wonderful things can happen through teamwork and collaboration.  They made it to Nationals and the team is extremely excited about attending.  The family environment this team provides allowed the quite more reserved members to break out of their shells which made the team bond even closer.  The head coach is familiar with consistency in coaching being a basketball player learning and studying the art of cheerleading to teach the girls.  To take the team support to the next level, the coaching staff consists of three sets of husband and wife duos with one set not having any kids in the program, which means they have a team full of kids.  Despite any and all challenges the coaching staff and parents have mapped out a path to continue serving the kids of the Wesley Chapel Coyotes!

Coaching with heart! Coach Pamela of the Ocoee Bulldogs Varsity Level 1 Sideline Cheer Team has been coaching in some form for fifteen years and loves every minute of it.  “Being a head coach for two years and making it to Nationals for the first time has been amazing”, said coach Pamela.  This team consists of six girls that have cheered together since tiny-mites and have worked with new additions to the team seamlessly.  The team has tremendous parental support, and one has supported his daughter since mitey-mite.  He is now an assistant coach on the team and enjoys everything about it.  “I am the fun coach, but I still make sure we get the job done”, said coach Brian.  The team likes having coach Brian because he makes them laugh when things get intense.  


Hard work pays off! Is the moto for the Weston Warrior Varsity Level 2 Large Show Cheer Team.  Coach Kim Black couldn’t be prouder of the team.  There are 33 girls on the team, and they work together as a unit to support each other through practice, local competition, Regionals and now Nationals.  “I have a number of young leaders on the team that assist with keeping things in order”, said coach Kim.  With the support of the parents for this number of girls you can never go wrong.  When kids want to return to a program year after year because of the positive experience, skies the limit for the association and staff. Teach them and they will come. Great work Warriors!


Large and in charger!  This is the first time at Nationals for the Parkland Rangers Pee Wee Level 2 Large Show Cheer Team with a large team and they are super proud of all the girls.  Coach Kerry has two assistance coaches to work with this fun-loving team.  They are excited with the choice to move up with a large team.  “With 26 girls each with their own personality but can still work together which got us here”, said coach Kerry.  With all the hard work preparing for competition the girls all said they love school as well, so they made sure grades were still priority.  Scholar athletes! Go Rangers.

Being talented can help win competitions, but a team working together wins championships! That is what the Dougherty County Xtreme Panthers Varsity Theme Dance Team came to do at Pop Warner Nationals.  Coach Jordan and coach Anaya are always working towards being great leaders and inspire the team. “The girls are like family and are very protective of each other”, said coach Jordan. This year has been a learning experience for the entire team, but it has worked out perfectly. The coaches and the girls have grown together this season and with the support of the parents made it to Nationals.  Awesome job Panthers.


EASTERN REGION TUESDAY HIGHLIGHT TEAMS

The Harrington Jr Spartan JV team have really enjoyed their time in Florida.  They have had the chance to spend quite a bit of time at Universal, especially enjoying the Harry Potter 3D ride & The Hulk.
But they came to Florida with a purpose & went to work to achieve it.  They have a habit of making Tik Toks  before competition.  And just before they take the competition floor, they take hands to form a circle and perform a spirit cheer.
Best of luck to you Harrington!

In this day and age of flying, it was no surprise to the Northeast Bulldogs that their flight was delayed and got them into Orlando too late for their scheduled practice time. Ever resilient, the team rolled with the changes & took advantage of a little pool time instead.  When they got to practice mat, they made good use of the mat time.  They are excited to be finally getting to the parks!

The Saratoga Springs Tiny Mites were beyond excited to be here at Nationals!  They have busy watching the older girls competing yesterday and “swimming at night” in the pool at the hotel.  
When they got to warms ups, they were ready to go!  They enjoy performing their routine & are always ready to do it again.  They love when they tumble together & enjoy synchronizing their skills.  

