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The Elmhurst Bears Cheer program promotes fun, safety, development and team building. Whether sideline only or competition teams, each athlete will focus on cheer skills such as stunting, tumbling, dance, motions and cheers.  

Our cheer program is top notch! 

  • Elmhurst Bears Cheer partners with Cheer Extreme Chicago, one of Chicagoland’s top cheer training programs and facilities. All teams practice on professional mats, with consistent schedules, firm dates, and at the same location the entire season. 

  • Elmhurst Bears cheer program offers programs for 4 – 13 years of age. Competition teams start at age 6, and the opportunity to compete nationally in Pop Warner’s National Cheer and Dance Competition in Orlando, FL begins at age 8. The Elmhurst Bears competition cheerleaders placed 5th and 7th in the Nation in 2023! 

  • All Elmhurst Bears Cheer Coaches are certified through Pop Warner. Together with Youth Cheer and Dance Alliance (YCADA), all coaches must take online educational courses, so they are properly trained on cheer skills and coaching. All coaches must also pass a background check.  

  • As a proud member of Pop Warner Little Scholars, the cheer program also focus on academics requiring our athletes to excel in the classroom before permitting them to participate on the field.

 Practices, Games & Performances

Practices begin on August 1 and are two days per week. Sideline teams and 6/7-year-old competition team will practice 1.5 hours and our other competition teams ages 8 and up will practice 2 hours. The only exception is our 4/5-year-old sideline team which will practice 1 day per week for 1 hour.   

Exact dates will be communicated by June. Once assigned, all practice schedules will remain consistent throughout the season and take place at Cheer Extreme located in Addison at Cheer Extreme’s indoor facility.   

All cheer teams participate on the sidelines for 4-5 home football games beginning the last weekend of August. The schedule is created by Pop Warner and the first few games will be available mid-August. Our home games take place at Plunkett Field in Elmhurst. All cheerleaders will be off for Labor Day Weekend.  

All cheer teams get to participate in Cheer Extreme’s Showcase each year and also at the Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day parade. 


The Elmhurst Bears teams will participate in approximately 3-4 local competitions depending on the division and team. Competition teams ages 8 and up will compete to advance to Nationals in Orlando, Florida. Our 6/7-year-old competition team is a non-travel team that will end their season after regionals located in Schaumburg, IL. All competition teams participate in conference and regional competitions. Those advancing past the regional level (Orlando, FL) will be responsible for funding any associated competition, travel and accessory costs for nationals. Fundraising opportunities will be available!  Competition dates and information are sent out by June. All competition teams will have a break the week of Thanksgiving. 

Registration and Uniforms 

Sideline only (Ages 4-13): $300.00  
Competitive (Ages 6-13): $600.00  

The Registration Fee Covers 

  • Consistent practice rental space at Cheer Extreme in Addison 
  • Insurance 

  • Uniform rental   

  • Bling Elmhurst Bears Warm up Jacket (all teams) 

  • Homecoming t-shirt (all teams) 

  • Elmhurst Bears practice wear, including shorts and tank (all teams) 

  • Game day bow (all teams) 

  • Pink bow to help recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (all teams)  

  • Music and copyrights for competition 

  • All competition fees (excluding nationals) 

  • Competition bow (competition teams only)

  • Competition gifts (competition teams only)

Parents are responsible to provide white cheer shoes and white no-show socks. All competition athletes will be required to purchase Nfinity Fearless for practice and competition days. Sideline athletes can purchase any white cheer shoe.  

*Uniform is required to be returned in as is condition at the end of season.  All other items will be your athletes to keep 

**Your athlete will be issued one Rental Competition Uniform to be returned at the end of the season.  


The Elmhurst Bears organization has 3 big fundraisers a year. In addition, the cheer program fundraises to attend nationals in Orlando, FL. We do not require a fundraising buyout for nationals but encourage all competition cheerleaders to fundraise. The competition teams are always looking for new ideas and volunteers to help.  

To learn more about Elmhurst Bears Cheer, contact: 

Tiffany Huerta
Cheer Director
[email protected] 
(224) 256-0437 


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