Hi Wildcat Family!! As many of you have heard through your team parents, we need people to help out during the next 2 home games. If someone could volunteer to do announcements/music and help with the score board during your child's game time that would be a huge help! The equipment will all be set up and it is simple to learn how to do! If there are no volunteers for a game, there will be no announcements or music during that game. If you have already told your team parent you would help, send me a quick note too so we can be sure we have that time scheduled.
We also could use an extra set of strong hands or two to help set up the field ropes in the morning.
9:00 am - Flag
10:00 am - 80JV
11:15 am - 100JV
12:45 pm - 80V
2:15 pm - 100V
3:45 pm - 120V
Note that this schedule is very solid for Varsity. In the case of Junior Varsity, not every team that we play may have been able to field both a Varsity and Junior Varsity team. As such if we are playing a team without a Junior Varsity team, the league may be able to find us a different team to play us on our home turf. However, it's also very possible that they're only able to find a team willing to play us on their home turf in which case that JV team could end up playing away that week.
To the extent that we find ourselves in that position, we will do our best to have the league find us a team that can play on our field. However, note that it's largely outside of our control.
All of the teams have currently not finalized their Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. It'll be a week or so before we find out what the final schedules will look like. We'll send those out as soon as we get them.
Special Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out on Saturday to help prepare the Harmony Park field and Field House. They all did an incredible job at cleaning, organizing and painting. Special thanks to Ruppert Landscaping for sending a crew to aerate, fertilize and apply lime to the whole field for free. We're extremely grateful to them and all of the other volunteers who helped us out. We're looking forward to a great 2016 Season!!!
Note that the physical form policy has been update to the following:
"Fill out and sign the parent section and have your doctor fill out and sign the physician section. The form will be valid for 12 months and must be valid through the duration of the season (11/30). No equipment will be distributed without the submission of a completed Sports Physical Exam. Therefore, your child will not be permitted to practice until the completed documentation is handed in."
Note that although the Wildcats provide its players with quality helmets - some families still choose to purchase their own helmets. This is permitted by the organization under 2 conditions:
1) The color should match the color of the Wildcats' helmet which is "Vegas Gold" 2) The helmet needs to be certified as reconditioned every other year (to be extra safe - the Wildcats organization reconditions its helmet every year). This is a USA Football, Bert Bell and Insurance requirement. The helmet will need to have a valid reconditioning sticker on it.
If you're going to be using your own helmet but don't know how to get it reconditioned - please contact me and I'll be happy to give you some recommendations.
The Avon Grove Wildcats takes the health and safety of each athlete very seriously, and makes it the priority of every coach and volunteer in the organization.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Symptoms include, headache, confusion, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. The chance of injury rises when proper blocking and tackling techniques have not been taught to the athletes, and when equipment is not up to code.
In order to increase safety The Avon Grove Wildcats have implemented USA Football’s Heads Up Football Program. This program will make sure that each coach in the program knows the proper technique and will make sure these techniques are implemented in both practice and games.
We have also joined forces with Riddell in this process. It is recommended that helmets are reconditioned every two seasons to increase safety we have made a commitment to have our helmets reconditioned by Riddell before EVERY season.
For further information on Riddell’s Reconditioning Process please watch the video below:
Registration for the Wildcats' 2016 Season is now open!!! There is a Sibling Discount of $10 Off for each additional sibling. To register please go to the "Register Now" link on the right hand panel on the site.
Standard Registration will be open from May 1st to June 30th. Late registration will be open from July 1st to August 1st. With the exception of the additional cost for tackle jerseys noted below, registration fees will remain unchanged:
Flag Football: $80, Late Fee: $25
Tackle Football: $200, Personalized Jersey: $20, Late Fee: $50
Flag Cheer: $80, Late Fee: $25
Non Flag Cheer Registration: $155, Late Fee: $50
One thing to note is that we never want cost to be the reason why a kid doesn’t get to play for the Wildcats. So if you (or someone you know) is unable to register a kid for the Wildcats because of cost – please reach out to me and I’ll work to make that as much of a non-issue as possible.
