Junior Cheer Coaches~
Welcome to Orland Park Pioneers Cheer!
Thank you for your interest in joining the Orland Park Pioneers Jr. Coaching Staff. This is not an easy job. It involves a lot of your time, patience and your energy working with our cheerleaders, however, it is a rewarding experience in the end. Junior Coaches play a vital role in the success of our squads, and this position provides you with the opportunity to share your cheerleading experiences and/or knowledge with a variety of age groups, while giving you the chance to learn new skills as a mentor coach. The hours of service you give, can also count towards your high school community service hours.
Here is some general information about what is involved and expected from our junior coaches.
The requirements in order to apply for a junior coaching position with Orland Park Pioneers Cheer program must:
- Be entering high school or college for the current cheerleading season Ã¼ Have had at least one year of cheerleading experience at the youth league level
- Be in good academic standing from the prior school year
- Maintain good academic standing during the current cheerleading season
- Have a positive attitude and be a good role model for younger children
- Have a strong desire to instruct and mentor younger children
Assignment of Position
Your progression as a Junior Coach will be similar to your progression as a youth cheerleader. As a first year Junior Coach, you may be assigned to the Flag Cheerleading Squad, or a younger age level squad so that you will be able to assist the Squad’s Head Coach in instructing the basic skills required for cheerleading. Annually teen coaches progress through each age group, so that in your junior or senior year of high school, you will have the opportunity to coach an upper level squad. Occasionally, exceptions may be made to this progression, but it is important to both your growth as a coach, the growth of the cheerleaders on your squad, and to our organization that you have coaching experience at all age levels.
New for this year, if you have a sibling on Pioneers Cheer, you will NOT be able to junior coach for their squad. This policy was put into place with the best intent for the Pioneers cheer organization.
Your Role on the Squad
Once you are assigned to a cheerleading squad, the primary person you will communicate with is your Head Coach. Your Head Coach will be an adult who has ultimate responsibility for the cheerleading squad. Your Head Coach will determine what the goals are for the season, what actions or duties will be required of you, what part or parts of the routine you will be creating, and any other responsibilities that you will have. It will be up to you to insure that you are working towards your Head Coach’s goals in support of the squad.
Expectation of Commitment
Applying for a Junior Coach position comes with the understanding that you are committing yourself and your personal time to participate as a member of the Orland Park Pioneers coaching staff. Accepting a position as a Junior Coach means understanding that your attendance at practices, football games, and other Pioneers Cheer events are required. Although it will be up to your Head Coach to ultimately determine the appropriate level of participation he or she will require, you should plan on a minimum of:
• 6-8 hours of attendance at practices each week during August
• 4-6 hours of attendance at practices each week during the school year
• All home football games and away football games (if possible)
• Any other event or meeting that is required by your Head Coach
Community Service Related Opportunities
Your volunteer involvement with the Orland Park Pioneers as a Junior Coach may qualify for community service hours with your school, church, or other organization. If asking for community service hours, you MUST present your community service hour sheet on the first day of practice. Please call the appropriate person in charge of community service hours for your school or organization to obtain your community hour worksheet before the season begins.
Mandatory Junior Coaches Meeting
There will be a MANDATORY Junior Coaches meeting at the beginning of the season. We will ask for your parents to be present at this meeting, so they are also aware of the Junior Coaching expectations for the season. A date, time and location will be given at a later date.
How to Apply
Applying for a junior coaching position is simple. Fill out the application and submit it to the address listed below. Once your application is reviewed, you will be contacted by the Pioneers Cheer Athletic Director by email or phone with a decision of squad placement or position on the wait list. If necessary, you and the Athletic Director Team will meet for a brief interview. Your application should be submitted no later than June 30, 2017. If an application is submitted later than June 30, 2017, then you will be automatically placed on the wait list.
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Submit your application one of the following ways:
1) By emailing it to:
2) Mailing it to:
Orland Park Pioneers Football and Cheer
Attn: Annette Rodriguez/Junior Coach Application
15774 S. LaGrange Rd.
PO Box 191
Orland Park, IL 60462
** If you are mailing it to the PO Box, please send us an email and let us know you put it in the mail so we can look for your application. Your forms must reach us by June 30, 2017
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us. Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to working with you this upcoming season.
Pioneers Cheer Athletic Department
Annette Rodriguez- Athletic Director
Thora Conroy- Assistant Athletic Director
Kim Dombrowski- Assistant Athletic Director