The Fall season is approximately 12 weeks and cheers for Tackle Football. Registration is now open. Cheerleaders must be 5 years of age by September 1. A parents meeting will be held prior to the first practice to go over the season, introduce coaches and answer any questions.The fee is $175 per registrant (save $25 if register by August 11).
Squad determination is based on the number of cheerleaders registered in the program. Though we cannot guarantee, we will do our best to accommodate requests (based on skill/ability) to keep siblings on the same squad.
There are four squads within the league; assignments are generally determined by age as follows:
Pre-season practices begin mid-August.
A parents meeting will be held during the first day of practice to go over the season as well as answer any questions.
Regular season practices begin the first week of September (week after Labor Day).
Expect two OR three days a week (time, days and location will vary by coach) which will be determined and communicated by coaches during the last week of pre-season practice.
Cheer practice locations are independent of football practice locations.
Please be on time for practices.
Dress appropriately (t-shirt, shorts, athletic shoes, no jeans).
For safety reasons, no jewelry should be worn - rings, bracelets, necklaces, hoop earrings. There will be no exception to this.
Hair must be pulled back and away from face.
No gum chewing.
Bring water bottle, emergency medicine (i.e., EpiPen or inhalers - please discuss with your coach)
Cheer squads will cheer for APYFL football teams in all weight divisions.
Game schedules will not be available until the first week of the regular season (mid-September); therefore cheer schedules will not be released until then.
During the regular season, we usually cheer for HOME GAMES on SATURDAYS.
There may be a couple of AWAY games or SUNDAY games, depending on the master schedule determined by Fairfax County Youth Football League.
Our squads will cheer for different football teams each week as we have more football teams than cheer squads.
Games take place from September to November (including playoffs/championship).
We cannot guarantee your child will cheer for their siblings’ football team.
Uniform fittings take place in and be distributed by coaches prior to the first game.
Shells, skirts and poms will be loaned to cheerleaders and must be returned in good condition at the end of the season. *If any item is not returned, parents will be responsible for the replacement cost.*
Hair Bow(s) and black bloomers are also provided to the cheerleaders and are required for all games as part of the uniform.
Cheerleaders/Parents are responsible for:
ALL white no show socks
ALL black fitted or cropped bodysuit (for cold weather)
ALL white athletic shoes - no characters, lights, glitter or dangle charms (cheer shoes are highly recommended)
Fundraising helps keep our registration costs down and covers costs for game fields and practice locations. Please note the following requirements:
Participation in the APYFL Raffle ticket sales is mandatory for all cheer and football families.
There is an option to “opt-out” of fundraising at the time of registration for a $40 fee per registrant.
If you do not “opt-out,” each cheerleader will be responsible for two books of 10 raffle tickets. Additional ticket books are available to sell, upon request.
Ticket books and money must be returned to your cheer coach or squad mom by the indicated date.
Each cheer squad will also do a fundraising event during the season (this is not covered by the "opt-out"); which will be coordinated by each squad’s coach.