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The Hampshire Wildcats Youth Football and Cheerleading organization has successfully served as thefeeder program to Hampshire High School for over 25years. We are encouraging all children who will be attending Hampshire High School (boundary map) in the future to join our program. Children will receive proper technique, safety and style instruction as it relates to the Hampshire High School football teams and cheerleading squads. Our coaching staff participates in several off-season coaching clinics, receives yearly background checks, and are always enthusiastic and supportive of the children involved. Walso offer our program at a lower cost than most area groups, but still maintain the highest quality equipment, training and playing facilities in the vicinity.

"I’d like to thank the Wildcats for preparing the kids as well as they do for our High School program. Having players with the knowledge that they have lets us continue the learning process and make our program the success it has become over the years." Dan Cavanaugh Hampshire High School Head Coach



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Email List

Want to be on the Wildcat Email List, please let us know (email list)


Next HYF&C Board meeting Thursday Sept  11th   8:00pm at HMS


Northwestern Football
Please see the link for a special to NU football games this season.

NU Flyer



Just a reminder, that the stubs for everyone’s football mania need to be turned into the concession stand by Sunday, August 31 in order for them to be activated in time for the first game of the NFL season.

LITTLE CAESARS FUNDRAISER Back by popular demand is Little Caesars Pizza Kits! You can sell them with confidence to your family, friends and co-workers! Have them on hand for practice nights, birthday parties and entertaining guests! They’re fun to make and delicious to eat! There are 3 bread’s and 3 pizzas in the kits and 9 in the personal kit. We are asking for your support with this fundraiser by selling at least 5 items per seller to help us reach our goal. TOP FOOTBALL SELLER CASH AWARDS! Top selling football player will receive: $75.00 cash! 2nd place football player will receive: $25.00 cash! FOR EVERY 5 ITEMS SOLD FOOTBALL –You will be entered into numerous draws for $20.00 cash! Number of draws will be determined on how successful the sale is! TOP CHEER SQUAD AWARDS! MUST SELL 10 ITEMS PER CHEERLEADER ON YOUR SQUAD TO QUALIFY – Your squad will earn $30.00 per cheerleader to be used for the cheer competition “goodies”. Each cheerleader on the squad must sell 10 items for the team to earn the funds. The funds will be deducted from their cost in time for competition. How: Collect payment at the time you take orders. Checks need to be made payable to HYF&C. Fill out the top portion of your order form with your name and your contact phone number.

When: Day 8/11/14 Sale start date

Day 8/26/14 Order form and payment due. Be sure your order form is correctly tallied! Double check all rows and columns. Late orders will NOTbe accepted. Late orders are NOT eligible for top seller awards.

Day 9/2/14 Delivery of Pizza Kits.

Where: Pickup will be at HMS Concession Stand from 6:00 to 7:30pm on September 2nd. You will need to pick up your entire order and distribute to whom you sold to.

We will not be responsible for any kits remaining after 7:30pm as we do not have storage space for them. Any products remaining at the end of the

day will be donated to the local food bank.





Registration Form

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It is the goal of Hampshire Wildcat Cheerleading, as part of the Illinois Recreational Cheer Association, to include all girls who want to participate in our program. Teams will be compiled on a yearly basis after all registrations have been received. Our team compilations will be determined by grade and the number of coaches that we have available. Any parents interested in coaching should fill out the coaching application listed below.

We currently have to start a waiting list for cheerleading as we have run out of spots for squads with the current number of coaches.

If we get additional coaches, we will add squads.





Wildcat Night at HHS


Sept 5th



King Devick/WGN News





Illini Youth Football League ADOPTING USA FOOTBALL’S



Contact information: Rick Graves, Illini Youth Football League

The Illini Youth Football League, is committed to ensuring a positive youth football experience and advancing player safety this fall by providing league-wide coaching education and teaching resources that benefit players, parents and coaches through USA Football’s Heads Up Football program.

USA Football is the official youth development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams. IYFL includes 10 clubs comprised of more than 1500 players and 300 coaches throughout northern Illinois/southern Wisconsin.

Every IYFL coach will be trained in Heads Up Football techniques before leading their teams this season. All IYFL head coaches and assistant coaches will complete USA Football’s accredited Level 1 Coach Certification Course, which includes Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concussion recognition and response protocols; proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting; and Heads Up Tackling techniques, which aim to take the head out of the line of contact.

Through Heads Up Football, a Player Safety Coach/Player Safety Coaches will be trained by USA Football to implement, evaluate and monitor all Heads Up Football player safety protocols within the organization. Player Safety Coaches work with league commissioners, coaches, parents and players throughout the season to provide on-site clinics and mentoring to ensure that coaching and player safety best practices are used.

 “Heads Up Football promotes a safer, better game,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. “We are proud to have Illini Youth Football League join us in leading America’s youth football community through Heads Up Football, helping to set the highest standards of player safety and coaching education in any youth sport.”

Adopted in 2013 by IYFL and by youth leagues on a national level, Heads Up Football requires four primary elements:

Coaching education

·      All coaches within a youth program are trained to teach the game’s fundamentals by completing USA Football’s nationally accredited Level 1 Coaching Certification Course.

Concussion recognition and response

·      Coaches learn and are assessed on CDC concussion recognition and response through USA Football’s Level 1 Coaching Certification Course.

·      Coaches, parents and players are taught concussion-related protocols at the start of the season at a league-wide clinic and have them reinforced throughout the season. 

Tackling technique

·      USA Football’s Heads Up Tackling technique, endorsed by medical and football experts, teaches players to keep their heads up and out of the line of contact.

Equipment fitting

·      Coaches, parents and players are taught proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting.


USA Football’s Heads Up Tackling technique was developed with contributions from USA Football’s Tackle Advisory Committee, which includes Northwestern head coach PAT FITZGERALD, UCLA head coach JIM MORA, former NFL running back MERRIL HOGE, Miami Christopher Columbus High School head coach CHRIS MERRITT and sports psychologist DR. DAVID YUKELSON.

About USA Football: USA Football, the sport’s national governing body, leads the game’s development, inspires participation and ensures a better and safer experience for all youth, high school and other amateur players. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competitions and provides more than $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football (www.usafootball.com) is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.

Heat/Hydration tips
Heat Illness Flyer




Game Pictures Please visit www.rogerwashere.com for pictures of home games



More information from the CDC for concussions

Parents Need to know

Athletes Need to know

Coaches Need to know



Feeding your Athlete

Thank you Dr Tom Mitchell

Chicago Chiropractic Group




Hampshire Park District

Some very important registration deadlines are coming up, Don't forget to sign up the kiddos on time!!


Browse these programs and more online, www.hampshireparkdistrict.org




Interested in joining our email list, please send rogergross@hampshirewildcats.com asking to join.
Follow the Wildcats on Facebook also want to receive texts, please include phone # and carrier.





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