MANTECA JAGUARS YOUTH FOOTBALL: FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions


1. WHAT IS THE COST?

15. WHERE ARE THE HOME GAMES PLAYED?

2. DO THE JAGUARS OFFER ANY DISCOUNTS?

16. WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO BUY?

3. WHAT OPTIONS DO I HAVE IF I DO FUNDRAISE?

17. CAN GIRLS PLAY FOOTBALL AND BOYS CHEER?

4. WHAT OPTIONS DO I HAVE IF I DON’T FUNDRAISE?

18. IS THERE A MINIMUM PLAY RULE?

5. WHEN DO I HAVE TO PAY BY?

19. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH LEVEL OF FOOTBALL?

6. WHAT IF I DON’T FUNDRAISE ENOUGH MONEY?

20. WHAT IF MY CHILD DOES NOT MAKE WEIGHT?

7. DO I GET A REFUND IF WE DECIDE NOT TO PARTICIPATE?

21. CAN A PLAYER MOVE DOWN OR UP A SQUAD?

8. WHAT IS THE PROGRAM BOOK?

22. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH LEVEL OF CHEER?

9. WHY AM I REQUIRED TO SELL OR PURCHASE A PROGRAM BOOK AD SPACE?

23. CAN A CHEERLEADER MOVE DOWN OR UP A SQUAD?

10. WHAT ELSE IS REQUIRED TO PLAY?

24. WHERE DOES ALL THE MONEY RAISED GO?

11. HOW LONG IS THE SEASON?

25. CAN I OR MY BUSINESS/JOB MAKE A CONTRIBUTION?

12. WHERE DO THE JAGUARS PRACTICE?

26. HOW CAN I HELP OUT?

13. WHAT IS THE PRACTICE SCHEDULE?

27. CAN I MAKE SHIRTS AND OTHER APPAREL WITH THE MANTECA JAGUAR LOGO?

14. HOW FAR AWAY DO WE TRAVEL FOR AWAY GAMES?

 

1. WHAT IS THE COST?
The cost for football registration is $160 and $140 for Cheer registration (does not include cost of uniform).
A minimum $60 per football player and $40 per cheerleader are due at signing.
Cheerleaders uniform cost is $260. Cheerleaders keep the ENTIRE uniform when the season ends.
ALL participants are required to sell or buy a minimum $25 advertisement space in our Program Book
ALL fees can be fundraised so you do not have to pay out of pocket.

2. DO THE JAGUARS OFFER ANY DISCOUNTS?
We do offer our “Refer a friend” and Sibling Discounts
“Refer a friend” reduces your participation fee by $25 for every NEW football player you bring to our program (2 Max).
“Refer a friend” reduces your participation fee by $15 for every NEW cheerleader brought to the program (2 Max).
Sibling Discounts are applied to the 2nd and 3rd child and reduces your participation fee by $25 for each additional sibling up to $50 max. (Example: Three siblings = $50 discount)
PLEASE NOTE: Discounts do not apply to the cost of the Cheer Uniform.

3. WHAT OPTIONS DO I HAVE IF I DO FUNDRAISE?
If you choose to fundraise, we offer a diverse choice of desserts or candles to sell to family and friends. Other options are candy bars and beef sticks, but these items must be paid for in advance in order to be ordered. You would then make your money back by selling the product.

4. WHAT OPTIONS DO I HAVE IF I DON’T FUNDRAISE?
If you do not wish to fundraise, you can make payments, get sponsors, or pay off the registration and/or cheer uniform fees in full.

5. WHEN DO I HAVE TO PAY BY?

  • The $160 football and/or $140 Cheer registration fee(s) is due May 30, 2012 paid in full.  If registration is not paid in full by this date, the cost goes up by $50.  May 30 is the last date that Cheerleaders can register.  The cost for any football player registering after May 30 is $210.

You have the option of fundraising from the time of signup until that date. Fundraising money can be turned in at any signup.

  • Cheer uniform money is due June 2, 2012. Anything fundraised between signup and that date will be put towards your cheer uniform first in an effort to eliminate out of pocket costs. After that date the cheerleaders can fundraise towards their registration.

6. WHAT IF I DON’T FUNDRAISE ENOUGH MONEY?
The remaining balance can be paid off by cash or check on the required due date.

7. DO I GET A REFUND IF WE DECIDE NOT TO PARTICIPATE?
No, the Jaguars do not give refunds.

8. WHAT IS THE PROGRAM BOOK?
The Program Book is similar to a year book for the organization that includes all squads and pictures of the football and cheer teams.  It is an Organization Fundraiser that is used to help pay for items on our budget.

9. WHY AM I REQUIRED TO SELL OR PURCHASE A PROGRAM BOOK AD SPACE?
The minimum advertisement space of $25 is used to pay for the design and printing for the Program Book.

10. WHAT ELSE IS REQUIRED TO PLAY?

  • Birth Certificate COPY - For age verification by our league.
  • Sports Physical - Every participant, football or cheer, must have a sports physical after February 1, 2012 on file with our organization. We encourage everyone to come to our annual physicals at Lathrop Chiropractic on July 14, 2012 from 9am to 12pm. Cost $15 CASH ONLY. This is a fundraiser that the chiropractor donates to our organization.
  • Report Card COPY – End of year report card (2011/2012 school year) for grade level verification by our league.
  • REPORT CARDS ARE ONLY REQUIRED FOR JV AND VARSITY FOOTBALL

11. HOW LONG IS THE SEASON?
We start practice towards the end of July and the season ends sometime in November, depending on playoff qualification.

