Season typically runs from late July to late October . Some teams may play/compete through early December. This will depend on playoff/competition advancements and Bowl games. Practice is from 6:00 p.m. through 8:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday* or Saturday** (*Football Only / ** Cheer Only). Once school starts we practice 3 nights a week from 6:00 p.m. through 8:30 p.m. The first game will be within the last week of August.
MISSION STATEMENT The mission of American Youth Football & Cheer, Inc. is to enable children to benefit from participation in team sports and activities in a safe and structured environment. Through this active participation, American Youth Football & Cheer Programs teach fundamental values, skills, and knowledge that children will use throughout their lives.
Locally, The Kernersville Raiders Organization believes that youth sports is a great opportunity to enhance the lives of future adults by teaching them how to be competitive while at the same time nurturing life skills: being responsible and accountable, focusing on teamwork, setting and meeting goals, being a leader but knowing how to follow, reaching their full potential, and developing character and integrity.
American Youth Football, Inc., established in 1996, is an international youth football organization established to promote the wholesome development of youth through their association with adult leaders in the sport of American football. Rules and regulations are established to ensure that players play in an atmosphere of safety with a competitive balance between teams. American Youth Football is on a mission to GIVE BACK to the community.
AYF is one of the largest membership organizations dedicated to TEACHING YOUTH through positive role models. Emphasis is on learning, playing, and enjoying the sport while instilling high moral standards by stressing the importance of academic achievement and community involvement. Helping kids become leaders and teammates, AYF players will learn to both foster confidence and a sense of self-worth that extend beyond the gridiron and into the school, family and community.
Sportsmanship, teamwork, honesty, responsibility and self-discipline are among the traits needed by youngsters to face the future with positive aspirations and confidence. If we teach them positive lessons, such as playing by the rules, our young athletes will learn to live by the rules.
GoalsTo provide a wholesome competitiveness within the scope of our rules and regulations that will protect the youth football player and cheerleader.
To teach the fundamentals of football and cheerleading and coordinate football and cheer activities.
To provide a responsible football and cheerleading program for communities which do not have programs through the school system.
To promote good sportsmanship, teamwork, the highest moral and physical standards, as well as the importance of scholarship and academic achievement.
To lend teams/associations/conferences support by remaining NON-INTRUSIVE to local operations.
To make youth football and cheer ALL-INCLUSIVE, by not excluding participants based on superficial factors (such as weight, financial or athletic ability).
To provide programs for special needs, at-risk and anti-gang groups, as well as the international football community.
To be the most user-friendly youth sports organization in the world by assisting organizations, administrators and volunteers and keeping paperwork to a minimum.
BeliefsAYF members share a common belief--- that is each of us can make a difference where we live and how we live. AYF and its members believe that ALL kids deserve equal opportunities, special attention and respect. AYF welcomes everyone, regardless of financial capabilities, location or participation, and pledges to support youth football and to do its best to help build stronger communities.
AYF's philosophy is to allow local members to govern themselves while remaining non-intrusive, since each community is unique and requires the flexibility to do what is best for kids, parents, coaches, and community. While there are strict standards for membership and participation in AYF and AYC – the community is responsible for setting its own by-laws which may vary according to competitive intentions, climate, participation, school hours, field availability, liability etc…
AYF is committed to promoting the importance of education and scholastic achievement to all members through its entire programAll participants must have passing grades in order to participate. AYF has several academic programs, from tutoring to essay contests and scholarship awards. AYF annually celebrate the nations’ top scholar athletes. View our Academic All Americans (link to annual awards section).
