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North County Youth Football & Cheer

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The North County Youth Football & Cheer program was formed to achieve the following
-Inspire youth in grades K-12, regardless of race, creed or national origin to practice the ideas of scholarship, sportsmanship and physical fitness
-Familiarize all players with the fundamentals of football or cheerleading
-Provide an opportunity to ALL of our community to participate in a supervised, organized and safety-oriented manner
-Keep the welfare of participants free from any adult ambition and personal glory.
Our programs teach children fundamental values, skills and knowledge that children will use throughout their lives. 


Our program focuses on teaching the fundamentals skills of cheerleading.  Our priority is to prepare your child for their next journey in cheerleading whether it is high school, all-star, college, coaching, judging competitions. We have a saying "youth cheer is where it starts"; we say that because we find that cheerleaders at higher levels of cheerleading often started at a youth cheer program like this one.  We also hope that cheerleading and our organization will have a positive impact on your child and your family as a whole.  Our organization offers many additional benefits to our nighthawk families such as food assistance, family counseling, financial assistance for season registration fees.    

Having a good foundation of the basic skills in cheerleading is crucial to progression in the sport.  Our cheerleaders learn motions, jumps, tumbling, stunting, game day etiquette, voice projection.  Coaches teach their teams how to properly execute of these skills so they can build upon these skills through the season and for years to come.  Our squads take their best skills they have learned this season and put it together in a 2.5 minute competition routine.  Each squad for all age groups will learn a competition routine that they will perform at the local SDYFC Cheer Competition in October.  Competition is our girls opportunity to shine and for some of the girls this is the most exciting part of the season.  

Our program is open to girls and boys from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Our organization prides itself in the strong commitment to our youth and our community and we strive to deliver a positive experience for both players and families involved in our programs.  Our coaches teach the necessary skills and fundamentals of cheerleading as well as the details of the sport they are cheering for. Along with the fundamentals of cheerleading, our coaches also hope to instill in each player the importance of discipline, drive, confidence and commitment.  The things your child will learn in our program are things that they can then apply to all things in life for a successful future.


In order to allow all interested athletes to participate, athletes may compete in an older age division ONLY if it is NOT possible to create a team in the division that corresponds to their age level.  Athletes may NOT compete in a younger age division without approval from AYC.


Registration starts online. Registration for the Fall season will be open from January 2nd thru June 30th. Registration may be extended, however a late fee may be added to the registration cost.
We encourage families to register as soon as possible to reserve your child's spot, our teams do fill up.

Our registration fee includes the uniform shell, skirt and bodyliner, poms, and bow. It also includes field rental, association fees, and local competition. Cheer shoes must be purchased separately.
A link to our team store will be provided following registration. The team store will include cheer shoes and other popular items which are optional.


    The AYC season begins July 22nd 2019 and will continue through the end of October and possibly through the second week of December if your child's squad qualifies to compete at our regional and/or national championships or your football team advances to playoffs.

    Exact practice times vary according to coach's schedule and availability of outdoor/indoor facilities. All cheerleaders are required to complete 10 hours of conditioning prior to beginning regular practices. Teams typically practice 3 days a week until Labor Day.  After Labor Day practices typically limit to 2 days a week.  In general practice are held between the hours of 5:30-8:30 pm.  Practices are 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on the division.  Practices are normally held at Rancho Bernardo Community Park, but may vary based on availability.  Exact practice days, times and locations will be announced as teams are formed. 

Due to the nature of the sport, a practice missed by one cheerleader has a significant impact on the squad, particularly on that cheerleader’s stunt group, who are unable to stunt without every member present.  Please make an effort to schedule your family vacations during June and July.


    Games begin at the end of August, the game schedule will be issued by the association in August.  Home games are held at Del Norte High School.  Away games are held as far south as Otay Mesa and as far north as Temecula, the schedule will list the location of each game.  Games are held on Saturday, times vary based on location and division.

*Division 18/18U cheer team does not cheer for football games.


Cheerleading competitions are the cheerleaders’ time to shine and showcase the skills they have learned throughout the season.  It is an exciting time!!

The first competition is our local San Diego AYC competition usually held in San Diego.  All squads that compete in the local competition have the opportunity to compete in the Desert Pacific Regional competition. 

Regional Cheer Competition is usually held in November; location and date are usually announced in the Spring.  First, second and third place teams at regional's qualify to compete are the AYC Nationals.  2019 Regional Competition will be... more information coming soon!

    The AYC National Cheer Championships are held in Kissimmee Florida in the beginning of December.  Teams that qualify for the National Cheer Competition must follow AYC guidelines for hotel, and involves a 5 night stay.  Five to six days of school will be missed and AYC provides letter to the school to explain the absence.  Study hall is encouraged while in Florida.  Cheer squads may choose to fund raise to assist in travel costs. 2019 National Championships will be... more information coming soon! 


Head coaches, assistant coaches and junior trainers needed for the 2019 season!  No experience needed.  If your heart is in the right place we would love to train you.  Junior trainers are for youth 14-17 years old and is a great opportunity to teach others and gain a valuable experience for the future.  See the volunteers tab for more information on how to apply.  

Please email Ashley at [email protected] for more information.

Award Winning Nighthawks


  • 14U - 1st place Champions - SDYFC Local Competition; 1st place Champions - Desert Pacific Regional Competition
  • 10U - 4th place recognition - SDYFC Local Competition


  • Jr Midget - 1st place Champions - SDYFC Local Competition


  • Midget - 1st place Champions - SDYFC Local Competition, 1st place Desert Pacific Regionals - Qualified for 2013 JAMZ Nationals, and American Youth Cheer Nationals.
  • Jr. Pee Wee - 3rd place - SDYFC Local Competition
  • Mitey Mite - Honorable mention at SDYFC Local Competition


  • Pee Wee - 1st place JAMZ Nationals
  • Midget - 1st place JAMZ Nationals


  • Jr Midget - 3rd place JAMZ Nationals


  • Mitey Mite - 1st place SDYFC Local Competition
  • Jr Midget - 1st place SDYFC Local Competition, 2nd place JAMZ Golden Classic


North County Youth Football & Cheer

16881 Old Survey Road 
Escondido, California 92025

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 760-738-8878

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North County Youth Football & Cheer

16881 Old Survey Road 
Escondido, California 92025

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 760-738-8878

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