Toms River Angels has a long & storied tradition attending Pop Warner Nationals.  For some of this team that will age out this year, it was their 10th year coming & competing. This creates a few team traditions.  They have a talisman that a team mom gave them years ago that must be kissed & then offered up to God to kiss by each girl.  
They also perform their “head to belly” ritual. One girl lays on her back on the floor, the next lays down on her back with her head on the first girl’s belly. The next girl lays on the floor with her head on the second girl’s belly.  Once the whole team is laying down & connected, they close their eyes & Coach starts with music.  This helps them get into the routine & grounds them before nerves can build up.  Seems to work for them-

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SOUTHEAST REGION MONDAY HIGHLIGHTS

There is a first time for everything, so make it the best! For the Lutz Chiefs Mitey-Mite Show Cheer, it has been exactly that.  Coach Amy and the team is loving their first year in Pop Warner.  As an educator, she has a wealth of experience working with young people, and this group has made it a great experience.  Being a first-year cheerleader can be challenging, but this team makes it look easy.   Not only were they able to gain cheer experience, but they were also able to increase their tumbling skills to have thirteen young ladies who can now complete back walkovers.  The Mitey-Mite team has the complete support of their parents who made sure they had everything needed to attend Pop Warner Nationals, which makes being a coach that much easier. If you ever get a chance to have a conversation with this group, there will never be a dull moment.  The spunky personalities of the girls make you love talking to them because they make continued communication seamless.  After watching the outstanding performance at Pop Warner Nationals, all that can be said is Coach Amy would be proud!



MID-AMERICA REGION MONDAY HIGHLIGHTS
For the Highland Titans, of the  Mid American Region, this is a dream come true.  After their first year at the National Championships, they are already planning their return next year! This team is quite unique with their skills...every athlete is a flyer. Although they know every role is vital, they love the opportunity to fly.
We did a lot of fundraising to get here: Raffles, tagging outside of 5 below, and businesses in town gave donations. They are enjoying every part of the trip so far from the pool and warm weather, to lots of girl time to just hang out and talk. "We love our coaches and they push us hard.    We don't want to go back to the cold!!!  See your next year!!

Tri city wolverines - welcome to pop Warner!!!
The Blue and Gold Tri city Wolverines are new to mid America pop Warner and to Chicagoland and are very excited to be participating in the National Championships for the first time.  
What does cheerleading mean to the girls?  Stunting, friendships, how to have great sportsmanship. "We are having fun, enjoying the pool, Universal
Studios and of course, the wonderful cheer competition!!"
When asked about their coaching staff, "We have great coaches. They are the best. They make us practice hard!!"

Were Back!!! Plainfield Saints, from the Chicagoland Conference, are back to be back at the National Championships.  This black and gold team are very excited about their new uniforms this season.
"We took first at conference and first at regionals.  We are hoping to place in Nationals."
They love all the elements of a cheer routine, but their favorite by far is stunting. They really like to make new friends as they have been together all season.
Girls are coming back, and so are our coaches.   Our coaches are amazing and they make us work hard.  They want us to do our best.  One of their favorite coaches is Teen Coach, Gia. love to hang to hang out with our Teen Coach, Gia.  "She is really good with us, and we love having her our teen coach."
Good Luck Plainfield Saints!



NEW ENGLAND REGION MONDAY SPOTLIGHTS
Everyone in New England is happy to be back on the mat after a year off, that includes the Derby Red Raiders. They traveled from Derby Connecticut to compete in the Pop Warner Cheer and Dance Championship in Orlando. This Pee Wee team of 11, coached by Lauren Anderson, is having a great time. Yesterday the Hulk became a fast favorite, but today is all business. The smallest town in Connecticut has,  is on a mission.


The Chelmsford Cougars are happy to have escaped the New England cold. They have traveled to The Pop WarnerCheer and Dance Championship from Chelmsford Massachusetts. This Junior Varsity team of 19 is all business right now. They’ve worked hard for months to get to this moment. Most of the team arrived on Saturday but are waiting to have a few extra days of vacation once they perform today. They will hit the parks knowing they did their best. For now, the reigning New England Champions are on a mission that will leave you wanting more.


