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Welcome to the 2021 

Tinley Park Bobcats Cheer Program

On behalf of the Tinley Park Bobcats Recreational Cheer Organization, we invite you to join our 2021 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 2021 season has closed at this time.  For late addition inquiries, please contact the Cheerleading Commissioner.  

FALL 2021

Cheer Teams
We have potential for 5 teams for the 2021 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.  

All girls will be cheering for the grade level they will be in for the 2021-2022 school year.  Due to the competitive season and ICA rules, we will not be able to take team requests.  

Fees
Registration Fee:
$325

The fee of $325.00 covers the rental of the cheer uniform, briefs, a body liner, team cheer shoes, a team mask, two cheer clinics, one cheer camp, two camp t-shirts, a game day cheer bow, the practice facility rental with cheer mats, breast cancer awareness items for October and a ticket for the athlete to the end of the year celebratory banquet complete with a trophy.

Competition Fee:
$100

Participating in competition season is HIGHLY recommended!  The competitive cheer season fee of $100 covers the cost of the athlete’s admission into 2 IRCA competitions (not including the State Competition for those who qualify), competition choreography, competition music, competition hair bow and competition extras for the athletes. 

Uniform Pickup
Cheer fittings and uniform pickup will be held June 9th 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, 2021. 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 2021 season on July 12th.   Schedules and locations 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 2021 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 October and will always be located in Tinley Park at Freedom Field.  A schedule will be out at the start of the season. All cheerleaders are required to participate in the football season.  Cheerleaders are expected to arrive 15 minutes prior to every game.

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 Clinics
The Bobcats Cheerleading program is very excited to bring 2 different cheerleading clinics to our organization this year.  The dates and times will be announced at the start of the season from your head coach.  One will focus on stunting safety and skills and the other will be geared towards compilation of an advanced routine.

Cheer Camp
All cheerleaders will attend an internally hosted camp this year that will be held during the beginning of the season (from Monday July 12th - Thursday, July 15th) over the course of 4 days for 2 hours 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 the organization’s annual fundraiser.  The fundraiser takes place at the beginning of the season. If you choose to not participate in selling fundraiser items, there will be a buy-out option for a set fee that was determined by The Board.  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]

Refunds: The 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, game team 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.

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Tinley Park Bobcats
PO Box 488 
Tinley Park, Illinois 60477

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