Pop Warner Cheerleading

The 2021 season is underway

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Cheering practice will begin on Monday, August 9th at a time and location to be determined.

Volunteer coaches are needed. To apply, please contact Recreation@PiscatawayNJ.org to request an electronic application.  Volunteer coaches must pass a fingerprinting and background check.


Please check cheer website regularly for updates.


Paperwork
 
Central Jersey Pop Warner only accepts original paperwork including final report card.  No fax or scanned paperwork will be accepted.  Recreation will not make any photocopy for you of any paperwork you submit.  It is highly recommended that you make and keep a copy of all paperwork submitted for your own files.

Until the Municipal building is reopened to the public, original paperwork must be mailed to:

Piscataway Township Recreation Department
Attn: Pop Warner Cheerleading
455 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08854



Updating your contact information

It is your responsibility to keep the Recreation Department informed of changes to your contact information.  You must also check the website periodically for updates.


Communication

Most communication will be sent via e-mail only to the person listed as Parent/Guardian #1 as entered in the online registration.  It is Parent/Guardian #1’s responsibility to share information with Parent/Guardian #2 and the emergency contact person.

Please be sure to read every page of "Cheerleading" by clicking on the blue arrow at the bottom of each page before you register.


Program

Intro to Piscataway Braves Cheerleading:  It is the purpose of the Piscataway Braves to promote and uphold team spirit, practice good sportsmanship and promote good relations between teams and squads during games and events.  It takes complete and total dedication from all cheerleaders to ensure the safe execution of their routine and to succeed.  Please make sure this is something to which you can commit.  Therefore, all cheer related practice, game and competition obligations are considered priority from the first day of practice until the final competition/game of the season which can run into November.

Age requirement: The Piscataway Braves cheerleading program is open to youth ages 7-12.   The cheerleader must turn seven years of age before August 1, 2021 and cannot turn 13 until after July 31, 2021.

Teams:  Your child will be placed on a squad by the cheerleading coordinator based on the Pop Warner Age Matrix

Practices:  Practices are normally held three (3) nights per week with water breaks.  Practice is rain or shine and seldom cancelled due to weather.  If in doubt, please call the cancellation hotline (732) 562-2389.  The announcement is updated at 4:00 p.m.  If practice is not cancelled, you must report to practice.  If weather worsens, practice may be cancelled at the site.  Parents are responsible to be available to pick up their child at any time if cancelled.

Parent/Guardian meeting:  A mandatory meeting for parents & guardians will be held.

What to wear and not to wear at practice:  Please wear non-restrictive clothing with no pockets.  Cotton t-shirt and shorts, both of a modest length, should be worn.  Laced athletic sneakers with socks must be worn.  No makeup, jewelry, body art, or nail polish is permitted per Central Jersey Pop Warner rules.  To avoid injury, nails must be kept short at all times.  Hair must be worn away from face including long bangs.  No hair beads, decorations or pony holders with beads; only plain elastic hair ties and flat clips.

Season:  The regular season runs approximately eight (8) weeks and usually ends in early November.

Fees: The Recreation Department does not charge for the Pop Warner program.   However, parents may have out-of-pocket expenses for uniform add-ons that the cheer coordinators request.

Questions?  Concerns?  Please e-mail Braves.Cheering@yahoo.com  (Please do not send paperwork to this e-mail address)


Central Jersey Pop Warner

Piscataway Braves is a member team of the Central Jersey Pop Warner (CJPW) football league.  Since game schedules and location are set by CJPW, it is nor in the Township Recreation Department's control when that schedule and location of games may become available along with possible last minute changes throughout the season.


Protective Eyewear

It is now mandatory in New Jersey for all school aged youth that wear corrective eyewear while participating in recreation programs and activities to wear “protective eyewear” that meets American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards for frames and American National Standards Institute (ASNI) standards for lenses.


Liability/Accidents

Participants in Piscataway Recreation sponsored events do so at their own risk and accept full responsibility for all their actions and injuries incurred by their participation.  Prior to submitting a claim to the Township, injured parties must first use their own medical/accident insurance as their primary coverage.  The insurance offered by Piscataway Township is supplemental and secondary only.  If a claim qualifies for consideration, the Township insurance is limited to a maximum payout of no more than $5,000.00 per accident.


Accident Reporting

Coach must report the accident to the Recreation Office immediately.

Recreation will provide parent/guardian with an accident Report that must be completed within twenty-four (24) hours after the accident and returned in person to the Recreation office.  All claims must be submitted with original bills that are not covered by private insurance.


Returning uniforms

  • Cheerleading uniform must be dry-cleaned with the dry-cleaner's receipt attached prior to being returned on your scheduled date at the end of the season.  Failure to comply will result in a $10 fee per item.  (Ordinance 16-41).
  • All issued uniforms and equipment are the property of Piscataway Township and must be returned on your scheduled date.  Please make arrangements with someone if you cannot make the date to have the item returned.  Failure to do so is considered theft of municipal property and is an indictable offense handled by the Middlesex County Prosecutor's office.


Returning & New Cheerleaders

If you have not been able to schedule your child's physical before your date below, please do so as soon as your insurance company permits and return all required paperwork to the Recreation office by a day to be determined.  After that date, all outstanding paperwork after 4:00 pm, will only be accepted at the practice site.

If you did not turn in your all required paperwork (please visit Pop Warner Football Player website for required paperwork) we will consider your child no longer interested to participate in the program and will not be assigned to a cheer team.



Required paperwork for returning cheerleaders:


Required paperwork for new cheerleaders:


Any outstanding paperwork must be brought to the mandatory parents/guardian meeting.


Fitness and Medical History form

In consideration of your health insurance policy regarding yearly physicals, you must provide the Little Scholars, Inc. Fitness and Medical History form no later than a date to be determined.  Should you not be able to do that, you must bring it to the first day of practice.


Final report card

An original version (no e-mail or fax) of your 2020-21 final report card that includes all four (4) marking periods must be submitted to the Recreation Office no later than a date to be determined.  Please be sure to note on the final report card that it is being submitted for a "cheerleader."

Please note that the Piscataway School system Genesis program is typically open the last day of school for approximately one week.  After that time, you will not be able to download your child’s report card.  All outstanding school fines must be made in order for you to do so.


Registering

While online registration is now closed, Pop Warner Cheerleading is holding in-person registration on Wednesday, August 4th and Thursday, August 5th from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Recreation Annex building, 129 Academy Street, Piscataway next to Quibbletown Middle School.  Those who register after these dates will be placed on a wait list.

Before you register, please make sure you understand your commitment and responsibility to the program.

Each sibling must register separately.

Step 1 - Print and complete the two (2) mandatory forms below:


Step 2 - Please e-mail both forms to PiscatawayBravesFootball@gmail.com.

Please note that you will not receive an e-mail confirmation.  Please also note that you will need to provide original copies of these documents to the Recreation Department with the medical form signed or stamped by your child's doctor.  We do though need the participant contract e-mailed now to register for the program and the physical fitness form e-mailed after your child's physical.

Again, each sibling must register separately.