Kinder Cheer FAQ​

Following are frequently asked questions about Kinder Cheer. For more information, please contact the VP of Cheer.

Cheerleader must be in Kindergarten during the Fall of the current year.

Panthers is a 100% volunteer run program.   Depending on your level of comfort, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.  You can help at any of the following levels:

  • Board Member
  • Head Coach
  • Assistant Coach
  • Team Admin
  • Spirit Wear Sales Committee
  • Event Planning Committee

If you would like to get your feet wet, please Contact Us.

The Panthers play regular season games against teams affiliated with the Bill George Football League.  Some of the towns include Lombard, Carol Stream, Glendale Heights, Bartlett, Elk Grove, and West Chicago; for additional information and directions, please visit our BGYFL page.

The season typically starts the first Monday in August of the current year.   During the regular season, squads will cheer at either 8-9 games with 4/5 games being Home games and the remainder being away.  At the end of the regular season, the Kinder Cheerleaders have the opportunity to cheer at the Panther Flag Bowl and Tackle Playoff Games.

Practices typically start the first week of August at O’Neil Middle School (635 59th St. Downers Grove) according to the following below:

  • Kinder will practice twice a week from 6:00 – 7:30 PM.

Around the third week in August, practices will move to Memorial Park (Maple Avenue, between Main & Belmont) in Downers Grove. The exact date for moving to Memorial Park is determined by the Downers Grove Park District. Dates are sent out as soon as we are informed.

Please note that after September 1, practices may be held any day of the week between 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Around September 15, practices will move to one hour a week.  We will try to move to an indoor practice space depending on availability.

Panthers is a non-profit organization.  In addition to providing the following cheer items as demonstrated in the chart below, registration fees help cover league fees, administrative costs, park field usage costs including lights, insurance cost, and allow us to replace older cheer uniforms/ equipment on a rotating basis.

Aside from having to purchase the following mandatory items:

  • Socks
  • White Shoes
  • Navy Leggings/Warm Ups

Many teams will contribute money towards squad centric events that occur throughout the season such as yard signs for homecoming, pink bows for Breast Cancer Awareness month, etc.  This will be communicated by either the Head Coach or Team Admin.

Our Kinder Cheer is meant as an introductory level before they transition to competition cheer starting in 1st Grade.  The squad is expected to sideline cheer at the scheduled home and away games along with performing a halftime routine.  Additionally, there is Panther Flag bowl and BGYFL Playoffs at the end of the season where they would also sideline cheer and perform a halftime routine.

Players are not required to do any fundraising but are welcome to if they wish.

Refunds requested before cheer uniforms and/or warm ups have been ordered will be refunded the paid registration fee, minus $35, and minus any discounts given at the time of registration.  For refunds requested after cheer uniforms and/or warm ups have been ordered, 50% of the paid registration fee will be refunded upon return of the uniform. 

**No requests for registration fee refunds will be accepted after the second Monday in August for any reason.  There are no refunds for the Panthers pre-season camp.**