New for 2018
Pioneers Cheer Will Be IRCA Competitive
Welcome to the 2018 Orland Park Pioneers Cheer Program
On behalf of the Orland Park Pioneers Youth Cheer Organization, we welcome you to the 2018 season. Our organization is proud to be a member of IRCA and part of the River Valley Football League. The Orland Pioneers Cheer Program is committed to developing good sportsmanship, self-esteem, team spirit, teamwork, and discipline. The season will be spent, learning the fundamentals of cheer, cheering for weekly football games, working together as a team, and an option to participate in IRCA competitions. At the end of the season, we hope the girls have gained an appreciation for the sport of cheer and will continue their cheerleading career throughout high school and college.
Online cheer registration is open NOW until June 1, 2018. Due to our competition season, we will not be accepting any competition registrations after the June 1st cut-off date. Please check the Pioneers homepage for online registration details. All cheerleaders MUST register online this year. When registration has been completed AND payment has been received, then the cheerleader’s name will be placed on a roster. Please register soon, to secure your cheerleader’s spot for the 2018 season.
Cheer Squad Levels
Flag Cheerleaders- Kindergarten and 1st Grade
SLW Cheerleaders- 2nd and 3rd Grade
LW Cheerleaders- 4th and 5th Grade
JV Cheerleaders- 6th and 7th Grade
Varsity Cheerleaders- 8th Grade
***All girls will be cheering for the grade level they will be in for the 2018-2019 school year. Due to the competitive season, there will be no exceptions for cheering at another level.
Flag Football Fees:
$125 (resident) $200 (nonresident)
*Flag Football Cheerleaders will not be competing this year
The fee of $125.00 for Flag Cheerleaders covers the rental of the cheer uniform, 3 hour cheer clinic with professional coaches, homecoming outfit, practice t-shirt, game day cheer bow and breast cancer awareness bow. Parents will need to purchase a pair of white cheer shoes. Last year, many of our cheerleaders’ shoes were purchased from Payless (approximate shoe cost was $20).
2nd Grade through 8th Grade Fees:
Football Fees- $295 (resident) $370 (nonresident)
Competition Season- $150 (resident and nonresident)
The football season fee of $295.00 covers the rental of the cheer uniform, 8 hour cheer clinic with professional cheer coaches, cheerleading shoes, homecoming outfit, practice t-shirt, game day cheer bow, breast cancer awareness bow, and other misc. cheer items.
The competitive cheer season fee of $150.00 covers the cost of admission into 2-3 competitions (depending on the IRCA set price), facility rental with competition cheer mats, competition hair bow, and competition music.
Uniform Fitting Information
Franklin Loebe Center
14650 Ravinia Avenue in Orland Park
Squads and Dates:
Kindergarten through 5th Grade - TBD
6th Grade - 8th Grade - TBD
Alternative Date - TBD
It is essential that ALL registered cheerleaders are fit for their uniform on their given day. This will ensure that we have all uniform pieces needed to begin the season. During uniform fittings, it is a good idea to have the cheerleader wear a leotard to make the fitting run quickly. Bathroom space is limited for trying on the uniforms.
On the fitting day, the cheerleader will be fit for the following items:
-Long sleeve cropped bodysuit
-Cheer spankies (if needed)
-Warm up jacket (if needed)
-Warm up pants (if needed)
**Grades 2nd-8th are required to have a warm-up suit, spankies, and a crop which are not included in the registration cost.
A $250 uniform deposit fee will be required for each registered child at the time of uniform fittings. Checks should be made payable to Orland Park Pioneers and post-dated December 1, 2018. These checks will not be cashed; however, they will be held until uniform return. When all uniforms have been inspected and turned in on-time, the check(s) will be returned. If uniforms pieces are missing and/or uniforms are turned in damaged, the check(s) will be cashed.
Orland Park Pioneers Cheer Program will begin practice on TBD. Practices are held at the John Humphrey Complex hill located at West Avenue and 147th Street until we go indoors at the District 135 schools. Practice schedule will be as follows:
Kindergarten– 8th Grade practices are from 6:00 pm -8:00 pm Monday – Thursday in July until the start of school. When school begins in August, the practice schedule will change to 3 days a week; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for the remainder of the season. When we go indoors (after homecoming which is mid September), practice times and locations will be adjusted.
** Please note that Flag Cheerleaders practice times may vary from time to time. This will be a coaches decision.
Practice Attire: Comfortable shorts/sweats (no jeans or jean shorts), gym shoes (no sandals/flip flops, or bare feet), no bare midriff tops/crop tops, no jewelry, and hair must be pulled back.
