River Valley League Welcomes Big Boys
The Orland Hills Wolves Football and Cheerleading Organization has announced its
registration dates for the 2013 football season.
“The Orland Hills Wolves is a very family oriented youth sports organization that has been serving the south suburban area for the last 13 years,” said Wolves Board President Rick Iannantone. “Our volunteer coaches pride themselves on teaching the fundamentals, good sportsmanship and working together as a team,” Iannantone said.
Registration will be available at the Orland Hills Recreation Center, 16553 South Haven Avenue, on Wednesday, January 30 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again Sunday, February 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“The Wolves are part of the River Valley Football League,” said Athletic Director Jim Poynton. “Our league allows more kids to play, especially the bigger kids who aren’t able to make weight with other organizations. Teams in the River Valley League allow stripers and double stripers,” he said.
Teams within the River Valley League include the Bourbonnais Bears, Frankfort Black, Frankfort Blue, Frankfort White, Joliet Raiders, Joliet Ravens, Lemont Hornets, Manhattan Patriots, Mokena Junior Griffins, Morris Warriors, New Lenox Junior Nights, New Lenox Junior Warriors, Orland Hills Wolves, Ottawa Eagles and the Romeoville Spartans.
Four divisions comprise each team’s football division, including Superlights, Lightweights, Junior Varsity and Varsity. Weight details can be found in the documents area of the River Valley League website at www.rivervalleyfootball.com. Players on River Valley League teams weigh in before every game.
“Stripers are limited to specific positions and can only make certain plays within the game but they are part of the game, which is very important for grammar school boys wanting to play football,” Poynton said. “Our program gives more boys the opportunity to play," he added.
Wolves cheerleading squads perform at every game and participate in cheer competitions during the season. Cheerleading is open to girls age six to 14.
“The Wolves Cheer Program is one of the best in the south suburbs,” said Cheer Director Staci DeKerf. “We have girls who return every season and new girls coming on board every year. We welcome everyone to join our squads,” she added.
“Along with helping to improve gross motor skills, cheerleading offers many benefits, including self-confidence, enthusiasm and being a part of a cohesive unit that works well together,” DeKerf added.
Football registration fees are $130.00 for the first player, plus $55 for a personalized jersey and $12 for the football girdle. The $80 cheer package includes use of the cheer uniform with each girl keeping her cheer shoes, socks, spanky pants, unitard and hair bow. A cheerleading warm up suit must purchased for $60 or rented with a $60 deposit.
Prices for additional children are discounted and all families are required to participate in the Wolves “Football Mania” fundraiser. A one-time volunteer deposit of $100 per family is required is is the $175 per player equipment deposit, both of which are returned if families meet the volunteering requirement and return all loaned equipment.
Football equipment includes shoulder pads, helmet, game pants, practice pants, mouth guard and knee pads. Volunteer deposits are postdated at registration.
Registration payments may be divided into a maximum of four payments.
“We have kids from Orland Hills, Orland Park, Tinley Park, Oak Forest, Frankfort, the Paloses and other towns playing for the Wolves,” Iannantone said. “We welcome everyone who wants to cheer or play football in a positive, team building, learning environment,” he added.
Additional information about the Orland Hills Wolves is available at www.ohwolves.com and on the organization’s Facebook page by searching for Orland Hills Wolves Football and Cheerleading.