JUNE 2011 N.E. OHIO ALUMNI FOOTBALL GAMES
JUNE 3- JUNE 26, 2011
N.E. OHIO ALUMNI FOOTBALL GAMES
CONTACT ROBERT BISHOP AT 724.456.3000 OR EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Your team's Facebook pages & important info below!
Former Ohio high school football players: Put on the pads and play one more full contact football game. Yes, this is for real! We organized a few games in Ohio last summer and had a great response, so we're doing it again this June! Open to all alumni ages 18-58. You practice without pads. We supply all football equipment a few hours before the game. High school rules, referees, 12 min quarters, announcer, etc.
Cost to Play:
$75 Early Bird - At Team Meeting (date & time to be posted below) or before.
$95 Regular - After Team Meeting up until Kickoff.
1. Reserve your roster spot now. Pre-register above: Enter "1" and click orange "Register" button". Name, school, year, and phone # will appear below.
2. Your team's roster/contact info will be emailed to you each week after team meeting.
3. Attend Team Meeting.
Game Schedule to be announced. All games are tentative until paid rosters reach 25 players. Team meetings will be in April. Practices to immediately start thereafter. Updates to be sent via e-mail.
|TEAM COORDINATOR: ROBERT BISHOP 724.456.3000|
|Hubbard @ Girard June 3, 2011|
|Lakeside @ Edgewood June 17, 2011|
|Jefferson Area v. Lakeview June 25, 2011|
|Rootstown v. Waterloo June 18, 2011|
|Crestwood v. Field June 18, 2011|
Alumni Football USA organizes the entire event. This positive & exciting community event has many former players eager and proud to REPRESENT THEIR SCHOOL one more time. High School Rules.
Make calls to build your team!
Right now we are building rosters for 80 Alumni Teams in NE Ohio. To build your team, call your former teammates and invite them to play! Think about who you know and call them. Alumni Football USA organizes hundreds of games each year and calling fellow players is how the teams are built.
Pre-registering above is the first step to getting on the roster. At the Team Meeting we will talk about everything from captains to coaches to practice times, insurance, presale tickets, equipment, game time, and answer any other questions. There is a player registration fee which covers all costs: field, lights, announcers, officials, administration, etc. We hope you are ready to play in another serious full gear/full contact football game!
1. Also, we'll email individual team rosters with contact info each week- or until your roster is full. We'll also handout rosters to captains at the Team Meeting & at the first couple practices.
2. Captains are expected to call players and form calling groups (about half of players do not check or receive emails).
3. Each team captain should maintain their own team roster.
4. What makes a full roster? 40+. We will try to play a longer game with 15 min. quarters rather than 12 min. quarters if your team has 40 or more players.
5. What's the minimum team size to form a team? 25+
6. When's the deadline to form a team? That completely depends. We'll work with you as much as possible.
7. How are rosters filled? Guys who pre-register and PAY by the team meeting make the roster. If spots are still available, the first guys to pay make the roster.
1. Two to three leaders usually rise up to lead the team. Sometimes players coach themselves. Sometimes they'll get a current or former high school coach. At a minimum, you'll need someone to organize things (primary contact) & someone to organize offense, defense, and special teams (coordinators).
2. Primary contacts and coordinators should be positive motivators!
3. What if I want to be a team captain? Attitude is everything. Leaders are organized, positive people that understand the purpose of this game. First, call your team coordinator and let him know you are interested in helping out to ensure your team plays. Second, call all players on the roster and get some ideas to help get organized (share contact info, coaching ideas, recruiting). Do not rely on email. Finally, make sure everyone knows about the team meeting.
1. Do I have to go to the Team Meeting? You should make every effort to attend and encourage your teammates to do the same for 2 reasons: 1) The $75 is due at or before the meeting and price goes up to $95 after the Team Meeting. 2) Teams don't get put on the schedule until there are 25 paid players. Only 20-40 teams will play in your region this June.
2. What if I cannot attend the Team Meeting, but I know someone who is going? Give your money to someone who will be there or pay above using "Pre-Team Meeting Payment Option."
1. Do I have a chance of playing if I'm on the WAITLIST? YES! Often times guys don't pay by the Team Meeting, so you can take their spot if they don't show up or pay at team meeting. Don't be "that" guy! Almost all players who pay by the Team Meeting get on the playing roster.
2. What is process of adding guys from the WAITLIST to the roster when roster spots open up? Before the Team Meeting, we don't make any changes to the roster-even if guys drop out. At the Team Meeting, we often draw randomly from the WAITLIST players who have paid. Sometimes, we may draw only from certain positions, if a team is short on linemen for example. After the Team Meeting, the team decides the fairest way to handle this situation.
