Football and Cheerleading

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By Estela Camacho


Tackle Football has become one of the most popular sporting activities in America. The game objective is to score on your opponent by running or throwing the ball into the end zone. Points are awarded by kicking the ball as well. There are eleven players in the field for each team, the offense and the defense. Both teams employ an offensive and defensive strategy to prevent the other team from scoring. The Danbury Athletic Youth Organization, D.A.Y.O., is the sponsor of the nationally renowned Danbury Trojans Pop Warner Football Program. The Danbury Trojans have consistently won league, state, regional and even national championships. There are six levels for boys and girls ages 5 to 14 years old. The teams are matched by age and weight to prevent physical mismatches and to provide maximum safety for the players. Football is a physically demanding sport. Top conditioning is stressed from the first day of practice with running, calisthenics and drills. The players are outfitted with the best protective equipment available, and are carefully monitored by the coaching staff. The program provides the game uniform, equipment and transportation to away games. Our coaches are experienced and highly trained in order to properly teach the players the fundamentals of the game, how to execute plays and develop team spirit and good sportsmanship.




Cheerleading originated in the United States, and remains predominantly in America, with an estimated 1.5 million participants in all levels of cheerleading. The program is designed to provide support and increase spectator participation at football games. Cheerleading is a team sport that combines cheering at our football games and competing against other cheer squads in our league. The competitions are organized routines in which each team is graded on their performance. The routines usually range anywhere from two and a half to three minutes, and they contain components of dance, tumbling, cheers and gymnastics. These athletes can be boys and girls from 5 to 14 years old. The levels of cheerleading are offered to allow the girls and boys to grow in ability and confidence. Many D.A.Y.O. cheerleaders go on to become members of area high school teams and some continue to cheer in college. Our cheer squads have competed on a national stage at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

D.A.Y.O. has a Challenger Cheer Program for individuals of any age with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. This is a new program and teaches many of the same skills, cheers and routines as those of the regular Cheer Program.

D.A.Y.O. provides uniforms, equipment and transportation. Check out our new uniforms on our web site We play four home and four away games during the regular season, plus playoff games. The season begins on August 1 and ends in November. Practices are held in the evening during the week with games played on weekends. At the end of the season, each child is recognized for their accomplishments.

Registrations Fees are $100.00 and are non refundable

In Person Registrations are at:

May 5 Dick’s Sporting Goods 6 –7:30PM
May 8 Dick’s Sporting Goods 1 – 3 PM
May 14 War Memorial 10AM -1PM
May 15, 22, June 5, 12, 19 Kaplanis Field @ Broadview Noon – 2PM


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This article was written by Estela Camacho, Danbury Athletic Youth Organization (DAYO) secretary. For more information, or to contact Estela, please call 203-530-2457or email



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