Monday, June 4, 2018

Tryout Information – Fall 2018

JV & Varsity

Orchard Park High School Junior Varsity & Varsity Tryout Information – Fall 2018

www.ophscheer.com

Follow us on Remind!  Download app and search “@ophscheer” or text @ophscheer to 81010

Our mission is to promote school spirit for all Orchard Park athletes as well as perform competitively. Please feel free to always contact us with any questions or concerns throughout the tryout process.

COACHING STAFF
Jill Manka, Varsity Coach opcheercoach@yahoo.com
            -10 year Varsity Head Coach at OPHS, 2004 OPHS Graduate
Lauren Bonilla, Junior Varsity Coach opjvcheercoach@gmail.com
            -7 year JV Head Coach, 3 year Varsity Assistant Coach, 2004 OPHS Graduate
Deanna Wach, Modified Coach/Program Assistant opmodcheercoach@gmail.com
            -3 year Modified Coach, 5 year Program Assistant Coach, 2009 OPHS Graduate
 Mary Kate McLaughlin, Modified Coach/Program Assistant opmodcheercoach@gmail.com
            -3 year Modified Coach, 4 year Program Assistant Coach, 2011 OPHS Graduate

BEFORE MAKING THE DECISION TO TRYOUT, PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE INFORMATION BELOW:

  1. You are committing to the ENTIRE CHEER SEASON: August to mid-March.
We will have tryouts for each season (football & basketball/competition), but it should be your intention to commit to both seasons. Basketball/competition season is built off Football season.

  1. You will be present at ALL practices, games, and competitions. Plan to practice a minimum of 3 days a week, plus games. All practice and games are MANDATORY. Exceptions will not be made for work, vacations or other commitments. Per State Regulation, all athletes must attend a MININUM of TEN (10) practices in order to be eligible to participate in the first game/activity. Any athlete who does not meet this requirement will be benched for games until it has been met.

Further details regarding practice schedule will be discussed at first day of tryouts. Your team schedule can be viewed on our website www.ophscheer.com.

TENTATIVE Practice Days and Times:

MON
TUES
WED
THURS
FRI
SAT
SUN
JV
5:45-8:15

5:45-8:15

5:45-7:15*

8:00-10:00*
Tumbling
VARSITY

5:45-8:15


5:45-8:15
GAMES*
9:30-11:30*
Tumbling
ALL PRACTICES WILL TAKE PLACE AT EGGERT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL                                     
* Denotes game days

  1. You acknowledge the cost associated with a competitive cheerleading program. Below you will find a breakdown of anticipated start-up expenses.  Please be prepared to pay the applicable amount the first day of practice if you make the team. Expect to PAY IN FULL BY WEDNESDAY AUGUST 15TH** OPHS provides a vest, skirt, warm up jacket, warm up pants. These items are returned to the school at the end of each season. Each girl is responsible for purchasing the following items.

Cheerleaders will need the following:
o   *Practice/camp wear package (t-shirt, tank, shorts): $55
o   *Sneakers: $60

ONLY IF NEEDED (items from previous OPHS cheer seasons can be carried over if they are in good condition):
o   NEW Motion-flex bodysuit (ordered from Varsity Spirits, 4-6 weeks order time): $75
o   Maroon Spandex: $25
o   Personalized team backpack: $30
o   Poms $25
o   White practice/game bow: $10
o   Headband/Ear Warmers (Varsity only): $12
o   Black spandex (optional): $25

4.      You will attend Cheer Camp as a mandatory training session for ALL OP JV and Varsity Cheer Athletes.

THIS SUMMER OP CHEER IS HOSTING OUR OWN TRAINING CAMP ON SATURDAY AUGUST 18 & 19!
Staff from the United Cheerleaders Association will be coming right here to OP to teach us (along with at least 3-5 other local cheer teams) the latest Cheer trends and styles, stunting/tumbling/jump techniques, new cheers and chants, and safety tips! Camp will be ALL DAY Saturday and Sunday, plan between 8am to 7pm both days (exact times are not set yet).  CAMP IS MANDATORY FOR ALL OP CHEER ATHLETES. VACATIONS/TRIPS ARE NOT AN EXCUSED ABSENSE FROM CAMP.
o   Cost:  $156 plus $20 for food.  