12. WHERE DO THE JAGUARS PRACTICE?
Our practices are at Golden West School. Football and cheer have the same practice schedule and location.

13. WHAT IS THE PRACTICE SCHEDULE?
For the first 4 weeks, practice will be Monday through Friday, 6 to 8pm.
After the first game (8/18) we will switch to Monday through Wednesday, 6 to 8pm and Thursdays 6 to 7pm.

14. HOW FAR AWAY DO WE TRAVEL FOR AWAY GAMES?
We play in the Cen Cal Jr. Football League, which has teams in Atwater, Ceres, Livingston, Los Banos, Merced, Modesto, Oakdale, Turlock, and Waterford. Los Banos is the farthest away with a 1-hour travel time.

15. WHERE ARE THE HOME GAMES PLAYED?
Our home games are usually played at SIERRA HIGH SCHOOL, but there is a possibility of having a game at EAST UNION HIGH SCHOOL or MANTECA HIGH SCHOOL if we have scheduling conflicts since our home game schedule has not been confirmed yet. All three schools are in Manteca. Games are generally played on Saturdays, but due to schedule conflicts in the past, we have had at least 1 Sunday home game.

16. WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO BUY?
We provide all necessary equipment for football except cleats. Cleats must be BLACK or WHITE with molded rubber or plastic cleats; no metal allowed.
You may buy Under Armor, gloves, helmet visors, etc.  Under Armor and Gloves must be BLACK, WHITE, SILVER, or GRAY.  We supply black mouth pieces, but if you choose to purchase your own, it must be BLACK with a strap to attach to the helmet. Visors must be CLEAR(No tinted or colored visors allowed per CIF rules)

17. CAN GIRLS PLAY FOOTBALL AND BOYS CHEER?
Yes, girls can play football and boys can cheer.

18. IS THERE A MINIMUM PLAY RULE?
Yes, the Manteca Jaguars have a minimum play rule of THREE (3) plays per game, but the Cen Cal League does not require a minimum play rule for all teams.
Players must meet our requirement of practice attendance, participation, and behavior on a weekly basis to be eligible for their 3 plays. Paperwork outlining this requirement will be made available.

19. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH LEVEL OF FOOTBALL?
The squad breakdown:

  • Rookies - 7 & 8 years old up to 110 pounds maximum.
  • Pee Wee - 8, 9 and 10 years old up to 125 pounds maximum.
  • Junior Varsity - 10, 11 and 12 years old up to 140 pounds maximum.

(Any player entering 8th grade must play Varsity regardless of age or weight.)

  • Varsity - 11, 12, 13 and 14 years old up to 200 pounds maximum.

Any varsity player over 200 pounds up to 220 pounds max will be an “X” man as of the Round Robin.
“X” men will play from Tackle to Tackle on offense and defense.  Player will remain an “X” man for the entire season regardless of losing weight under the 200 pound max.
If a player is over 200 pounds during the season, that player will be an “X” man for the remainder of the season.
No repeat 8th graders or high school freshmen allowed.
Ages are as of August 1. Exceeding any of the criteria moves player to the next level if it meets Cen Cal rules. Weights apply to football only.

20. WHAT IF MY CHILD DOES NOT MAKE WEIGHT?
Players weigh in before each game. If your child is overweight, he/she is unable to play for that game only. They will weigh in again before the next game and have a full week to establish their weight.

21. CAN A PLAYER MOVE DOWN OR UP A SQUAD?
A player cannot move down to a lower level, they must play at their designated level.
A player CAN move up if it is within the Cen Cal rules.
(Example: A 10-year-old Pee Wee can move to JV if he is over the 125-pound limit at Pee Wee, but a 9-year-old Pee Wee over the weight limit could not.)

22. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH LEVEL OF CHEER?
The squad breakdown:

  • Rookies - 1st and 2nd Grade
  • Pee Wee - 3rd and 4th Grade
  • Junior Varsity - 5th and 6th Grade
  • Varsity - 7th and 8th Grade 
  • Mascot - Kindergarten and age 5 by August 1, 2012

23. CAN A CHEERLEADER MOVE DOWN OR UP A SQUAD?
A cheerleader cannot move down to a lower level, they must cheer at their designated level.
Cheerleaders may be moved up a level depending on the number of cheerleaders in each squad.  This will be based on their years of experience cheering with the Jaguars.  The Jaguars reserve the right to move cheerleaders.

24. WHERE DOES ALL THE MONEY RAISED GO?
First, no board member or coach is compensated for his or her time.
Money raised goes, but is not limited to, equipment/clothing, Manteca Unified School District (MUSD) field use fees, EMT fees, insurance, referee fees, copies, merchandise, advertising, jerseys, decals, equipment reconditioning, coach background checks, etc. The Manteca Jaguars have an estimated budget of over $40,000 for the 2012 season.

25. CAN I OR MY BUSINESS/JOB MAKE A CONTRIBUTION?
Yes, we are always looking for additional help raising money.

26. HOW CAN I HELP OUT?
We are always in need of parent volunteers for one of our events. We will need help at our minicamps, rally, home games and homecoming festivities. Ask any board member for information.

27. CAN I MAKE SHIRTS AND OTHER APPAREL WITH THE MANTECA JAGUAR LOGO?
The names “Manteca Jaguars Football Teams, Inc.”, “Manteca Jaguars Varsity”, “Manteca Jaguars Junior Varsity”, “Manteca Jaguars Pee Wee”, “Manteca Jaguars Rookies”,  “Manteca Jaguars Cheerleaders”, or any reference to the Manteca Jaguars, are the sole property of this organization and shall not be used without the prior approval of the Board.