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What are the 2016 Falcon Cheer registration fees? 
$375 - 4/11/16 - 4/30/16.  Late $425 - 5/1/16 - 5/31/16

$425 - 6/1/16 - 6/14/16 depending on squad availability.


What is the refund policy?
4/11/16-6/1/16 - amount paid minus $100.  No cheerleading refunds after June 1st.

What do the fees include? 
Franchise fees, competition bow, competition fees, uniform rental, practice space rental, 1-child Falcon Fest admission, team mom safety certifications, coach’s clinic, registration fee, junior coach training, junior coach stipends, and misc. squad expenses.

Do I have to buy a uniform?
No. Falcon Cheer provides the uniform. It must be returned in good condition at the end of the season.

Are there other items I need to purchase?
Yes. There are mandatory spirit/practice wear items you will be required to buy at our SpiritWear sale and cheer shoe sale. 1st year cost is approximately $100-$150. We encourage parents to buy “big” so the cheerleader can use the clothing for more than one year.

When does the cheer season start?
Practice may begin as early as July 1st at the coach’s discretion. Mandatory practice begins the 2nd week of August.

What time/day is practice? 
In the summer, squads practice 4 days a week for 2 hours each day until school starts. Days/times are at the coach’s discretion.  Once school starts practice is usually 2 or 3 times per week depending on the squad for 2hrs.each day in the evenings. All days/times are at the individual coach’s discretion.

Where is practice? 
Summer practice is held at various parks in the Hinsdale/Clarendon Hills area. Once school begins most cheer squads will practice indoors at Westmont Yard in Westmont.

Are practices Mandatory? 
Yes. See Cheer Attendance Policy

When are the games? 
Games are played on Saturdays and Sundays beginning Labor Day weekend thru mid/November. You will cheer on either Sat. or Sun. every weekend. There are nine regular games in the season plus playoffs and the superbowl.

When will I know the game schedule? 
The Bill George Youth Football League www.bgyfl.org  posts the schedule in late August.  Shortly afterwards, the Cheer Board assigns squads to each game.

Where are the games? 
Home games are played at Brook Park in Hinsdale (3rd St. & Columbia in the Woodlands). Away games can be anywhere from 20 min to 1 hour away.

Are football games mandatory? 
Yes. See Cheer Attendance Policy

When does the season end? 
The regular season ends in mid November. If a squad (grades 4-8) qualifies for the IRCA State Competition and decides to participate, their season will continue with practices thru early December.

Do the cheerleaders participate in Competitions? 
Yes; generally 2-3 competitions.  *2nd and 3rd grade will NOT compete in competitions.

Are the Competitions mandatory? 
Yes. See Cheer Attendance Policy

What are the Competition dates?
You will be given the Competition dates at your squad meeting in May.

Who will coach my daughter?
Falcon Cheer is an ALL VOLUNTEER organization. Two parent volunteers from each squad will be “team coaches” and 3-4 past Falcon cheerleaders will be “junior coaches.” The junior coaches will make up and teach the routine. Adult coaches are in a supervisory role.

Will my daughter be placed on a squad with her friends? 
Falcon Cheer tries to accommodate as many girls as possible every year and each squad is limited by number according to our bylaws therefore the Cheer Board reserves the right to place girls keeping in mind the best interest of the organization. We will, however, try our best to put at least two girls together from the same school whenever possible.

When is the MANDATORY Parent Meeting for my daughter’s squad?  
In May.  You will be informed by your coach on time and location.