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Welcome to the 2022

Tinley Park Bobcats Cheer Program

On behalf of the Tinley Park Bobcats Recreational Cheer Organization, we invite you to join our 2022 season! Our organization is proud to be a member of the ICA. The Tinley Bobcats Cheer Program is committed to developing good sportsmanship, self-esteem, team spirit, teamwork, and discipline.  The season will be spent learning the fundamentals of cheer, cheering for weekly football games, working together as a team, and an option to participate in multiple ICA competitions! At the end of the season, we hope that participants have gained an appreciation for the sport of cheer and have developed a sense of community spirit and engagement.

The Bobcats Cheerleading organization welcomes cheerleaders from Kindergarten through 8th grade. There are no try-outs, evaluations nor minimum skill requirements for any of the Bobcats cheerleading squads.

Registration Information
Registration for the Fall 2022 season is now closed
.  For late addition inquiries, please contact the Cheerleading Commissioner directly via email at [email protected]

Cheer Team Details
We have potential for 5 teams for the 2022 cheer season: Pee Wee, Super Lightweight, Lightweight, Junior Varsity & Varsity.

Team breakdown by grade level will be based on final registration numbers.  After May 1st, we will make the determination of the grade level breakdown per team, but they typically consist of 2 consecutive grade levels per team.

All girls will be cheering for the grade level they will be in for the 2022-2023 school year.  Due to the competitive season and ICA rules, we will not be able to take team requests.  

Fees
Please note that pricing listed below for the season is all-encompassing and payment plans are available during the checkout phase of registration. A $100 deposit is required to finalize a participant's registration and then the remaining balance can be broken into 4 additional payments if desired.

Base Registration Fee:
$350

The fee of $350.00 covers the rental of the cheer uniform, briefs, a body liner, team cheer shoes, a professional skills clinic, a cheer camp, two team clinic/camp t-shirts with a matching camp/clinic bow, a game day cheer bow, the practice facility rental with cheer mats, breast cancer awareness items for October and an end of season trophy.

Competition Fee:
$150

Participating in competition season is HIGHLY recommended as it truly is the most exciting part!  Please note that prior cheerleading experience is NOT necessary in order to participate.  All new and returning cheerleaders are welcome and encouraged! The competitive cheer season fee of $150 covers the cost of the athlete’s admission into 2 IRCA competitions (not including the State Competition for those who qualify), professional competition choreography, competition music, competition uniform, a competition hair bow and various other competition extras for the athletes. 

Uniform Pickup
Cheer fittings and uniform pickup will be held June 18th in Tinley Park.  It is essential that all registered cheerleaders are fit for their uniform during these fittings.  This will ensure that we have all uniform pieces needed to begin the season.  During uniform fittings, it is a good idea to have the cheerleader wear a leotard to make the fitting run quickly.

There will also be an opportunity to view and order Spirit Wear for your athlete and yourself at that time.

*A $100 season uniform deposit fee will be required for each registered child at the time of uniform fittings.  Checks should be made payable to the Tinley Park Bobcats and post-dated December 1, 2022. These checks will not be cashed; however, they will be held until uniform return.  When the uniform has been inspected and turned in on-time, the $100 check will be returned to you.  If uniform pieces are missing and/or uniform is turned in damaged, the check will be cashed.

Practices
Tinley Park Bobcats Cheer Program will begin practicing for the 2022 season on July 11th.   Teams practice 2-3 times a week, depending upon grade level and team type. and days vary by team but are always located in Tinley Park.

Practice Attire: Comfortable shorts/leggings/sweats (no jeans or jean shorts), gym shoes (no sandals/flip flops, or bare feet), no bare midriff tops/crop tops, no jewelry, no fake nails, and hair must be pulled back.

*Cheerleaders are responsible for bringing their own labeled water bottle to each practice.

