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NEW OXFORD COLONIALS YOUTH FOOTBALL AND CHEER

NEW OXFORD COLONIALS YOUTH FOOTBALL AND CHEER

FAQs

As this is many parent's first time in signing their kid's up for an organized sports team, or first time with our club in general, this section is devoted to frequently asked questions that can hopefully be clarified here (many of these answers are also in the parent handbook):


IS FOOTBALL JUST FOR BOYS?
No.  The NOCYFC FB program is open to any individuals who reside within the Conewago Valley School District are are in grades 1-7 when the season starts.  Although there is no minimum age requirement, FB players must not be older than 13 as of August 31st of the season.


With 1st through 7th graders playing, does that mean my 1st grader will be competing against 7th graders?
No.  Your child will be placed in a division amongst their peers based on grade level and age.  Our Rink division is for 1st through 3rd graders, with a maximum age of 9 by August 31st of the season.  Our Pony division is for 4th and 5th graders with a maximum age of 11 years old by August 31st of the season.  Our Midget division is for 6th and 7th graders with a maximum age of 13 years old by August 31st of the season.


IS CHEERLEADING JUST FOR GIRLS?

No.  The NOCYFC Cheer program is open to any individuals who reside within the Conewago Valley School District are are in grades 1-7 when the season starts.


Does Cheer follow the same divisions as FB?
For the most part yes.  For the 2022 season, cheerleaders will be placed based on their grade level, but beginning in 2023, the Board is discussing bringing a "tryout" format similar to the Middle School programs.


How much does it cost?
FB base registration is $103 ($100 base + $3 service fee through website provider) with a mandatory fundraiser of $50. 
Cheer base registration is $68 ($65 base + $3 service fee through website provider) with a mandatory fundraiser of $50. 
Fundraiser can be selected to be paid outright (added to base registration), or participation in the fundraiser can constitute fulfillment.

Families with multiple athletes simultaneously participating will receive a family discount.  The first child is 100% of the base registration/fundraiser, but each additional child receives a $10 base registration discount and is required to only fund raise $25.

For instance, a family with 2 FB players will pay $193 ($190 base + $3 service fee through website provider) in base registration and will have a commitment of $75 through fundraising.

A family with 2 Cheerleaders and 1 FB player will pay $213 ($210 base + $3 service fee through website provider) and will have a commitment of $100 through fundraising.


What equipment do I need to buy?
For the most part, your child's equipment is provided by the club.  For FB, the only equipment you are required to provide is you child's mouth guard and cleats while a sports cup is optional, but will not be provided by the club.  All other equipment is provided by the club to anyone who has completed their registration, including all payments being paid in full (registration and fundraiser requirement).  FB players have the option to purchase a personalized jersey with desired number and name on the back.  These typically cost between $60 and $100, but a loaner jersey will be issued for those who don't purchase a personalized one.  For Cheer, the club provides the uniform and bag.  Cheerleaders may share pom poms and/or megaphones if these are not issued individually.  Other items such as liners and briefs, bow, shoes, jacket, and/or leggings will be provided for purchase through the club.  To get all the other items, the additional cost is roughly $200 (not all the items are required).  These are coordinated through our cheer director.

Any borrowed equipment that is not returned at the proper time will result in a replacement fee.


How do I register my child?

Registration instructions are provided here.  Registration Instructions


I followed the registration instructions, but it says I already have an account?
If you've previously registered your child in another sport such as baseball, basketball, etc. that uses the same website provider (Blue Sombrero or Sports Connect), use this login and password here as well, or use another email to create a new login.  You can also request your password to be reset if you forgot the other sport's login.


When is registration?
Registration typically opens in the March/April time frame for both FB and Cheer.  Cheer registration will close in the June time frame to ensure all the items that are to be ordered can be ordered in time for the start of the season.  FB registration will close around the first Friday following Labor Day.



When and where are the practices/games?
FB and Cheer practices will be held at the open field adjacent to the New Oxford Elementary building.
FB practices will begin at 6 PM.  From the 1st practice up to the 1st game, the practices are M through Thur and go until 8 PM every night (barring inclement weather).  After the 1st game, the practices are reduced to 3 times a week, typically M, T, and Thur., however if a Monday or Tuesday practice is cancelled for any reason, Wed nights can be used as a makeup night.  The end time will be adjusted as the season progresses due to availability of natural light.
Cheer practices will begin at 6 PM, but these will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from the first week throughout the entire season.

Games and locations will be assigned by the league.  The NOCYFC Cheer program is a recreational program only, meaning they do not compete in competitions for prizes or anything, but they will accompany the FB teams at the Varsity games.  The games schedule can be found at Games Schedule.


Are practices or games ever postponed/cancelled?
Although the coaches and the league never wants to postpone/cancel practices and/or games, some times this is unavoidable, especially when weather related.  FB will practice in most weather conditions with the exception of lightning, and in certain extreme heat waves.  Other than this, it is up to each FB head coach to decide what their division will practice in.  With the exception of the 2 weather related instances above, Cheer coaches will make any determination about their practices.  Games can also be cancelled by the league if they cannot get the appropriate officials coverage required to officiate a game.  Other factors can also contribute to this decision.  The best method for knowing the latest status of practice/games is through the Game Changer Team Manager  app (https://www.noycolonials.com/Default.aspx?tabid=2743252).  Coaches/Board Members will try to give as much advance notice as is possible, but with weather issues, sometimes this will be last minute, but all communication for this will be sent through the Game Changer app.


What is the difference between Varsity and JV for each division?
Each division will have a Varsity level.  If enough players signup for a specific division, that division can have a dedicated Varsity squad as well as additional JV squads (depending on numbers).  The Varsity squad is typically used for players who are more experienced and more aggressive, as they will be going up against similar competition.  Likewise, the JV squad is used as more of a developmental stage, as these players will be going up against kids of similar competition level.  This is meant to give each player as much playing time in a game as possible as only 11 players are on the field at any given time.

JV will practice with varsity, but the games are separate from the Varsity, however the JV games should never be simultaneous with the Varsity games, so if you have multiple children (1 on FB/Cheer Varsity and 1 on JV), you won't have to arrange different personnel to be at the various games.  A separate JV schedule is posted at Games Schedule.
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