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Eastern Region Pop Warner

States: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware & Washington, D.C.
RCDC: Cindy Machan
Website: www.easternregion.org

Eastern Region includes over 1,500 tackle football teams, more than 300 flag teams and more than 1,000 spirits teams during the traditional season. This year, the Eastern Region included 53 Year-Round spirit teams who competed throughout the east coast from January to June.

The Eastern Region emphasizes the development of the well-rounded athlete from the first day of practice in August to the National Championships in December. Our region comprises the largest number of participants among the 8 regions of Pop Warner. As a result, we pay strict attention to training and communication to create consistency among our many coaches and coordinators to ensure that each team receives exactly what they need to be successful.

Our spirit coaches and coordinators stress the development of the athlete’s spirit, mind and body through the Coaches Training and Spirit Promotion. Along with the excellent training provided at all Coaching Clinics, participants are be able to attend hands-on training for each level and forums by guest speakers which will further allow coaches to stress the safety, creativity and sportsmanship of the individual and the team. Working together with the Region Management Team and the Spirit Advisory Committee, we continue to stress the importance of coaches training so as to insure the safety, creative development, and confidence of our athletes.

Our road to the National Championship begins with 4 competitions where the teams qualify to compete in Trenton, NJ at the regional championships in November. In 2010, at the National Championships, 51 of the 54 spirit teams received trophies including 13 National Championships in cheer and 3 National Championships in dance. We are justly proud of the hard work and dedication of the coaches, parents and spirit participants.

The Eastern Region is equally proud of our student athletes off the field. In 2011, 2,495 student athletes were named Pop Warner National Scholars including 10 First Team Senior Scholars from the 8th/9th grade. As evidenced by this honor, our athletes work equally hard on and off the field to achieve their goals. We are extremely proud of the student-athletes and adult participants of the Eastern Region.


New Hartford
The New Hartford Pop Warner Cheerleaders kicked off the 2013 season with a fundraiser at Moe's Southwest Grill on Commercial Drive in New Hartford. Good luck to all the Pop Warner teams this year!


Riverside CoachesToys for Foster & Adoptive Family Services
September 10, 2013 - Riverside Pop Warner

Every year in December, the Riverside Bulldogs Cheerleading Organization has an end of the year party for their coaching staff. For the eighth consecutive year, they have collected toys for the Foster & Adoptive Family Services (FAFS) located in Burlington County. The coaching staff is always happy to help out – giving to children who are less fortunate. These gifts are given out at the FAFS Holiday Celebration. This celebration provides the opportunity for foster children to connect with other children who share their experiences and in some cases, reunite with siblings placed in separate foster homes. They also reassure children in foster care, who have been removed from their families.


Opportunity to Cheer an Exciting Experience
July 10, 2013 - www.mycentraljersey.com

I first became aware of the Snapple Bowl when I was an elementary school student. Although I was only cheerleading at the Pop Warner level at the time, I had heard how amazing of an experience it was and had always hoped to one day have the opportunity to be involved.

Following my senior year varsity cheerleading season, I was selected to be a part of the 2013 Snapple Bowl. Being able to take part in the 20th anniversary game is truly an honor because it is one of the most incredible events I have ever experienced.

My cheerleading career began at a very young age as a member of the Golden Bear Chargers Pop Warner team. I have been lucky enough to be a part of various organizations and teams since then, including the Comet All-Stars, World Cup All-Stars and of course Spotswood High School Varsity. Being a part of these teams has helped develop some of my closest friendships that will last a lifetime.

I feel that being involved with the Snapple Bowl is an awesome opportunity because not only am I reunited with some of the girls I cheered with growing up, but I am also able to get to know other athletes from various towns. It is an honor to have the opportunity to work with and cheer on some of the greatest athletes in Middlesex County.

The Snapple Bowl teams are made up mostly of seniors and for some, this summer will be the last time they ever have the opportunity to physically take part in a football game. It is truly a great experience because all of their hard work has paid off and allowed them to be involved with one of the biggest games of their career.

Although my cheerleading career will continue at James Madison University, I feel that being a part of the 2013 Snapple Bowl is an ideal way to close this chapter of my life as a high school student.

The Snapple Bowl is truly incredible because not only is it an excellent way to bring athletes together from different high schools, but it is also a charitable event for an amazing cause. When I was informed that I was selected to cheer in the game I was overwhelmed with excitement. Not only was I being given another chance to do what I love, but I have heard so many great things about the community service aspect of the event.


Hamilton Revolution Community Service
May 18, 2013 - Burlington County Pop Warner

Armstead_cheerOn Saturday May 18th, the Hamilton Revolution Pop Warner program welcomed former NFL player Jesse Armstead to meet and play with some of our Hamilton residents including the Hamilton Revolution players.  In addition to the 2 hour session, Hamilton Revolution accepted non-perishable donations for the Bromley Civic Center Food Pantry. 

The Bromley Center, located in the Bromley section of Hamilton is a wonderful facility that houses activities for area teens keeping them active, informed and occupied in positive activities. In addition to helping area teens, the center also offers a food pantry for those in need. 

As a program, Hamilton Revolution donated several boxes and bags of groceries and will continue to donate throughout our football/cheer season.  Football players and cheerleaders donated canned goods, pasta, cereals and various miscellaneous food items.


Manasquan Pop Warner Year-Round Cheer
May, 2013 - New Jersey Shore Pop Warner

Manasquan_blogManasquan Pop Warner has been around for over 30 years, but this is the first year that Manasquan's Jr. Pee Wee's have participated in the winter season program. 

The Midget cheer squad has been doing the winter cheer season for the past four years.  As coaches, we thought that the Jr Pee Wee cheer squad would also benefit from doing the winter team, just like the Midget's have in the past.

The winter team is designed to help the cheerleaders improve on their existing skills and also learn new skills.  It's about giving the girls the best training to make them feel more confident about themselves.

The Manasquan Jr Pee Wee's winter team consists of 16 girls ages 8-10.  For nearly half of the squad, this is their first year ever cheering.  As coaches, we have seen tremendous improvement over the past 3 months in every girl. 

The girls compete in a Recreation 3 division which includes girls up to 5th grade.  Unfortunately, we have a young squad with no girls in 5th grade.  Our Squad consists of girls in 2nd through 4th grade. This has not been an obstacle for this squad.   These girls have demonstrated their strengths and have achieved their goals at every competition.

So far they competed in Wildwood, NJ at the Beast of the East competition, earning a third place win.  They also competed in Asbury Park, NJ at the Spring Festival, where they earned themselves a well deserved first place.  We are so proud of these girls.  They have been working really hard during what is for most the “off season”. 

The most important thing is that the girls are having fun, learning a lot, and forming bonds of friendship that can last a lifetime.  To us as coaches, that's the most important thing. The Year Round cheer is a benefit to our Program.