Frequently Asked Questions
We do our best to answer all questions you may have. For more information, please contact us.
Who is BCA?
Bartlett Cheerleading Association was founded in 2005 and is a non-profit 501 C3 organization created to develop the fundamental skills of cheerleading for athletes from kindergarten through 8th grades. Our focus is on the fundamentals of cheer: TALENT, COMMITMENT, TEAM, SPORTSMANSHIP, COMMUNITY SERVICE and FUN! BCA competes at local cheerleading competitions and together with their families support local businesses, charities and community events. Bartlett Cheerleading Association is an active member in the following organizations: Illinois Recreational Cheer Association (www.recreationalcheer.com) Bartlett Chamber of Commerce (www.bartlettchamber.com) Bartlett Lions (www.bartlettlions.org) Ronald McDonald House Charities (www.rmhccni.org)
What team does BCA cheer for?
BCA does not cheer for another team or sport. They are not affiliated with a football organization. BCA competes against other cheerleading organizations in the recreational division of competitive cheerleading.
What is the age range?
BCA is open to athletes grades K – 8. There is a team for each grade level. Anyone in grades K – 8 is welcome. Cheerleaders will be placed in their corresponding grade level.
What other events does BCA attend/participate?
BCA supports the Bartlett Independence Day Parade, BCA Spirit Week Celebration, Feed My Starving Children, Picture Day, End of Year Banquet and other events that complement our season. We do not perform or cheer at football games.
Where does BCA practice?
BCA practices indoors in the Brewster Creek business park at 1540 Hecht Dr. in Bartlett (Unit J). There are two full-size mats for two teams to practice at the same time with full amenities. Practices are 2 – 3 times per week. The teams compete at 4 local competitions on either a Saturday or Sunday. Athletes are required to wear t-shirt, regulation shorts and gym shoes and bring a water bottle with their name on it.
What is the registration fee?
The registration fee is $550; which includes a mandatory $50.00 fundraiser, where you can recoup your $50.00. There is a non refundable $100 deposit required. Payment plans are available, please see the treasurer for more information. Full payment is required before uniform fitting day.
What does the registration fee cover?
The registration fees cover the following: Uniform rental Cheer shoes (The athletes keep their cheer shoes after the season.) Registration fees to 4 competitions. (State Competition is not included) Spirit Wear T-shirt (The athletes keep their spirit wear t-shirt after the season.) Facility rental cost Insurance Cheer Clinic Coaching Certification (IRCA and/or ACEP)
What is the total cost of the program?
Registration fee $550.00, cheer package (bow and spankies) approx $40.00; state fees if the team qualifies for the STATE competition (fundraisers during the season can offset some of these costs).
Is there an orientation day for members?
There is a meet and greet at each grade level before the season begins to meet the coach, team manager and teammates. Throughout the year, there are events for all the teams to get acquainted.
What if my cheerleader has to miss a practice?
100% attendance is expected, although if your child is sick with a fever or vomiting, she should stay home. Three unexcused absences could result in your cheerleader being dismissed from the team. An attendance policy is signed by the parents prior to the start of the season. If your cheerleader cannot attend practice, their coach must be contacted either by email or by phone prior to the practice time. If a practice is cancelled, your coaching team will notify you before practice. Cheer is the ultimate team sport – and teams rely on everyone to be at practice.
What is included with the uniform?
Top and skirt - which are “rented” from BCA, a uniform deposit check is required at uniform fitting and will be returned to you when you return the uniform at the end of the season. Cheer shoe fees are included in the registration. Cheer shoes are yours to keep at the end of the season
How do I wash and take care of the uniform?
Please remember uniforms are washed on cold setting, no softener and hang to dry, please no dryer or ironing. Spankies in cold water, no dryer and no iron.
Is there anything else needed to complete the uniform?
Bow/spankies are not included in the registration fee; both are purchased at uniform fitting from BCA and are yours to keep at the end of the cheer season. No-show plain white socks are needed.
When is uniform fitting?
Uniform fitting is scheduled shortly after registration closes. A "save the date" communication will be sent to families. At uniform fitting, cheerleaders will get sized and receive their uniform, get sized for cheer shoes and purchase the accessories. The shoes and accessories will be delivered to each squad at a later date. The 2019 uniform fitting has not yet been scheduled.
When does the season start?
The season begins the final week of July/first week of August; the coaching staff for each team will determine the exact start day.