Boilerplate About American Youth Football (AYF):AYF is an independent 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation that provides support services, training, scholarships, grants, community programs and tournaments to over one million members in 50 states and several countries worldwide. AYF is committed to giving back, and since its inception in 1996, has donated over $15 million dollars in grants and athletic products to communities that support youth football. AYF was the first national organization to offer all-inclusive football divisions, enabling every child an opportunity to play. For more information visit www.americanyouthfootball.com
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FAQ's Football & Cheer
Q. Does my child need his own equipment for Foootball?
A. The registration fee for tackle football includes the use a helmet, chin strap, game pants (and pads), shoulder pads, game jersey, and a mouthpiece. All of these items except the mouthpiece and jersey (home) must be returned at the end of the season with only normal wear and tear. Players will not be permitted to register for the next season if equipment is not returned and Birth Certificates will be held. Some items are your responsibility to purchase. Your child will need football cleats and practice jerseys that you must provide. Q. Do you have try-outs for football?
A. No. As part of American Youth Football, we offer the opportunity to play football to any registrant meeting the scholastic, registration, and conditioning requirements. Q. Is a player expected to be at every practice?
A. Practice is important. Football -- is a strenuous, physical sport. Kids learn complex plays at all levels, and master them through repetition. Regular conditioning is important. Missing all or part of practice can become a safety issue for your player and others on the team. Although American Youth Football has a mandatory play requirement for games, it also permits a coach to keep a player out of a game for missed practices or disciplinary reasons. A player must attend two practices the week of a game to be eligible to participate in that game. Safety is our top concern, and we respect the team dynamic. Players not exhibiting a solid commitment to the team by coming to practice on time and respecting the commitment of other players and coaches may be restricted from play. We understand that family and school schedules don't revolve around football, but ask that you make your participation a priority to ensure the safety and development of your player and his teammates. Let your coach know in advance if you will not be at practice. Q. What is included with the registration fees for Cheerleading? A. Included in the registration fee for competitive cheerleaders are uniforms, briefs, shoes and turtlenecks/crops. We do not provide practice uniforms, hair bows, or socks, but the girls will be required to purchase these to match the squad. Non-competitive cheerleaders will be provided with uniform, briefs, and turtlenecks/crops.
Q. Does my child need cheer experience?
A. No, experience is not necessary. You may want to talk to your coach about your child's experience and expectations with cheerleading. Our coaches are skilled and experienced. They know how to work with all levels of cheerleaders and foster their enthusiasm, ability, and competency in the cheer routines.
Q. Is a cheerleader expected to be at every practice? A. Practice is important. Cheerleading is a strenuous, physical sport with routines that require repetition. Regular participation is important. Missing all or part of practice can become a safety issue for your cheerleader and others on the squad. A lack of familiarity with routines can diminish the experience not only for your cheerleader, but for other girls on the team. Coaches can keep a cheerleader from participating on game days for missed practices or disciplinary reasons; cheerleaders must attend two practices during the week of a game or competition. Safety is our top concern, and we respect the team dynamic. Cheerleaders not exhibiting a solid commitment to the squad by coming to practice on time and respecting the commitment of other cheerleaders and coaches may be restricted from participation. We understand that family and school schedules don't revolve around cheerleading, but ask that you make your participation a priority to ensure the safety and development of your cheerleader and others on the squad. Let your coach know in advance if you will not be at practice. Q. What if I don't have everything submitted for registration by July 27th? A. Insurance regulations and AYF rules mandate that your child cannot step foot on the practice field or participate in any way if any paperwork is incomplete and/or registration fee is not paid in full. There's no way around this, and you should be glad we enforce it - for your child's safety and for the viability of our organization. Please, do not put our volunteer board members or coaches in the position of having to remove your player from the field, and don't put your child in the position of being removed because of missing paperwork or unpaid registration fees. Q. Does a parent or guardian have to stay at their child's practice? A. A parent or guardian must be available for a player at all times during practice. We understand that families may be juggling multiple kids at different practice sites, and you can't be in two places at once. You must have a responsible adult for your child at every practice! Be sure this designated responsible adult knows how to reach you in an emergency and can wait with your child if you are late to pick him/her/them up from practice. Please, do NOT ask a coach to be the one "watching" your child if you're not there. The coach is only responsible for the participants during practice, competition, and game times.