Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a listing of Frequently Asked Questions. If you don’t find the answer to your question below, feel free to contact us at registration@palmcitydolphins.com  

Please note that the FAQ information below is specific to the 2019 season. Although the general information typically applies for any given season, references to dates and other information may be subject to change. 

A:  (2) copies of child’s 2018-19 school year report card with all quarters (year end), completed 2019 Pop Warner physical form, copy of child’s birth certificate, wallet-sized photo of child, signed media consent form, signed player contract, NEW – COPY OF THE PARENT’S DRIVER’S LICENSE is required for 2019.  Pop Warner is removed boundaries this year, however, so please bring these documents to paperwork turn in. All forms can be found on the website under the “forms and handouts” tab 

A complete paperwork package is due to the head team mom for the league prior to the equipment handouts. Equipment Handouts will start in July – dates to be announced. No child will be given equipment until all paperwork is turned in.

Registration will run online April 1st through June 1st. There will also be walk-up dates TBA.

Registration fee is $225/child for football and cheer. Discounts for families with multiple children are offered. When utilizing online registration, payment is due in full at that time.

Yes. We offer a deferred payment plan which requires a down payment of $50 for each child, the balance is collected in the form of a post dated check which will be deposited on June 15th. To take advantage of the deferred payment plan option you  must register in person at the scheduled walk up registration.

Yes, however as a non-profit organization, our ability to grant scholarships is limited to a defined budget. Each request is evaluated for severity of hardship and decisions are made as to whether a full, partial, or no scholarship will be granted.

Registration fees cover use of all protective equipment (helmet, shoulder pads, (7) piece pants pads, chin strap, (1) mouth piece) and uniform (game jersey and game pants). All equipment (with exception of mouthpiece), including uniform, is required to be turned in at the end of the season. A practice jersey is also provided as part of your registration fee which your child will get to keep at the end of the season. 

Football cleats (no metal spikes) and practice pants. Any additional optional  protective equipment (i.e. cup, forearm pads, etc).

Registration fees cover the use of cheer uniform and a practice uniform (Dolphins shirt and shorts). Cheer uniforms must be turned in at the end of the season. Your child will get to keep the practice uniform.  

A specific type of cheerleading shoe (approximately $50.00), Bloomers (approximately $10.00-$20.00), and a cheer bow ($15-$20).

Please check your email from your head coach and pop warner for when practice will begin.  Email us if you do not receive any emails.

Prior to Sept 1st, football teams/squads are permitted to practice up to 10 hours per week (typical practice is 2 hrs). After Sept 1st, football teams/squads are limited to 6 hrs per week.

Football Practices are typically held during the week from (6:00 – 8:00 pm), however the specific days and times are determined by the Head Coach. Cheer teams will practice evenings during the week as well (to be announced by your coach). For those participating on our Competitive Cheer Teams (Jr. Pee Wee- Midget) there will be Sunday practices beginning at the end of Season until cheer season is completed. Cheerleading is a team sport.  All members of a squad are a vital part of the team. When one person is absent, a minimum of three other cheerleaders can not practice that day. When making a decision to register for any cheer team, please understand that you and your child are making a commitment to attend all practices.  Your child will be competing in a local competition and could potentially advance to the Regional and National level. Regional Championships for cheerleading and football are held on Thanksgiving Weekend. National Championships are held during the first or second week of December at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. In recent years, a majority of our Dolphins Cheerleaders have advanced to the Regional and National level. Note: Tiny Mite and Mitey Mite teams will perform at the local cheer competition only and will not advance.

Due to the number of teams/squads we have within PCYF&C, practice will be held at any of the following locations; Jock Leighton Park, Palm City Park, or Hidden Oaks Middle School.   (Additional locations may be added for cheer if necessary)

Coaches are selected by a Coaches selection committee, led by the football & cheer commissioner. In addition to general sport knowledge, all coaches are screened for;

  • Ability to teach techniques that are safe and ensure the well being of each child
  • Ability to teach sound football/cheer fundamentals and skills at the appropriate age level
  • Ability to prepare players for the “next level”
  • Ability to create an experience for each child that above all, generates long term interest in the sport

All coaches must also undergo a nationwide background check and complete A Pop Warner coach’s certification course. The selection committee will make coaching announcements at the end of May.

Your child will be placed in a division based on the Pop Warner age and weight guidelines. The Pop Warner age and weight matrix can be found under the “forms and handouts” tab on the website.  Should there be more than 1 team/squad in a division, children will be assigned based on the PCYF&C player placement policy. The player placement policy can be found under the “forms and handouts” tab on the website.  Cheerleaders will be placed based upon the PCDYF&C Cheer Placement Policy.

ABSOLUTLEY!  We would not be able to operate our program without a strong volunteer base. Please click on the “volunteers” tab on the website for more information on how you can “get in the game”. We need you. Please help!

During the regular season, home games will be held at Jock Leighton Park. Away games are played against all teams in the Treasure Coast Conference (TCFC). During the playoffs, as teams advance in the playoffs further travel can occur. Actual game schedules will not be available until August.

Practice will begin in August . Typically games are played on Saturday’s (makeup games and unique scheduling constraints sometimes dictate a game during the week). The final regular season games will be played the weekend during October. Post season playoffs or bowl games may extend the length of your child’s season. Teams that continue to advance through the playoffs can extend into December.   Please see the attached schedule for additional information.

regulation cheerleading shoes, bloomers and 3 hair bows

Yes, there is a $20 per month per athlete for all who are using our gym.

Yes, all of our teams will be traveling to the Southeast Region Cheer and Dance Championships which is held every year in Orlando over the Thanksgiving holiday. Our Tiny and Mitey Mite cheer teams have the opportunity to travel to the Regional event for an exhibition too. The top 2 teams in every division at the Regional Championship will advance to the Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Championships at Disney’s Wide World of Sports during the first week of December.

If your child is placed on a Palm City Dolphin Junior PeeWee, PeeWee, Junior Varsity or Varsity cheer team, it is a competitive team. We will be traveling Thanksgiving weekend to Orlando. Your child’s team may be required to arrive on Thanksgiving Day. We will also hopefully be competing at Nationals during the first week of December. This competition does require missing 2 days of school. We do cheer at football games but the majority of our practice time is spent working on our competition routines. Please make sure you and your child are willing to commit to the full season. Cheerleading is a true team sport and we need every athlete at every practice. We practice 2 to 3 times per week.