The season is just a few weeks away and I wanted to touch base once again to provide a few updates as well as give everyone an idea of what the first few weeks looks like.
This year’s season will be kicking off on Monday, 30 July 20I8 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at Harmony Park.
There are strict Heat Acclimation Rules that Bert Bell sets at the beginning of the season to ensure we establish a safe practice environment. Each Team will need to follow these rules so that each child is properly conditioned prior to putting on full pads. We understand that some kids will be returning from summer vacation and may not be there on the first day. That said, they will still have to complete the full “5 Day Heat Acclimation” Period in its entirety.
Please see the Heat Acclimation Rules Below:
Bert Bell Heat Acclimation Rules:
Day 1-3 Shorts, Tee Shirts
Day 4 Shorts, Tee Shirts and Helmets
Day 5 Shorts, Helmets and Shoulder Pads
As it stands right now, we will keep each individual skill level together for the first two weeks in order to properly assess skill level. In a few cases the coaches may decide to keep players longer to further assess skill level. We are shooting to have a good idea of what the Team Splits look like (JV and V) by Aug 10th with first team practice on the 13th of Aug.
Thank you all for being part of the Avon Grove Wildcats organization. We’re looking forward to the start of a great season!
Hello Wildcat Families! Great News!!! Dick's Sporting Goods has offered Wildcat families the attached discounts at their stores. You can use the coupons for any sports gear you may need for the upcoming season!! There is a coupon for athletic shoes or cleats!! The coupons are good through November so don't forget to use it for back to school shopping as well!
When and where does practice start?
Usually the first Monday in August at Harmony Park located at 230 W. Harmony Road in West Grove. Practices normally run from 6PM until 8PM.
When will the game season begin?
The game season officially begins on Labor Day weekend with our first game.
How long does the season run?
This will vary depending on the team your child participates on, however most seasons run from August 1st until the second or third weekend in November.
Will there be any scrimmages before the season begins?
Yes, we usually will have 2 scrimmages - one during a regular practice during the week and one on a weekend before the season begins.
When is practice?
Until school starts, practices are mainly 5 nights a week from 6:00-8:00PM.
Once school begins the practices will reduce to 3 nights a week from 6:00-8:00PM.
What if we are away on vacation, can my child miss practice in August?
It is expected that all players are at all practices.
How many home games will we have?
We currently have 4 scheduled weekends of home games (subject to change).
Where are our home games played?
Harmony Park - West Grove
AUGUST (5) nights a week at the Harmony Park/Memorial Park
SEP-OCT-NOV (3) nights a week at the Harmony Park/Memorial Park
AUGUST (3) nights a week at Harmony Park
SEP-OCT-NOV Per week (2) practice nights
AUGUST (4) nights a week at Harmony Park (Mon-Thu)
SEP - NOV Indoors (3-4) nights a week at a local school gym
AUGUST Outdoors (3) nights a week at Harmony Park
SEP - OCT Indoors (2) nights a week at a local school gym
What are the age and weight limits?
There are NO Weight limits for the 2018 season. Ages are as follows;
Flag Football- 5 & 6 Year olds by 8/1
Rookie (7 on 7)- 6 & 7 Year olds by 8/1
Sophomore- 8 & 9 year olds by 8/1
Junior- 10 & 11 year olds by 8/1
Senior- 12 & 13 year olds by 8/1
Flag Cheer Squad- 5 & 6 year olds by 7/31
Rookie- 7 year olds by 7/31
Sophomore Cheer Squad- 8 & 9 year olds by 7/31
Junior Cheer Squad- 10 & 11 year olds by 7/31
Senior Cheer Squad- 12 & 13 year olds by 7/31
What is the difference between varsity and junior varsity?
Varsity teams are teams that compete for a league championship.
JV teams are instructional teams with no undue emphasis on winning.
Is AGW a traveling organization?
Yes, most of our schedule will be made up of teams in Chester County. Some games will be played in Delaware County.
What does my football player need to buy for 1st day of practice?
We will provide your child with a helmet and shoulder pads. You will need to provide a mouthpiece, cleats, socks, athletic supporter, girdle, pants, a practice jersey and a water bottle with plenty of water.
What does my cheerleader need to buy for 1st day of practice?
A cheerleader needs a white t-shirt, maroon or gold cotton shorts, and sneakers, hair in ponytail, water bottle and physical.
When will my child receive their uniform?
Helmets and shoulder pads will be distributed during a week at the end of July or beginning of August. Game jerseys will be distributed after the teams are divided into Varsity and JV.
Before my child can practice is a full medical clearance required?
A child will not be able to participate in contact or stunting drills until a medical clearance release is obtained from a physician.
Do flag football players and cheerleaders get uniforms like the bigger kids?
Flag football players will be issued game jerseys.
Flag cheerleaders will be issued regular cheerleading uniforms.
If you have a question that wasn’t answered above.
If you are interested in coaching, assistant coaching and/or getting involved with the Avon Grove Wildcats?
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We're in the process of gathering coaching candidates for the 2018 season. The success of our organization is extremely dependent on an outstanding coaching staff. The quality of our coaching is reliant upon the willingness of great people sharing their time, talents, knowledge and enthusiasm with our young athletes.
If you yourself are unable to coach, but know of potential candidates please forward this email to them. Keep in mind you do not have to have kids in the program to coach. ALL EXPERIENCED COACHES ARE WELCOME!!!
The plan is to hold interviews in mid April and make selections soon thereafter.
If you're interested in being a football Coach - please reach out to Mike Traa at . If you’re interested in being a Cheer coach - please reach out to Kate Hoogerwerff at and Barbara Aukzemas at .
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!!!
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.
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 Willowdale Chapel in Jennersville on the second Tuesday at each month at 6:30pm. These dates and times are subject to change.