Welcome to the 2022
Orland Park Pioneers Cheer Program
On behalf of the Orland Park Pioneers Youth Cheer Organization, we welcome you to the 2022 season. Our organization is proud to be a member of ICA 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 in our athletes. The season will be spent learning the fundamentals of cheer, cheering for weekly football games, working together as a team, and includes an option to participate in IRCA competitions. At the end of the season, we hope our athletes will have gained an appreciation for the sport of cheer and will continue their cheerleading careers throughout high school and college.
Online cheer registration opens on January 1, 2022. Please check the Pioneers homepage for online registration details. All cheerleaders MUST register online.
We are happy to offer a Spring competition season for our athletes in 1st through 8th grade. Team breakdown by grade level will be determined at the close of registration but we anticipate having 3 teams for Spring 2022. Spring registration will open January 1st and run through January 17th.
Practices will begin the week of January 24th and continue through mid-April. Practices will be twice per week with additional practice days as needed. Exact days and times for each team will be assigned when final registration numbers are in.
We will compete in two local ICA competitions. Exact dates and locations to be announced at a later date.
A competition uniform is required and will need to be purchased by parents if your athlete does not already have one. This will be the same uniform worn for Fall 2021 competitions.
The competition season cost is $275 for current (Fall 2021) Pioneers Cheerleaders.
Not a current Pioneers Cheerleader: $375
- If you are not a current (Fall 2021) Pioneers Cheerleader and choose to stay with the program for the Fall 2022 season, then you will receive a $100 credit towards your Fall 2022 registration.
The cost covers competition bow, practice t-shirt, entrance into two ICA competitions, licensed music, insurance, competition gifts, and the use of indoor practice facilities.
** In the event that ICA does not have a Spring competition season, we will offer a refund for the season or your fees can be applied to the skills/drills camp we will offer in place of competition**
We plan to have 4 teams for the 2022 Fall cheer season:
Super Lightweight Cheerleaders
Junior Varsity Cheerleaders
*Team breakdown by grade level will be based on final registration numbers. After April 1st, we will make the determination of the grade level breakdown per team.
**All girls will be cheering for the grade level they will be in for the 2022-23 school year. Due to the competitive season and ICA rules, we will not be able to take team requests.
Kindergarten through 8th Grade Fees:
Football Cheerleader Fees- $345 (resident) $420 (non-resident)
*Register BEFORE April 1st for a $50 discount off of football season fees.
Competition Season for 1st through 8th Grade- $200 (resident and non-resident)
The football season fee of $345.00 covers the rental of the cheer uniform, summer cheer clinic with professional coaches, cheerleading shoes, homecoming attire, practice t-shirt, game day cheer bow, breast cancer awareness bow, and other miscellaneous cheer items.
The competitive cheer season fee of $200.00 covers the cost of the athlete’s admission into 2 ICA competitions (not including the State Competition), an 8 hour cheer choreography clinic with professional instructors, practice facility rental with competition cheer mats, competition hair bow, competition music, and competition gifts for the athletes.
Cheer fittings will be held in June. An exact date will be scheduled at a later time.
It is essential that ALL registered cheerleaders are fit for their uniform during these fittings. 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 uniform fitting day, the cheerleader will be fit for the following items:
Uniform Fitting Day (held at the Cultural Arts Center or Franklin Loebe Center)
-Football season uniform vest
-Football season uniform skirt
-Warm-Up Jacket & Pants (If needed, additional cost)*
-Competition season uniform (Additional cost of approximately $140)**
-Camp & Homecoming T-shirt
*Kindergarten - 8th grade cheerleaders are required to have a warm-up suit which is not included in the registration cost. If you have warm-ups from the Fall 2021 season, they will be the same for Fall 2022.
** If registering for competition season, all competition girls will need a competition uniform for the season. This will be a NEW uniform for the 2022/2023 season. This uniform will be an additional fee, and will need to be purchased by the athlete. The uniform will only be worn for competitions and will be guaranteed to be used for at least 2 seasons. Girls will be fit for the competition uniform on the June fitting day, and the uniform needs to be paid in full at that time. The cost of the uniform will be approximately $140.
