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Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association

Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association

Welcome to MARA Cheer

Registration for our fall season is closed.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook & Instagram for the latest info!
Facebook: @MARAColtsCheerleading
Instagram: @maracoltscheer

Please read below for information on our cheerleading 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!

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There are no programs or divisions available at the moment. Please contact your club administrator with any questions.

2021 Fall Cheer Information


Registration Fee: $75 for all participants—EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by June 6, 2021 & receive $25 off registration fee!
Uniform Fee: $125 for new participants
(returning Fall 2020 cheerleaders who still have a uniformdo not pay this fee)

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 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 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.

Teams are open to ages 5-16 - age for the season is determined as of 7/31/2021.

Pop Warner Age Brackets (age determined as of 7/31/2021)

  • 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 at a local Pop Warner competition held mid-late October. Details TBA.

- 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.

• Uniform Fittings: TBD (mid July)
• First Practice: Tuesday, August 3

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.

- 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.
- Days/Times: All practices will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays beginning August 3
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)
5:00-6:00 pm

• Jr. PeeWee (ages 8-11) & PeeWee (ages 9-12)
5:30-6:45 pm

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

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 Amber at [email protected]

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


The first 3 Pop Warner forms below must be turned in as a hard copy at either the uniform fitting (date TBD), or the first day of practice your child attends.
The birth certificate & report card copies can be turned in hard copy OR emailed in to MARA [email protected] with your child's First & Last Name & Paperwork in the subject line (ie: Jane Smith Paperwork).  Please be sure to fill out the forms completely, including signatures from both you and your child where applicable (parents can sign for children who are too young to do so).

  • Pop Warner Contract/Parental Consent form (click here to download)
  • Pop Warner Physical Fitness**/Medical History form (click here to download)
    **ALL PARTICIPANTS must have a physical completed in the 2021 calendar year and filled out on this official Pop Warner physical form**

  •  Pop Warner COVID-19 Waiver (click here to download)

  • COPY of Birth Certificate (copies only - we do not require nor will we accept originals!)
  • COPY of 2020-2021 Report Card with ALL FOUR quarters grades

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook at MARA Colts Cheer & Dance


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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