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Welcome to the 53rd Season of Park Ridge Football & Cheer

1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl Champ Jim Morrissey at 2019 Flag Fest

1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl Champ Jim Morrissey at 2019 Flag Fest

WE'RE IN THIS TOGETHER!

From Flag to Travel football, we work to progress our athletes thru a series of player development and technical levels so that they are prepared to play football both today and tomorrow. 

In addition to development, we continue to strive to make our youth football and cheer programs as safe as possible with pre-season camps, conditioning and practice drills, additional tackling tubes and no-contact practices, improved player equipment and helmets, mandatory coach certifications and training thru USA Football, and continued experienced volunteer Coaches and Board oversight.  Our goal is to develop every player.  We know that our coaches and our programs must adapt and adjust to our players - size, weight, strength, and athleticism.   In the end, our programs only asks our youth athletes to 'do stuff they can do'.  While toughness transcends talent, all players are equally as important on our fields and will develop in different ways. Our goal is to try to always do our best, treat every athlete with importance, and to love doing it (with enthusiasm). We will make some mistakes, but we expect nothing less, and we will do our best to make this a great and smooth football and cheer experience for all by simply working together for our community.

In 2016, MSFB won their 6th and most recent state football championship.  While we understand and respect the different ages and program responsibilities, we share a lot of the same principles. Falcons have won 4 national championships and more than 20 regional championships over its 50 year history.  Hawks have had a ~88% winning percentage since 1992 and have made the playoffs ever since then.  Park Ridge is known as a football town locally and nationally as a result of our collective successes.

We agree that winning is contagious and we look to keep it that way.  In 2020, our Board and Directors will achieve our desired and collective results when we:

  • Recruit and retain all of our players and athletes from last season
  • Minimize individualistic and diva-like behaviors
  • Support athlete's achievement of their maximum potential and dreams beyond natural ability and raw talent today
  • Celebrate successes and suffer failures acutely, and listen to constructive feedback and modify as appropriate
  • Benefit from individuals who subjugate their own goals/interests for the good of the team and our programs
  • Avoid distractions and noise, and selflessly help all of the our athletes have an enjoyable and memorable season

We're in this together for 2020 and beyond!  Park Ridge Football & Cheer can give you and our athletes the foundation.  It's up to our athletes to grow and challenge their commitment, character, and heart. We just hope all of us embrace and practice these behaviors and principles over a long period of time.  Good luck in your own progressive development and much success!

2019 Programs

Program Grade (Fall  2019) Description
Spirit Cheer Summer Camp  K - 6th
  • 5 day cheerleading camp teaching fundamental dance, jump and cheer skills
  • Camp will be held Mon, July 15 through Fri, July 19, 2019 from 9:00am-12:00pm at St. Andrews Lutheran Church gymnasium
Spirit Cheer Fall Season K - 6th
  • Overview - Recreational cheer program which cheers on the sidelines for Park Ridge Flag or Tackle football games
  • Practice Schedule - 1 outdoor practice (1 hour) per week
  • Game Schedule - 8 games (usually 1 hour) played on Friday nights, Saturdays, or Sundays beginning the first weekend after Labor Day and ending the last week of October
Competitive Cheer Fall Season 2nd - 8th
  • Overview - Competitive cheer program offering both sideline and competitive cheerleading experiences including: stunting, tumbling, jumping, and high-energy dances
  • Practice Schedule - 2 indoor practices per week (1.5hrs to 3hrs per practice)
  • Game Schedule - 4 games (usually 1.5hrs) played on Saturday mornings or afternoons at Maine South High School
  • Competition - 4 to 5 local competitions against other suburban Cheer Programs with a chance to participate in the IRCA’s State Championship Tournament
Flag Football Pre-K  - 8th
  • Overview - Non-contact 7 on 7 flag football with no weight restrictions
  • Practice Schedule - 1-2 hours per week beginning the week of August 19th or August 26th
  • Game Schedule  - 8 one hour games played in Park Ridge either Friday nights, or Saturdays beginning the first weekend after Labor Day and ending by the end of October
  • Competition - Predominately play against other Park Ridge teams with some Home games against teams from nearby communities
  • Player Participation - All players will play a variety of offensive/defensive positions and should play at least half of every game
Falcons Division 2 Tackle Football 3rd - 8th
  • Overview - Competitive tackle football program that is focused on ensuring all athletes play football, regardless of their ability, with their friends in a fun and encouraging environment - formally known as the Park Ridge House League
  • Practice Schedule - Up to 3 practices (2 hours max) per week starting in mid-August
  • Game Schedule  - 8 games played on Friday nights, Saturdays, or Sundays beginning the first weekend after Labor Day and ending the last week of October
  • Competition - Play against other Park Ridge teams or teams from nearby communities
  • Player Participation - All players must rotate at least every two plays on defense
Falcons Division 1 Tackle Football 5th - 8th
  • Overview - Highly competitive tackle football program playing against some of the best regional competition in the state
  • Practice Schedule - Start last week of July and may be 4-5 days week until school starts. During school - 3 practices week (6 hours) with 1 additional film /walk-thru practice
  • Game Schedule  - 9 to 12 games played on Saturdays or Sundays starting in early September and ending in late November
  • Competition - Part of the United Youth Football League - http://www.unitedyfl.com
  • Player Participation - Minimum playing time guaranteed (8-10 plays per game)


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