  1. You will participate in all fundraising activities. We will be holding a series of fundraising events throughout the season to help with team costs.
-Car Washes (July/Aug)                                  -Gift Wrapping (Dec)
-Candy Bars (Aug/Sept)                                  -Quaker Cheer Challenge (Jan)                  
-Meat Raffle (Oct)                                         

  1. You will abide by the OPHS Code of Conduct and the OPHS Co-Curricular Policy. Please visit

TRYOUTS –OPHS GYMNASIUM

MONDAY AUGUST 13TH AND TUESDAY AUGUST 14TH

TEAM SELECTIONS:
ALL freshmen and sophomores are required to tryout for JV, and juniors and seniors try out for varsity; it is at the varsity coach’s discretion to ask an underclassman to tryout for varsity.

REQUIREMENTS:
Athletes will be selected based on the needs of each team. Potential cheerleaders should be able to display a variety of skills such as multiple jump combinations, stunt/building technique, tumbling (is a requirement- back handsprings and tucks or better are strongly recommended) as well as basic cheer and dance ability. You will also be judged on attitude, expression, voice, genuine spirit, and potential.
**VETERAN cheerleaders will be held accountable for improvement and off-season goals**

*The OPCSD now does an online athletic registration process through PowerSchool and located on our Parent Portal.  This is a secure registration platform that is an easy, user-friendly way to register for athletics. The online registration process MUST BE COMPLETED BY a PARENT/GUARDIAN and should be viewed and discussed with the student-athlete.  Please complete the registration with the student-athlete present.  Parents/Guardians are responsible for completing forms and ensuring that all medical information concerning your child's health, medical concerns, injuries, medications and allergies are reported to the School Nurse. Please note: Families with multiple students must complete an online registration form for each of their students.


SUMMER TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
RUNNING FROM JUNE TO AUGUST


SUMMER WORKOUTS:
Every Tuesday starting June 5th   (ending August 7th and OFF 7/3)
North East Athletic Center (Wild Allstars),  227 Thorn Ave C-9
6:00-7:30pm
*FREE* for all interested OP athletes




TUMBLING INSTRUCTION:
Every Sunday starting June 3rd
Buffalo Envy Allstars, 2600 Hamburg Turnpike
10:30am-12:00pm
$7 per athlete

2018 FOOTBALL SEASON SCHEDULES

Varsity Football:
Friday, Aug 31st           Quakers @ McKinley (Riverside Stadium- CHEERLEADERS NOT ATTENDING)
Friday, Sept. 7th           Quakers vs Niagara Falls 7:00pm
Friday, Sept. 14th         Quakers vs Hutch Tech 7:00pm
Saturday, Sept. 22nd    Quakers vs Lockport 7:00pm
Saturday, Sept. 29th     Quakers vs Will North 1:00pm *Homecoming*
Friday, Oct. 5th            Quakers @ Bennet (All High Stadium) 7:30pm
Friday Oct. 12th           Quakers @ Clarence 7:00pm
Friday Oct. 19th           Quakers vs Lancaster 7:00pm



JV Football:
Saturday, Sept. 1st       Quakers @ McKinley (Riverside Stadium-CHEERLEADERS NOT ATTENDING)
Saturday, Sept 8th                Quakers @ Niagara Falls 10:00am
Saturday, Sept. 15th     Quakers @ Hutch Tech (All High Stadium) 10:00am
Saturday Sept. 22nd     Quaker vs Lockport 3:30pm
Thursday Sept. 27th     Quakers @ Will North 7:00pm
Thursday Oct.4th          Quakers vs Bennet 7:00pm
Thursday Oct. 11th       Quakers vs Clarence 7:00pm
Thursday Oct. 18th       Quakers @ Lancaster 7:00pm




A complete tentative practice schedule can be found on the calendar at www.ophscheer.com   









Modified 

Orchard Park Middle School Modified Cheer Information – Fall 2018

www.ophscheer.com

Follow us on Remind!  Download app and search “@opmodcheer” or text @opmodcheer to 81010

Our mission is to promote school spirit for all Orchard Park athletes as well as perform competitively. Please feel free to always contact us with any questions or concerns throughout the tryout process.

