Get Ready for Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading


Score more fun and fitness with Pop Warner Football or Cheerleading! The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (PRCA) Department provides a great opportunity to be active and learn with Pop Warner sports We teach our youth that character counts through fairness, caring, citizenship, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness, with a focus on academic achievement.

The mission of Pop Warner Little Scholars is to enable young people to benefit from participation in team sports and activities in a safe and structured environment. Through this active participation, Pop Warner programs teach fundamental values, skills and knowledge that young people will use throughout their lives. Pop Warner seeks to provide fun athletic learning opportunities for children, while emphasizing the importance of academic success. Football and cheerleading participants who excel in the classroom may be eligible for Scholastic All-American recognition.

Participants in football, age five to 11, compete against peers of similar age and size. Pop Warner is the only youth football program that sets and enforces a strict age and weight matrix to help reduce the chance of injury. Pop Warner programs have no tryouts or cutting of players from team rosters.

Our cheerleading program teaches skill and discipline for girls, age five to 13. All participants who meet Pop Warner’s scholastic requirements are accepted.

New this year are recreational and competitive teams. The football and cheer teams with younger participants, the Tiny-Mites and Mitey-Mites, will be considered recreational leagues, focusing on the fundamentals of the football and cheerleading. The Junior Pee Wee (football) and Junior Pee Wee and Junior Varsity (cheerleading) will compete at the district league levels with the potential advancement to regional and national competition. There are additional fees if a team advances to the regional or national level. Information is detailed in the parent packet, which is available on the website.

Coaches are a vital part of Pop Warner’s success. Volunteer to make a meaningful impact on young lives! Parents are also needed for team support and fundraising. Information and volunteer applications are available on the website.

For information on registration, fees and uniforms, please contact our administrative office at 352-334-5067, Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. or visit

For interviews and other program information please contact Shannon Keleher, CPRE, MBA, AFO, recreation manager, at 352-393-8526 or

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