Abington Raiders Sports Association, Inc. P.O. Box 280 Abington, PA 19001
2017 PERTINENT FACTS
PARENTS, PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION PACKAGE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER REGISTERING YOUR CHILD. MOST OF THE PERTINENT INFORMATION REGARDING THE ABINGTON RAIDERS IS CONTAINED IN THIS DOCUMENT. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU KEEP THIS PACKET HANDY THROUGHOUT THE SEASON AS A REFERENCE. IN ADDITION, FLYERS AND BULLETINS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED BY E-MAIL THROUGHOUT THE SEASON ANNOUNCING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES.
Required prior to equipment pickup for football or the 1st practice for cheer and flag football
- Completed Registration Form (signed by Parent/Guardian)
- Current picture (with child’s name on the back)
- Copy of Birth Certificate (“certificates of birth” issued by the hospital are NOT acceptable)
- Copy of JUNE 2017 final report card (for all but flag football players)
- Physician Form - signed by Physician and Parent
- Participant Consent Form – must be signed by Parent and Participant
- Registration Fee
- Publicity Release Form
- Medical Treatment Form (signed by Parent/Guardian) – To be distributed at practice in August.
Parents/Guardians are obligated to help. You will be assigned to field duties and snack bar duties during the course of the playing season. A list of assignments will be issued prior to the first game. It is the parent’s responsibility to fulfill the assignments or to provide a suitable adult (at least 18 years old) to act as your substitute. This is mandatory. Parent involvement is the only way to ensure that a safe, enjoyable program remains available to all of our children. If you fail to fulfill your assignment your child may be ineligible to participate in our program.
FIELD DUTIES: Includes setting up and/or taking down sideline markers, goal post pads and benches; manning the down markers and/or chains; announcing home games; keeping the clock during home games and play counting.
SNACK BAR DUTIES: The Raiders operate a concession stand at Alverthorpe Park during home games. Proceeds from the concession stand are used to help pay for equipment, insurance, game officials and other financial obligations of the Raiders. The duties involve operation of the concession stand during home games. You will be assigned to work either before or after your child’s game.
PARENTS CODE of CONDUCT
We as adults set an example that the children participating in the program will follow. The following code of ethics is to be adhered to by all adults:
- Refrain from sideline coaching. Let the coaching staff, approved by the board of directors, do their job.
- Do not criticize the coaches, players or cheerleaders on our own or opposing teams by word of mouth or gesture. Cheer for our team rather than against our opponents.
- Accept the decision of game officials as being fair and being called to the best of their ability.
- Abstain from consumption of alcohol or the use of tobacco products on the playing and practice fields. This is a National Pop Warner rule. Failure to abide by these rules could jeopardize the future of the Abington Raiders.
- Do your best to assure that all participants will have an enjoyable experience in their days with the Abington Raiders.
Occasionally you may disagree with the way the organization is managed or the way your child is coached. As a member of the Abington Raiders your opinion is important. If you have suggestions for improvements let them be known at a board of directors meeting held the 3rd Tuesday of every month (except December) at the Roychester Community Building.
Sideline gossip does nothing constructive for the children. If you disagree with the way your child’s coach is handling the team or your child, you should take the following steps:
- Speak to the coach privately. This step resolves most disagreements.
- If you are not satisfied with the coach’s response, speak to the Athletic Director or one of the Raiders Executives.
- If the dispute remains unsolved, bring your issues to the next regularly scheduled board of directors meeting.
Any violation of the Parents Code of Conduct will be reviewed by the Executive Board. All incidents will require a review by the executive board with all parties involved. If deemed appropriate, you may be requested to refrain from attending future Abington Raiders events.
VISIT OUR WEBSITE
Visit our website at www.abingtonraiders.org. You’ll find up to date information about the organization. Find game schedules, updates, and upcoming events. Our website will answer most of your questions but feel free to contact any member of the Executive Board with any questions.
Cheer: $200.00 (which includes 20 Raffle Tickets)
Tackle: $200.00 (which includes 20 Raffle Tickets)
Flag Football: $150.00 (which includes 20 Raffle Tickets)
*Family Maximum $500.00
MANDATORY FUNDRAISING FOR 2017
For the 2017 season, each Raider, both football and cheerleading, is required to sell a minimum number of raffle tickets (20). Additional tickets can be sold to have your registration fee refunded. At registration you will receive raffle tickets to be sold. If desired, you may purchase the tickets yourself and will then have a chance to win cash prizes. The following is a breakdown of options to give each Raider the incentive to sell as many tickets as possible:
Sell 40 Raffle Tickets (30 for flag football) per child and receive 2017 Registration Refund
Examples if you have 2 children:
Sell 40 raffle tickets per child (totaling 80 tickets) and receive 2 registration refunds
Sell 40 raffle tickets for 1 child plus $100 registration fee and 20 raffle tickets for the 2nd child (totaling 60 tickets) and receive one registration refund.
Equipment pickup dates have not been determined yet. You will receive a notice in the mail by early July to inform you of your pickup date and time. IN ORDER TO OBTAIN YOUR EQUIPMENT, ALL TACKLE FOOTBALL PLAYERS MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF THE FINAL REPORT CARD FOR THE 2016-2017 YEAR and ALL PAPERWORK. A minimum payment of $100.00 is due at equipment pickup.
BEFORE PARTICIPATING IN PRACTICE ALL PAPER WORK MUST BE SUBMITTED (INCLUDING SIGNED PHYSICIANS FORM).
