· Age 5-6-7
· Inclusive Birth Dates 8/1/13 - 7/31/16
· Age 7-8-9
· Inclusive Birth Dates 8/1/11 - 7/31/14
3. Jr. PeeWee
· Age 8-9-10-11
· Inclusive Birth Dates 8/1/09 - 7/31/13
· Age 9-10-11-12
· Inclusive Birth Dates 8/1/08 - 7/31/12
5. Junior Varsity
· Age 10-11-12-13
· Inclusive Birth Dates 8/1/07 - 7/31/11
*A child’s age on July 31 is his / her age for the season
Registration Information can be found HERE. All participants will start on a waitlist until they are verified as a returner and then they will be activated.
Required Paperwork MUST be emailed to our Compliance team, BEFORE your child can begin practicing.
● Original Certified Birth Certificate* (Not needed for prior year returners)
*We will copy the birth certificate and return the original to you.
● Current Year Player/Participant Contract
● Current Year Medical/Physical Form
● Current School Year Report Card (All 4 Qtrs)
Practices begin August 1st
Practices are located at our home field, located in the rear of Lakewood Ranch Park, 5350 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. If you turn heading west on Malachite Drive off of Lakewood Ranch Blvd, we are toward the end of the road and you can see our building on the south side of Malachite and Mustang Alley. If the fields are unplayable an alternate location may be announced.
Practices during the month of August are Monday through Friday 6pm-8pm. After Labor Day, practices are reduced to three days a week, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
August 1st will be the start of our mandatory conditioning (minimum of 20 hours). Please try to schedule family vacations around this time period, as any conditioning hours missed will need to be made up prior to entering the regular cheer practice schedule. Please remember to keep your child hydrated. (Click here for more information in Hydration)
EMB is a sideline cheerleading program and therefore all cheerleading squads will cheer on their respective football team during all regular and post season games. The regular season runs from August 1 through late October, with games being held typically on Saturdays beginning at the end of August. Games will be played either at our home field (Lakewood Ranch Park) or at our opponent's field. The game schedule will be available in late July, prior to the start of the regular season
In Addition, all competitive cheerleading squads will compete at Cheer Jam, and if qualified the Regional Pop Warner Cheer & Dance Competition at the end of the regular season. It is anticipated that these events will be held at the end of October and November. If a cheerleading squad advances past the Southeast Region Pop Warner Cheer & Dance Competition, there will have the opportunity to compete at the National Pop Warner Cheer & Dance Competition held at Disney's Wide World of Sports typically during the first week of December.
All EMB rules and expectations will be available prior to the start of the season. EMB will hold a mandatory player/parent town hall prior to the start of the season to discuss these rules and expectations. In addition, each team will hold its own mandatory player/parent meeting prior to the start of the season so that the coaches may introduce themselves and may go over their own rules and expectations for the season.
-Introduced to cheer at a young age, Tora gained a passion for the sport that would come to shape her life in numerous ways. Cheering her way through high school and onto the cheer squad at LaGrange College (GA), Tora was part of the all-girls football and basketball squad for the entirety of her undergraduate career. Senior year, Tora continued to achieve her academic goals and cheer goals while serving as squad captain. Graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Art in Psychology, Tora relocated to Tampa to pursue her Masters of Arts in Applied Behavioral Analysis at the University of South Florida. After graduation, Tora returned to her passion of cheer and began coaching youth cheer, where she served as both an assistant and head cheer coordinator. Tora is a firm believer that sports are a way to teach valuable life lessons and skills that will be used for years to come. This is Tora’s first year with East Manatee Bulldogs, but she hopes to be an integral part of the organization for years to come.