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Does CTE call for an end to youth tackle football?

Does CTE call for an end to youth tackle football?

Despite press about a recent study, a link between hits to the head and CTE isn't clear-cut. More data and a risk-benefit analysis are needed. 

On Jan. 18, an article by Dr. Lee Goldstein of Boston University and colleagues in Brain, a leading neurological journal, was released and touted as proving the link between subconcussive hits to the head and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) (“Real risk of CTE comes from repeated hits to the head, study shows,” Feb. 4). That same day the CTE advocacy group — the Concussion Legacy Foundation — announced a national campaign called F14G Football to convert all under-14 football into flag football, thereby eliminating tackle football.

The message sent to assembled media and onlookers was that eliminating tackle football for youth is the key to safeguarding the brains and futures of America’s youth.

The truth is not so simple.


The scientific evidence linking youth casual sports play to brain injury, brain injury to CTE, and CTE to dementia is not strong...

Read the full article!

by posted 02/14/2018
Dave Duerson Act

As many of you have read in the media the recent bill by Illinois State Rep. Carol Sente, a Vernon Hills Democrat, called the Dave Duerson Act, as reported by the Chicago Tribune, calls for the ban of tackle football for any youth under the age of 12 years old. The Orland Park Pioneers and the River Valley Youth Football League are clearly opposed to such legislation.  

Please note that the Pioneers nor the league do not profit from playing youth football. Our objective is to exemplify and teach good sportsmanship, teamwork, and the basic fundamentals of football and to stimulate the young person’s interest in sports while providing constructive recreational use of leisure time. Youth football creates character and develops a young person into an adult.  It gives the youth a outlet from whatever type of struggles they are going through. In addition it helps creates leaders in our schools. Every year countless fathers, mothers, volunteers participate in coaching, training, and molding young boys and girls in youth football.

We need your help today to oppose this act by contacting your local legislator and signing the various petitions opposing this bill. 

Petition 1

Petition 2

Thank you in advance!

by posted 01/27/2018
2018 Pioneer Registration

CHOOSE to be the BEST 


2018 Pioneer Football, Cheer and Flag Registration

Our season runs July through November



Click here to register online today!

$295 for resident Tackle
$370 for non-resident  Tackle

Here are the 2017 River Valley league average player weight:
SLW - 67 lbs
LW - 82 lbs
JV - 100 lbs
Varsity - 137 lbs

$295 for resident Cheer - Football Season Only
$370 for non-resident Cheer - Football Season Only

$445 for resident Cheer - Football and Competition
for non-resident Cheer - Football and Competition

$125 for resident Flag
$200 for non-resident Flag

Any questions, please e-mail them to:

by posted 12/31/2017
2017 Daytona 8th grade Trip

Congratulations to our Pioneers National Youth Football 13U Champions! The team outscored their opponents 74-0 to defend thier championship from last year! 

Below are some pictures from the tournament!

by posted 11/24/2017
River Valley Fly High Cheer Competition

Congratulations to our cheer teams that participated in the River Valley Fly High Cheer Competition at Lincoln-Way Central HS.

SLW- 1st Place AND Grand Champions
LW- 2nd Place (competing against 6th Grade-- great job!)
JV- 1st Place
Varsity- 1st Place AND Grand Champions

Jump Contest- Congrats to Samantha Masino and Nicole Tatar for winning 1st place in the jump contest!!!!!!

It was another great day for Pioneers Cheer!!!

by posted 11/12/2017
2017 All RVYFL Team
Click here to view the Pioneers
Team Members. 
Congratulations to all players!

by posted 11/06/2017
2017 Super Bowl Champions

Congratulations to our
2017 Super Bowl Champions
 Super Lightweight
Varsity teams!

Great Season Super Bowl Runners Up Lightweights!


Congrats to our Varsity on their perfect 11-0 season!

by posted 11/06/2017
Jadon Thompson selected by U.S. Army Bowl

Jadon Thompson former Pioneer and Marist sophomore  starting on Varsity for the undefeated RedHawks has been selected to the 2018 National Combine by the US Army All-American Bowl selection committee! Congratulations!

by posted 10/25/2017
The Orland Park Prairie’s Standout Student

Ryan Welch was chosen as The Orland Park Prairie’s Standout Student because of his academic accomplishments.

Standout Student: Ryan Welch, Jerling Jr. High seventh-grader


by posted 09/22/2017
Lovie Smith visits...


Former Chicago Bear and current University of Illinois head coach Lovie Smith and his staff stop by to visit former Orland Park Pioneer and current Marist Redhawk linebacker Micah Awodiran. Also pictured are Micah's parents and Marist head football Coach Pat Dunne. Micah has recently received his 28th Division 1 scholarship offer

by posted 06/05/2016
#79 Michael Schofield

We would like to congratulate former Orland Park Pioneer and current starting right tackle of the AFC Champion Denver Broncos #79 Michael Schofield on his trip to Super Bowl 50. We wish Michael the best of luck as he prepares for the big game. Michael graduated from Sandburg High School and played for the Michigan Wolverines before being drafted in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. 

by posted 01/27/2016
Online Coverage

Make sure you visit PremiumPreps.com: Your #1 new source for Chicago High School Sports News to read about our Pioneer teams this season.

by posted 10/01/2015
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