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WELCOME TO THE 2020 CHEER & DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

We are excited for a spectacular weekend filled with fierce competition and a lot of fun! Due to the current public health landscape, there will be certain adjustments to this year’s onsite experience to ensure the highest level of safety for all guests, participants and staff members.

The health and safety of our athletes, families, staff and volunteers is our top priority and Pop Warner, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida Citrus Sports and Orlando's Orange County Convention Center have worked together to create additional safeguards to supplement the standard CDC, state and local health guidelines that are in place.

As part of these additional safety measures, athletes and spectators will be asked to limit their time and activity at the Orange County Convention Center to warm-up and performance only. While onsite, spectators and athletes must have a mask on at all times and will be asked to practice social distancing. The only time athletes will not have to wear a mask is during their performance.

The spectating area will be limited to standing room only where spectators may enter at the start of their team’s performance and leave once the performance is over. After the performance, athletes and spectators are then asked to return to the resort/home to watch the live stream.

Additionally, the awards ceremony will be limited to one coach and two athletes per team in the performance room. All other team members, coaches and spectators can participate in the awards ceremony virtually by ordering the Live Stream in advance. To order this year's Live Stream, please visit: https://bit.ly/33tqRw1

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General Event Information

This year's National Cheer & Dance Championships will feature approximately 200 cheer and dance teams who will compete at the three-day long event from December 5-7. Competitions will take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

Cheer & Dance teams will compete in 5 different age divisions (Mitey Mite, Jr. Pee Wee, Pee Wee, Jr. Varsity, Varsity & Challenger) and 12 different Skill Levels (PW 1, PW 2, PW 3, PW 4, Sideline Performance Cheer, Core Cheer, Non-Mount 1, Non-Mount 2, Non-Mount 3, Pom Performance, Theme Dance & Hip Hop).

Cheer and dance teams entering an Open Division will have the opportunity to compete in four different age divisions (16U, 13U, 12U, 11U) and 11 different YCADA Skill Levels (Show Cheer 1-4, Sideline Performance Cheer 1, Non-Mount 1-3, Pom Performance, Theme Dance & Hip Hop).

We have hotels & packages with the following hotels:

  • Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
  • Rosen Plaza
  • Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando

FOR QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL THE GROUPS TEAM AT (888) - 647-7711.
All Package Prices are Tax Inclusive.

We've been working hard with our new partners at Florida Citrus Sports to create a spectacular event for this unprecedented season! This year's event will also include a Team Celebration Party to be held at Universal Studios on Monday, December 7.

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2020 National Championships

December 5-7 / Orange County Convention Center (Orlando, FL)

2020 Open Division

To support cheer and dance teams that do not have a national championship this year, Pop Warner is opening its National Cheer and Dance Championships to allow non-Pop Warner recreation teams to participate in an Open Division this December in Orlando, Florida.

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Event Merchandise

Dates & Deadlines:

Event Dates:

Friday, December 4th: Team Arrivals Begin
Saturday December 5th: Practice Day for Sunday Competition
Sunday, December 6th: Competition Day and Practice Day for Monday Competition
Monday December 7th: Competition Day and Party at Universal Studios
Tuesday, December 8th: Teams Depart

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the schedule of this year’s event?

A: This year's National Cheer & Dance Championships will be a three-day event from December 5-7. Saturday (12/5) will be a practice day for all teams, followed by competitions on Sunday (12/6) and Monday (12/7). In addition to competition, all participating teams are invited to the exclusive Pop Warner Celebration Party at Universal Studios Florida on Monday night.


Q: Where is this year’s event being held?

A: Competitions will take place at the world-class Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Visiting teams are staying at the beautiful Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Rosen Plaza Hotel. For more information on hotel packages, click here.


Q: How many teams are expected to be at this year’s event?

A: We are expecting approximately 200 teams from across the country, including Pop Warner and, for the first time ever, non-Pop Warner teams. Pop Warner teams who are holding a fall season are invited to compete in this year’s national championships, and will compete in 5 different age divisions (Mitey Mite, Jr. Pee Wee, Pee Wee, Jr. Varsity, Varsity & Challenger) and 12 different Skill Levels (PW 1, PW 2, PW 3, PW 4, Sideline Performance Cheer, Core Cheer, Non-Mount 1, Non-Mount 2, Non-Mount 3, Pom Performance, Theme Dance & Hip Hop).

Non-Pop Warner recreation teams will compete in an Open Division that is created for this year only. Teams entering the Open Division will have the opportunity to compete in four different age divisions (16U, 13U, 12U, 11U) and 11 different YCADA Skill Levels (Show Cheer 1-4, Sideline Performance Cheer 1, Non-Mount 1-3, Pom Performance, Theme Dance & Hip Hop).


Q: Can I watch my child/team perform?

A: Yes, you will be able to watch your child/team perform while they are on stage. Spectator tickets are available to purchase through the official team travel package for $10 per day or on-site at the Orange County Conventions Center for $15 per day. To maintain appropriate safety precautions, there will be standing room only and spectators must have a mask on at all times while in the spectator area. You may enter the spectator area at the start of your child’s/team’s performance and leave once the performance is over. We will also be live-streaming performances.


Q: What health and safety protocols will be in place?

A: Your safety and health at Pop Warner’s Cheer and Dance National Championships are top priority. Pop Warner, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida Citrus Sports and Orlando's Orange County Convention Center have worked together to create a safer environment for all guests, participants and staff members. Before arriving, participants and spectators are required to sign a COVID-19 waiver, disclosing any health symptoms and acknowledging the risk of exposure or infection. At the event, we have implemented safety and health measures that are in accordance with local, state and CDC guidelines. All guests, participants and event staff members are asked to comply with the following protocols:

  • Personal Protective Equipment: Appropriate face coverings will be required for guests, participants and staff members at all times, unless performing or eating in a stationary location.
  • Physical Distancing: In public areas, guests, participants and staff must practice physical distancing by standing at least six feet away from other individuals. No more than 10 people can be in a single group. No handshakes or other forms of physical greetings will be allowed.
  • Temperature Screenings: Temperature screening will be mandatory at all venue entrances. Anyone with a confirmed temperature of 100° or higher will not be admitted and directed to an isolated area within the venue for further assistance

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Q: Can I order masks for my team?

A: Teams will have the opportunity to purchase masks from PW Authentic, the official uniform provider of Pop Warner football and cheer teams, ahead of the event. They will be able to customize their masks with squad colors and logos. For more information visit PWAuthentic.com.

Contact

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Phone: 215-752-2691
Fax: 516-622-3901

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