Games
For the 2022 season, all cheerleaders will follow the football schedule and cheer for their appropriate grade level team.  Games will be played on Sundays from mid-August through the end of October and will always be located in Tinley Park at either Freedom Field or Andrew High School.  A specific schedule will be released once the football program finalizes it. All cheerleaders are required to attend and participate in sideline cheerleading for the football games.  If a cheerleader misses more than 2 scheduled games for the season, they may be unable to participate in competitions.  Cheerleaders are expected to arrive 15 minutes prior to every game.  Any cheerleaders not at the practice proceeding the game that week and on-site 15 minutes prior to game time will not be allowed to participate in the halftime routine for that day.

Competitions
Cheerleaders are highly encouraged to participate in our competition season.  During competition season, cheerleaders will participate in two ICA competitions that run between October and November.  Some teams may advance to the State Competition, which will be held the first weekend in December at NIU.  Competition practices start in September and are mandatory.  We understand that emergencies happen, and coaches are willing to work with you individually; however, in order to have successful practices, attendance is required.  Competition guidelines will be strictly enforced.  Tinley Park Bobcats follow the ICA rules during our competition season.

Attendance Policy
It is expected for all cheerleaders to attend all practices and games through the playoff season.  Cheerleaders are expected to stay for the entire game.  Missing practices or games is always a concern.  If only one girl is missing, we cannot practice stunts or dance parts properly since every girl plays an important role in the routine. As a courtesy to the coaches and fairness to the team, it is expected that parents communicate any situations that may require the athlete to miss practices or games to the head coach well ahead of time.  We certainly recognize that there are extenuating circumstances that may lead to a cheerleader missing practice, but please discuss these with your head coach if they arise.

Cheer Clinic
The Bobcats Cheerleading program is very excited to bring our teams to a professionally hosted Skills Clinic where enhancement of cheer fundamentals will be the focus.  Attendance is mandatory.  The clinic is scheduled for Saturday, July 30th at Cheer City in Frankfort, IL.

Cheer Camp
All cheerleaders will attend an internally hosted camp that will be held at the start of the season from Monday July 11th - Thursday, July 14th from 6-8pm each day. Attendance is mandatory.  Cheerleaders will cover motion drills, jumps, stunts and sideline cheers!  We plan to utilize this time as an organization for overall team building and truly setting a strong foundation for our season.

Mandatory Fundraiser
All Tinley Park Bobcats participants will be required to participate in one mandatory fundraiser.  More information will be given out by the head coaches at the beginning of the season.

Electronic Policy
Cell Phones or any other devices are not allowed during practices and games.  If cheerleaders must have these items with them, they must stay in their bag for the duration of the game or practice.  The coaching staff is not responsible for holding onto, or possible loss of electronic devices, or any other personal items.  If a parent must get in touch with their child during a game or practice, please call your coaches.

Stunt Groups
All routines and stunt groups will be chosen at the discretion of the coaching staff with the safety of each cheerleader being a priority.  Every member of the squad and position given is an integral part of the team.  Part of the coach’s responsibility is to do what is best for the team and stunt groups as a whole.  No one cheer position is any better than another or guaranteed for the entire season. 

Parent Meeting
When the season begins, we will host a mandatory parent meeting.  At this meeting, we will review the expectations for the cheerleaders and parents, explain important rules for ICA and will discuss other important information.  The date and time are TBD.  Please make yourself available for this meeting when the date is released.  

If you have any further questions concerning the program, fees or coaching opportunities feel free to contact the Cheerleading Commissioner at the following email address: [email protected]

Tinley Park Bobcats Cheerleading Organization
Courtni Hughes,
Cheerleading Commissioner
[email protected]


RefundsThe deadline for refund requests for game team cheerleaders is June 1st.  All requests for registration fee refunds must be submitted in writing to Tinley Park Bobcats, P.O. Box 488, Tinley Park, IL 60477.  After June 1st, refunds will only be issued for medical or relocation reasons with appropriate documentation/doctor’s note.  Spirit wear, bodysuits, briefs, shoes & practice attire is non-refundable.  There is a $20 processing fee assessed on all refunds.  There are no refunds on competition cheer fees.

Contact

Tinley Park Bobcats
PO Box 488 
Tinley Park, Illinois 60477

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