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One town, two teams: All football

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Cheer

NLYFA CHEERLEADING

On Game Days, our cheerleaders rally the crowd from the sidelines of Junior Knight and Junior Warrior football games. But NLYFA cheerleaders come together and hit the competition circuit as New Lenox Elite. 

Elite cheerleaders compete against the best in the state through the Illinois Cheerleading Association. In 2019, our seventh grade team took first place at state. In 2021, both the sixth and eighth grade teams were the Number 2 squads in the state, while our fourth grade team took fourth place!


Rising Grades K-8

 Kindergarten - Incoming Kindergarten athletes are welcomed into our program as Mascots for our Varsity teams! Mascots cheer with our Varsity-level athletes during games and are incorporated into our halftime routine. The cost for this is $100.00, and includes a cheer bow & t-shirt. 

Rising grades 1-8, - Cheerleaders can choose while registering to be Sideline Only (cheer for Jr. Knights or Jr. Warriors at their football games) or Sideline and Competition (cheer for football games and participate in ALL competitions).

Competition Dates

Competition Dates are confirmed late June/early July. As soon as these dates are finalized, they will be communicated to families. Competitions begin late September/early October and run through early December (STATE) if their team advances.  If cheering for Competition, you MUST attend any and all competitions! If you can’t commit to all competition dates, we ask that you choose Sideline Only.

Practices

Practices will begin in late July 2022

How many days we will practice and times are TBD as of now. Your child’s coach will reach out to you closer to the start date to give more information. Sideline only athletes will practice less than Competition Athletes. Majority of practices will typically take place Tuesday-Thursday but days are subject to change once we begin indoor practices. All outdoor practices will be held at Francis Field, Indoor space is TBD. In order to make the experience enjoyable for all families, parents, athletes and coaches MUST adhere to the attendance policy and the Code of Conduct for NLYFA and the rules of the ICA.

Coaches

All board members and coaches are VOLUNTEER positions. We can’t do this without the help of our families! If you are interested in Coaching, please contact Cheer Director Jamie Hayes at [email protected]

Fees

2022 Sideline

Registration:
$245

Fundraising costs:  
$130 per cheerleader.
Families pay $130 at the time of registration and receive a book of 26 raffle tickets.  
Families may then sell the raffle tickets to earn their money back.  
Raffle ticket stubs will be turned in at practice.

Included:
Uniform use
Outdoor Practice Space
Halftime Routine
Cheer Bow

Payment plans: 
We offer two payment options.
You can opt to pay in full at the time of registration, or you can choose a plan that spreads payments over four months. 
Monthly payments for sideline cheer are automatically charged as follows:

Jan 31 - $1
Feb 28 - $125
March 31 - $125
April 30 - $124

An additional $3 transactional fee is charged by our online administrator each month of the payment plan. If you register after a payment has already passed, you will be charged the amount due to date and the balance will be charged on the scheduled plan dates.


2022 Sideline And Elite

Registration:
$420

Fundraising costs:  
$130 per player for raffle tickets AND one box of candy bars (Cost TBD).
Families pay $130 at the time of registration and receive a book of 26 raffle tickets.  
Families may then sell the raffle tickets to earn their money back.  

Included:
Uniforms for sideline/competition
Outdoor/Indoor Practice Space
Game Day Bow/Competition Bow
Halftime Routine
Elite T-shirt
Choreography for Competition
Licensed Music for Competition
2-3 State qualifying Competitions

Cheer Shoes - $35 value with the option to upgrade for a separate fee at shoe sizing through our organization with the help of the IRCA Cheer Shoppe.

Payment plans:

We offer two payment options.
You can opt to pay in full at the time of registration, or you can choose a plan that spreads payments over five months. 
Monthly payments for Sideline and Elite are automatically charged as follows:

Jan 31 - $1
Feb 28 - $137.50
March 31 - $137.50
April 30 - $137.50
May 31 - $136.50

An additional $3 transactional fee is charged by our online administrator each month of the payment plan.
If you register after a payment has already passed, you will be charged the amount due to date and the balance will be charged on the scheduled plan dates.