Tackle Jerseys and Pants
This upcoming year, tackle football players will be using personalized jerseys (with the last name on the back of the jersey) that players will be able to keep at the end of the season. A portion of the registration fee will be used to cover the cost of the jerseys. In addition, there will be a charge of $20 per player to cover the rest of the cost.
Another bit of exciting news is that we will be replacing all of the tackle pants for our players with pants that have integrated pads.
This upcoming year, the Wildcats will not be providing practice jerseys. Players can use practice jerseys from previous years that still fit or purchase one.
Cheer Uniforms and Practices
In addition, we will be replacing all of the uniforms for our cheerleaders with a new and exciting design. We’re pleased with the new design and can’t wait to see the Cheerleaders in their new look.
In addition, KX Athletics has been generous enough to allow our cheerleaders to practice in their facility located in 21 Commerce Blvd., Suite 1, West Grove, PA 19390. The KX Athletics facility is a state of the art facility which will not only allow our cheerleaders to be more comfortable, but they will be safer too. We want to give a big thank you to KX Athletics for supporting the Wildcats.
This upcoming year we will be purchasing new uniforms for all of our players and cheerleaders. In order to fund this effort, we are counting on the support of our local business community. Sponsoring the Wildcats is not only a way to support the Wildcats, but it will also provide local businesses great marketing exposure to a great demographic of hundreds of families in our local community.
Please contact Matt Hepworth at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Wildcats Fundraising thru Sponsorship and Donations
In order to make a lot of the changes that we’re looking to do this year, we are going to need more financial support than we’ve ever received. Unfortunately, registrations fees alone aren’t enough to cover the full cost of the program – especially in a year like 2016 where we are replacing uniforms for both football players and cheerleaders.
Many other clubs overcome these shortfalls by requiring players to do significant fundraising. We know that many times the burden of fundraising ultimately falls on the parents – who in many cases are already over-booked. Therefore, our hope is to be able secure the funds we need via sponsorship and donations and relieve parents of that burden.
There are four primary ways to contribute to the Wildcats (sponsorship and corporate-matching/check/credit card donations). To the extent possible, we hope you’ll consider supporting the Wildcats in at least one of these four ways and that you’ll pass this email along to anyone you know who you think may be interested in supporting us.
Our Business sponsorship program that will not only give Businesses an opportunity to support the Wildcats but we believe that it will also provide them with a lot of marketing value that is hard to come by in this area. There are several packages that include various combinations of field banners, ads in our Game Day Program, logos on our website, etc.
Note that there is one special package that is only available to the parents of a Wildcat called “The Wildcat”. If your employer is willing to sponsor the Wildcats for $1,000, not only will they receive a valuable marketing package from the Wildcats, but your child will also get a free registration.
Please contact Matt Hepworth at email@example.com for more information.
To support the Wildcats with a check donation, please make the check out to the “Avon Grove Wildcats” and mail it to PO Box 103, West Grove, PA 19390. You can also hand a check to Elsje Kumpon or myself in person.
Corporate Matching Donation Programs
There are several corporate programs that allow employees to contribute to a non-profit organization where the company then matches the donation amount. Organizations like Bank of America and United Way participate in programs like this. If your company offers this type of program, please consider selecting the Wildcats as an organization that you support.
Below is an updated schedule for the 2016 season. Note that Homecoming has been moved to 9/10 instead of 10/8.
Note that this schedule is only applicable for Varsity teams. The hope is that the JV and Flag schedule will be as close to this as possible. However, the final non-Varsity schedule will depend on the number of non-Varsity teams that each club we play is able field. Unfortunately, this won’t be known until we near the end of the registration period. While we’d like to keep all of the varsity and non-varsity schedules as consistent as possible, this is never entirely possible and there are always differences. We will do our best to keep everyone together throughout the season – especially during home games and homecoming. However, this is largely outside of our control.
Freshman Football – 2 to 3 times/week (2 to 3 times/week once the season starts)
Tackle Football – 5 days/week (3 times/week once the season starts)
Freshman Cheerleading - 2 times/week (1 time/week once the season starts)
Tackle Football – 2 times/week (2 times/week once the season starts)
Home Season Opener
Game at HS
Home Season Closer
Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.
