Welcome to the LFC Cheer Program!
This competitive sport focuses on teaching progressive cheerleading skills to children grades 2nd through 8th, with an emphasis on safety, respect, discipline, teamwork and sportsmanship. Cheerleaders are expected to work as a team and attend 4 practices per week beginning on August 3, 2020. Once school begins, cheerleaders will attend practice 3 days a week. During practices they will participate in tumbling skills practice, dance choreography, stunt training, and sideline and halftime cheer instruction. Practices are supervised by an adult coach and instruction is provided by volunteer teen coaches in preparation for games and competitions.
Practices and Games
Practices are held at Lyons Township High School's South Campus and other approved facilities in the district area, such as The Max, at the discretion of the League. The squads will cheer at home and possibly at some away LFC Tigers football games on Sundays and, on occasion, Saturdays, starting the last weekend of August through the second or third week in November. We expect to cheer at a minimum of 6 games and participate in 2 to 4 local competitions. We are also required to cheer for the BGYFL football playoffs and Super Bowl which take place in November, if our football teams qualify.
Second grade cheerleaders will ONLY cheer at football games and will not participate in competitions. They will learn sideline cheers and a halftime routine and will practice and cheer at games with our youngest aged team. Second grade cheerleaders will attend 4 practices per week beginning in August. Once school begins, 2nd grade cheerleaders will attend 1 practice per week for 1 hour. This allows our youngest athletes to get an idea of what cheer involves before they commit to the full cheer experience.
Parental support for their child’s squad and coaches is necessary for the success of the program. We are a volunteer organization, so we rely heavily on family participation to contribute to the success of our program.
LFC Cheerleading is a member of the Illinois Recreational Cheer Association ("IRCA"). LFC encourages all squads of appropriate age/level to compete in additional events including the State Competition, when they qualify for such events. When a team qualifies, it may extend that level's season into the first weekend or two of December. Also, please note our squads may practice more than the scheduled practice days the week of a competition, if necessary, and at the discretion of the team's coach.
Please note: Special squad requests are not accepted for cheerleading. Divisions will depend upon enrollment numbers and grade in school only. We are a non-tryout league.
Cheerleaders participating in LFC are not allowed to register in any travel cheer program during the LFC season.
In order to begin the registration process, you must have a SportsEngine account. If you already have a SportsEngine account, please provide your information on the bottom left of this page to begin the registration process.
If you do not have a SportsEngine account, you must:
1) Sign Up for a SportEngine account using the Sign Up link on the bottom right of this page;
2) Return to our registration link; and then
3) Input your newly created SportsEngine account information to begin and complete the registration process.
This registration will allow you to provide contact information, sign consents and submit payment. Please read through each page carefully to ensure all information is provided accurately. To complete registration through our secure site, please have your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or checking account information available. Each transaction will incur a 3.25% + $1 processing fee. There are two payment choices: PAY IN FULL or PAYMENT PLAN.
The registration fee structure for the 2020 season will be as follows:
The registration fee includes all practices and scheduled competitions, as well as the cost of the required uniform* other uniform accessories. Practice uniforms will be provided to all cheerleaders. Team warm-ups will be provided in the first year of LFC cheer participation. Cheerleaders are responsible for the cost of replacements thereafter. Additional mandatory expenses include practice cheer shoes and competition cheer shoes. Competition cheer shoes are paid for at registration separately ($65) and a cheer bag is optional ($45). Additional spirit-wear may be purchased, when offered, at an additional cost. We are currently requiring the shell top, crop top with sleeves and skirt be returned to the league laundered at the end of the season for redistribution, with all other aspects of the uniform remaining the property of the registrant. Uniform styles and designs may change each season, with a purchase option when a style is retired.
(2nd grade cheerleaders are not required to buy the competition cheer shoe. They will, however, need a practice cheer shoe for practices and games.)
We are happy to announce this year LFC is offering a sibling discount for families who have multiple children in the program!! Please contact Kelly Grigus via email prior to registering (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive a discount code for $25 off each additional registration.
If PAYMENT PLAN is selected at checkout, a $50 deposit is due at the time of registration, and the remaining balance will be divided into equal installments to be collected on the 15th of each month through July 15, 2020. Payment methods include: Visa, MasterCard, Discover or a checking account.
If you wish to use a different account to pay the balance, please log in to your SportsEngine account BEFORE the 1st of the month to update your account information.
Cheerleaders will receive a cheer skirt, shell top, crop top with sleeves, briefs, practice t-shirts, practice shorts, personalized warm-up suit (for new cheerleaders only as returning cheer members already have theirs) and a hair bow. All cheerleaders (new and returning) are required to purchase new competition cheer shoes for a charge of $65. New and returning cheerleaders have the option of purchasing a cheer bag for a charge of $45. Shoes and bags will be provided to cheerleaders during the pre-season, after practices have started. As of February 1, we will be offering the same cheer bag as last season. If you do not purchase a bag at registration, you may purchase a cheer bag at any time up until the July 8 close of registration by contacting the Cheer Director via email provided on the cheer home page.
LFC will hold a pre-season Family Night for all registrants and families to attend. This is a great opportunity to kick-off the season and visit with other LFC families. Family Night will include music, raffles, food and soft drinks. More information will be forthcoming on this event.
In-person sizing for uniforms will occur in May, and in-person sizing for shoes will occur in August. All registrants will be notified in advance of the specific dates and are required to attend so each cheerleader can be fitted for their uniforms and shoes. At the uniform fitting day, cheer registrants will need to bring TWO checks made out to Lyons Football and Cheer Club: $100 gear deposit and $125 volunteer security deposit (only checks are accepted and will be destroyed following acceptable equipment return at the end of the season and fulfillment of volunteer requirements). CHEER GEAR WILL NOT BE DISTRIBUTED UNTIL THE SECURITY DEPOSIT CHECKS ARE PROVIDED.
All interested parties must register on-line to be accepted at our in-person cheer fitting day for measuring and sizing for the uniform. No exceptions!
Mandatory Volunteer Requirements
LFC depends on the support of its volunteers. Each family is expected to donate their time to work up to 3 hours in the concession stand, field set-up/take down, field clean-up, equipment cleaning, organization and distribution, etc., during the course of the year. This requirement will be strictly enforced and must be honored in order for your family to remain in good standing with LFC and eligible for off-season clinics hosted by LFC as well as eligible for registration the following season. To secure each family's volunteer requirement, LFC will hold a deposit that will be returned upon fulfillment of volunteer requirements.
If families wish to opt out of this requirement, LFC is offering a $100 opt-out fee. Again, to the extent your family commits to volunteer and does not opt out, we are counting on, rely on and thank you for your follow through to fulfill your volunteer obligation.
Registration Closing Date/ Late Fee
As there are limitations to coordinating resources for coaching as well as constructing teams, etc., registration will close on July 8, 2020. No exceptions.
We would like to invite anyone interested in getting more involved with the LFC program to take a look at the following opportunities. All of them meet the volunteer hours requirement. Some of these positions are currently filled but please contact us for more information. Thank you!
Fundraising Chair - Open Position
Spirit Chair - filled
Uniforms Chair and Co-Chair - filled
Competition Chair - filled
Spirit Wear Chair - filled
Mat Maintenance Manager - Open Position
For more information about our Tigers Cheerleading program, please contact Shauna Baechle (information below).
LFC Cheer Director