WHAT ARE THE AGES AND GRADES OF THE JR BOBCATS?
In the Jr. Bobcat program, we offer K-2 flag football and 3-6 tackle football. In the league we play, the teams are 3rd and 4th grades on a team and 5th and 6th grades on a team.
WHY DO YOU START THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE?
The Jr. Bobcat football program believes that kids can learn important aspects of the game of football at a young age while having a fun time. Just as other sports start around age 5, we feel that youngsters can learn the basics of the game and will give them a head start in the future. It is true that other sports are more of a “skilled” sport such as baseball and basketball and parents feel that children need to learn this early. Opponents of youth football believe that kids can just jump into the sport in 7th grade and learn quickly and do not need to play at a young age. We at the Jr. Bobcats believe that blocking, tackling, getting into a stance, as well as important footwork aspects are skills that can be learned early and refined over the years. The kids in youth football learn these things and it becomes a habit which gives them a good start to the competitiveness of middle school and high school football.
Another reason we start early is that kids love it and we want to provide them an outlet for their love of football. It is great to see them with their full pads on also!
WHAT IS THE COST?
The cost for tackle is $250, cheerleading is TBD.
WHAT DOES THIS PAY FOR AND WHAT DO THE KIDS KEEP?
The tackle program is expensive to run. The $250 helps to pay for field usage, equipment purchases and upkeep, referees, insurance and jerseys. The players get to keep their jerseys but that is all.
The cheerleaders keep their uniforms.
HOW MANY GAMES DO THE KIDS PLAY?
The tackle football players play around 8 games.
WHEN DOES PRACTICE START?
Practice will start mid-August for flag football.
Practice will start at the end of July/beginning of August for tackle football.
WHERE AND WHEN DO WE PLAY THE GAMES?
The flag football games are played at Bowling Green High School on the practice fields.
The tackle football games are played at BG High School on the game field. We may play a game or 2 at the Doyt depending on the Athletic Director at the High School’s outlook on the rain and the possible damage done to the field.
Away games are held at area high schools and colleges.
Tackle games are held on Sundays between 11 and 7. A schedule will be distributed at the start of conditioning.
HOW MANY TEAMS DO WE HAVE?
We have two 3rd/4th tackle teams and two 5th/6th tackle teams.
WHAT ARE THE TIME RESTRICTIONS FOR PRACTICE?
When school is not in session, the players can practice 10 hours a week. Once school starts, players may only practice 6 hours a week.
WILL MY SON GET TO RUN THE BALL OR SCORE A TOUCHDOWN?
First of all, there are weight restrictions. To run the ball in the 3rd and 4th grade, a player must weigh less than 100 pounds. In the 5th and 6th grade, a player must weight less than 120 pounds. Secondly, the coaches will decide what is in the best interest of the team. Football is a team sport and all players need to contribute to the teams’ success. The coaches will try to help the players understand that they may not run the ball all season but their job is an important one to the success of the team.
DOES MY SON NEED A PHYSICAL?
To play tackle football, a player must have a physical. Cheerleaders and flag football players do not need to have a physical.
WHAT ARE THE PARENT EXPECTATIONS?
Parents are expected to be supportive of the children and coaching staff. We understand that your vision may differ from the coach’s vision and therefore ask that all questions and comments be handled professionally at a time when it is convenient for you and the the coach. In the middle of practice or a game is usually not one of those times.
Parents are also asked to volunteer 1-2 times per season selling 50/50 at BGHS (this pays for our field usage), taking admissions at our home games, or selling concessions at our home games.
IS THERE A CHARGE TO WATCH THE GAMES?
Yes. Teams charge between $2-$5 dollars depending on the venue.