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Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association

Welcome to MARA Cheer


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


Congratulations to our
NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!
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!

2023 SPRING FOOTBALL CHEER INFORMATION

2023 Spring Football Cheer Information

Spring Registration will open in January 2023

SEASON 
Spring football cheer will run from mid-March to late May. Practices will be held one day per week for all squads. All games are on Saturdays. Make up games may be held on Friday evenings/Sunday afternoons.

UNIFORM T-SHIRTS
Prices includes a uniform T-Shirt. Pom Poms will be provided and returned to MARA at the end of the season. Athletes will be required to wear black bottoms and all-white cheer (athletic) shoes. 

COST 
Registration fee is $100 per athlete. Please review our refund policy carefully. 

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.

EXPERIENCE
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! We will not hold any tryouts or assessments. Participants are placed on squads corresponding to their age bracket. This program is great for athletes who are looking to try cheerleading for the first time. 

AGE REQUIREMENTS
Spring cheer teams are open to ages 4-11. Age for the season is determined as of 3/1/2023. 

  • Jr. Tiny Mite: 4-5
  • Tiny Mite: 5-6
  • Mitey Mite: 7-9
  • Jr. PeeWee: 10-11

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

COACHES/TEAM MOM/SUPERVISORS

Consider joining our coaching staff! This entire program is run by volunteers and we can only have as many teams as we have adult 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 follow this link to complete a volunteer application: https://www.marasports.org/Default.aspx?tabid=926588 

All volunteers must submit to a background check plus other sports specific certifications.


QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] 

 

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Fall Cheer Information

REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2022 IS CLOSED.
EARLY REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2023 WILL OPEN IN MAY 2023.


AGE DIVISIONS
You will be asked to register your child in a division corresponding to their age. Age for the season is the age they are as of 7/31/22. If your child is wanting to be placed in a division with a sibling/friend, please email [email protected] and include the athletes' names and desired squad. We will do our best to accommodate. 

PRACTICES
The following are our tentative practice days/times. These are subject to change based on our volunteer coaches availabilities. 

• Tiny Mites (ages 5-7) & Mighty Mites (ages 7-9)
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-7:00 pm

• Jr. PeeWee (ages 8-11) & PeeWee (ages 9-12) 
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-7:15 pm

• Jr. Varsity (ages 10-13) & Varsity (ages 12-16)
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-7:30 pm


GAMES
Games are Saturday mornings/afternoons, beginning the end of August and going through early November. Game times are scheduled on a week-to-week basis, with younger squads typically in the morning and older squads in the early afternoon. 

UNIFORM FEE
*Prices include new uniforms and season fees*
Uniform fitting dates: July 16th and July 23rd, 10:00-11:30 am.   
 

EXPERIENCE
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!

GRADE REQUIREMENT
• All participants must meet a Pop Warner Scholastic Fitness Requirement of a 2.0/70% grade average, based on their 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 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.

AGE REQUIREMENTS
Teams are open to ages 5-16 - age for the season is determined as of 7/31/2022.

Pop Warner Age Brackets (age determined as of 7/31/2022)

  • 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

COMPETITIONS
- All squads will perform at a local Pop Warner competition held mid-late October. Details TBA.

SEASON
- Practices begin early August, and games begin late August/early September. The football season runs through early November, which is when our Recreational squads season will end.
Game times are set on a week by week basis. We will not get a schedule of times for the season. Typically younger squads will cheer in the mornings, and older squads will follow.

ASSESSMENTS
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. You can request in the notes on the registration page that your participant be placed on the same squad as a friend(s)/sibling, but friends/siblings may be on different teams if they do not fit in the same Pop Warner age bracket.

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

COACHES/TEAM MOM/SUPERVISORS
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] 

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

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




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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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