berryessa cougars football and cheer
2014 SEASON BERRYESSA COUGARS
FOOTBALL AND CHEER
The Berryessa Cougar organization offers competitive football and cheerleading instruction for youth in the Berryessa, Alum Rock and North San Jose Communities. Our program is designated to provide a fun and safe environment for boys ages 6 - 14 and girls ages 4 - 14. We emphasize teamwork, sportsmanship, self-esteem, and discipline. The Berryessa Cougar Organization is lead by an enthusiastic, dedicated group of individuals who have unsurpassed passion for the sport and truly enjoy leading and positively interacting with our participants. It is our goal to provide the best football and cheer program in our league.
The goal of our league is to provide a safe and productive environment that enables children to learn and apply the principles of teamwork, discipline, dedication, and sportsmanship. We facilitate the development of strength and character in every child that participates.
We are sustained by the efforts of volunteers who display an extraordinary amount of commitment and hard work, ensuring that our league is a positive influence in the lives of our children. We also strive to provide a service to our community by providing a healthy outlet for children, opportunities for the community to gather together, and endless hours of entertainment.
Berryessa Cougars is registered as a non-profit organization. We appreciate the generous support of the community, local merchants, and civic organizations.
In PAL Football/Cheerleading, everyone participates. The program is structured to benefit all players by establishing the following guidelines:
Many of our coaches have been coaching football for a number of years and most have played at various levels. All coaches must undergo a security background check to be a part of our organization. Each team has at least 4 coaches and have gone through Concussion Awareness training. In our efforts to maintain the highest standards, additionally this year all coaches will be required to take and pass the Heads Up Coaching Courses to be allowed on the field.
Players and cheerleaders are split into teams and squads based upon age and weight (age only for cheerleaders). This makes competition safer and fairer for all involved. PAL uses July 31st as its cut-off date for age determination. Each football participant is required to weigh in before each game. A player that doesn’t make weight will not be allowed to participate in that day’s game. Cheerleaders do not have a weight requirement.
Players must have 10 hours of conditioning before they can have contact on the field.
We expect your child to be FULLY involved. This is a Highly Competitive, Well Disciplined and TEAM oriented sport. Please be aware of the time commitment at the beginning of the season and throughout the regular season when planning vacations. WE STRONGLY discourage children from participating in more than one sport during the season. Your participant may be dropped upon 3 unexcused absences. This is at the coach’s discretion. In addition parent participation is mandatory, (eg. snack bar, mpr, chain gang, announcing, etc.)
Equipment will be issued to your child on an individual basis. You must agree to be responsible for any lost or damaged equipment. Football players will be provided with helmets, shoulder pads, and game uniforms. Cheerleaders will be required to purchase uniforms and accessories. Parents will need to provide Football players with cleats and socks, athletic supporter, cup, mouth piece, practice jersey to fit over pads and practice pants with pads as well as any other optional equipment. Parents will need to provide cheerleaders with additional equipment, such as: kick pants, tennis shoes, socks, poms, hair bow/tie and turtleneck.
Equipment is to be returned at the final game of the season. Equipment is not to be modified in anyway unless done so by a Berryessa Cougars board member or Coach.
Each participant is required to have a physical examination before they can begin practice. To reduce the financial burden, we will have our doctor on site to issue physicals first day of practice Thursday July 24th for those in need at a nominal cost. Once again, no one will be allowed to start practice in July without a valid physical and all other required paperwork. (No Exceptions)
Police Athletic League (PAL) provides secondary insurance in the event of a medical emergency. This insurance is SECONDARY to any insurance that you may carry.
Practice is five days per week Monday Tuesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday until Labor Day. After Labor Day, practice will be held three days a week. Specific days will be determined by individual coach and Board discretion but are currently scheduled for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Teams will practice 5:30 to 7:30. Practice begins promptly, it is parent’s responsibility to be prompt.
A participant cannot begin practice with a team until all fees and required paperwork have been completed.
Each participant is required to furnish:
1. A signed and dated contract by parent
2. A signed medical release from an examining physician. This release must include the physician’s address, phone number, signature with date.
3. 2 Copies of Birth Certificate (If it is your first year with the cougars we will need the original as well)
4. Current wallet size 2 x 3 school picture. No Polaroid’s, No Sunglasses No Hats.
5. 2 copies of all four quarters of their report card issued last school year.
Fighting, intimidation, or disrespect for authority will result in
• removal from game for first offense
• one week suspension from team for
• suspension from team for remainder of season for third offense.
We have a NO REFUND POLICY, with one exception:
1. Participant does not pass a physical.
There will be a charge of $40.00 on all returned checks to cover bank-processing fees.
From pre-season physicals to in-season injuries, safety is of interest to all. It is important to note the Consumer Products Safety Commission, among others, has developed information showing many activities of youth: soccer, swimming, biking, skate boarding and others, produce more injuries, and more serious injuries “per exposure”, than does PAL football.