2016 Contacts

Officers

President
Linda Millar linmillar@comcast.net

Park District Liaison
Lisa Schroeder lschroeder@palatineparks.org

Looking to Volunteer?

PAFA Spirit is always looking for creative and enthusiastic volunteers -- please contact linmillar@comcast.net  if you are interested in joining the PAFA team.

Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL

What is PAFA Spirit - Cheer & Poms?

We are a cheer and poms sports program open to athletes in Grades 3-8. We cheer or perform at  football games in support of PAFA Football and older teams compete in local competitions. Our program is designed to prepare athletes for junior high and high school cheer or poms.

The sport of cheerleading includes sideline cheers, stunting, motions, jumps, halftime routines and competition routines. It is open to athletes in grades 3-8.  When offered, the sport of poms focuses on competition and halftime routines. It is open to athletes in grades 6-8.

Is this a competitive cheerleading  and poms organization?

We are a recreational sports league for cheer  and poms.   Our  squads compete locally in October and November during our season  with an additional opportunity to compete at a STATE competition in December.

At what age can my daughter participate in PAFA Spirit?

PAFA Cheer is for athletes going into grades 3-8. PAFA  Poms and Flags is for athletes going into grades 6-8.

When does the PAFA Spirit season begin?

Our fall  season begins in late July/early August.  A week long   clinic week  followed by a week long choreography week typically kicks off the season. Practices are held three times a week in August and then twice a week once school starts. Regular season games begin in late August and may continue through playoffs and championship games.

SIZING DAY

What is Sizing Day?

Two sizing days are offered each season.   At sizing day you may register your daughter if you have not previously done so. All registered and pre-registered girls must attend sizing day. Your daughter will be fitted for her uniform and her mandatory supplies.

When is Sizing Day?

Sizing days are in May. Exact dates can be found on our calendar.

What should my daughter wear to Sizing Day?

Your daughter should wear a leotard or similar type outfit to make try-on easier.

What if I miss Sizing Day?

If registered, your daughter may make an appointment to be sized. There is a $25 sizing charge for this. Please contact PAFA Spirit via our website to set up your appointment.

SUPPLIES

When do I purchase my daughters supplies?

Supplies are purchased during either of our 2 Sizing Days. Your daughter should wear a leotard or similar type outfit to make sizing easier. Supplies are also available at Clinic Week; but not all sizes may be available.

When do I receive my daughters supplies?

Supplies are usually received during Clinic Week. 

UNIFORMS

What makes up the  uniform?

The uniform deposit covers the PAFA skirt and the PAFA shell. The complete uniform is the PAFA skirt, PAFA shell, PAFA hair bow, white no show socks and white cheer shoes. In the winter, a PAFA mock turtle neck crop top is worn as well as PAFA warm ups, black ear warmer headband and black gloves.  POMS uniform may be slightly different each season.

When does my daughter receive her uniform?

Uniforms are handed out during Clinic Week.

How should the uniform be washed and dried?

Uniforms can be washed in the washing machine in cold water, on the gentle setting. To preserve the uniform, DO NOT PUT IN DRYER. Please lay both the shell and the skirt out flat to dry. Do NOT dry clean or iron.

How and when is my daughter sized for her uniform?

Your daughter is sized for her uniform on Sizing Day. She should wear a leotard or similar type outfit to try on the uniform.

When should my daughter wear her uniform?

Your daughter should always and only wear her uniform to PAFA football games and at competitions.

My daughters skirt does not fit right.

The skirts are designed to sit at the waist and this means at the belly button. Please make sure the skirt is pulled up to the belly button and then assess the fit. You should be able to put two fingers into the waist band.

My daughters shell does not cover her stomach, should she have a larger size?

Shells get wider not longer as you go up a size. Please make sure the skirt is pulled up to the belly button and this should alleviate the problem.

What should I do if my daughters uniform still doesn't fit right?

