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Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association

Welcome to MARA Cheer

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Facebook: @MARAColtsCheerleading
Instagram: @maracoltscheer

Please read below for information on our cheer-leading program.
Email us at [email protected] if you have any other questions.

Congratulations to our
MARA’s competitive cheer squad, Blue Reign, placed FIRST in their division at the Reach the Beach Daytona National Cheerleading Championships on March 20, 2021!

Congratulations to our 2023 Pop Warner Cheer Squads. ALL competing teams placed FIRST in the Local Competition!

Fall Pop Warner Cheer Program


The Fall Cheer program is our primary cheer program for athletes ages 5 through 16 years old (age determined as of 7/31/20xx). This program is great for athletes looking to try a faster pace cheer program for the first time or build onto their existing cheer experience. This program is more focused on game day materials and building strong basics in all aspects of the sport. Athletes will learn cheers for football games and a competitive routine that will be performed throughout the season. Teams will compete in local competitions through mid-late November, with the opportunity to compete in a national competition in December.

Early registration pricing offered from May 1st through May 6th. Family/sibling discounts are available when registering multiple participants. Registrations placed after July 15th will be assessed a late fee. 
Payment Plans are available after May 6th:
$80.00 due at the time of registration.
$75.00 due on June 15th.
$75.00 due on July 1st.
Payments must be made in full by July 2nd to remain on the roster. The first $50.00 of deposits made are non-refundable in accordance with our Refund Policy. Please review this policy carefully. 

Refund Policy (effective June 29, 2022)

Matthews Athletic and Recreation Association (MARA) incurs various league, medical, security, uniform, insurance, and administrative fees which are not refundable to the organization.  Therefore, if you withdraw your player fifteen (15) days or more before the stated registration period closes for a sport/program, we will provide a refund of the total registration fee, LESS A $50 admin fee.  Otherwise, we do not provide any refunds for a player withdrawing from the program.

TBD and will be based on our volunteer coaches availabilities. Expect 2-4 practice days per week. Coaches will communicate specific Team schedules/expectations after rosters are confirmed. 

Games are held on Saturday mornings/afternoon and run weekly from the beginning of August through early November. Typically, the younger squads cheer during the morning games and older squads cheer in the afternoon. Game times are set on a week by week basis. We will not get a schedule of times for the season. Games times are communicated the first half of each week as received from the Pop Warner Regional Association.


TBD. All participants will need white cheer shoes for the season. 
Uniform fitting dates: TBD in July.

No previous cheer experience is required! We love teaching the sport of cheer to all levels. We only ask that participants show up to every practice with a can-do attitude, bright smile, and LOUD voice!

• All participants must meet a Pop Warner Scholastic Fitness Requirement of a 2.0/70% grade average, based on their 2023-2024 full year report card.*
• If your child is homeschooled, please let us know upon registering and we will provide you a home school eligibility form.
*If your child's 2023-2024 grades do not meet the 2.0/70% grade average requirement, please contact us for further info on what will be needed in order for them to participate.

You will be asked to register your child in a division corresponding to their age. Teams are open to ages 5-16. Age for the 2024 season is determined as of 7/31/2024.

Pop Warner Age Brackets (as of 7/31)

  • Tiny Mites: 5, 6, 7 
  • Mighty Mites: 7, 8, 9
  • Jr Pee Wee: 8, 9, 10, 11
  • Pee Wee: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Jr Varsity: 10,11,12,13
  • Varsity: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

All squads will perform in local competitions through mid-late November. The annual Pop Warner local competition will be held mid-late October. Most divisions will have the opportunity to advance to the Regional Competition in November. Details TBA.

We do not hold any tryouts or assessments. Participants are placed on squads corresponding to the Pop Warner age brackets. We do our best to place all participants on age/skill appropriate teams. 

MARA - Arthur Goodman Memorial Park - 1200 S Trade St, Matthews NC 28105
In the event of inclement weather or field unavailability, there will be some off-site practices at a local school/gym.

We are always looking for more coaches/volunteers. No experience? No problem! Often times we have past MARA/high school cheerleaders help teach cheers/routines, but we are always looking for an adult supervisor to assist at practices and games and be a point of contact for the squad's parents. If you or someone you know are interested in helping coach, please email us at [email protected]

We kindly ask all participants to assist in fundraising efforts throughout the season. Funds raised help us keep our competition costs low.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] 

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook at 
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Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association
Kathy Duncan MARA Administrator, PO Box 1023
Matthews, North Carolina 28106

Phone: 704-847-0752
Email: [email protected]

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