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Lenape Valley Indians

Football and Cheerleading

FAQs
FAQs

GENERAL QUESTIONS:



When is registration?
Registration is usually held in early March at Unami Middle School in Chalfont and/or Lenape Middle School in Doylestown. We try to hold it on one Saturday afternoon and one mid-week evening. We will determine the dates by mid-February and post them on our web site. Additionally, we try to distribute fliers (over 11,000) to every Central Bucks School District elementary student by the end of February. CBSD has mentioned that they may change their policy to not allow non-profit youth sports programs to distribute to our children. We also try to distribute them at local private schools (St. Jude's and Plumstead Christian allow our fliers, OLMC does not).



When does the season start?
The season usually starts on the first Monday of August. Pop Warner and the Bux-Mont League set a "start date" each year that is determined by the first Monday in August. If the first Monday is "later" in August (such as the 6th or 7th), there is a chance that practices could begin on the last Monday in July (like the 30th or 31st).



When are game schedules published?
Game schedules are published in early August (usually by the 2nd weekend in August). Regular season games generally start Labor Day weekend. Please note that the last 2 weeks of the schedule (usually referred to as "Weeks 9 and 10") are always subject to change due to he teams that enter the playoffs (at 105s, 120s and 135s). Additionally, the league tries to make the last one or two games at all levels as balanced as possible (if the schedule can be adjusted).



How long are practices?
Practices generally run 90 minutes for the younger children (5-8) and 120 minutes for children ages 9-13.



When are games held?
Regular season games usually begin on the weekend after Labor Day and continue for at least 8 weekends depending on the level of play (i.e. Flag is usually only 8 games, tackle is 10-12 games). Games are played on Friday nights, anytime on Saturdays and on Sunday afternoon. Each team will only play one game per weekend.



Will my child play in every game?
Yes! Pop Warner has "minimum play requirements" for all levels of football.



What happens if we are going on vacation in August?
We have families every year that miss some practices in August. We understand that this may occur and can work around a child’s absence if we know in advance and if the absences is limited to one week for a competitive-level player (ages 10 and up) and to no more than 2 weeks for a child age 5-8. Please note that our August practices are very similar to "school" (lot of instruction) and missing August practices can result in your child being "behind" some of the other players (students) on the team.



What happens if my child misses practices because he/she attends CCD?
CCD conflicts occur every year. Please inform your coach as soon as possible so he/she can try to schedule practices accordingly.



What happens if my child misses games or practices because he/she is playing soccer or fall baseball?
Although Pop Warner has "minimum play requirements", we are still able to sit a child for missing practices and/or games due to other sport conflicts (i.e. soccer or Fall baseball). We strongly discourage participating in a "second sport" during football season and your child will likely suffer from not getting valuable playing time and experience with the team.



How do you set your registration fees?
Registration fees are based on three primary factors:
  • Value of participation based on number of practices hours and game hours (as compared to other youth sports programs). Football players and Cheerleaders will practice between 30 and 80 hours in a season (as compared to 5 to 20 hours for baseball or basketball players). Our base registration fee is comparable to all other youth sports (despite the fact that our facility maintenance costs and uniform costs are considerably higher).
  • "Personal" uniform costs. Tackle football players who complete the season will be awarded their game jersey. This cost is added to our base registration fee for tackle football. Cheerleaders who complete the season will keep their sneakers, body suit, bloomers and socks. These costs are added to our base registration fee for cheerleading.
  • Fundraising. We add a "raffle fee" to our March registration fee that involves every participant. The raffle fee can be recouped by selling the raffle tickets provided at our March registration. We opt for the "raffle" as our main fundraiser to enable children all summer to sell the tickets to not interfere with any schoolwork in the spring (after registration) or fall (during the season). We believe that is far more important for the children to concentrate on schoolwork first, then football or cheerleading second, and not be interrupted by fundraising efforts during the school year.




  • Why do you charge a late fee after April 1st?
    Uniforms and equipment are ordered at discount prices on March 31st of every year. The late fees are collected to offset the price increases that are incurred for ordering after April 1st.



    Why do I need to volunteer? Can I "buy my way out" of volunteering?
    All families must volunteer. Due to the numerous tasks required to run our league, we do not allow families to "buy out" their volunteer commitment. Please keep in mind that there are numerous volunteers (at least 20) who spend at least 200 hours per year volunteering their time.



    Why do you close registration and limit the number of participants?
    We have a limited number of practice facilities and only one game field. We can only field a limited number of teams due to our field constraints. In addition, we limit the number of participants on each team/squad to enable the children to get quality instruction and fair opportunities for participation or playing time.



    Who coaches the teams?
    ALL Pop Warner coaches, administrators, board members (even the web master of this site) are VOLUNTEERS. The volunteer head coaches apply for a coaching position every year (no one has "tenure)" at the January league meeting (2nd Wednesday in January at Unami Middle School, 8:30 PM). They are then voted upon by the Lenape Valley Football & Cheerleading Board of Directors. Each coach, head or assistant, must receive a majority of approval votes from the Board. The assistants are named after our March registration by the appointed Head Coaches (and approved by the Board of Directors).



    How can I be a head coach?
    If you are interested in coaching football or cheerleading and would like more information, please contact us at[email protected].



    TACKLE FOOTBALL:



    When are tackle football practices?
    Tackle Football practices are Monday through Thursday nights during the month of August, and then 2 nights per week after Labor Day. The practice times are dependent upon daylight (we only have one lighted field), coaches availability and field availability. Practices generally run 90 to 120 minutes, depending on the age of the children, and start times could be as early as 5:30 PM and could end as late as 9:00 PM.



