Tri Town Youth Football & Cheer League
Tri-Town Youth Football & Cheer League (TTYFCL) is a non-profit organization that provides youth football, cheer and dance programs for participants in Northwest Indiana. Tri-Town is now in its 22nd season in Pop Warner; The National Pop Warner Program consists of approximately 400,000 young participants ranging from the ages 5 to 14 years old.
TTYFCL was founded in 1991, continues to grow and serves as the only youth football, cheer and dance organization that requires its participants to maintain academic standards in order to participate. TTYFCL's commitment to academics is what separates the program from other youth sports around the world.
As the only national youth sports organization that requires scholastic aptitude to participate, TTYFCL is committed to developing America's young people on the field and off. Each year TTYFCL continues to expand its efforts in team and activity participation, as well as visibility and outreach in the community.
Since 1991, the Tri Town Youth Football & Cheer League Programs Philosophy has been that athletics and scholastics go hand in hand. At every level, Pop Warner programs seek to develop well-rounded young men and women who learn not only the fundamentals of football, cheerleading, and dance but also the importance of education in an atmosphere conducive to developing sound character while having a good time.
All Head Coaches are members of
Our football program has instructional teams, also known as Tiny Mites, Jr. Mighty Mites and Mighty Mites. These teams compete against other local instructional teams. Instructional games do travel to those communities but our home games are played at our home field located at 1200 Kennedy Ave. in Schererville Indiana.
1. Equipment handout is in mid July.
2. Conditioning starts the first week of August at our field. Show up in shorts, tee shirt and cleats. Bring water! Bring helmet and mouth piece. You cannot practice without these items.
3. After the first week you will make the transition into full pads
4. Before Labor Day instructional practices are Tuesday Wednesday & Thursday 5:00pm to 7:30pm. Also on Saturday mornings from 9:00am to 11:30am. After Labor Day practices are Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Games are usually played on Saturdays.
5. Instructional football has at least 7 games.
6. Each team generally has its own party after the season. Each child gets a trophy which will be presented to them at the end of season party.
7. The instructional age & weight matrix is as follows:
Tiny Mites 5, 6, 35 - 75 pounds
Jr. Mighty Mites 7,8 45 - 90 pounds
Mighty Mites 9 45 - 90 pounds
8. Each year our goal is to place 5& 6 year olds against each other and 7 & 8 year olds against each other and 9 year olds against each other. This is contingent on how many kids sign up.
Non Competitive football
Our football program has a non-competitive program as well, known as division 3 starting in the Jr. Pee Wee division.
Players will play more - the win at all cost is out the window. Kids are given more chances to play. Mistakes are taken a little more lightly then those that are made on teams in the competitive division.
Potential to be a leader for those just entering football - Players with limited football ability can show it off better in division 3. Thus, gaining more confidence and feeling as if they have to lead those who have never played before.
Being able to play in a position they enjoy. Also possibly a position they would have never been able to play in the competitive level known as division 2.
Unlike in the competitive division 2, kids may be able to play in a position of their choice. In fact, kids have been invited by their coaches to be the quarterbacks and running backs for their respected teams in addition to their favorite position.
Less competitive schedule- Our non-competitive division 3 teams are paired up with other white divisional opponents, thus equaling the playing field and allowing more room for football development.
Being able to learn the game of football in a less competitive setting. We want kids to learn to love the game not run from it never to play it again. Please remember we reserve the right to place kids in either the non-competitive or competitive division. There are no special exceptions.
The information mentioned above is the criteria we use to make our decision. Kids with no football experience or limited football ability should be considered for division 3.
We feel this selection process is necessary before a player is allowed to take the next step into the competitive football division against kids who are more aggressive and have exemplified a physical style of play.
The competitive teams, represent the Tri Town Pop Warner program to other local Pop Warner communities in the red division.
TTPW competitive teams can advance to the National playoffs in Orlando Florida. There are 3 teams filled by 22 players on each team. One team per division. Teams are filled with players once payment is received.
Competitive teams wear the NFL Oakland Raiders team colors and uniforms.
