AWA Football Program - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What towns participate in the Aspetuck Wildcat Association?
A: Easton, Redding and Weston
Q: Who is eligible to play football?
A: Children in grade 2 through grade 8, between the ages of seven and fourteen on July 31, 2008. Children must be in good health and a Doctor’s Consent Form is required to participate.
A: What determines which team my child will participate on?
Q: Team placement is determined primarily based on Grade, with some exceptions based on Age and Weight. A complete outline of the team schematic is available on the Documents Page, by selecting "2006 CVL Age-Weight Divisions".
Q: What organization is AWA affiliated with?
A: AWA is part of the Candlewood Valley League. Other participants in this league are Bethel, Monroe, Mahopac, Newtown, Norwalk, Ridgefield, and Southern Duchess and Hudson Valley. Candlewood Valley League is a charter member of the American Youth Football League. AYF is the nation's largest youth football and cheer organization.
Q: What is the time commitment to play football for AWA?
A: In order to ensure the players’ safety, a significant amount of practice time is required to play football. AWA football practice begins August 4th. Practices are held Monday through Friday (6:00 – 8:00) throughout the month of August. Practice during August is of paramount importance in how a team develops, both physically and in terms of its personnel being evaluated by the coaching staff. Therefore, players are expected to be at every August practice. However, Aspetuck does recognize that this is also a time of year when many families vacation and if this is your first year with Aspetuck, camps may already have been scheduled. Please be sure both you and your child understand, that if a few days or a week of conditioning practice is missed, your child will fall behind the rest of the team and have to make up those practices before participating in full-contact practices with the rest of the team. (Please also refer to the Parent-Player contract in the documents section of the website for more information regarding missed practices.) Practices continue three nights per week (5:30 – 7:30) during the months of September and October, with a game held on the weekend.
If your child’s team progresses to playoff games, he will be playing into the month of November, with AYF Nationals being held in early December.
Q: Where are AWA practices and games held?
A: Practices are held at Veterans Field in Easton. Home games are played at the Weston High School turf field. Away games are played in Bethel, Monroe, Mahopac, Newtown, Norwalk, Ridgefield and Southern Duchess and Hudson Valley.
Q: What is the deadline for registering for AWA football?
A: Registration is open now. To register, please select "Register Online" on the left side of the page. There is a late fee for registrations completed after April 30th, 2008. Your registration is not complete until full payment and all paperwork has been received. Players with outstanding paperwork will not be allowed to participate in August practice.
Q. Why is there so much paperwork required to play football for Aspetuck?
A: It is critical that Aspetuck has very complete contact and health information about your child. Please take care when completing the registration form that birthdates, grades and phone numbers are accurate and up-to-date to aid in the correct placement of your child on the team.
In addition, a properly signed Doctor’s Consent Form is required. You may submit our Doctor’s Consent Form (see the Documents section of the website) or the state “blue form”. Please note: this form must be signed and dated after January 1, 2007 in order to be valid. Forms from previous years will not be accepted and are rejected by the Candlewood Valley League and American Youth Football. If you cannot schedule a physical exam until after July or August 2008 due to insurance reasons, your doctor can still sign and date the form this year, and reference the Physical Exam date of the previous year if necessary.
Dr. Richard Smith
March 10, 2008
The signature above is still valid because the doctor signs and dates after Jan 1, 2007 and references an exam no older than Feb 1, 2007 (18 months prior to August 1, 2008). If the doctor only references the exam from a previous year however, and doesn’t also date the signature after Jan.1, 2007, then the consent form is invalid. Most doctors’ offices will accept a faxed consent form, sign it and fax it back to you—this doesn’t require a special trip to the office.
It is also required that your child’s full end-of-year (2007-08) report card be copied and forwarded to us. Every grade on your child’s report card is averaged to determine if he/she is eligible to participate in AYF. A grade average below a 72 would require a special release from the school principal. Be sure to include report cards from “special classes” if they are separate from the main report card such as music, art, computer lab, etc.
Q. Do I have to buy all of the equipment?
A. Aspetuck Wildcats supplies your football player with the pads, helmet, practice and game uniforms. Our equipment is reconditioned every year. Please make every effort to be at our scheduled equipment pick up with your son. We schedule 3 days to accommodate a variety of schedules. If you do not pick up equipment at this time, your son may start August without it and have to be pulled from practice for a fitting. You need to supply the more personal and optional items. Please purchase long, black game socks, a cup and football girdle, mouthguard, football cleats and optional, but recommended--rib pads.