A $250 football season 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, 2022. These checks will not be cashed; however, they will be held until uniform return. When the uniform has been inspected and turned in on-time, the $250 check will be returned to you. If uniform pieces are missing and/or uniform is turned in damaged, the check will be cashed.
Orland Park Pioneers Cheer Program will begin practicing at the end of July. The projected start date is set for Monday, July 18th. Practices will (tentatively) be held at Centennial Park until we go indoors to the District 135 schools. Practice schedule will be as follows:
Kindergarten– 8th Grade football season practices are from 6:00 pm -8:00 pm Monday – Thursday until the start of school. When school begins in August, the practice schedule will change to 3-4 days a week for the remainder of the season.
When we go indoors (after homecoming which is typically mid-September), competition practice times will be adjusted to 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (for competition cheerleaders only). Once indoors, Football Only cheerleaders will no longer attend practices during the week, but will attend practice before each game.
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, no fake nails, and hair must be pulled back.
For the 2022 season, all cheerleaders (those entering Kindergarten-8th grades in 2022) will follow the football schedule and cheer for their appropriate team. Cheerleaders will cheer at all home and away games, as well as any play-off 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 our kindergarten cheerleaders, all cheerleaders (grades 1st-8th), are highly encouraged to participate in our competition season. Cheerleaders have the option to opt out of competition at the time of registration, but can add competition at a later date (cut-off date for adding competition season this year will be June 1st). During competition season, cheerleaders will participate in two ICA competitions that run between October and November. Some teams may advance to the State Competition, which will be held the first weekend in December. There is an additional fee per athlete for the State Competition if the team advances. 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). There is also a mandatory choreography camp to be held in early August. 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, the Friday before each competition, a full-dress practice will be added to the calendar. Competition guidelines will be strictly enforced. Orland Park Pioneers follow the ICA rules during our competition season.
It is expected for all girls to attend all practices and games through the football 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. We ask that vacations or out of town travel are not planned during the cheer season. As courtesy to the coaches and fairness to the team, it is expected that parents communicate any situations 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 sports 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 are the only excused absences considered. Should a cheerleader have 3 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 may 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 will be attending a cheer clinic instructed by professional coaches. This clinic will be split over 2 consecutive days. Competition cheerleaders will attend 8 hours (4 hours per day). Football Season cheerleaders will attend 2 hours of the clinic on one day. More information regarding football only cheerleaders will be given out at the beginning of the season. 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 competition routine completed. It is a mandatory clinic that will benefit all cheerleaders for the Fall season.
Every Pioneer family is required to volunteer a total of 4 hours during the season. A family volunteer fee of $200.00 will be required at the time of uniform fittings. A check can be made payable to Orland Park Pioneers in the amount of $200.00 and postdated to December 1, 2022. If all volunteer hours are met, then the check in the amount of $200.00 will be returned 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 $200.00 will be 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 of the season. For the 2022 season, the athletes will be selling Double Good Popcorn. Each athlete is required to sell $250 of popcorn. If you choose to not participate in selling fundraiser items, there will be a buy-out option for a set fee that was determined by The Board. The fundraiser buy-out will be: $100/athlete (family option-multiple children in the program will be as follows: $100 first child and $150 for 2 children in the program and $175 for 3 or more children in the program ). More information will be given out by the head coaches 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 coach’s responsibility 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.
Mandatory Parent Meeting
When the season begins, the cheer athletic department will host a mandatory parent meeting. At this meeting, we will review the expectations for the cheerleaders and parents, we will explain important rules for ICA, we will discuss volunteer hours, and other important information. The date and time are TBD. Please make yourself available for this meeting when the date is released.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us at the following email:
We are looking forward to a great and rewarding 2022 cheer season!
The Orland Park Pioneers Cheer Athletic Department