PROGRAM FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

IS THIS TACKLE OR FLAG FOOTBALL?  

The Junior Knights program is broken into two levels. 1st through 4th graders play flag football. 5th through 8th graders play 8 or 11-man tackle football.

WHAT IS THE PRIMARY FOCUS OF JUNIOR KNIGHTS FOOTBALL?  

The primary focus is to promote the game of football in our community for 1st to 8th graders.  Our goal is to teach the fundamentals of the game in a positive, safe and fun environment.  Players will develop character, sportsmanship, work ethic, teamwork and leadership that will serve them throughout their lives.

IS FOOTBALL SAFE AT THIS LEVEL?  

No contact sport is completely safe, but the goal of our coaching staffs is to make the game as safe as possible by teaching proper techniques and selecting positions that are appropriate based on the size and skill of the players.  Additional precautions include:

  1. We provide concussion testing free of charge to provide a baseline for your child in the event of a head injury.

  2. We utilize tackling pads to limit contact during tackling drills.

  3. We provide a medical professional be present at all games.

DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO TRY OUT TO MAKE A TEAM?  

No.  All eligible players will be placed on a team.  There are no cuts.

HOW ARE COACHES SELECTED?

Head coaches are selected by the Junior Knight board.  Our pool of coaches consists of parents and other community members, some of whom may not have children in the program.  Head coaches are responsible for selecting their coaching staffs with guidance from the board.  All coaches are required to pass a background check and are certified through USA Football.

ARE COACHING STAFFS THE SAME FOR EACH SEASON?  

Our goal is to have the coaching staffs move with the team as they progress from 5th to 8th grade, but we do have some natural turnover in the staffs due to job situations, family relocation's, etc.

REGISTRATION & ELIGIBILITY

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PLAY?  ​

Junior Knight Football is primarily for players who reside within the communities of Glendale, River Hills, Fox Point, and Bayside and expect to attend Nicolet High School.  With that being said, we will not turn away players not meeting this criteria as we believe in the importance of growing football as a sport.  Please contact Caleb.Franklin@nicolet.us with eligibility questions.

HOW MUCH DOES REGISTRATION COST?  

Registration fees for the 2020 season will be $150 per player and prorated refunds will be issues if the season is cancelled due to COVID-19 related issues.

WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?

If a player withdraws prior to the start of the second week of practice, the full registration fee will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee.

WHAT IF A CHILD WANTS TO PLAY, BUT THE FAMILY CAN’T AFFORD THE REGISTRATION FEE?

Please contact Nicolet Athletic Director Kirk Krychowiak at Kirk.Krychowiak@nicolet.us to discuss alternate options.

CAN FEMALES PLAY?

Yes, females are eligible to play in our program.  We have had several play with us in the past and have several registered for this season as well.

ARE THERE ANY WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS?

Our league does not have a maximum weight limit, but there are limits on the weight of quarterbacks, running backs and receivers depending on grade:

  • 5th/6th Grade -- Maximum weight of 120 lbs.

  • 7th/8th Grade -- Maximum weight of 160 lbs.

WHERE DO I GO TO REGISTER?

Visit our Programs Page to get started.

EQUIPMENT

WHAT EQUIPMENT IS NEEDED?

The registration fee covers all football equipment and uniforms with the exception of football cleats.  We do provide a mouth guard, but many families choose to purchase a mouth guard.

WHEN IS EQUIPMENT HAND OUT?

Equipment will be handed out during the first week of practice.  Players will visit the equipment storage unit on the back fields in small groups to be fitted, all while maintaining social distancing.

WHEN DO I RETURN EQUIPMENT?

Equipment will be returned to Nicolet High School on the first Monday evening following the last game of the season.

WHAT DOES MY CHILD WEAR TO PRACTICE?

For conditioning week, players are to wear shorts and a T-shirt along with football cleats.  We recommend that players buy molded-plastic cleats and not screw-in cleats.  Players are also required to bring a large water jug with their name.  During the last few days of conditioning, players will also wear their helmets.  We prefer they wear their helmets prior to starting contact to make sure there are no sizing issues.

After conditioning week is complete (first 5 practices) players are expected to wear their full practice uniform to every subsequent practice.  The full practice uniform consists of a jersey, pants, all pads, helmet, cleats, and mouth-guard.

TEAMS, PRACTICES & GAMES

HOW MANY TEAMS ARE THERE AT EACH GRADE LEVEL? 

The number of teams is based on participation level.  We will either have one or two teams at each level.

WHEN DO PRACTICES START?  

Practice begins on September 8 and for the first 5 days (September 8 - 11 and September 14), will run from 5:30-7:30.  For the complete practice schedule, visit XXXXX.

DO TEAMS PLAY AGAINST OTHER COMMUNITIES?  

Flag football teams are organized by elementary schools and will play at Nicolet High School on Saturday mornings.

Our tackle program is a member of the Greater Milwaukee Metro Youth Football League which consists of teams from southeastern Wisconsin.

WHEN ARE GAMES?

Most games are played at the following times:

  • 7th/8th Grade:  9 am

  • 5th/6th Grade: 10:45 am

  • Flag Football: 9 am


Games do not always conclude on schedule so there are days when the later games do not start on schedule.  Occasionally, games are played at different times on Saturdays depending on field availability.

WHERE ARE GAMES PLAYED? 

Flag football games are played at Nicolet on Saturday mornings.

For our tackle program, home games are played at Nicolet Stadium and away games are played in surrounding communities.

IS MY CHILD GUARANTEED PLAYING TIME?

Playing time is left up to each coaching staff.  If your child attends all the practices during the week and works hard, they will play in each game.  However, playing time is not equal among all players.

HOW ARE POSITIONS DETERMINED? 

Coaches are responsible for determining positions based on the size and skills of each player.  Coaches want players to be in positions where players can be successful and contribute positively to the team.

DO PLAYERS GET TO PLAY BOTH OFFENSE AND DEFENSE? 

Typically yes.  Players learn a position(s) on both sides of the ball, but depending on roster size, a player may only play one side of the ball during a game.

WHAT SIZE FOOTBALLS ARE USED? 

5th-8th grade teams use youth-size footballs.  The specific ball used in the Junior Knights program is the Wilson TDY ball.  Flag football teams use junior-size footballs.  The The specific ball used in the Junior Knights program is the Wilson TDJ.

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