The weight matrix for non-competitive & competitive is as follows:
|DIVISION ||AGE ||WEIGHT |
|Jr. Pee Wee || |
|Pee Wee || |
|Jr. Midget ||10-11-12 |
|Unlimited ||11-12-13-14 ||105 - ? |
The non competitive and competitive teams represent the TTPW program in the Northern Indiana Pop Warner Little Scholars football conference. The conference includes over 24 local Indiana communities.
POP WARNER LITTLE SCHOLARS (PWLS) is a national non-profit organization interested in building leadership, learning skills, teamwork and discipline in its young participants. We hope you will get involved, if you aren't already... because, most of all, we're about having fun!
Over a decade of building leaders, teamwork, smart and athletically skilled young people has been a part of the Raiders Youth Football League.
These competitive divisions are designed for the athletes (and parents) that are ready to take the next step in competitive sports. This decision includes a greater financial and time commitment then the typical instructional & non-competitive participant. The fundraising activity and practice and pre-game preparation is not to be taken lightly.
If you understand these commitments and ready to participate:
The opportunity to compete with communities outside of TTPW.
A lower player to coach ratio
A tradition of commitment to achieving higher goals and the potential for an extended season through playoffs.
What has to be considered before you make your decisions:
Unlike our instructional & non-competitive programs, the only guarantee is that the child may play as little as only 10 plays a game.
The intensity level is greater and the athlete must be committed to that level or our experience is the program will not be a positive experience.
The greatest enjoyment of any sport is the game participation. We view that as the primary objective as should the athlete and parents.
GAMES AND PRACTICES
The new season begins with conditioning in the first week of August. The site for conditioning is at our home field.
Once assigned to a team, please notify the coach if your son or daughter cannot make practice. We realize that homework and grades are important. If there are any problems, please discuss them with the coach.
For Competitive teams:
During conditioning ("August"), practices will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday from 5:00PM to 7:30PM and on Saturdays from 9:00AM to 11:30AM. After Labor Day practices will be Tuesday, Thursday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and on Saturday from 9:00am to 11:00am. Games are played on Sundays.
The first game for competitive divisions is in late August. The coaches will pass out game schedules approximately one week before the first game.
EQUIPMENT Supplied by TTYFL
(All Football Players)
The TTPW program will provide all equipment necessary except for mouth guard, supporter, name tape for the back of the jersey and cleats. Each football player will be given shoulder pads, helmet, hip, tail, thigh, and knee pads. Also we provide game and practice pants and when the child receives his/her position a game jersey. Most equipment will be handed out in July. These items should be kept clean.
All equipment is expected to be returned in good clean condition. Name labels should be sewn on by hand stitching and must be removed before equipment turn in. They are great to sew on practice jerseys the following season. Launder and fold pants. If the equipment is not returned, you will be charged a $200.00 replacement fee. Please remember when you sign up, you will have filled out a promissory note stating that your child's equipment will have to be returned.
SHOES: Black molded sole shoes with non-removable cleats are legal provided the cleats, studs or projections do not exceed 1/2" in length. These cleats or studs must be made of rubber or rubber type material that is non-abrasive and does not have, nor develop a cutting edge.
EYEGLASSES: When worn, eyeglasses shall be athletic approved construction with non-shattering glass (safety glass), or contact lenses. This applies to cheerleaders, as well as, players.
ATHLETIC SUPPORTERS: male football players should wear a good quality athletic supporter.
The following items shall be worn by players in all divisions and shall meet the required standards as noted: (recommended standards are in parenthesis).
Helmets - The only markings on helmets shall be:
Approved TTPW decals. All emblems, decals, must be approved by the leagues administration before applying on to one of our helmets. One emblem on each side of the helmet shall be permitted
Striping tape, placed on the top seam of the helmet
Numbers, which correspond to the numbers assigned to the game jersey.
Shoulder Pads - These may be corrugated, molded fiber or plastic type (high density polyethylene) material, with a coated (polyvinyl) washable padding, heavy web hinges and adjustable underarm straps.
Pants - These may be of one-piece of shell construction. One - piece pants must feature removable (snap out) hip & kidney pads.
