Q: Is any experience necessary?
A: No, there is no experience necessary. We get new participants at all levels each year. The coaches will work with anyone new to bring them up to speed. We want everyone to have the opportunity to participate if they want to do so, and we highly encourage new participants!
Q: When is registration?
A: Registration is open...please login to your account or create a new account.
Q: What is the cost to play?
A: Football will be $250.00 per player. Cheer is $150.00 per participant. If you have specific questions about costs, etc., please e-mail AmherstPatriotsFootball@gmail.com
Q: What does my fee pay for?:
A: Your football fee pays for your equipment (other than cleats and cup). In addition, it pays for the field time, referees, E.M.T., jerseys, etc.
Q: When will practice begin?
A: The official first practice is usually the second Monday in August but coaches can sometimes hold a meet and greet or combine prior to that start date.
Q: Our family goes on vacation during August every year, how will this affect my child?
A: The answer to that will depend on the level and age of your child. Many of the skills used during the year are learned in August, and your child would be pretty far behind. Additionally, the first week is conditioning week where your child will receive 8-10 hours of conditioning in order to put pads on and have contact (for Football), or stunting (for Cheer). Missing all or part of that week can be significant. Should you cancel your vacation? No, unless it won’t cost you anything. Just be aware for future years and try to plan around that. Typically it is first year players that are affected by vacation in August…and unfortunately those are also typically the ones who need that practice the most.
Q: What is the time investment for practice?
A: August practices will be Monday through Thursday for approximately two hours at Upper Wilkins. When school starts, practices will be Tuesday's and Thursday's at Simeon Wilson Road for two hours as well.
Q: When is the first game?
A: The league Jamboree is typically the last weekend in August with the first game being the weekend after Labor Day. We do not have any football over Labor day weekend.
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!
Q: Who will be my child’s coach?
A: The teams will be set up based on age and grade. From there we will determine how many teams we will have and then we will assign coaches.
Q: I would like to be a coach or assistant coach, who do I contact?
A: For Football, please email Aaron Eder-linell email@example.com or Carey Glines firstname.lastname@example.org