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Palm City Youth Football & Cheer


The following are questions we are asked often. If you don't find the answer to your question below, feel free to contact us at [email protected] 

Please note that some information may be subject to change as we are receiving new information from Pop Warner as the season approaches.  


What paperwork is required to register my child? 

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When is the paperwork due? 
  • A complete paperwork package is due to the head team mom for the league prior to the equipment handouts. Equipment Handouts dates will be announced in the near future. No child will be given equipment until all paperwork is turned in.  We are moving towards a more digital platform - most items will need to be uploaded. We will need a physical copy of the athletes birth certificate as well as the physical. 
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When is registration?
  • Registration for football and cheer will run online beginning March 1st through July 31st.
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How much does it cost to register my child? 
  • Registration is $225.00 for football and $350 for cheer. Sibling discounts are available. 
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Is there a payment plan offered?  
  • Yes. We offer a payment plan that separates the payments dependent on when you register. If you register in March, it will be lower than if you  register later. All money must be in prior to start of season. If there is a unique circumstance you can reach out to us and we will be happy to work with you. 
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Is financial aid available?  
  • Yes. However as a non-profit organization, our ability to grant scholarships is limited to a defined budget. Each request is evaluated for severity of hardship and decisions are made as to whether a full, partial or no scholarship will be granted. 
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What is the Sports Connect SecureFee Plus? 
  • Sports Connect SecureFee Plus is an optional registration insurance offered at check-out. This protects registration against certain events that could cause your player to miss out on the season. Please note - this is through Sports Connect and NOT through Palm City Dolphins. Sports Connect SecureFee Plus handles the refunds - all claims must be filed through them. 
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 What is the Challenger division? 
  • The mission of the Pop Warner Challenger Division is to bring the Pop Warner experience to those special needs individuals. This includes all children ages 5 - 18 with physical or mental disabilities who are currently enrolled in school. 
  • The program stresses learning lessons of value far beyond the playing or spirit days of those involved, such as - self discipline, teamwork, concentration, friendship, leadership and sportsmanship. 
  • For more information, please email our cheer commissioner.
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What football equipment is provided for football? 
  • Registration fees cover use of all protective equipment. This includes helmet, shoulder pads, chin strap, one (1) mouth guard,  and game jersey. All equipment (with exception of mouth guard and jerseys)  is required to be turned in at the end of season. A practice jersey is also provided as part of your registration fee which your child will also get to keep at the end of the season. 
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What will I have to provide for my child (Football)?  
  • Football cleats (no metal spikes) 
  • Practice Pants - here are a few examples ***these specific ones are not required and are just used as examples. Here, Here and Here
  • Any additional optional protective equipment (cup, forearm pads, visor, etc...) Please note - the only helmet visors allowed must be completely clear (these are not required). Also, if you purchase your own mouthpiece, red mouth pieces are not allowed. 
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What equipment is provided for cheerleading?  
  • Registration fees cover the use of 2 cheer uniforms (Competition & Game Day). Cheer uniforms must be turned in at the end of the season.
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What will I have to provide for my child (Cheerleading)?  
  • A specific type of cheerleading shoe - 1 Game Day 1 Competition (Information on the shoes will come from your head coach) 
  • Bloomers (At Head Coaches Discretion Approx: $10 - $20) 
  • Cheer Bows (approximately $25.00 - $35.00)
  • Travel Expenses for 2 possible competitions
  • For additional cheer costs click here 
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When does practice start?  
  • Please check your email from your head coach and Pop Warner for when practice will begin. Email us if you do not receive any emails.
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How many practices are held per week?  
  • Prior to September 1st, football teams/squads are permitted to practice up to 10 hours per week. Typical practice is 2 hours. After September 1st, football teams/squads are limited to 6 hours of practice per week. 
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What days will my child practice on? 
  • Football practices are typically held during the week from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, however the specific days and times are determined by the Head Coach. Cheer teams will practice evenings during the week as well (also to be announced by your coach). For those participating on our Competitive Cheer Teams  there will be possible Saturday practices beginning at the end of football season until cheer season is completed. Cheerleading is a team sport. All members of a squad are a vital part of the team. When one person is absent, a minimum of three other cheerleaders can not practice that day. When making a decision to register for any cheer team, please understand that you and your child are making a commitment to attend all practices. Your child will be competing in a Local and Regional competition and could potentially advance to the National level. Regional Championships for cheerleading and football are held on Thanksgiving Weekend. National Championships are held during the first or second week of December in the Universal Orlando area. In recent years, a majority of our Dolphins Cheerleaders have advanced to the National level.
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Where will practices be held?
  • Due to the number of teams/squads we have within PCYF&C - practice will be held at any of the following locations: Jock Leighton Park, Immanuel Lutheran Church & Hidden Oaks Middle School. (Additional locations may be added for if necessary). 
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Who will be my child's coach? 
  • Coaches are selected by a Coaches Selection Committee, led by the football & cheer commissioners. In addition to general sport knowledge, all coaches are screened for: 
  • Ability to teach techniques that are safe and ensure the well being of each child,
  • Ability to teach sound football/cheer fundamentals and skills at the appropriate age level,
  • Ability to prepare players for the "next level",
  • Ability to create an experience for each child that above all, generates long term interest in the sport.
All coaches must also undergo a nationwide background check and complete a Pop Warner coach's certification course. The selection committee will make coaching announcements at the end of march. 

