COMPETE, ACHIEVE AND HAVE FUN!
Competitive Cheer Program Overview & Highlights
Welcome to the Park Ridge Competitive Cheer Program! We are looking forward to a great season. Our goal is for your child to walk away with advanced cheerleading skills, high self-esteem, and new friends!
The summer/fall season will run from June through December.
Park Ridge Competitive Cheerleaders practice twice a week, compete at four competitions and, possibly, the Illinois State Competition, along with cheering at Park Ridge Falcons Football home games.
The spring season runs from April though mid-May.
Please note that priority registration for both seasons alwasy goes to girls currently enrolled in PRC. This is due to the significant time and costs invested invested in the program by the participant.
If you want to learn more about Competitive Cheerleading, click here: What is Competitive Cheer?
What We Teach Student-Athletes
Competitive Cheer Program Structure
Participants must be entering the 2nd grade (up to 8th grade) at the time of registration. It is preferred that the participants have a previous cheer or tumbling experience, but not mandatory.
The level of commitment and competition may be higher depending on the skill levels of each team, but most importantly we want everyone to have fun!
6th – 7th – 8th
4th – 5th
2nd – 3rd
Competitive Cheer Program Details
Park Ridge Competitive Cheer squads will practice twice a week. Practices will begin in mid-June. All practices will be held at Maine Park Leisure Center, 2701 W Sibley St, Park Ridge, IL or Prospect Park- O’Connor Room, 733 N Prospect ave, Park Ridge, IL.
Squads cannot have effective practices or perform successfully with absent participants. Due to the nature of the sport, a practice missed by one cheerleader has a significant impact on the squad; particularly on that cheerleader’s stunt group, who are unable to stunt without every member present. In addition, when the coach must re-teach material to those who have been absent, the whole squad’s practice time suffers. As a result, attendance at all practices & games is a must.
Practice Attendance Policy: Cheerleaders will be allowed to miss up to three (3) practices from the start of the season through August. The cheerleaders will be allowed to miss up to three (3) additional practices from August until the end of the season in early December. If a participant misses more than the allotted amount of practices, their continued participation in the program will be reviewed and decided upon by their Head Coach and the Director of Cheer. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our Practice Attendance Policy please contact the Director of Cheer.
Practice Attire is as follows: Black t-shirt or tank-top, black shorts, cheer or gym shoes, and hair pulled back. No jewelry, no candy, no gum. All cheerleaders should bring a water bottle to practice.
Practice Times will be:
- Mini Team: 2 evenings per week TBD
- Junior Team: 2 evenings per week TBD
- Senior Team: 2 evenings per week TBD
Park Ridge Competitive Cheerleaders will excite the fans at our home Park Ridge Falcons Football games through sideline cheers and half-time performances.
The cheerleaders will participate in the homecoming festivities, including a half-time rose ceremony and an after-the-game party.
Attendance at all home games is mandatory.
Park Ridge Competitive Cheerleaders will learn and perfect a routine that they will use to compete in local competitions against other cheerleading teams. There will be four season competitions- attendance is mandatory for all competitions. Competition entry fees are included in the PRCC program cost. Competition dates will be announced as soon as Park Ridge Cheer is registered and confirmed in July.
If any of the squads place 1st in any one of their competitions, they will compete in the IRCA State Competition at Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates in early December. The state competition entry fee for cheerleaders to compete varies annually and is NOT included in the Park Ridge Competitive Cheer fees for the season.
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In late August, all teams will learn their entire choreographed routine for the fall season at the Maine Park gym. This clinic is extremely important whereupon cheerleaders will learn their entire competition routine. Dates will be given to parents in mid-June and attendance to this 2-day weekend clinic is MANDATORY.
Participants should plan to bring a small snack, along with a water bottle.
UPDATE: Park Ridge Cheer is putting together an exciting weekend HOME camp option here in Park Ridge for the Senior Team, July 24-25! More details to come soon. While it is not “mandatory” for your daughter to attend this Senior Team summer camp, it is expected, as all athletes will focus on skills training, leadership and team bonding.