The following equipment must be provided by the parents (all other equipment is provided by the Raiders):
FLAG: Athletic supporter, socks, shoes with rubber cleats, mouthpiece with keeper strap
TACKLE: Athletic supporter, socks, shoes with rubber cleats, mouthpiece with keeper strap
CHEERLEADER: Information to follow from the Cheerleading Coordinator
Game jerseys and cheerleader uniforms will be distributed late August, prior to the 1st game.
Pre-season practices will be held at Abington Jr. High School beginning TUESDAY AUGUST 1st. Practices are held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday AND Thursday from 6:00-8:00 pm until Labor Day. After Labor Day practice moves to Roychester Park/Overlook Elementary School and are held Tuesday AND Thursday evenings 6:00-8:00 pm though the end of the playing season. COMPETITVE LEVEL CHEERLEADERS MAY PRACTICE 3 TIMES/WEEK AFTER LABOR DAY. PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND ALL PRACTICES but must refrain from sideline coaching that may conflict with what the coaching staff is teaching.
Games will begin the weekend of August 26th. Please schedule your vacations accordingly. Flag teams will have 8 games. Tiny Mites (75lbs) will have 9 games. Non-competitive teams, Jr. Mitey Mite (85lbs) and Mitey Mites (100lbs), will play 10 games. Competitive teams, Jr. Pee Wee (115lbs), Pee Wee (130lbs) and Jr. Varsity (155lbs), will play 10 games and, if eligible, could participate in post season bowl games or post season play off games.
Home Games: Are held at Alverthorpe Park on Friday nights, Saturdays or Sundays.
Away Games: Are held at various opponents’ fields. Directions will be distributed by your team representative during the Thursday night practice prior to an away game. Maps may also be found on our web site but due to uncontrollable circumstances – the maps may NOT be accurate or a field location may be changed.
Parents are responsible for transportation to all games, both home and away. Tackle players should plan to arrive 1 ½ to 2 hours prior to game time or they could jeopardize their chances of participating in that game. This is necessary due to the weigh-in requirements. If you are not present for weigh-in, at the discretion of the opposing team, you may not be eligible to play in that game.
INTRODUCTORY LEVELS – FLAG AND NON-COMPETITIVE
While participation in all sports is competitive, competition at the introductory level is de-emphasized. The introductory levels are primarily instructional levels where participants are introduced to the basics of the game. There is no league champion at these levels.
COMPETITIVE LEVELS – JR. PEEWEE, PEE WEE AND JR. MIDGETS
While remaining instructional, the competitive level teams are in the running for the Buxmont League & Mid Atlantic Region Championship and are eligible for post season bowl games.
Cheerleader squads are formed for each level of football. Ages on squads should correspond to the ages on the football team. There are no weight restrictions. Cheerleaders are expected to cheer at every game for their team including post season play.
Please be aware that additional expenses may be incurred if your team advances to post season play. The Abington Raiders organization will make every effort to reduce the expenses incurred by holding travel expense fund raisers.
SAFETY AND INSURANCE
It shall be the responsibility of the parent/guardian to assure that the registrants are physically and academically fit to participate. The parent/guardian MUST obtain a statement from a physician PRIOR TO THE 1st PRACTICE that the child is physically fit and there are no observable conditions that would prohibit the child from playing football or cheering. Satisfactory progress in school is also required. Parents should realize that the Raiders program is operated for the child’s benefit and that sports participation is secondary to school work and scholastic achievement.
To possibly answer some of your questions about safety: According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, Pop Warner Football is safer than many youth activities that we take for granted, such as swimming, bicycling and skateboarding. However, you should be aware that in spite of all reasonable precautions, injuries happen. Football is a collision sport, and sometimes even the best athletic gear will not prevent injury due to the many factors involved in contact. We are please to report that because of our fine safety record, we are able to afford and do carry medical insurance on all players and cheerleaders. Coverage is of the “excess” type. This means that the plan is designed to provide benefits after your medical insurance has been used. If you do not have your own medical insurance, the plan has a deductible.
SCHOLAR ATHLETE PROGRAM
The Abington Raiders sponsor a scholar athlete program in conjunction with the Buxmont Youth Football –Cheerleader League and Pop Warner Football. There are several levels of recognition. All participants who meet the scholar athlete criteria and have completed 3rd grade are recognized as scholars. The Buxmont Youth League selects scholars and honors 12 year olds at a league scholar athlete banquet after the season. Eligible applicants are submitted to Pop Warner National offices for the National Scholar Program. We are proud to have had many National honorees over the years.
The Raiders awards ceremonies are held annually: in November for the Non-Competitive Teams and December for the Competitive Teams.
Annually the Raiders apply for field permits from the Abington Department of Parks and Recreation and the School District of Abington. We are fortunate to have use of the practice fields at Abington Jr. High School, Overlook Elementary School and Roychester Park as well as the facilities at Alverthorpe Park. The Community building at Roychester is also used. This building is maintained by the volunteer groups much like our own, not the township. Please show respect for all facilities. It is our intention to leave them in the same or better condition as we find them.
The Abington Raiders is an all volunteer Pop Warner Youth Organization dedicated to the ideal of providing boys and girls an opportunity to play football and cheer and have fun while doing so. The executive officers, board of directors and coaches give freely of their time to achieve this end. All coaches must attend a certification program. The certification program stresses preparation, sports psychology, safety and conditioning rather than football and cheerleading skills.