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UPDATE - 07/02/20

Update for 2020 Season:

We are moving forward with our 2020 Season.

We will be following ALL safety guidelines.

Equipment pickup / Final Registration will be on July 25th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Grant Park Rec Centre in Northlake.

Social distancing will be followed,  so please stay 6 ft apart and bring a mask.

Football practice will tentatively start on July 27th.  Cheer practice is to TBD.

Please let us know if you have further questions.

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See you all soon!!!

2020 - Football / Cheerleading Registration

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Hello Leyden Bears Family! 

The Leyden Bears hope everyone is good and safe!!!

These are crazy times we are living in and I am sure everyone is wondering what we are going to do for the 2020 season.

I have been working with other organizations and USA Football to still have a season in 2020.  We are not sure what the season will look like, whether its modified or shortened. We also may start a little later.  We are committed to having a season for these kids and having a safe season for all.  We are at the mercy of the Governor and his rules.

There will be Nationals in Florida in December unless something drastic happens. Our children need this, we will make every effort to give it to them.

We also are committed with your help to follow ALL safety guidelines.

Here are JUST SOME of the rules we will have to follow:

  1.  Teams will be at least 30 feet apart.
  2.   Parents will be in a dedicated area with social distancing.
  3.   Encourage everyone to have face covering.
  4.   Wash Hands
  5.   Sanitize Balls and equipment.
  6.   Bring your own water.
  7.   Avoid shared equipment.
  8.   Social Distancing.

We must wait day by day to see if anything changes. Rules are always changing, and lawsuits are being brought forth against the Governor. So, we will be monitoring what is going on and keep you informed. There is more that we can do to add to safety that I did not even list, but again we are committed to make this as safe as we can.

We will have another registration at the end of June or early July. This will possibly be the final registration due to the timing.  We should be in Phase 4 by that time.

If we do not have a season for some reason, everyone will get a refund so please hang tight.



Bill Otte

Leyden Bears President


Cheer Nationals

Congratulations to all our teams on your amazing performances.

8U - 1st Place

14U-Large - 1st Place

Dance - 3rd Place

We couldn't be more proud of ALL of you!!!


Leyden Bears Football / Cheerleading

The Leyden Bears Football / Cheer Program is designed for boys and girls, Ages 5 – 8th Grade for Football and Ages 6 - 14 for Cheerleading.  It is open to all Northlake, IL and surrounding communities. 

This program introduces young people to the game of tackle Football and Cheerleading. We prepare them to play / Cheer on a high school level as well as building self-esteem and teaching them teamwork. Teams are coached by community volunteers.

Brad Stephens / Bradley A. Stephens Committeeman Fund

Mark Stephens / Triton College Board President

Thank you Mark Stephens for your Sponsorship.

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