Please notify your squad's team manager and she will address the problem.

PICTURE DAY

When is picture day?

Picture day is scheduled for early in the season. Please see our calendar page for exact date.  Make ups are not available. 

What does my daughter wear?

Your daughter will wear her PAFA shell, skirt, boy shorts, white no-show socks and cheer shoes. Hair may be worn any way for pictures.

SQUAD ASSIGNMENTS

Do you put multiple grade levels on the same cheer squad?

Based on registrations, multi-age squads may be formed.

Do you put multiple grade levels on the same poms squad?

Yes. Depending on the size of the squad, 6th, 7th and 8th graders may be on the same squad.

Do you honor special requests?

There is a place on the registration to note special requests. We try to honor special requests whenever possible however there are many other factors that determine squad placement and this may not always be possible.

How and when do I find out what squad my daughter is on?

When squads have been assigned, you will receive a letter in the mail. Squad assignments are usually mailed in July.

CLINIC WEEK

What is clinic week?

Clinic week is an opportunity for your cheerleader to learn cheers, stunts, motions, and sidelines in preparation for the football season. If your daughter is participating in Poms it is an opportunity to learn motions, leaps, dances, and routines in preparation for the football and competitive season. Fundamentals are taught and emphasized. Uniforms and supplies are handed out.

When is clinic week?

Clinic week is held late summer. Please see the calendar for the exact dates.

Is clinic week mandatory?

We like to say yes but it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

CHOREOGRAPHY WEEK

What is choreography week?

Choreography week is an opportunity for your cheerleader to learn their entire competition routine in preparation for the competitive season.

PRACTICES

How are the teams coached?

The teams are coached by high school cheerleaders and poms athletes under the supervision of a PAFA Team parent. All practices are attended by PAFA Team Parents (volunteers from each grade level) to ensure the safety of all participants.

How many times per week will my daughter practice?

During the month of August, teams  will practice 3-4 times a week. until school starts. All squads will practice  two days a week during the school year however, additional competition practices will be called.

When will I know what day(s) my daughter will practice?

Practice days are usually announced in July with your squad assignment letter. They are subject to change in late August/early September depending on space availability and coaches schedules although we try not to do this.

What should my daughter wear to practice?

Your cheerleader should wear her PAFA t-shirt or another close fitting t-shirt, cheer shoes, and cheer shorts. Long shorts are a safety hazard for stunting and are not allowed. Jewelry and earrings are not allowed. If your daughter is in poms, she should wear her PAFA T-shirt or another close fitting t-shirt, dance shoes, and capri's, leggings, or shorts.

How should she wear her hair?

All hair is to be tied back securely in a pony tail. Fly aways and bangs are not allowed. Please use flat push clips or bobby pins.

COACHES

How do I communicate with my daughters coach?

All communication with the squad coaches is to be done through your squads Team Parent or the PAFA Spirit President

BANQUET (when offered)

What is the banquet?

The banquet is an annual event that is held to celebrate the successful completion of the season.

When is the banquet?

The banquet is held in November. Please see our calendar for exact date.

Is there a dress code?

There is not a dress code however the banquet is a celebration so girls normally wear party attire dresses, skirts, etc.

Are there assigned seats?

Tables are assigned by squad. Each squad will sit together and the parents of each squad will sit together.

Can more than one parent attend the PAFA banquet?

Not usually. Unfortunately due to space limitations and expenses, we ask that only one parent attend the banquet with their daughter. However, if both parents would like to attend, please contact us to see if there is room.

If I have more than one child participating in PAFA can more than one parent attend the PAFA banquet?

If more than one child is participating in PAFA then both parents can attend. The parents will be split up and each parent will sit at the table that represents each child's squad.

PARADE

Does PAFA Spirit participate in any Palatine parades?

We have participated in the St. Patrick's Day Parade and  in the 4th of July Parade. Participation is determined each year. Information is provided via email to parents.