For the 2018 season, our flag cheerleaders (those entering Kindergarten and 1st Grade in 2018), will cheer for our in-house flag football program. All flag games are played at our various home fields. Game days vary, but are typically on a Saturday/Sunday. All other cheerleaders (those entering 2nd-8th grades in 2018) will follow the tackle football schedule. 2nd- 8th grade cheerleaders will cheer at all home games, away games and are expected to cheer even during inclement weather. Games can be played on either a Saturday or Sunday. A schedule will be out at the start of the season. All cheerleaders are required to participate in the football season and cheer during playoff games (depending upon your team schedule). Cheerleaders are expected to arrive 45 minutes prior to every game.
With the exception of flag cheerleaders, all cheerleaders (grades 2nd-8th), are highly encouraged to participate in our competition season. Cheerleaders have the option to opt out of competition at the time of registration. During competition season, cheerleaders will participate in three to four competitions that run between the end of September and November. Some teams may advance to the state competition, which is typically the first weekend in December. You must be available for all competition dates to compete. Competition practices start in September and are mandatory (indoor practice time and locations will be adjusted accordingly). We understand that emergencies happen, and coaches are willing to work with you individually; however, in order to have successful practices, attendance is absolutely required. Additionally, right before a competition, extra practices may be called by your coach at their discretion. Competition guidelines will be strictly enforced. Orland Park Pioneers follows the IRCA rules during our competition season.
It is expected for all girls to attend all practices and games through the playoff season. Cheerleaders are required to stay for the entire game. Dismissal after half time will not be allowed. Missing practices or games is always a concern. If only one girl is missing, we cannot practice stunts or dance parts properly since every girl plays an important role in the routine. As courtesy to the coaches and fairness to the team, it is expected that parents communicate any vacation plans, or any other situation that may require the athlete to miss practices or games to the head coach well ahead of time. When parents choose to take family vacations during a sport season, it must be understood that the time missed by the athlete may affect team performance. Athletes who missed practices or games related to vacation time can have their spot in a routine adjusted. Medical excuses and religious education classes are the only excused absences considered. Should a cheerleader have 3 un-excused absences from either games or practices, she can be dismissed from the squad without a refund.
We certainly recognize that there are extenuating circumstances that my lead to a cheerleader missing practices, please discuss these with your head coach if they arise.
Mandatory Cheer Clinic
During the first 2 weeks of August, all cheer squads (2nd-8th Grade) will be attending an 8 hour cheer clinic instructed by professional coaches. This clinic will be split over 2 consecutive days. Flag Cheerleaders will attend a 3 hour clinic split over 2 days. The days and times will be assigned at a later date. During the cheer clinic, the cheerleaders will work on stunts, tumbling, jumps, and leave with a portion of a halftime routine completed. It is a mandatory clinic that will benefit all cheerleaders for the football and competition season. We are really excited to offer this cheer clinic for the 2018 season.
Every Pioneer family is required to volunteer a total of 4 hours during the season. A family volunteer fee of $100.00 will be required at the time of uniform fittings. If all volunteer hours are met, then the fee of $100.00 will be refunded at the end of the season. There will be no partial refunds. If the volunteer hours are not met during the season, then the volunteer check for $100.00 will cashed when the season ends. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet these hours before and during the season. More details will be posted on the website at a later date.
All Orland Park Pioneer participants will be required to participate in the organization’s annual fundraiser. The fundraiser takes place at the beginning the season. Once again, we will be working with the Goodies Factory selling popcorn and other items. If you choose to not participate in selling popcorn, there will be a buy-out option for a set fee that will be determined by the Board. More information will be given out by the head coaches at uniform fittings and again at the beginning of the season.
Cell Phones or any other devices are not allowed during practices and games. If cheerleaders must have these items with them, they must stay in their bag for the duration of the game or practice. The coaching staff is not responsible for holding onto, or possible loss of electronic devices, or any other personal items. If a parent must get in touch with their child during a game or practice, please call your coaches.
All routines and stunt groups will be chosen at the discretion of the coaching staff with the safety of each cheerleader being a priority. Every member of the squad and position given is an integral part of the team. Part of the coaches responsibilities is to do what is best for the team and stunt groups as a whole. No one cheer position is any better than another or guaranteed for the entire season.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us at the following email:
We are looking forward to a great and rewarding 2018 cheer season!
Orland Park Pioneers Cheer Athletic Department
Cheer Athletic Director: Annette Rodriguez
Assistant Cheer Athletic Director: Kim Dombrowski
Assistant Cheer Athletic Director: Thora Conroy