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2 0 12 PARENT INFORMATION PACKET www.agawamyouthfootball.com AGAWAM WARRIORS “… building character, confidence and sportsmanship.” Dear Parents & Players: The Agawam Youth Football Association board members would like to officially welcome you to the 2012 football season and our family! We are a small but proud organization with a history of providing the children of this community the opportunity to learn and play the game of football with the highest values of sportsmanship and integrity. We will give your children the tools necessary to be a good football player and instill values that they can use throughout their life. Our coaches dedicate a great deal of time and effort to teach the skills they will need to play the game. The technique the coach utilizes may differ from team to team but the goals remain the same…to build the finest players, with character, confidence and sportsmanship. This year we will be looking for dedicated parents to join our organization as board members to continue the great tradition of Agawam Youth Football. Any board member will be pleased to provide you with information. Thank you for your support. Sincerely, Agawam Youth Football Association Board Members David DeMatteo Kirk Parker Frank DeStefano President Vice President & Coach Treasurer Coordinator Lance Dillard Brian Dube Dawn Dube Equipment Coordinator Field & Maintenance Registrar & Coordinator Concessions Coordinator AGAWAM WARRIORS “… building character, confidence and sportsmanship.” TEAM RULES AND REGULATIONS The orderly and efficient operation of the organization requires that each player maintain discipline and proper personal standards of conduct at all times. This is necessary to protect the health and safety of players and coaches. To that end, the Organization sets forth its established rules, which, together with observing other proper standards of conduct, players are required to follow. Failure to maintain these standards of conduct shall be subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal from the organization. 1. Respect Coaches, Referees, Board Members, parents and volunteers at all times. 2. When Coaches are speaking, all attention must be on them. 3. Players should plan to arrive ten (10) minutes early for practices and minimum of ½ hour before game time. The coach will let you know specific times. 4. Being tardy for practices or games without prior notice should be avoided. 5. Player must be prepared for practice to last for: PW 1-1.5, Jrs. 1.5-1.75, Srs. 1.5-2 hrs. 6. Any horseplay during a practice or game jeopardizes others’ safety and will be disciplined. 7. The use of profanity and vulgarity has no place in football. 8. Player must display discipline and self-control at all times. 9. Players will display support for fellow teammates at all times. Criticism of your teammates will not be tolerated. 10. Fighting and arguing will not be tolerated and could result in immediate dismissal from the team. 11. Parents are asked not to interfere with the coaches during a game. Any advice from parents will be appreciated, provided that it is given before or after a game. 12. Hustle, sportsmanship and 100% effort will be displayed at all times. 13. Players who are punished at home or having problems in school can be suspended from football. It is our philosophy to cooperate with parents and school officials. Family comes first; school comes second; football is third at best. Balance and priorities in a child’s life are important. AGAWAM WARRIORS “… building character, confidence and sportsmanship.” To: Parents & Players Player Fee Schedule FEE DUE Player fee $150.00 At Registration Equipment day – 8/4/11 Seniors – 8:00 am Juniors –10:00 am Peewee – 12:30 am Fee Refund Policy – First Year Players Only: In the first two weeks of practice, if you withdraw your child from the program, the refundable portion of the player fee will be $50 when the entire uniform is returned (if applicable). After the first two weeks of practice are completed, there will be no refunds of player fees. Returning Players: All Registration fees are non-fundable, unless a medical note from a physician is obtained, within the first two weeks of practice. There are no refunds of the cost of raffle tickets at any time. Sibling Policy – The first sibling in the family will pay the full $150.00. The fee for two siblings is $250.00. Any additional sibling would be an additional $100.00. Please Note: This policy applies only to members of the same immediate family – it DOES NOT apply to cousins. We would like to share with you some of basic costs to support our team. The following will clearly demonstrate why the player fee alone would not cover the cost of fielding our teams. Cost of Game & Practice Uniform including Bi-annual Reconditioning of Helmets – $500.00 per player In addition to these costs, we pay for other expenses such as referees, trainers, SAFL registration fees, insurance and other non-uniform items. We have continued the effort to upgrade our uniforms, equipment and fund other improvements to our infrastructure. In the past few years we were proud to be able to improve our field with the addition of an irrigation system on our practice fields and a second storage trailer. We have been able to also provide our players with new state of the art helmets. Last year, numerous training items were purchased along with new practice pants & shirts. We greatly appreciate your contribution to our financial position. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions feel free to contact us. AGAWAM WARRIORS “… building character, confidence and sportsmanship.” IMPORTANT DATES & FAQ’S – DO NOT DISCARD Equipment Day Equipment day will be held on Saturday August 4, 2012 @ Kirk Parker Field Seniors @ 8:00 Juniors @ 10:00 Peewees @ 12:00 Car Wash Date August 11, 2012 @ the Agawam Middle School Seniors: 9am to 11am Juniors: 11am to 1pm Peewees: 10:30am to 12:30pm Game Jerseys will be distributed at the Car Wash Commissioners Jamboree Saturday August 18, 2012 East Longmeadow High School Time - TBA Picture Day Team and Individual pictures with King’s All Star Photography of Feeding Hills Date and times TBA *Varsity versus Junior Varsity* Player selection to the Varsity team will be based on several factors. Among those will be: physical and emotional development, skill level, experience, practice attendance, enthusiasm and sportsmanship. The coaching staff and the Coach Coordinator will make the decision, based upon those factors, on which team the player is placed. Some Junior Varsity players may be asked to suit up for the varsity games and could play in both. Game Times A typical home and away games schedule unless otherwise noted is: VARSITY (8 Games per Season) Sunday Saturday - Peewee – 12:00 - Peewee – 4:30 - Juniors – 1:30 - Juniors – 6:00 - Seniors – 2:45 - Seniors – 7:15 JUNIOR VARSITY (7 or8 Games per Season) Saturday AM - Seniors – 9:00 - - Juniors – 10:00 - - Peewee – 11:00 The Varsity schedule is on the website and the JV schedule will be out in late August. Player Weigh-in Each player will be weighed in wearing a t-shirt, shorts, socks and sneakers prior to the start of the season. This is required by SAFL for eligibility. The regional weigh-ins will take place the week of August 6th – 10th. You will be notified when & where Agawam will weigh-in. Practice Schedule Practices start on Wednesday, August 1st *Typical practice schedule is: During August: 4 days a week, 5:00 – 7:00 pm or 5:30 – 7:30pm After school starts: 3 days a week, 5:30 – 7:30pm Some Saturday practices possible. *These times are approximate; your coach will let you know the actual schedule in August. Home Field The Warriors home field is: Kirk Parker Field (behind Phelps Elementary School) 85 School Street, Agawam Mandatory Parents Meeting – TBA Prior to the start of the season, we require that at least one parent attend a mandatory meeting to meet the coaches, board members and volunteers. This is also our opportunity to meet you and explain details about our programs. Preparation for Practice In early August, before uniformed practices, players should dress in light gym shorts (not jean shorts) and light colored tee shirts. After uniformed practices begin, the coaches will notify the players if they should alter their dress due to the weather. At all times, they should not eat a heavy meal before practices, avoid carbonated beverages, milk products and drink plenty of water during the day. The players should bring a gallon of water with them. They will be provided with plenty of water and rest breaks during practice. However, players should notify their coaches immediately if they feel nauseous, dizzy or faint and help will be provided to them. We will confirm any dates noted in this publication. Website Agawam Youth Football has a website; please visit it often for updates and information: www.agawamyouthfootball.com Any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to contact David DeMatteo 786-3982 or 374-0975.
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