- What is the Flemington Falcons and Why Play for Us?
- How old must my child be?
- Does my child need to try out?
- What is the cost for the program?
- How long is the season and How often is Practice?
- Are uniforms included?
- Where do the Football teams practice?
- Where do the Cheer teams practice?
- Where are home/away games played?
- Are we required to “volunteer”?
- Is Fundraising Mandatory?
1. What is the Flemington Falcons and Why Play for Us?
The Flemington Falcons is part of Pop Warner’s Jersey Valley Conference (JVC). The mission of Pop Warner / Flemington Falcons is to enable children to benefit from participation in team sports and activities in a safe and structured environment. Through this active participation, Pop Warner programs teach fundamental values and skills that young people will use throughout their lives.
Pop Warner seeks to provide fun athletic learning opportunities for children, while emphasizing the importance of teamwork, dedication and a superior work ethic in the classroom and on the playing field.
The Pop Warner Little Scholars Program is the only youth football and cheerleading organization that requires its participants to maintain academic standards in order to participate.
Positive experience and Safe Playing Environment Pop Warner programs have no tryouts or cutting of rosters. Everyone participates under mandatory rules of play. Each level of play for football is weight controlled for safety -- Players are matched by both age and weight levels. Cheerleaders are generally grouped by age and grade.
2. How old must my child be?
Thank you for your interest in the Flemington Falcons Football and Cheer program. We offer seven divisions of Football and six divisions of Cheer for children ages 5 to 15. Weight limits do not apply to the Cheer program.
3. Does my child need to try out?
Everyone participates under mandatory rules of play. Each level of play for football is weight controlled for safety -- Players are matched by both age and weight levels. Cheerleaders are generally grouped by age and grade.
4. What is the cost for the program?
Challenger & Flag - Free
All Tackle teams- $225
Challenger & Flag (K-1 only) - FREE
Mitey Mite - $225
All other competitive - $225
Registration is payable to Flemington Falcons. Visa & MasterCard are Accepted. A $25 late fee for registrations received after July 1. There is a $20 fee for all returned checks.
For each child participating in the program, we are requiring bond checks.
$250 Volunteer Bond and $ 250 Equipment/Uniform Bond
5. How long is the season and How often is Practice?
The season officially starts August 1st, 2018 for all teams. During August, Football and Cheer teams practice Monday through Thursday from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. When the children return to school in September the football practice schedule is reduced to three times per week (schedule to be announced). In the event that practice is cancelled due to weather, a make up practice will be held during that week, when possible. Indoor Cheer practice days and times vary by team but will not exceed 3 times per week.
The season for both Football and Cheer can continue into November/December depending on teams qualifying for play-offs and competition.
6. Are uniforms included?
All football equipment, football uniforms and cheer uniforms are supplied by the Flemington Falcons. However, there are other items that will need to be purchased for Cheer and Football. Please check the main webpage under either Cheer or Football.
7. Where do the Football teams practice?
Football practice is held on the field behind Copper Hill Elementary School in Ringoes.
8. Where do the Cheer teams practice?
In August Cheer teams practice on the field behind Copper Hill Elementary School in Ringoes. At the commencement of the school year, practices are moved indoors to various facilities in the Flemington area. In the past we have practiced at JP Case, Edge and PowerTime. You will be given a schedule of places once school begins.
9. Where are home/away games played?
Home games are played at Hunterdon Central Regional High School. There are approx. “4” home games a year and “4” away games. Away games are typically no more than 60 minutes away.
In the event a team qualifies for post regular season games or tournaments, the organization expects the team to continue practicing and to attend representing the Falcons. Terms for mandatory post season participation are included in the parent agreement submitted with registration.
10. Are we required to “volunteer”?
Yes, all families are required to fulfill volunteer hours. Parents are required to volunteer their time to the organization for 8 hours for the first athlete, 12 hours if you have two athletes, and 15 hours for families with three or more athletes. Your help is needed in various positions to help the organization through your time and involvement. Positions include practice football field preparation, game day duties in the snack shack, gate and 50/50 sales, and field assistance to name a few. Positions will be assigned to those who do not voluntarily sign up. Remember, this is a volunteer organization for the benefit of your child. If you feel you can add or help out in any way, please feel free to talk with your coach or team commissioner. There is ALWAYS something you could do to help out.
11. Is Fundraising Mandatory?
Each year, it costs approximately $100K to run the Falcon programs. Our registration fees cover less than half of that. We count on fundraising to support our costs and each year, we try to develop a comprehensive fundraising program that minimizes the financial impact to our families, offering several different venues for fundraising. Each year we need to replace and upgrade our equipment and uniforms. Additionally, the Falcons are one of a very few number of Pop Warner teams who are not subsidized by our townships! Your support is critical to ensuring we can continue to provide the best program possible for your child.
The Falcons have two mandatory fundraiser each year, Calendar Raffle and Tagging.
–The calendar raffle is one of our biggest fundraisers. Each family (not athlete) is Required to sell a Specified amount of tickets at $10 each. Cash prizes, ranging from $40 to $200 are selected daily in October/November. The calendar raffle information is distributed during the course of the season and a minimum of 2 weeks to sell the calendar raffles will be given to each family.
Tagging - Athletes Represent the organization at various Businesses in the Community.
For any teams qualifying to attend the Pop Warner Nationals competitions, the Falcons organize additional optional fundraising in between November and January.
Many corporations support employees giving through volunteer hours, United Way or other non-profit campaigns, and matching funds. If you are aware of any programs that can contribute to the Falcons through these avenues, please let us know!
There are several sponsorship options available for both businesses and individuals. Each sponsorship level offers different advertisement venues, such as links on our new website, banners at home games, ads in our game day programs and recognition of our sponsors via announcements at our home games. If you or someone you know is interested, please forward our form, or contact any board member.
For questions on Financial Assistance, please the Falcons Vice President, Theresa Apostolis, firstname.lastname@example.org.