The objective of this organization shall be to provide the youth in the community a safe, supervised competitive football and cheerleading program while promoting the ideals of sportsmanship, team spirit, honesty, loyalty and citizenship.
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Following the Illinois ban on youth tackle football (until after 12yr old) House Bill 4341 sponsored by Carol Senate (D) Buffalo Grove has been temporarily removed before the vote because it did not have the votes to sustain a YES vote to move forward. This is a childish move on the part Ms. Senate as she tries to gather backing. It seems other State Legislators have a sensible view and are not willing to jump on board of this senseless attack on the sport of youth football.
This link to the full reading; Doctors from the Institute of Sports Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine have to say regarding CTE and the effects of “Tackling in Youth Football.”
Below is a brief excerpt as stated in the link:
• “Most injuries sustained during participation in youth tackle football are minor, including injuries to the head and neck. Injuries are more likely to occur when improper and illegal technique, such as spear tackling, is used. As such, efforts should be made to improve the teaching of proper tackling technique and enforce existing rules prohibiting the use of improper technique.”
• “There is no study to date showing the effect of delaying the age at which tackling is introduced to football on risk of injury. Delaying the age at which tackling is introduced to the game may decrease injury risk for the age levels at which tackling would be prohibited. However, once tackling is introduced, athletes who have no previous experience with tackling would be exposed to collisions for the first time at an age at which speeds are faster, collision forces are greater, and injury risk is higher. Lack of experience with tackling and being tackled may lead to a substantial increase in the number and severity of injuries once tackling is introduced.”
• “The expansion of non-tackling leagues for young athletes who enjoy the game of football and want to be physically active, but do not want to be exposed to the collisions currently associated with the game should be considered by football leagues and organizations. However, it is important to note recent data showing that injury rates in youth flag football are the same as injury rates in youth tackle football based on recent studies.”
Thank you to the doctors and legislators that are supportive of the sport of football and see the multitude of positive facets that come from being part of an organization that adheres to proper teachings through certified coaches, support staff, player training, practice, and board direction/oversight.
Registration will be open Sunday Feb 11th for the 2018 Season.
Thank you for your feedback from the survey!
Jerseys with player’s Last Name across shoulders. These will be good for two (2) years at a cost of $50.00. Numbers will be assigned based on the 2017 rosters. There will be a lottery for available numbers based on 1. years in program and 2. age. This is a keepsake jersey!
Practice/Game Pants with integrated pads, will be supplied and must be returned with shoulder pads, helmet.
Multiple Payment Option - enabled. Must be paid by June 8th, 2018 or Jerseys will not be ordered for your player at the time of the main order. All expedite fees will be the responsible of the family and no guarantee jersey will arrive by first game!
New game jerseys will be provided by the Organization.
Practice jersey/shirt will be provided by the Organization and will be a keepsake.
Multiple Payment Option - enabled.
Remaining levels will have new uniforms.
All levels will have fundraising options as part of their registration fees.
**Credit Card Processing Fee of $5.00 added to each time there is a registration or store charge. This is under the actual fee of 2.99% + .30 cents against the total full amount. So, if you pay the total amount in full, you will get a break on cc fees. **
USA Football believes parents – not government officials – are best suited to discern what sports their children can play and at what age they may play them.
We care about our sport, but we care more about our children who play it.
USA Football establishes a new and better “normal” in how youth football is taught, practiced and played.
Offering more choices to play, learn and enjoy the sport is USA Football’s view, supported by medical and sports development experts through our adoption of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s American Development Model (ADM). The USOC’s ADM can advance our kids’ joy of playing football, deliver a positive experience and strengthen physical literacy.
This translates to more options and entry points into the game, spanning flag; Rookie Tackle, a small-sided version of the sport focused on skill development; and traditional 11-player tackle.
“Shrinking the field and having modified tackle programs allows young athletes to grow into the game,” USOC Director of Coaching Development Chris Snyder told The Associated Press in January. “This philosophy fits very well with football.”
“What the ADM means is you should be doing sports in an age-specific and developmentally sound manner, not just physical but emotional and mental development,” NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline also shared with The Associated Press last month.
“It improves the ability to develop athleticism,” Dr. Hainline added. “USA Football is wise to be doing this.”
More than 115,000 moms and dads spanning all 50 states were certified by USA Football in 2017 to coach their kids. This is a true commitment, and the number of certified coaches continues to grow. USA Football believes that every youth football coach – be it in flag, Rookie Tackle, or 11-player – should be certified before walking on a field.
Today, parents can find more than 10,000 school-based and youth programs that put their children first with USA Football coaching standards supported by the strongest names in sports medicine and the sport. These include the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Football Coaches Association, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and others.
USA Football’s nationally endorsed youth tackle practice guidelines account for heat acclimatization, limit full contact and are used by schools and youth leagues nationwide. Guidelines encompass USA Football’s Levels of Contact – five levels that define and control a drill’s speed and intensity to teach skills while reducing fatigue, which also can advance player safety.
More can and is being done to keep kids active and healthy on the field, playing the best version of the sport for them.
Politicians can decide when to run for office.
Parents should decide when their kids run with the ball.
Scott Hallenbeck is the CEO of USA Football. As the sport’s national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Football designs and delivers premier educational, developmental and competitive programs to advance and grow the sport.
With our deepest condolences to the the Walenga Family. We also have to say THANK YOU COACH AL for your years of dedication to the Wildcats. You helped make the organization a winning organization for many years in the past, your legacy and spirit will keep us a winning organization going forward.
The Frankfort Square Wildcats 8th grade Varsity squad ended their time with the organization by winning a National Championship in Daytona Beach over Thanksgiving weekend. They received four 1st place trophies for spirit, dance, pyramid and overall champion. They also received 2nd place at the State competition on December 3. Over the seven years this squad has been together they received bids for state at every competition they attended. They also earned the title of State Champions in 2013 and 2014 and 2nd place at State 2016 and 2017.
Member of the squad are: Front row: Paige Manalo, Justine Brummond, Jenna Hoger, Ashley Asare, Caitlin Clark, Hailee Acton, Peyton Anderson, Emily Pfister-Arcos, Alyssa McGuire, Kailey Gibbons, Macey Opel. Middle Row: Autumn Potaczek, Abby Nottke, Kelsey Figus, Morgan Byrne, Courtney Rogovic, Lily Chesla, Ashley Carroll, Hallie Hoger, Katherine Zofkie, Jenna Wols
Back Row: Katie Bale, Mia Pursel, Emma Valleyfield, Heather Rascop, Chloe Friend, Lexi Wols, Livi Wols, Olivia Remblake, Jessica Wetzel.
If you are interested in placing your daughter on the waiting list for Wildcats 2018 cheer season, please follow the instructions below. Siblings of Wildcats must also use the waiting list procedures.
The waiting list does not start until January 1, 2018. Any emails received prior to that day will be deleted.
Email the following information to
1. Your daughter's name
2. Grade for the 2018-2019 school year
3. School attending
4. Your name
5. Your phone number
6. Note if there is a sibling on Wildcats, if so, list if sibling(s) is/are football or cheer and level for 2018 season.
*All replies will be made to the email address you use, if you want another email address replied to please provide that information.
After all returning cheerleaders have registered for the season, each squad will determine if there are any openings available. Siblings of Wildcats who participated in the 2017 season and who re-register for the 2018 season, by the deadline, will get priority placement.
If there are any openings available after the sibling placement, we then go to the general waiting list, with priority to Summit Hill school district 161 residents.
Girls from both the sibling and general waiting list are chosen on a first come, first serve basis.
Please email Stefanie Flaris with any questions to