In addition to these General FAQ’s,
check out Cheer FAQs | Football FAQs
Q: What is the cost to play?
A: Football and Cheer will be $225 per participant (we do have discounts if you have multiple kids playing/cheering, typically $25/off per player). If you have specific questions about costs, etc., please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: What does my fee include?
A: Your football fee includes use of all required equipment (other than cleats and cup). In addition, it pays for the field time, referees, and all associated expenses.
Q: When will practice begin?
A: The first day of practice is set for Monday, August 14th.
Q: Our family goes on vacation during August every year, how will this affect my child?
A: Many of the skills, regardless of level or age, used during the year are learned in August, and your child could potentially fall behind the team developmental level. Additionally, the first week is a required 10 hours of pre-pad conditioning necessary prior to advancing to pads (for football), or stunting (for Cheer). Missing all or part of that week can be significant. Our organization asks that parents use their best judgement around missing practice in lieu of vacation time and make the decision around what serves your family the best.
Q: What is the time investment for practice?
A: August – typically practice is Monday-Thursday 6pm – 8pm, 10 hours/week
Once school begins, practices typically switch to be Tuesday/Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 / 8:00 pm and possibly a walk through the day before Game Day. Cheer will typically be Monday/Wednesday/Friday 3:30pm – 5:30pm.
Q: When is the first game?
A: The jamboree will be on Saturday, August 26th in Manchester at Gill Stadium. The exact times for the two Youth Teams and the Junior Team is yet to be determined. We will post on this site as soon as we know the exact times on the 26th. We are currently finalizing the regular season game schedule. The regular season game schedule will be posted on this site as soon as we have it finalized.
Q: I hear that I will have to volunteer time during the season. How much time?
A: The Amherst Patriots rely heavily on volunteers to do many jobs. These range from Coach to Board Member to working in the snack shack. How many hours you will need to do will depend on the job you have chosen, and how many slots need to be filled. For example, the snack shack needs to be staffed from an hour before the first game until an hour after the last game. The team moms along with the volunteer coordinator will work with you to determine what jobs you can do and when you will need to do them. Remember that we cannot be successful without our volunteers! Please check out the volunteer page for more information.
Q: What is the Amherst Patriots’ refund policy?
A: The refund you could receive will vary greatly depending upon when you withdraw from the program. Please see our refund policy page for detailed information.
Q: How many games are played?
A: We are currently scheduled to have the jamboree and 7 regular season games for both Youth Teams and our Junior Team.
Q: Where are practices and games held?
A: In August our practices will be held at Wilkins Elementary in Amherst. When school starts both football players and Cheerleaders will transition to another location. 2016 season we practiced at Simeon Wilson field at Souhegan High School. Games are held at Souhegan High School.
Q: Do I have to be at every practice or game?
A: We certainly invite all parents to stay for each practice if they desire to do so. However it is not necessary. However, if you do NOT stay at practice please be aware of the weather (we cannot practice in thunderstorms), and please have your cell phone available in case something happens. While you do not have to stay at the games either, the community atmosphere is something to be enjoyed and we highly encourage it. Additionally please be aware of your volunteer responsibilities.
Q: Who do I contact for more information?
A: For more information please feel free to contact: