The West Orange PAL offers anyone ages 5-14 (K to 8th grade) the opportunity be a part of the West Orange Mustangs. The PAL Cheerleaders have supported the Mustang Football players to many championships.
Our goal is to provide our youth a sense of teamwork, team spirit, pride, sportsmanship, and discipline. Our season begins August 1st with practices weekday evenings. During this time the teams will learn their Spirit cheers, Half-time Dances, and Sideline Cheers. UCA Cheer Camp with UCA trainers will take place in August at WOHS! Teams will also participate in the Annual Cheer & Dance Night at Citi Field! After the first game in September, practices will be 2-3 evenings a week.
The West Orange PAL also has a Competition Cheer Team. The Comp Team season begins after the fall football season. The team enters local competitions - UCA, NCA, and NJCDCA Certified - during January and February. The team practices 3-4 days a week in the evening at WOHS. There is a time commitment expected for this team.
Registration for the 2023 Season
Online Registration for Cheerleading: CLOSED
January 1 - February 28: $275
March 1 - April 30: $325
May 1 - July 15: $350
After July 15th there is a $50 late fee ($400 for the season)
NEW CHEERLEADERS this year!! Game Warm Up Package: $90*
Cheerleaders will receive game day jacket & pants
*Returning Cheerleaders do not need to purchase the warm up package
NEW for CHEERLEADERS this year- Cheer Uniform Package: $150** (Grades 4-8)
**Must be registered by July 1st to be guaranteed to have shirt/short for August 1st Practice and to receive Uniform mid August
UCA CAMP: August 7, 8, 9, 6-8pm at WOHS Track.
Halftime Choreography Camp: Mandatory Attendance Saturday & Sunday August 19 & 20th, 9am-12pm at WOHS Tarnoff Gym
In Person Payment in Full: Check made out to WOPAL, cash, credit card
Installment Payments must be done through Online Registration
Refunds will be honored through July 15th. Partial Refunds after July 15th-July 31st. There are no refunds as of August 1st.
Tryouts - CLOSED
Tryouts for the Winter 2023/2024 team will be held in September 2023.
REGISTER For TRYOUTS HERE: CLOSED
There are separate registration fees for the Competition Team: $100 plus any additional fees should the team decide to enter additional competitions
Mondays: September - October 2023
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: November 2023- end of February 2024
3-4 Saturdays or Sundays between December 2023 & March 2024
When does practice start?
The season begins August 1st at the West Orange High School track.
Practices are held Monday through Thursday until our first game in mid September. Then we scale back to 2-3 nights a week.
Do I need my own equipment?
PAL provides cheerleaders with cheer bows and pom poms. Cheerleaders in grades K-3 will receive a game uniform (long sleeves, vest, and skirt) returned at the end of the season. You will need to provide socks, sneakers/cheer shoes, bloomers (returning cheerleaders). Cheerleaders in Grades 4-8 purchase their own uniform which is kept. These uniforms are also used for the Competition Cheer team.
Can parents attend the Citi Field Cheer & Dance night?
Yes, however you must purchase a game ticket in advance. Tickets at a discounted group rate will be available during registration and last call is July 1st. There is also the option to take the bus to the field with the team (additional fee). There are no refunds for tickets purchased. The PAL covers the cost of the game ticket for each cheerleader participating in the event.
What events do you cheer for?
Our teams cheer at each PAL football game, which take place on Sundays (and a few Saturday nights). Cheerleaders are expected to attend both home & away games. We also participate in clinics and charity events throughout the fall and winter.
What events does the Competition team attend?
Our Competition team will begin practices in October through December with competitions beginning in January. Practices will continue throughout the competition season ending March 1st. Cheerleaders are expected to attend practices and competitions. Competitions are UCA and/or NJCDCA certified.
How do I contact the coach?
Each team will have a Teamsnap account which will allow you to reach out to the coaches.
How do I get involved in the PAL Cheerleading Program?
PAL is always looking for volunteers to help promote and create a positive experience for the youth of West Orange. Volunteer options include but are not limited to coaching, game day support, field maintenance, public relations and fundraising. Cheer coaches should be familiar with UCA and NJCDCA regulations and certification.
To get involved or for additional information, please e-mail email@example.com.