    Where are practices held?
    Practices are primarily held at the following locations:
  • Swartley-Winkelmann Field (our main field) – primarily tackle football and some cheerleading
  • North Branch Park, 107 Park Avenue, Chalfont, PA 18914 – primarily cheerleading; some tackle football and some Flag football
  • West Branch Park, Schoolhouse Road, New Britain, PA 18901 – some tackle football and flag football
  • Tohickon Middle School – we are working with Plumstead Township to secure practice space on the Plumstead-owned fields at Tohickon Middle School




  • How long are tackle football games?
    Tackle football games are approximately 105-120 minutes long.



    FLAG FOOTBALL:



    When are flag football practices?
    Flag football teams practice 2 or 3 nights per week (Monday-Thursday) in August and then 1 or 2 nights per week after Labor Day. The practice times are dependent upon daylight, coaches availability and field availability. Practices generally run 90 minutes long.



    How long are flag football games?
    Flag football games are approximately 60 minutes long.



    Can you give me more information about becoming a flag football head coach?
    The season starts on August 1st. Flag teams generally practice twice per week in August (if you have time, it may be helpful to get a 3rd practice in during one of the weeks in August). If you get rained out on a practice night, we strongly encourage trying to make it up. The schedule for flag practices is dependent on the head coaches' availability (and can change from week to week). You can practice at 5:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, etc ... whatever fits your schedule. You can practice any 2 nights between Monday and Thursday. We don't encourage weekend practices (because many families go away on Summer weekends), but they are permitted. During the regular season (after Labor Day), practices usually drop down to one night per week and only go through mid-October due to the loss of daylight (we only have one lighted field that the older tackle teams use for practices). In addition to coaching practices and games, the head coach is also responsible to attend monthly meetings (2nd Wednesday in each month around 8:30pm), a mandatory league meeting in early August (Friday night near Perkasie or Souderton) and compile his team's "paperwork" (birth certificates, photos, doctor's form and parent form) or assign that task to the "Team Mom/Dad". Games are scheduled on 8 weekends in September and October (possibly the first weekend of November). Our goal is to schedule the flag games on Saturdays (morning to early afternoon). However, we also make a special effort to schedule at least one game for each team "under the lights" on a Friday night. Due to field availability, there is also a chance that one game could be played on a Sunday afternoon.



    CHEERLEADING:



    When are cheerleading practices?
    Competitive-level cheerleaders, ages 10 and up, practice 4 nights per week (Monday-Thursday) in August and then 2 or 3 nights after Labor Day. Non-competitive level cheerleaders, ages 5 to 9, practice 2 or 3 nights per week in August and then 1 or 2 nights per week after Labor Day. The practice times are dependent upon daylight, coaches availability and gym availability. The practices generally run 90 minutes to 120 minutes depending on the age of the children.



    How do you determine the age levels for the cheerleaders and what squads they will be placed on?
    We align the girls according to Pop Warner rules (example: a 7 year old girl can’t be on the same squad as a 10 or 11 year old). Each cheerleaders’ “league age” is based on how old they are on July 31st of the current year.
  • Flag cheerleading will be for 5 and 6 year old girls (must be 5 as of July 31st of the current year). They will cheer at a minimum of 8 games (most of them should be at home) and will participate in the Bux-Mont "Fun Day" for non-competitive cheerleaders.
  • Tiny Mite- cheerleading will be for 7 year old girls or younger girls in 2nd grade during the season in which they cheer. They will cheer at a minimum of 8 games (most of them should be at home) and will participate in the Bux-Mont "Fun Day" for non-competitive cheerleaders.
  • Jr. Mitey Mite cheerleading will be for 8 year old girls and/or 7 year old girls who are entering 3rd grade during the season in which they cheer. They will cheer at 10 or 11 games and will participate in the Bux-Mont "Fun Day" for non-competitive cheerleaders.
  • Mitey Mite cheerleading will be for 9 year old girls and/or 8 year old girls who are entering 4th grade during the season in which they cheer. They will cheer at 10 or 11 games and will participate in the Bux-Mont "Fun Day" for non-competitive cheerleaders.
  • Pee Wee cheerleading will be for 11 and 12 year old girls and/or 10 year old girls who are entering 6th grade during the season in which they cheer. They will cheer at 10-13 games and will participate in our league Cheer competition. The top finishers (in some cases, the top 3 finishers) advance to the Pop Warner Regional competition with the ultimate goal of advancing to the Pop Warner National championships in Orlando, FL.
  • Pee Wee cheerleading will be for 11 and 12 year old girls and/or 10 year old girls who are entering 6th grade during the season in which they cheer. They will cheer at 10-13 games and will participate in our league Cheer competition. The top finishers (in some cases, the top 3 finishers) advance to the Pop Warner Regional competitions with the ultimate goal of advancing to the Pop Warner National championships in Orlando, FL.
  • Jr. Varsity cheerleading will be for 12 and 13 year old girls and/or 11 year old girls who are entering 7th or 8th grade during the season in which they cheer. They will cheer at 10-13 games and will participate in our league Cheer competition. The top finishers (in some cases, the top 3 finishers) advance to the Pop Warner Regional competition with the ultimate goal of advancing to the Pop Warner National championships in Orlando, FL.



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    Email: [email protected]
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