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Cougars Football & Cheer

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who may participate in NWMCAA Football?
Any child age 5 to 13.
*Required age must be met by October 31st (ie, your childs age is recorded on August 31st)

NWMCAA is a affiliated with the Tennessee Valley Youth Football Association (TVYFL) and as a result have a specific geographic territory that we serve. We serve the Sparkman Middle School to include Harvest Elementary School (less Monrovia Middle School), Madison Crossroads Elementary, Ardmore, Blanch, & area feeding to Central Jr. High areas. However, players from outside this territory can still play within the NWMCAA football program but are subject to additional requirements.



When is registration?
Registration for Football and Cheer will begin in March and run through July 31. 


What are the registration fees?
The registration fee for both football players and cheerleaders is $180 each.  There is a $20 multi-family discount per child after the first registration (must have proof that children are siblings).  


Are there payment plans?

We offer a few payment plans:
50/50 Payment Plan - $80 due at time of registration.  The other $80 is due by June 29th.  If payment in full is made after June 29th, a $25 late payment fee will apply.
Deposit - A $25 deposit is due at time of registration.  The remaining $135 is due by June 29th.  If payment in full is made after June 29th, a $25 late payment fee will apply.
Pay in Full - Payment in full is due at time of registration.

 
What if I do not want to pay online?
If you do not want to pay using your credit card you may pay by cash or check.  When registering online, when you get to the payment screen, just click pay by check.  Please either mail your check to NWMCAA, PO Box 118, Toney, AL 35773, or bring your cash or check to one of the on-site registration days. Payment must be submitted no later than June 25th.  If your payment is not received before that time a $25 late charge will be applied.

What does the registration fee cover?

Registration fees cover the following:
Football:
Uniform - Game jersey and game pants 
Shoulder pads - Must be returned at end of season
Helmet - Must be returned at end of season
Player Insurance

Admin Fee - includes but is not limited to Madison Crossroads field use fees, Sparkman Middle field use fees, Game officials, etc.
Cheer:
Uniform - Top and skirt with poms 
Participant Insurance
Admin Fee - includes but is not limited to Madison Crossroads field use fees, Sparkman Middle field use fees, Game officials, etc.

What other items will I need to purchase that are not covered by the registration fee?

Football players must supply the following:
Practice football pants, with pads in them (any color)
Practice jersey (any color)
Cleats
Chin strap for helmet 
Mouth piece (must NOT be clear, must be colored)
Athletic cup (optional)
Compression shorts (optional)

Cheerleaders will have to supply shoes.

What forms are required for registration?
The following forms are required for ALL participants (can be found in our forms section above, at an in-person registration date or at uniform fitting date):

Registration Form (online or hard copy)
Ethics Form (hard copy)
Program Acknowledgements (hard copy)
Code of Conduct (hard copy)
Physical Form (to be completed by a physician.  Child can NOT participate until the physical is submitted)


Can I get a refund?
The policy of the NORTHWEST MADISON COUNTY ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION is to issue no refunds after the first team practice. Prior to the first team practice a refund of the registration fee less an administrative handling fee and other committed player costs (i.e. league registration, uniform fee, etc.) will be issued.

 

What team will my child be on?

The Cougars have 4 age groups for teams:

Freshmen - Ages 5-6 (must be age 5 by August 31st)
Sophomores - Ages 7-8
Juniors - Ages 9-10
Seniors - Ages 11-12 (13 year olds are permitted to play if they are no older than 13 on August 31st AND weigh less than 95lbs)
Ages are determined by how old your child will be on August 31st.  For example, if your child is 9 years old on August 31st they will play for the Juniors team.  If they do not turn 9 until after August 31st they will play for the Sophomores.



How long does the season last?

The Cougars begin practice in mid to late July.  Games will begin mid to late August and run through the first week of November (as the season gets closer we will post specific dates).

 


How often are practices held?

Practice will begin mid to late July.  Practices are held at Madison Cross Roads Elementary every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Players are required to attend at least 2 practices a week to be able to participate in games.

Can I drop my child off for practice and pick them up when it is over?

No, a parent/guardian is expected to be on school grounds while their child(ren) is at practice.  IF, on occasion, this is not possible, you must coordinate with your childs coach before practice to make sure arrangements are made.


What if we have a family vacation scheduled during the season?

Football and Cheer requires significant preparation and practice as well as a strong commitment to the team. Family vacations during the season are highly discouraged. Depending upon team rules, playing/cheering time may be impacted because of the time your player/cheerleader misses because of the vacation. You are encouraged to schedule your vacations prior to or after the season to avoid playing time impacts. If you must schedule a family vacation during the season please inform your Head Coach as soon as possible to understand how your team and your child will be impacted.


Will the concession stand be open during practice?

Yes, the concession stand will be open during most practices.  The menu will include snacks, grilled items, candy and drinks.

When and where are games held?

Games are held most Saturdays beginning mid-late August and ending the beginning of November.  An official schedule will be released the 1st or 2nd week of August.  Home games are played at Sparkman Middle School.  Away games are played at opponent fields (Madison City, Hazel Green, Monrovia, Madison County, Decatur, Hartselle, New Hope, Scottsboro and Buckhorn).  It is the parents responsibility to provide transportation for their child to and from ALL games.


How much does it cost to get into a game?

Admission to games is $4.00 for adults, $2.00 for students ages 5-18, children 4 and under are free.


Will my child receive a trophy at the end of the season?

All players and cheerleaders who complete the season will receive a trophy at the end of year banquet that will be held after the Championship game day.

How can I help?

There are many volunteer opportunities with your team as well as with the NWMCAA organization.  Your Head Coach will be soliciting their Parent group directly for volunteers for the many team and game day responsibilities.  If you are interested in volunteering your time to the NWMCAA organization, please contact one of the NWMCAAlrepresentatives directly.



 

 

Contact

NWMCAA Cougars Football & Cheer
PO Box 118 
Toney, Alabama 35773

Phone: 256-886-8470
Email: [email protected]

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