COACHING STAFF
Deanna Wach, Modified Coach/Program Assistant opmodcheercoach@gmail.com
            -3 year Modified Coach, 5 year Program Assistant Coach, 2009 OPHS Graduate
 Mary Kate McLaughlin, Modified Coach/Program Assistant opmodcheercoach@gmail.com
            -3 year Modified Coach, 4 year Program Assistant Coach, 2011 OPHS Graduate
Jill Manka, Varsity Coach opcheercoach@yahoo.com
            -10 year Varsity Head Coach at OPHS, 2004 OPHS Graduate
Lauren Bonilla, Junior Varsity Coach opjvcheercoach@gmail.com
            -7 year JV Head Coach, 3 year Varsity Assistant Coach, 2004 OPHS Graduate


BEFORE MAKING THE DECISION TO TRYOUT, PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE INFORMATION BELOW:

  1. You should commit to the ENTIRE CHEER SEASON: August to mid-March.
We will have tryouts for each season (football & basketball/competition), but it should be your intention to commit to both seasons. Basketball/competition season is built off Football season.

  1. You will be present at ALL practices, games, and competitions. Plan to practice a minimum of 3 days a week, plus games. All practice and games are MANDATORY. Exceptions will not be made for work, vacations or other commitments. Per State Regulation, all athletes must attend a MININUM of TEN (10) practices in order to be eligible to participate in the first game/activity. Any athlete who does not meet this requirement will be benched for games until it has been met.

Further details regarding practice schedule will be discussed at first day of tryouts. Your team schedule can be viewed on our website www.ophscheer.com.

TENTATIVE Practice Days and Times:

MON
TUES
WED
THURS
FRI
SAT
SUN

OFF
5:30-7:30
5:30-7:30
Or Game

OFF
5:30-7:00 (only on game weeks)
8:00-10:00
OR
11:30-1:30
Tumbling
ALL PRACTICES WILL TAKE PLACE AT EGGERT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL unless otherwise noted                                   
  
  1. You acknowledge the cost associated with a competitive cheerleading program. Below you will find a breakdown of anticipated start-up expenses.  Please be prepared to pay the applicable amount the first day of practice if you make the team. Expect to PAY IN FULL BY WEDNESDAY AUGUST 22nd** OPHS provides a vest, skirt, warm up jacket, warm up pants. These items are returned to the school at the end of each season. Each girl is responsible for purchasing the following items.

Cheerleaders will need the following:
o   Practice/camp wear package (t-shirt, tank, shorts): $55
o   *START-UP Package: $130 (includes bodysuit, spanx, sneakers, backpack)
o   Game bow: $10
*if you are a returning vet and already have some of these items, we will adjust your package as necessary.
  
4.      You will attend Cheer Camp as a mandatory training session for ALL OP MODIFIED Cheer Athletes.
This camp is going to take place on 9/8 and 9/9 and include all other modified teams in the area.
                        Camp cost: $135/athlete plus $20 for food

  1. You will participate in all fundraising activities. We will be holding a series of fundraising events throughout the season to help with team costs.
-Car Wash (June/July)                         -Quaker Cheer Challenge (Jan)
-Candy Bars (Aug/Sept)                       -Meat Raffle (Oct)**all mod cheer families must also participate                                               

  1. You will abide by the OPHS Code of Conduct and the OPHS Co-Curricular Policy. Please visit

TRYOUTS –OPHS GYMNASIUM

MONDAY AUGUST 20TH AND TUESDAY AUGUST 21st

REQUIREMENTS:
Girls will be asked to cheer, tumble, jump and stunt during the course of tryouts.  Athletes must be willing and able to participate and perform in each aspect of the sport of cheerleading.  Coaches will watch and assess athletes during tryouts to determine their skills, ability and potential.  Team selections will be made at the end of tryouts on Tuesday.  The final roster will be posted on the OPHS website no later than 9:00PM on that same Tuesday.  If you make the team, plan to have your first team practice the following day Wednesday, August 22nd.  Expense payments will be due on the first day of practice as stated previously.


SUMMER TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
RUNNING FROM JUNE TO AUGUST

SUMMER WORKOUTS:
Every Tuesday starting June 5th   (ending August 14th and OFF 7/3)
North East Athletic Center (Wild Allstars), 227 Thorn Ave C-9
6:30-7:30pm
*FREE* for all interested OP athletes



TUMBLING INSTRUCTION:
Every Sunday starting June 3rd
Buffalo Envy Allstars, 2600 Hamburg Turnpike
10:30am-12:00pm
$7 per athlete
*If we ever need to cancel summer workout or tumbling for any reason, we will put it on REMIND.