The New Britain Raider Varsity team made their way from Connecticut to represent the New England Region at the National Cheer and Dance  Competition in Orlando. They’ve had their ups and downs all season. Their head coach Jasmine Mireles beams with pride. Her team of 9 has worked hard to master their routine and rise to the challenges. They’ve made time to to get to the Universal Studios where the Hulk and the Simpson’s ride are a team favorite. They team is even more excited to get out on the mat, show how they sparkle and  let their coaches how much they appreciate them, especially Coach “Jazz”. 



EASTERN REGION MONDAY SPOTLIGHTS
The Monroe Wolverines Mitey Mite team has been enjoying their first trip to Nationals. The team enjoyed some time in the park on Sunday.  The Hogswart 3D ride was a huge hit with the team.  
They also shared some Team Wish traditions.  When they curl their hair the night before competition, the last curler in must be a different color & they make on wish upon putting it in. They also have  a star they write their wish on & place it under their pillow. Their wishes came true today as they were crowned National Champions!

The Phoenix Firebirds Junior Peewee team is proud to be the first team from their association to attend Pop Warner Nationals.  This Phoenix should not be confused with Phoenix Arizona-this Phoenix is located is the snowy lake effect world of Central New York State.  
They came to Florida with fire in their eyes.  They had a very focused practice, relaxed with a little pool time & enjoyed a team dinner at Hard Rock on Sunday.  After a strong performance, they are excited to be getting to the park & riding The Hulk.  



The Lower Perk Longhorns were excited to spend a day at Universal.  They seem to have done it all - Harry Potter World, the Simpsons, as many rides as they could fit in - and are more than ready to go back as soon as possible.  But first things first - they have a routine to perform




SOUTHWEST REGION MONDAY SPOTLIGHTS
Today’s first Southwest Region spotlight team of the day is the South Central Cougars, all the way from the Alamo City - San Antonio Texas. These 5 girls are here representing San Antonio’s oldest Pop Warner organization. Lilli, Mandy, Mia, Maggie, Jalen, and coaches Norma & Desiree - you rock - Day by Day!!


Today’s second Southwest Region spotlight team is the  from San Antonio Texas.
Coach Ash loves you girls!
Hustle,  hit, we never quit! Let’s go girls!


The Southwest Region‘s third spotlight team is the 7-1-9 Outlaws from Pikes Peak Pop Warner. 
Coach Desirey has been with the 7-1-9 Outlaws since 2019, the year the organizations cheer & dance program began. 
Let’s do this 7-1-9 Outlaws!!!

Today’s fourth Southwest Region team spotlight is the Las Lunas Tigers from Las Nunas New Mexico. This is the Tigers inaugural season. They are the only New Mexico Pop Warner team to make it to the National stage.
Way to go Tigers!!
We are so glad you are here!

2021 Cheer & Dance Championship Blog



Welcome to the 2021 Pop Warner Cheer & Dance National Championships! 


After a challenging 2020 season, we are excited to welcome back all eight regions to the National Championships this year.  One of the largest Nationals to date, more than 500 teams are traveling to Orlando, Florida in the hopes of  capturing the title of National Champion.
Our new home in the Orange County Convention Center has allowed practice, warm up, performance and awards to all be in the same building, giving our athletes an experience of a lifetime.

We do have some new additions to the National Event this year.  For the first time, our Tiny Mite teams will compete for a National Title.  As well, the Awards Ceremony will be in a separate location to give our athletes the opportunity to enjoy the experience and soak it all in.
Be sure to check back often to learn about our Region highlight Teams and special heartwarming stories about some of our athletes and coaches. 

We thank you for your continued support of Pop Warner and look forward to seeing you in the morning for Day 1 of Competition.

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