Welcome to the Park Ridge Spirit Cheer Program! We are looking forward to a great season and to help our young athletes get the most out of Spirit Cheer. Our goal is for your child to walk away with good cheerleading fundamentals and new skills, high self-esteem, new friends, and a smile!
Park Ridge Spirit Cheerleaders cheer recreationally for the Park Ridge Youth Football teams during an 8-week fall season (September-October). We are not a competitive cheer squad and we welcome all girls at any level of experience. Our focus is on teamwork, respect, and positive attitudes. Cheerleading is one of the fastest-growing sports and Park Ridge Football and Cheer are very proud of our well-established cheerleading program.
What We Teach Student-Athletes
Spirit Cheer Program Structure
The Park Ridge Spirit Cheerleading program is for girls from Kindergarten (5 years old) to 5th grade (10 years old)
K – 2nd
3rd – 5th
Spirit Cheer Program Details
Squad placement is determined by the Director of Cheer. Squads will be formed with a maximum of 8 and a minimum of 6 cheerleaders and will be structured as follows:
- Mini level – Sideline Cheer for Park Ridge Flag Football
- Mighty level – Sideline Cheer for Park Ridge Tackle Football
Returning cheerleaders will be placed with the squad they were on the previous year unless otherwise requested.
Every effort will be made to place cheerleaders on a squad associated with the football team their brother is playing for, as long as the football team has cheerleaders and the squad is age-appropriate. Please note that due to the size of the program, there are no guarantees!
All Spirit Cheer squad requests must be sent to the Director of Cheerleading.
Spirit Cheer squads will practice one day a week for approximately one hour. Practices typically begin two weeks before the first game (games begin the weekend after Labor Day). Practice times and locations will be determined by the squad coach. We know that many of our cheerleaders are involved in other sports and activities. Each coach will work with squad members to come up with a practice time and day that will work for everyone.
Practice Attire: comfortable clothing (no jeans); sneakers (no sandals); hair pulled back. No jewelry, no candy, no gum. All cheerleaders should bring a water bottle to practice.
Our Orientation Clinic will kick off the cheer season in late August. Cheerleaders will meet up with their squad at the Maine Park field to set structure for the season and we will have older cheerleaders from Park Ridge on hand to assist with teaching basic sideline cheers and chants to the squads. We will also be distributing game-day poms, cheer bows, and sweatshirts. Attendance at the orientation clinic is highly recommended for all participants.
Spirit Cheerleaders will excite the fans at the Park Ridge Flag and Tackle Football team home games. The games will be at various times in Park Ridge on Saturdays and Sundays and will possibly include one Friday night game. The Fall season starts in early September and ends in late October. The game schedule will be posted on the website in late August.
Inclement Weather: We typically cheer in the rain. If the football players are playing, the cheerleaders are cheering. Games may be delayed or canceled due to lightning or strong storms. Head Coaches will communicate with their squad via email or text regarding canceled games.
Park Ridge Spirit Cheer provides each cheerleader with a cheer uniform top and skirt, poms, game day hair bow, and a sweatshirt. The uniform top and skirt must be returned at the end of the season. At uniform distribution at the beginning of the season, a $50.00 uniform deposit is required. Personal checks will be returned to you when the uniforms are turned in at the end of the season. Uniforms must be clean and in good condition. Please make checks payable to Park Ridge Cheer with your child’s name written in the memo section. No cash deposits will be accepted. If you do not return the uniform on the designated uniform return day, your $50.00 check will be forfeited.
Other items typically needed for the season are black shortie-shorts, white sneakers, white socks, white long sleeve turtleneck, and black leggings for those cold weather days. These items are purchased by the participant.
Squad members are required to maintain and uphold the reputation of the Park Ridge Spirit 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.
Our Spirit Cheer program is run 100% by parent volunteers. We cannot be successful without the support and involvement of our parents. Ways you can help:
- Head Coach or Assistant Coach – you do not need to have prior cheerleading experience to be a coach, however, we do require a background check. We will assist you with learning cheers and motions, and there will be an orientation clinic in August to teach all of our cheers to you and your squad. Coaches will also receive a complimentary hoodie sweatshirt (2 per squad). If you are interested in becoming a coach, please contact the Director of Cheerleading as soon as possible.
- Team Mom – coordinate a snack schedule for games, coordinate homecoming activities, and assist coaches with any needs.
- Team Photographer – assist with photographing cheerleaders, collecting, and sharing photos with the squad throughout the season, or create your squad’s very own Facebook page.