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How is my child placed on a team/squad? 
  • You child will be placed in a division based on the Pop Warner age guidelines. Here is the Pop Warner cheer matrix. Should there be more than 1 team/squad in a division, children will be assigned based on the PCYF&C player placement policy. 
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Do you need volunteers? 
  • ABSOLUTELY! We would not be able to operate our program without a strong volunteer base. Please click on Volunteer Opportunities for more information on how you can "get in the game". We need you! We will also have more opportunities to volunteer on game days as well! 
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Where will games be played? 
  • During the regular season, home games will be held at Jock Leighton Park. Away games are played against all teams in the Treasure Coast Conference (TCFC). During the playoffs, as teams advance in the playoffs further travel can occur. Actual game schedules will not be available until August. 
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How long does season last? 
  • Practice will begin in August. Typically games are played on Saturday's (makeup games and unique scheduling constraints sometimes dictate a game during the week). The final regular season games will be played mid-October. Post season playoffs or bowl games may extend the length of your child's season. Teams that continue to advance through the playoffs can extend into December.
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Are there additional fees for cheerleading? 
  • Click here to see a full list of additional cheerleading costs for the season. 
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Will my cheer team travel?

Yes. All of our teams will be traveling to the Southeast Region Cheer and Dance Championships which are held every year in Orlando over the Thanksgiving holiday. Our Challenger cheer team has the opportunity to travel to the Regional event for an Exhibition only. The top 2 teams in every division at the Regional Championship will advance to the Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Championships in Orlando during the first or second week of December.

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What should I know BEFORE I register my child for cheerleading?  
  • If your child is placed on a Palm City Dolphin Tiny Mite, Mitey Mite, Junior PeeWee, PeeWee, Junior Varsity or Varsity cheer team, it is a competitive team. We will be traveling Thanksgiving weekend to Orlando. Your child's team may be required to arrive on Thanksgiving Day. We will also hopefully be competing at Nationals during the first or second week of December. This competition does require the possibility of your athlete missing school days. We do cheer at football games but the majority of our practice time is spend working on our competition routines. Please make sure you and your child are willing to commit to the full season. Cheerleading is a team sport and we need every athlete at every practice. We practice 2 or 3 times per week. 
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Palm City Youth Football and Cheer

PO Box 1792 
Palm City, Florida 34991
Email : [email protected]
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