Athletic Placement Process (incoming 7th and 8th graders interested in trying out for JV ONLY. Modified athletes do not have to take the APP)
The purpose of the Athletic Placement process (APP) statewide physical fitness testing program is to determine the physical fitness of a 7th or 8th grade athlete when compared to older athletes who will be participating at the high school level. This fitness test, along with a special physical examination completed by the school physician, will determine whether the appropriate physical development has evolved that equates to the similar levels of high school athletes.  Passage of all required parts must occur in order to be eligible for a tryout and will help ensure the safety of their participation. NOTE: the school doctor must give the physical examination for this opportunity.
This program is designed for the exceptional athlete in that the specific talent and conditioning level would need to be well above the level of the average for athletes of a similar age.  It is not intended to help schools fill out high school rosters or give kids a head start for the sake of early involvement.  
Each athlete will be asked to complete anywhere from four (4) to six (6) parts of the test, depending upon the high school sport they are interested in.  Tests include a 50 yard sprint, 1.5 mile distance run (or 500 yard swim), and a shuttle agility run for time, as well as tests of abdominal (sit ups), upper body (bent arm hang) and leg strength (standing long jump).  Athletes must score within the 85% percentile in order to pass and are given a second chance at parts of the test based on the posted schedule.
Visit www.opschools.org/athletics for further details regarding the APP process.

IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMELINE

July 19, 2018- MS/HS Sport Physicals from 9-10:30am in the HS Health Office
August 2, 2018 - MS/HS Sport Physicals from 12-1:30pm in the HS Health Office
August 20, 2018 – Modified Cheer Start Date
*The OPCSD will now be offering an online athletic registration process through PowerSchool and located on our Parent Portal.  This is a secure registration platform that is an easy, user-friendly way to register for athletics. The online registration process MUST BE COMPLETED BY a PARENT/GUARDIAN and should be viewed and discussed with the student-athlete.  Please complete the registration with the student-athlete present.  Parents/Guardians are responsible for completing forms and ensuring that all medical information concerning your child's health, medical concerns, injuries, medications and allergies are reported to the School Nurse. Please note: Families with multiple students must complete an online registration form for each of their students.
Orchard Park Athletics
Fall 2018 season timeline and due dates

On line sports registration will be available for Varsity and JV levels from July 16th –Aug 8th.

On line sports registration will be available for Modified B level from July 30th – Aug 15th  (Mod Football only) and July 30th – Aug 22nd all other Modified sports.

See registration link on Athletics page of OPCSD Website - ***failure to register by the above dates will affect an athlete’s eligibility for tryouts


Monday, 7/16/18 – Athletic Placement Process Parent Permission (APP PP) forms are due in Athletic Office.  (**A New York State program that permits exceptional student athletes to participate on an athletic team beyond their grade placement) - (ONLY FOR 7TH AND 8TH GRADE STUDENTS WHO ARE LOOKING TO PLAY A HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL SPORT)

Thursday, 7/19/18 – 9:00am-10:30am in HS Health Office - HS/MS sports physicals AND
MS Athletic Placement Process (APP) Physical Maturity Exams (you must have submitted APP Parent Permission form by 7/16 to participate in APP testing)
                                   
Monday, 7/23/18 – Athletic Placement Process Physical Fitness testing at MS Gym at 8:15am.  If students did not submit an APP Parent Permission form by 7/16 and pass the APP Physical Maturity Exam on 7/19, they may not participate in testing.

Tuesday, 7/31/18 – Athletic Placement Process Physical Fitness testing at MS Gym at 8:15am.  If students did not submit an APP Parent Permission form by 7/16 and pass the APP Physical Maturity Exam on 7/19, they may not participate in testing.

Thursday, 8/2/18 – HS/MS sports physicals from 12:00-1:30pm in HS Health Office.

Monday, 8/13/18 – All Varsity and JV team tryouts/practices begin.

Thursday, 8/16/18 – Modified B Football first day/tryouts begin.

Monday, 8/20/18 – Modified Cheerleading first day/tryout begin.

TBD – Fall ECIC Coaches Meeting – will be determined by sport specific chairperson

Wednesday, 8/29/18 – Modified B tryout/practices begin (except Football and Mod Cheer).

Thursday, 8/30/18– Varsity and JV Fall Athletic Parent Meeting and Individual team meetings 6pm - OPHS Aud

Tuesday, 9/11/18– Modified Fall Athletic Parent Meeting and Individual team meetings 6pm – OPMS  Aud