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2023 Football Cheerleading

  • The 2023 Football Cheer season is open to boys and girls going into Kindergarten - 6th grade for the 2023/2024 school year!

  • Uniform fittings will be held in early June.

  • Practices will be starting the last week of July.

  • Squads WILL NOT be finalized until football teams have been set.

  • If your cheerleader will have a sibling playing football for Optimist PLEASE notify us on your registration form!


Registration closes on 06/01/2023 at 11:59 PM
Season Dates: 08/26/2023 to 11/04/2023
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The Optimist cheer program is designed for boys and girls grade K- 6th and for all experience levels. 

Cost for cheer: $180

Cheer Director - Kristina Clifton  [email protected]

The Benefits of Cheerleading
Just like those bright pompoms on the field, the benefits of cheerleading are easy to spot. If your kids want to join a cheerleading squad, they’re on their way to good health and a good mood. This aerobic activity is great for hearts, bones, and muscles. Plus, exercising with others is motivating, and has proven, lasting psychological benefits.

It Builds Strong Bones
While many people argue that jumping hurts your knees and joints, science begs to differ. “Jumping increases bone density, so you can actually prevent osteoarthritis by jumping,” says Rachel DeBusk, CPT at Unstill Life.  To reduce risk of injuries, which are most often sprains and strains in the lower extremities, make sure you get some base strength around your joints, incorporate stretching, flexibility, and regular exercise (outside of cheerleading practice).

Happiness Is Basically a Requirement
Cheerleaders are encouraged to smile even when the game isn't going their way, and that might make them happier in general. “We smile because we are happy but smiling also makes us happy,” says the University of Cardiff’s Dr. Michael Lewis. He conducted a study that showed that people who couldn’t frown because of Botox injections reported feeling less sad than the control group. So, keep smiling — it could cheer you up.

Cheerleaders Might Get a Better Workout Than the Whole Team
A youth football game is in play for 32 minutes.  Add timeouts and halftime, and the game could easily go for an hour and a half. Cheerleaders are active throughout that time. “From core strength for stunting to powering every muscle in your body for tumbling, cheerleaders are the strongest athletes around,” claims Danielle Wechsler, founder of cheerFIT Training.  She estimates that each cheer practice burns 600 calories.

It Beats Singing Alone in the Shower
You don’t have to pass a singing audition to become a cheerleader. Still, singing fight songs with your cheer team can have emotional and brain benefits, and you don’t even have to be good at it. That’s right, a study conducted at the University of Sheffield indicates that even if you’re a bad singer, you can benefit emotionally, socially, and cognitively from singing with a group.

Cheerleaders Are Leaders and Team Players
Cheerleading produces active, engaged citizens. According to a survey conducted by Varsity Brands, a company that runs cheerleading camps and makes uniforms, cheerleaders were more likely to hold a leadership position in their school or community. Cheerleaders work together as a team across racial, social, and economic boundaries.

Using Your Voice Is Encouraged
We spend half of our lives telling our kids to use their “inside voices,” but the deep breathing that supports a cheerleader’s yells is very good for you. Diaphragmatic breathing (that is, inhaling and exhaling deeply) has several medical benefits including reducing the negative effects of stress. So, let those kids holler. When you send them off to the big city for college, they may be able to handle the transition and the demands of college more easily.




Lindsay’s Law is about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in youth athletes. This law went into effect in 2017. SCA is the leading cause of death in student athletes 19 years of age or younger. SCA occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. This cuts off blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. SCA is fatal if not treated immediately.
You are REQUIRED to watch the short video, read the Parent Information, and sign the Parent Signature page and give to your coach at your first practice.
No child is permitted to participate in any practice or game until your coach has received your signed paperwork.




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