About PAFA Spirit Cheer

Join the sport of cheer ! The sport of cheerleading includes sideline cheers, stunting, jumps, motions,  halftime routines and competition routines in preparation for junior high and high school cheer. 

PAFA Spirit is a feeder program for our local high schools. We offer athletes in grades 1 & 2 the opportunity to cheer on our MINI Team and we offer athletes in grades 3-8 two opportunities to cheer with us!
3rd-8th grade Athletes may participate on a Cheer  team where they cheer for the
Palatine Amateur Football Associations football program at games during their season or athletes may  participate on a cheer team that supports the Palatine Amateur Football Associations football program in September and then attends  local competitions* in Ocotober and/or November!

Cheer  season begins in July  in the evenings.  We kick off with skill clinics, conditioning, and stunting in early July. It is a great way to prepare for game day and Choreography.

Competition teams will practice 3-4 nights during July and August and then 2 nights once school starts. They will cheer for the PAFA Football teams during the month of September at Home games. Additional practices will be scheduled on Saturday or Sunday in September and October for older teams and October for younger teams in preparation of competition season. There will also be a choreography camp in August.

Athletes that cheer at football games only will practice 2-3 nights a week during July and Augustt and then 1 night a week once school starts. They will cheer each weekend, either Home or Away on Saturday or Sunday,  during the PAFA football regular season (Aug-Oct) and then will cheer during the Playoffs and Championship games in November. 

We also offer the opportunity for 1st and 2nd graders to cheer on our Mini Teams! These teams practice in August through early October 1 night a week and will also cheer at home football games on either Saturday or Sunday in late September, early October.



Squads (depending on age) will participate in a minimum of 2 to 4 competitions usually in October and November. Eligible squads will participate at State competition the first full weekend in December. (if a bid is earned)

Competition details will be provided in July. State Competition fees are additional.


PAFA Flags is not currently offered by PAFA Spirit.  If you are interested in starting a Flags Corp, please contact the PAFA Spirit President.

When offered, PAFA Flags is for athletes in grades 6-8. There are weekly practices during the season and game day performances in preparation for high school flags.


PAFA Poms is not currently offered by PAFA Spirit. If you are interested in coordinating a Poms program, please contact the PAFA Spirit President.

When offered, Poms is for girls in grades 6-8. The sport of poms focuses on competition routines in preparation of junior high and high school poms.

Tumbling and Dance

Tumbling is an important part of cheerleading and dance is an important part of poms. PAFA strongly encourages our participants to enroll in  tumbling  and dance classes and clinics if they wish to continue in High School Cheerleading or Poms at a varsity or competition level.

PAFA does not include tumbling or dance lessons as part of the  program, however tumbling is incorporated into routines for those girls with tumbling experience. Our coaches are not certified gymnastics/tumbling coaches and thus, to ensure safety, they do not spot or instruct on tumbling techniques.

There are a number of fantastic cheer tumbling programs throughout the Palatine area.

Volunteers Needed!

With the exception of our high school coaches, we are an all-volunteer organization and we always need the help of our participant families.  If you are interested in volunteering please  contact the PAFA Spirit President.


2022 Tentative Season Calendar

Registration - Palatine Park District
        04.01 - 05.2
July 6  (c) or July 20 (fb)
Season Start - Clinics and Stunting
Late July - Early August - TBA
Pool Party
August TBA
c= Competition and fb = Football sideline cheer
 Football Games begin in late August and end in November




PAFA Competitions!

Congratulations to all our competing squads!


Learn More About PAFA Competitive Squads!