3. What if I'm on the WAITLIST, but cannot attend the Team Meeting? That's fine. Either give your money to someone who will be at the meeting or pay online above. As long as you pay by the Team Meeting, you will be given the same opportunity to play as guys on the WAITLIST who have paid and are at the meeting.
1. We'll schedule up to 5 "formal" practices at the team meeting, but most teams also schedule "informal" practices as well.
2. What are "formal" practices? "Formal" practices are the five practices that we post on the website so that a rep from Alumni Football USA can come by if needed. We usually attend the first two or three practices to see how things are going.
3. What if I live out of town or I simply do not have the time to practice? Can I still play? Yes! If your team has 35 or 40 guys who paid, just don't expect to get as much playing time as them, but you'll still be able to play. If your team has less than 25 guys who paid, then your team may just need guys to play! You'll be hurting your team more if you do not play. The purpose of Alumni Football is to give guys the opportunity to play in one more football game. Make it clear to guys that they should not feel guilty about showing up for the game even if they haven't practiced. Just call the team captain and discuss your situation. Defense and special teams require less practice preparation, so that may be a likely option for you.
4. Do we practice without pads? Yes. You get your pads the day of the game. First, cost to play would be much higher if we gave you pads beforehand. Second, the total number of injuries would be much higher if players practiced with pads simply because they would spend more time hitting (and imagine how much it would suck to get hurt a week before the game - when guys have been dreaming about this their whole life). Third, the concept of no-contact practices isn't a new one. The winningest coach in Division III football, John Gagliardi http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gagliardi at St. John's, does not allow hitting at practice.
1. We provide you with all the football pads/gear you'll need (except for mouthpiece & jock) a few hours before your game. Please arrive 2-3 hours before your game. All gear is cleaned and fresh.
2. What about jerseys? We have jerseys in about 10 different color variations. We will try to match up your school colors as best as possible. Most teams use our jerseys. Some teams order jerseys on their own and some will borrow from the school.
1. What about safety? This is play at your own risk. We do not recommend playing any sport without medical insurance. It is easy to sprain an ankle or strain a quad. Alumni Football USA has not had any serious injuries, but many people have gotten hurt playing the aggressive game of football. Serious head, neck, and spinal injuries are always possibilities. Some people have even died from playing football. Most people should get checked out by their doctor before playing any rigorous sport. If you have not been physically active for awhile you should condition/train and be especially careful. Playing in these football games is very exciting and it is your responsibility to check with your doctor and make sure that your heart is healthy enough to handle the strain.
1. Do you supply insurance? We do provide the required liability insurance for the schools and their facility. We do not provide health insurance, and we do not recommend that you play if you do not have your own health insurance. You are more than welcome to coach or help out the team in other ways.
1. Money is due at or before the Team Meeting.
2. IF roster spots are available after the Team Meeting, you'll be able to pay either online or at practice.
3. What does the Player Fee cover? If you do not pay, you do not play. We put on quality events for the players, their families, the fans, and the opponent. We provide 10-15 event staff for each game, 4-5 quality refs per game, announcer/clock operator, quality gear, EMS, professional game coordinators and marketers, web site/facebook page management, phone calls and emailed roster updates, texting service for practice updates, great fields/lights/locations, DVD’s, YouTube highlights for each game, advertisement, facility insurance, fundraising for schools, and more!
1. We understand that unexpected things occur that keep guys from playing. First, we ask that you have someone "take your place" and pay you the Player Fee ($75 to $95) directly. That's fine with us. However, if you do not have someone to take your place, your money will be refunded minus a $25 administration fee.
2. Do I get a refund if my team does not have enough guys to play? Absolutely. In this case, we give a full refund and do not charge the $25 admin fee.
1. What is the overall level of play? Every game is different, but almost all games are serious, competitive, and hard hitting.
2. What is the date and time of my game? We'll post here on your regional sign-up page as soon as we know (usually within a week or two after the Team Meeting). For a typical Alumni Football weekend, two games are played on Friday, four games on Saturday and two games on Sunday.
3. Can friends or family come down on the field during the game? No, only players and coaches should be on the sidelines. Others will be asked to watch from the stands for their safety.
4. Are we guaranteed to play the team we're currently matched up against? No, sometimes teams do not develop - if that were to happen, we'll find a good matchup for your team.
5. What are the rules? We play according to High School Rules with 3 exceptions:
I. Only 4 rushers from 3 or 4 point stances and only 4 players in 3 or 4 point stances. Seven players must be in a 2 point stance. Pre-snap 5 yard penalty from LOS. After a hand off, LB’s can go. When the QB rolls out past the tackle anyone can go. Send 11 OK on punts (shotgun on 2nd down is not punt formation!).
II. No crack-back block from wideouts... Blocking from outside is OK with 2 hand lead and both feet planted. No head or shoulder lead. These guys have to go to work on Monday.
III. Celebrations after TD’s are encouraged, not penalized!
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