Hip and Kidney Pads - These may be of corrugated, molded fiber or plastic type (polyethylene) material, covered on the inside with a shock-absorbing (poly-foam) material shall include spine pieces.
Thigh Guards - These may be corrugated, molded fiber or plastic type (polyethylene) material with adequate (poly foam) padding.
Knee Pads - These shall be of a durable shock absorbing material not less than 2 inches thick.
Jerseys - Game jerseys shall be numbered with 6-inch numbers on front, 8-inch numbers on back and 4 inch numbers on sleeves. No individuals name may be applied to game jerseys with heat-impressed letters.
Mouth Guards - These shall be of the intra-oral, custom or self fit impression type with a keeper strap attached to the face guard.
The TTPW Competitive Cheerleading squads represent Tri-Town in the Northern Indiana Pop Warner Little Scholars Cheerleading Conference. The program offers an opportunity to cheer for TTPW football teams, travel, perform & compete throughout the midwest. The season begins in the beginning of August and continues through mid December, depending on the success of teams in competitions.
Teams can reach regional champion levels and have national placement in the Pop Warner Cheerleading and Dance competition. Squads practice a minimum of four times per week in a month of August and a minimum of twice per week after Labor Day. Participation requires a high level of commitment and dedication. The TTPW program is open to all cheerleaders and auditions are prohibited.
AGE REQUIREMENTS: Participants in competition must be between 7 and 14 years of age (based on July 3lst of the current year.
There are 8 squads filled with a maximum enrollment of 35 cheerleaders on each squad, one squad per football team. Cheerleaders will be assigned on squads based on their age and squad composition. Once squad capacity has been met, the team will be closed from additional sign ups.
A squad roster will remain preliminary and not to be changed unless it is reviewed and approved by TTPW.
COMPETITIONS: The competitive cheerleaders practice time is spent working out and perfecting the competition routines and sideline cheers.
MOUNTS/STUNTING: The competitive cheer program allows mounts/stunting. Positions are determined by the size of each team and are based on cheerleader's ability and cheerleaders are expected to participate in stunting with coaches. Any medical conditions that prohibit a cheerleader participating in stunting should be documented and made known to the coaching team prior to the start of the season.
FOOTBALL GAME PARTICIPATION: It is mandatory that competitive cheerleaders cheer at all regular season football games as well as playoff games unless otherwise directed by the Pop Warner association. Games are generally on Sundays in the afternoon. Cheerleaders are required to ride the team bus for away games. There will be a bus fee collection from each cheerleader to cover the cost for transportation, which is separate and apart from the league registration fee.
The head coach will distribute game schedules approximately one week prior to the first game. Head coaches will contact you with any schedule changes. Cheerleaders are required to arrive 45 minutes to the start of home football games and promptly at the designated bus stop for away games.
Failure to attend games will result in possible elimination from halftime participation and upcoming competitions. Teams play in rain or shine, which includes the cheerleading squads. Cheerleaders are encouraged to bring a water bottle to all games and practices. No soda, gum, or food of any kind is permitted during practices or games including halftime. Gatorade and sports drinks are allowed.
COMPETITIVE CHEERLEADING CONDITIONING AND PRACTICES: Competitive cheerleaders practice will begin at the beginning of August. Practice will be held every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 5:00PM to 7:00PM & Saturday from 9:00AM to 10:30AM at our home field. It is mandatory that each cheerleader attend practices starting in August, as coaches will be assessing the squads capabilities, assigning positions for each girl and working on competition routines.
Cheerleaders must come to practice in appropriate attire in order to be allowed to participate in the practice. Cheerleaders are required to wear tennis shoes and must have their hair tied back in a ponytail. They should not wear any type of jewelry, necklaces or earrings. We also suggest that cheerleaders apply bug repellant prior to arrival at outdoor practice.
Cheerleaders must arrive at practice on time. It is required that all cheerleaders participate in warm up activities prior to being allowed to practice to ensure the safety of the cheerleader. Practices are held a minimum of two days per week and may increase as competition nears.
