FAQS Parents NEED to know info....
Whether you are a new parent to youth tackle football or a returning parent, often all the information, player and parent commitments, rules and busy schedules can result in a parent and player feeling overwhelmed. We understand this because we have all been there ourselves! We hope to relieve some of that stress by preparing you and your player with the information that is critical in this "Need to Know Info" section.
I REGISTERED MY PLAYER FOR FOOTBALL, WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
Mark your calendar for Important Dates on our website.
Make sure you have in your possession a copy of your child’s birth certificate prior to the 1st day of practice. Your player cannot participate in the Jamboree or Games without a copy on file. No exceptions.
Check your emails and/or our website for updates and Announcements regularly. Sometimes emails can be sent to junk mail so be sure to check there as well.
Stay hydrated and get ACTIVE this summer!! Players have a month to condition before games, but it is always a good plan to be active and exercise prior to practice beginning.
WHAT EQUIPMENT IS COVERED IN THE REGISTRATION FEES AND WHAT WILL I NEED TO PROVIDE?
Northwest Cougars Youth Football will PROVIDE; helmet, chin strap, standard-issue mouth guard, shoulder pads, practice jersey, practice pants. Game jersey and game pants. Equipment will be issued with full payment of registration fees. Equipment issue dates will be set once after the start of practice. Please check our calendar for updates.
NOT PROVIDED BY Northwest Cougars youth football: Football cleats & game day socks (color TBD)
IMPORTANT: Once your helmet has been issued, please have your player wear this helmet for 15-30 minutes a day, prior to practice beginning, to get used to the feel and tightness of it. This is one of the biggest complaints from players in the first few weeks, is the "helmet headache". This uncomfortable feeling should go away after the initial break-in period. If not, please speak to your coach about this.
WHEN WILL WE RECEIVE OUR EQUIPMENT?
Your account must be at a minimum of 50% to receive gear. If you are on the registration payment plan and are in good standing with your account, then you will receive gear. Must be 100% paid in full before Jersey is issued!! NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!
CAN I USE MY OWN EQUIPMENT?
-Yes, however all equipment provided must be NOCSAE certified and kept current on re-certification. Documentation must be provided, which will be then be approved by Northwest Cougars YOUTH FOOTBALL before use. A Personal Equipment Waiver will need to be submitted, approved by Northwest Cougars YOUTH Football, and documented prior to use on the field. This form can also be found in the FORMS section of our website.
WHAT DAYS AND WHERE WILL PRACTICES BE HELD?
-Through the 1st 1 ½ to 2 months practices are Monday-Thurs typically 6 pm-8 pm. (Give or take a 1/2 hour). Then once school starts it goes down to 3 days a week (The practice days are typically Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. But may have to be adjusted do to school district Soccer games). Emails will be sent within a week or two prior to practices starting and dates/times changing. Practices are usually 2 hours in duration.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT PRACTICE?
-BE ON TIME! If your player is not on time it takes away from the effectiveness of the team. ALWAYS call or text your team parent or coach if you will miss a practice or be late. During game season, lack of attendance or consistent lateness may affect playing time in the game.
HYDRATE before, during, and after practice! Get proper REST! Not enough rest affects ability and motivation.
THE FIRST THREE DAYS of practice are non-contact - NO exceptions or waivers. It is suggested players only wear Helmet, T-shirt, cleats and to bring their enthusiasm! Sounds easy, right? Nope! Players will be subjected to 2 - 3 hours a day of learning, conditioning, and stretching in the sun. Players will run and then run more, perform various skill drills, and be expected to learn Football Stance, Gaps, and Cadence etc.
THE FOURTH DAY AND THEREAFTER - Now the fun begins, the kids get a taste of full contact! Players will be introduced to proper blocking and tackling techniques. The drills will gradually get more intense with each following week.
This first week is often when a player will decide for themselves if football is right for them. Be respectful to your player by being supportive and encourage perseverance! For most, it's worth it to continue; for some, it is not. You and your player will know what the right decision for him/her is. Also feel free to consult a coach on your athlete's staff for advice.
WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE GAMES?
-Games are on Saturdays and begin typically the 3rd Saturday in August, take a break for Labor Day weekend, and continue thereafter into the end of October. Playoffs and Championships usually take place late in early November.
Sometimes we don't receive the game schedules until very close to the 1st game. Please be patient; the schedule will be given to you as soon as it becomes available to us. Check Season Schedules or your Team page for your game schedule.
WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?
-It is the policy of the Northwest Cougars Youth Football that no refunds are allowed after the 1st sanctioned practice. Full refunds will be offered if cancellation is received by us either through our registration system and/or in writing before the 1st sanctioned practice and all equipment has been returned.
-Volunteering: It is expected that all parents volunteer at 2-3 hours or more of your time. Please visit our Volunteering page for more information.
IF REGISTRATION FILLS UP, DO YOU HAVE A WAITING LIST?
-We will do our best to get your child on a team. If they are put on a waitlist they may be added to an existing team. If the waitlist reaches numbers that justify adding another team, we will do just that.....pending the ability to fill additional coaching staff.
WHOW DO I CLEAN AND CARE FOR PLAYERS UNIFORM?
-Games are on Saturdays and begin typically the 3rd Saturday in August, take a break for Labor Day weekend, and continue thereafter into -Uniforms should be washed immediately after each use, if at all possible. Turn garments inside out to help preserve ink printing and twill. Use only cold water for all settings of the washing machine and do not wash with other items, such as towels.
DO NOT USE CHLORINE BLEACH!
DO NOT USE FABRIC SOFTENER!
DO NOT DRY CLEAN ATHLETIC UNIFORMS!
DO NOT IRON!
STORE IN A COOL, DRY AREA!
Heavily soiled garments should be pre-treated. Any of the pre-treating brands found at your grocery store will do just fine as long as it does not contain bleach. For Bloodstain, soak in cold water before washing. An oxygen-based laundry booster can also be used to wash garments. If possible, use a high water level to minimize mechanical action on uniforms and do not overload washer. Remove uniforms immediately after washing and HANG DRY all garments. If you must use a dryer, use a damp-dry or air-dry setting. The lower the setting on the dryer, the better it is for the garment. A high heat setting can cause shrinkage, cracking in the ink printing, wrinkling in the twill, etc. Overloading the dryer can cause uniforms with ink printing to stick together. Remove garments from the dryer immediately when the dryer has finished.
HOW DO I CLEAN THE FOOTBALL EQUIPMENT?
- You may use bleach wipes on the inside of the helmet but not on the outside. Lysol spray to disinfect is okay for shoulder pads and inside of the helmet. Do NOT use harsh cleaners to clean outside of the helmet, soap and water are fine.