The Wildcats Football Program is proud to announce the selection of the following football coaches for the 2016 season:
Flag - Mike Ham - Mike is returning for his second season as the Flag coach. Due to Mike's hard work and dedication to the kids, and program, he was named Wildcat Coach of the year for 2015. We are excited to have Mike back for 2016 season.
80JV - Matt Lucovich - Matt has an extensive amount of coaching experience within the Avon Grove Wildcats football organization. Most recently he was the defensive coordinator for the 100 varsity team. Matt's football knowledge and passion will create the base for our kids, and energize them as they move up the levels.
80 Varsity - Brian Kinsella- Brian brings an extensive amount of football experience to the program. Most recently he served as an assistant coach the 80 JV team. Brian has partnered with Chris Stein to bring a dynamic coaching staff to the 80 Varsity level. Chris Stein has coached at the high school level, and with multiple teams in the Bert Bell. Brian also serves at the Field Maintenance manager for the AGWF program.
100 JV - Chris Hughes - Chris has been with the Avon Grove Wildcat's program for many years as both a player, and coach. Chris most recently coached with Josh Belford for the 80 and 100lb levels. Chris brings a young high energy coaching staff that will ignite the Avon Grove football program.
100 Varsity - Chris Kumpon - Chris has an extensive football background playing at the high school, and collegiate levels. Chris has fantastic football acumen and a passion for coaching. Chris previously assistant coached the Avon Grove High Schools Red Devils CHESMONT championship team, as well as head coached at the AGWF Flag and 80lb levels. Chris's passion for football will greatly benefit the kids and the program
120 JV- Troy Hyman - Troy comes to the program from the Kennett Square Titan's program. Troy has coached at all the Bert Bell levels, and brings a passion for the game that will bolster the 120 program.
120 Varsity - Rob Colon - Rob has been with the program for over 10 years and has a contagious passion for coaching kids. Rob's football acumen and ability to connect with our kids will create a winning program.
Unlimited - TBD
We are excited to have an awesome group of coaches which we are sure will propel the program to new heights.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at Pete.Muller@exeloncorp.com
Important Notice Regarding Bert Bell Rules Changes
I’d like to inform you of a recent rule changes by Bert Bell with regards to the Older Lighter Rule, Birthday Cutoffs and the Pound-Per-Week Allowance. These rule changes will be in effect for the 2016 Season and may impact the weight level your child is eligible to play in.
Older Lighter Rule Change Older/Lighter players must remain at the older/lighter weight (20 pounds less than the weight level) for the entire season, and will not be given a pound per week during the regular season nor the playoffs. In addition, the older/lighter weight for the 120 pound level has been moved to 100 pounds.
Birthday Cutoff Rule Change The birthday cutoff date used to determine weight level eligibility has been moved to August 1st. If you’d like to check the weight level your child will be eligible to play in please use the following calculator: http://manageyouthteams.com/calc.php
Pound Per Week Allowance Rule Change Both the additional pound per week and the 2 pound allowance for games that begin at noon or later has been removed. Players at a given weight class will be allowed the pound per week at the beginning of the season, and a pound allowance will be added for each round of the playoffs. For example, at the 100 pound weight class, the allowed weights are as follows for an eight (8) game regular season.
Non Older/Lighters - 107 pounds during the regular season, beginning Week 1, and a pound per week during the playoffs
Older/Lighters - 80 pounds during both the regular season and the playoffs
Note that these changes were initiated by Bert Bell and not The Wildcats. We all have mixed feelings about the changes. They’re intended to increase enrollment at the older levels which helps clubs like the Wildcats. However, some kids will end up having to skip a level during this transitional year.
It also reduces the number of Older/Lighters. This helps clubs like The Wildcats as some of the clubs that dominate our league are able to do so with a disproportionate number of Older/Lighters on their team. However, it means that some of the kids who would’ve otherwise been able to play as Older/Lighters for the Wildcats, will now have to play at a heavier weight.
If you have any questions or concerns about this – feel free to reach out to me via email.
This is a reminder that all of the AGW Board of Director meetings are open to the public and we welcome those interested to attend our meetings. The meetings are held at the West Grove Methodist Church in West Grove (by Harmony Park) on the second Tuesday at each month at 7:00pm. These dates and times are subject to change.