CANCELLED FOR 2021: The Park Ridge Competitive Cheer Senior Team squad will attend an overnight camp with IRCA in Kenosha, Wisconsin in mid-June.
Only the Senior Team will attend the 3-day, 2-night camp. The camp cost will include all camp programming, meals, and housing. Participants will learn basic, intermediate, and advanced skills, as well as bond with their squad.
Senior Team coaches and parent chaperones will be in attendance at camp. All Senior Team cheerleaders are required to attend summer camp. Commitment to attend and full payment for camp fees are due at registration.
All Park Ridge Competitive Cheerleaders purchase their own uniform. The uniform amount is due during the custom uniform fitting, which will be held in July.
Park Ridge Competitive Cheerleading has an established uniform program whereupon we make a two (2) year commitment to a particular style of uniform.
At the end of the season, we encourage cheerleaders who will not be returning for the following season to participate in our consignment program where Park Ridge Competitive Cheerleading connects gently-used uniforms to new cheerleaders for a fee, benefiting both departing and incoming participants.
The Dress Code for the season is as follows:
Cheerleaders shall wear their full competition uniform to all competitions. It is the responsibility of the cheerleader to ensure that the uniform is kept clean.
Hair should be up, with our cheer bow, and to coach’s specifications, prior to arriving at all competitions.
Cheer shoes and NO SHOW white ankle socks will be worn during competitions. Please do not wear your cheer shoes outside or to any other events in an effort to keep them perfectly white and clean.
No jewelry, nail polish, or glitter is permitted for competitions due to the chance of disqualification. Fingernails should be kept short for a safety precaution as well.
All squad members are required to maintain and uphold the reputation of the Park Ridge Competitive Cheerleaders through their own conduct and squad spirit. Our participants are required to be courteous, polite, friendly, and try to have a smile for everybody. All cheers and chants shall be of a positive and sportsmanlike manner. Bullying is never tolerated.
It is our core belief that participation in competitive cheerleading provides a wealth of opportunities and experiences that assist participants in personal and athletic growth. All Park Ridge Competitive Cheerleaders are encouraged, and expected, to exhibit good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all participants and coaches.
As parents of student-athletes, you also have committed yourselves to certain responsibilities and obligations. These responsibilities and obligations will be outlined in further detail at our Parent Meeting at the beginning of the season in June, which we expect all parents to attend.
The Park Ridge Falcons Competitive Cheer (PRC) Spring Season will focus on
building cheerleading skills, along with teaching leadership and teamwork to every participant. Weekly practices will
consist of conditioning, tumbling, jumps, and learning choreography for high-energy dances as we ramp up for our
Fall Competition Season.
open to all current 1st through 7th graders. Early-bird priority registration for Fall Season PRC athletes opens in February. Remaining spots will be first-come, first served. After the maximum team number has been filled, we will move to a
Participants do not compete in any cheer competitions
for Spring Season, however, all participants will perform for parents in mid-May for our PRC Showcase Performance.
Generally 2 practices a week in the evenings with one dedicated to learning a routine and the second practice dedicated to
conditioning and tumbling instruction.
At the beginning of the season, participants will receive a black PRC t-shirt with their name on it that they should
wear to every practice, along with black shorts, and clean, DRY cheer shoes. Hair must be pulled back. No jewelry,
no candy, no gum. Every athlete should bring a water bottle with her name on it.
Uniforms are not necessary for the spring season. Each participant will receive one apparel item (TBD) mid-season
to wear for the Showcase Performance in May.
Our Park Ridge Competitive Cheer program is run 100% by volunteers. We cannot be successful without the support and involvement of our parents. Please consider joining our Team Mom Committee ~ each team has its own committee of 2-3 moms who help with a variety of aspects of the program including fundraising, communication, pictures, social media, and apparel.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Director of Cheer.