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Cheerleading Program


The Crystal Lake Raiders Football and Cheerleading Organization has been a staple to our community for over 40 years! Our Cheerleading organization develops strong, respectful, athletes, and prepares them for experiences far beyond their high school years.


Through the recent years we have developed some incredible partnerships with organizations such as the ICA (Illinois Cheer Association), Twisters Elite Cheer and Dance, companies like Big Play Sports, as well as support from our community & high schools.  Together with our amazing board and dedicated coaches we now offer a year round program for our cheer athletes!


The Crystal Lake Raiders is an inclusive program and invites any athlete with a desire to cheer ages 3 years old through the 8th grade. Teams are grouped together based on grade level - not skill.  Cheerleaders are taught to perform sideline cheers, stunts, jumps, and basic tumbling, to the best of their capability. 

Coaches are trained, CPR Certified, and often have help from our high school athletes on what it takes to succeed on the mat!


What separates us from the rest is our RAIDER FAMILY.  If you know, then you know, and if you don't, we invite you to join us! 


All cheerleading teams perform cheers, stunts, jumps and tumbling on the sidelines during the Raiders football games. Teams are formed based on grade level, with 1-3 grade levels per team, depending on the number of participants.

The following cheerleading options are available, based on grade level:

  • Tiny Tot Sideline Cheer (Ages 3 -5)  


  • Semi Competitive & Sideline Cheer (Grades K-1)


  • Full Competitive & Sideline Cheer (Grades 2-8)


No experience is necessary to join and there are no try-outs! Newcomers are welcome at every age/level. Anyone from any location can join, there are no city boundaries for recreational cheerleading.


Practices will be take place Tuesday and Thursday evenings, times will vary by team. Outdoor practices will be held at Lippold Park in July & August, then move indoor for the remainder of the season.