The PAL Cheerleading programs are for youth girls ages 7-13.
The Police Activities League philosophy has been that athletics and scholastics go hand in hand. At every level, the Police Activities League seeks to develop well-rounded young women who learn not only the fundamentals of cheerleading and dance, but also the importance of education in an atmosphere conducive to developing sound character while having a good time.
The Police Activities League (PAL), is dedicated to bringing the benefits of organized cheer to the youth of Charlotte. Cheerleading is an integral part of the PAL program. Our program begins with practices starting August. Football games commence in September and October, every Saturday, and continue into November depending on football playoff results. The Pop Warner Competition takes place in October each year.
Each squad has a Head Coach and/or Coaches and a number of trainers who will teach them cheers and dance routines. In addition to maintaining a regular practice schedule, the cheerleaders attend football games at which they lead cheers and perform cheer and dance routines. Sign Ups start in May each year. You will not be considered registered until all required payments have been made and all required paperwork has been submitted.
We provide cheer instruction as well as performance and competition opportunities for girls and young women ages 7 to 13. The program is appropriate for first time cheerleaders and seasoned veterans. The goal of the cheer program is for our cheerleaders to have fun, yet (a) develop self-confidence, (b) learn cheer and dance routines that are increasingly sophisticated with their age and experience and (c) perform at games and a competition event.
Everyone must arrive at practices on time and be appropriately dressed in spirit wear (socks and tennis shoes, no jewelry or jeans). Hair must be pulled back and secured in a ponytail and out of the face. Girls not dressed properly will not be allowed to practice. Water is supplied by the Head Coach. No gum will be allowed.
Practices start the first week in August and will consist of three, two-hour sessions per week. The head coach of each squad will determine the exact practice schedule. We cannot overemphasize the importance of participating in practices. We stress both individual cheerleader development and commitment to the squad. Precious practice time is spent learning and practicing cheers and dance routines, which includes a lot of coordinated activity by the squad that can only be learned through practice and repetition. If two or more practices are missed during the week, your child will NOT be permitted to cheer at that week’s game. If attendance becomes an issue further action will be taken.
PHYSICALS & EXAMINATIONS
Physicals are required for all cheerleaders. PAL normally seeks to arrange at least one (1) free physical opportunity for enrolled youth, however, if this service is not secured, it will be the responsibility of the parent to secure a needed physical. If you cannot attend this event, or if you wish to have the examination performed by a personal physician, the examination will be at your expense. If a private physical is performed, the physician must complete and sign the Pop Warner cheerleader contract. Physicals are required before a cheerleader is allowed to attend practice.
After going through the process of becoming a current year PAL member, there will be a $10.00 cheerleading per youth registration fee.