Football & Cheerleading

Football Mission

Apex Sports Authority seeks to instill in the youth of our community the ideals of good sportsmanship, integrity, loyalty, courage, commitment and respect so that they may grow to be good and healthy men and women. These objectives will be achieved by providing a consistently competitive football program. It is the balance between the disciplines of football and the enjoyable camaraderie of teamwork, which provide a fulfilling experience for our young athletes.


Parent Information

Parents: This is your program - please realize that the ASA (Apex Sports Authority) runs on 100% volunteer commitments and is available to your children because of parent’s willingness to volunteer time, talent and treasure. As many of you already know the program will be as successful as we make it for our children. The league must count on help from every family. And as you can imagine, with an all-volunteer organization, parent participation is essential. We are looking for volunteers in the following areas to include but not limited to:
  • Cheerleading Coaching Staff
  • Football Coaching Staff
  • Team Parent
  • Team Equipment Manager
  • Gate Attendance
  • Concessions & Merchandise
  • Field Setup and Maintenance
  • Game Markers & Chains
  • Fundraising & Sponsorship
  • Announcer
  • Other_______________

Registration Information

To complete registration each cheerleader/player will need:
  • Completed Registration Form
  • Signed Consent Form
  • Physicians Form Completed (must be completed in current year per Pop Warner Rules)
  • Volunteer Form
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • End of Year Report Card (must contain ALL four quarter grades and FINAL grade for the 2014/2015 school year)
  • Parent Questionnaire
  • Registration Fee
Registration fees include:
  • Flag Football –Football Jerseys & Flag Belts.
  • Tackle Football – Football game Jersey, Game Pants, Practice Pants, Football Pads and Helmets.

All uniforms and equipment must be turned back in at the end of the season.

Refund Policy: Fees paid are nonrefundable except under the following conditions:
  • Refunds will be made less the $25 processing fee if withdrawal from the program occurs prior to the July 1, 2014 and all equipment is returned.
  • Refunds will be made less the $50 processing fee if withdrawal from the program occurs from July 1, 2014 to July 31, 2014 and all equipment is returned.
  • No refunds will be issued after July 1, 2014 due to costs associated with running the football and cheerleading/Dance programs.

Weigh-Ins for Tackle Football Participants

Each tackle football player will be weighed at registration and again at the beginning of the season to determine and confirm division assignment.  Players must maintain the weight requirements throughout the season for their division. Players will be weighed prior to each game. The first week of the regular season, players must weigh within the published weight range. Each subsequent week, the allowed weight will be increased by one pound. Players are weighed in their uniforms, minus their helmet. The following amounts are added to the maximum weight each week for equipment weight allowances: Tiny Mite and Mitey Mite: 7 lbs, Junior Pee and Pee Wee: 8 lbs, Junior Midget and Midget: 9 lbs.

Practices

Practice begins for all participants on August 1st. We practice at fields in the Apex area designated for each division. For the first 2-3 weeks of August, all participants will practice 3-4 days per week (Monday through Saturday) for 2-2.5 hours per night. 
All Pop Warner participants are expected to begin practice on August 1st.

What to wear?
Flag football participants should wear shorts, t-shirts and athletic shoes or cleats. Tackle football participants should wear shorts, t-shirts and cleats. Do not wear football equipment until told to by your coach. After completing 10 hours of conditioning, players will begin wearing practice uniforms and full pads.

Every participant should bring a water bottle to every practice.


Games

All regular-season games are scheduled to be played on Saturdays. Generally, the first regular-season game is on the last Saturday of August. There are games Labor Day weekend. We typically do not receive the game schedule until a couple of days before the first scheduled game, and there are frequent changes made to the schedule immediately after that. We do not have any control over the schedule or when it is disseminated. The regular season usually runs through the first weekend in November for all tackle teams.

The Flag, Tiny Mite and Mitey Mite divisions usually concludes their season with an inter-league "bowl" game at the end of the season.

Teams in the Junior Pee Wee division and older are eligible to compete in post-season competition based on their win/loss record. Post-season competition may include regional and national championships and/or invitational bowls, which can run through Thanksgiving or into December, if a team goes on to nationals.

Before the first regular-season game, there will be jamborees for flag and tackle football teams. The jamborees are usually held the weekend before the first regular-season game.

Flag football players wear team jersey and shorts during their games. Players are provided the team jersey by their coaches during practice. Players are responsible for providing their own shorts. Shorts worn by flag football players at games cannot have any pockets.

Tackle football participants will be provided all necessary equipment and game uniforms, except cleats. Participants must be present at equipment distribution so equipment can be fitted.


Football Rules

The tackle football teams in the Consolidated Football Federation, including Apex Sports Authority, play by North Carolina High School rules. The Consolidated Football Federation provides Professional Officials. Pop Warner rules supercedes high school rules when there are discrepancies. Note that the Consolidated Football Federation can enforce rules that are stricter than Pop Warner Little Scholars rules.

Flag football teams follow the Pop Warner Little Scholars rules. Each association provides nonprofessional officials for flag games.


Coaches

Each football team has a head coach and up to four assistant coaches. In addition, the staff includes an equipment manager and a team parent, for a total of seven rostered staff. The commissioner of ASA must approve all coach selections.

To be considered for a coaching position, you must:

1. Complete the Pop Warner Little Scholars Volunteer Application.
2. Sign the ASA Code of Conduct

A copy of your driver's license must accompany the Pop Warner Little Scholars volunteer application. ASA will conduct a criminal background check on all applicants.

The commissioner selects the head coaches. The head coaches then select their assistant coaches from the pool of applications approved by the commissioner. Because of the limited number of rostered coaching positions, not everyone who submits a coach application gets to coach. However, many head coaches appreciate the extra assistance of parent helpers at practices. Talk to the head coach about this option if you are not selected as an assistant coach. 

All rostered staff automatically fulfills required volunteers hours for ASA. All rostered staff must pass a criminal background check. All rostered coaches must hold current NYSCA football certification. Certification sessions are provided for those coaches who do not already have NYSCA football certification. Renewals can be done online.