Additional Fees

 All cheer families are required to purchase no show socks and black spanx/Nike pro-like shorts. We will have samples at uniform sizing.
Returning athletes may use any warm up jacket they may have from past years or purchase a new one.  This is not mandatory.

 If your athlete advances to STATE, there is a fee of $155.00 per athlete.


Please contact our cheer directors with any questions you may have regarding our upcoming season!

Jamie Hayes – NLYFA Cheer Director @ jamie[email protected]
Jenny Cryer – Elite Cheer Director @[email protected]

Social Media

Please follow us on Facebook @ NLYFA or Jr. Knights/Jr. Warriors & Elite Cheer.  Instagram @nlelitecheer.



Frequently Asked Questions

 

What do I need?  

No-show socks and Nike Pro shorts (or equivalent).

Where is Francis Field and the equipment shed?

Many practices and activities, including the Homecoming bonfire and equipment pick up, occur at Francis Field, 801 E. Francis Road in New Lenox. Our equipment shed is the smaller building directly west of main building when you enter the property.

What can I expect from a practice?

Sideline cheer practices occur early in the season and are generally held outdoors. Plan ahead to have bug spray and water on hand. Hair should be pulled back and nails should be kept short. Times are similar to football practice times.

Elite practices are indoors and in evenings for most of the season, and some practice locations do not have space for parents to watch. We do invite parents in for special performances on occasion, so you can see what your child has been working on.

Who is my coach?

2022 Jr. Warriors Head Coaches
Superlight -TBD
Lightweight -TBD
Jr. Varsity -TBD
Varsity -TBD


2022 Jr. Knights Head Coaches
Superlight -  TBD
Lightweights -TBD
Jr. Varsity -TBD
Varsity -TBD

What can I expect on a game day?

A great time!

Games start in the middle of August and run every weekend through early November. They could be held on either Saturday or Sunday. Generally, games start mid-morning with the Super Lightweight teams and progress to the older teams as the day goes on.

There are eight regular season games and up to four additional playoff games. Usually, about four of those are home games, held at LincolnWay Central (Knights) and LincolnWay West (Warriors).

For home games, we have bleacher seating, indoor restrooms and concessions provided by Joey’s Red Hots. Games are played in all weather, unless there is lightening nearby.

The game schedule for the season will be released as soon as it is provided by our league.

I’m sorry, what are these checks I’m writing?

Once you’ve paid your initial registration fee, we don’t have many additional costs. However, we will ask you to write two checks at equipment pick up: A $300 volunteer check and a $200 equipment check.

Equipment checks will be returned to you, uncashed, upon receipt of your helmet and shoulder pads at the end of the season. Volunteer checks will also be returned at that time, provided your family completed the required three volunteer credits throughout the season.

You want me to do what?

Volunteer! NLYFA is an entirely volunteer-run organization, from our coaches to our announcers. That’s why we need you to pitch in throughout the season.

Volunteer jobs range from collecting trash and running gameday raffles, to shooting videos and organizing homecoming events. You will receive a sign-up link at the beginning of the season, and you can visit our YouTube channel for instructional videos of our most common jobs.

What is involved in Homecoming?

We love having a great time with our football families! So, just like the high schools, we host a special Homecoming weekend each year.

Teams from all levels – both football and cheer -- will gather at Francis Field for a bonfire and pizza party. You’ll want to bring your family, folding chairs and bug spray. Then be ready for a good time!

On game day, there will be special festivities, decorations and prizes.

What is the End-of-Season Banquet?

This is our chance to recognize the hard work your kids put in throughout the season! Your team will gather for a meal, slideshow and awards to celebrate the year’s accomplishments.

Where can I find the game schedule?

Once it is released for the season, you’ll be able to click on it right here.








Contact

New Lenox Football Association
2328 E Lincoln Hwy, Suite 128
New Lenox, Illinois 60451

Email: [email protected]

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