Attendance - If a child misses more than 2 games with an un-excused absence that child will forfeit the right to compete. If a child misses more than 2 practices in a week, this also will result in the child being benched for a game, which will ultimately count against the cheerleader as a missed game.
COACHES: All competitive squads will have a coaching staff, which will consist of a head coach (adult over 21 years of age) and one or more assistants. The primary responsibility of the Head Coach is to prepare the squad for games and competitions and to ensure safe practices, game performances and competitions.
TEAM MOMS: All competitive squads will have one team mom whose primary responsibility is to interact with parents and assist with the administrative responsibilities of each squad. Parents questions regarding practices, competitions or general information should be directed to the team mom.
ATTENDANCE: Cheerleading is a team sport and each participant holds an important position in the cheer formations, stunting groups and routines. Absence requires formation, routine and line up changes affecting all participants on the squad therefore only extreme reasons can be accepted for an absence. All cheer related obligations (practice, games, events and competition) will be viewed as a priority functions over athletic or social activities.
Attendance is taken at all practices and games. Prior notification of an absence or late attendance must be made to the coach or team mom. In the event of an excused absence, it is the parent's responsibility to contact the team mom for any missed messages or handouts.
All cheerleaders must be at games and practices at the time designated. If tardiness becomes a reoccurring situation, or if a cheerleader misses weekly practices, they may be moved to alternate positions within the routine or may be eliminated from upcoming halftime routines or competitions.
Three (3) tardy arrivals will count as one (1) unexcused absence.
Religious activities and family emergencies will not be included as absences.
Absences will be monitored and dismissal from the squad could occur if the cheerleader exceeds the limit. In case of serious illness, consideration will be given.
Parades, pep rallies, exhibition games, scheduled games are to be attended. Coaches will count absences from these days.
Please be prompt in picking up your child from practice and games. Cheerleaders will not be allowed to leave without a parent or authorized guardian and must be signed out by the coach or team mom.
Inclement weather - we will make every effort to notify cheerleaders of cancellation of practice due to rain by 5:00PM. If it begins to rain at the start of practice, please show up and we will make determination at the field. In the event of a heavy rain or thunderstorm during practice, please pick up your child immediately at the field.
UNIFORMS - Competitive cheerleaders will be issued a competition shell and pleated skirt, a practice shirt, shorts, and poms. These are yours to keep. The cheer uniform may change from year to year.
In addition to the competition shell & skirt, cheerleaders will have to purchase the below listed items:
Briefs & Socks
Warm up suit
These items are to be kept by the cheerleader after the season. Cost associated with the items above is not included in part, in the enrollment fee required by each cheerleader. Apparel items issued may change from year to year depending on availability and vendor pricing.
DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS: All competitive cheerleaders are required to provide the league with the following information prior to participation:
Last report card issued for that year in June
Physical - Physicals are required each year and cannot be older than April 1 of the current year.
Medical release form - to be supplied by the league.
Signed Code of Conduct - to be supplied by the league.
This information will not be returned to the cheerleader so please do not submit originals of birth certificates, school report cards or physicals.
TRAVEL EXPENSES - In the event a cheer squad participates in post-season competitions, playoffs or the Pop Warner national finals (Orlando Florida) participants will be responsible for costs associated with travel including airfare, hotel and meals. Additional fundraising will be optional to minimize these expenses.
FUNDRAISING: Competitive cheerleaders may be required to participate in fundraising activities throughout the season. Fundraising is necessary to minimize costs associated with participation in postseason competitions, playoffs or Pop Warner National Finals. Only those participating in fundraising activities will be eligible for fundraising dollar refunds to offset travel expenses.
REFUND POLICY: There are no refunds once a participant has enrolled.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Additional practices are required to prepare for competitions. Regional competition is scheduled in November and requires travel regionally. Cheerleaders are required to be checked into their rooms the night prior to the competition and available for a squad meeting that evening. Pop Warner National Competition will be held in December in Orlando Florida. Cheerleaders are required to be there a minimum of 4 days. This requires cheerleaders to be taken out of school to participate.
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