Jr. Raider football and cheer registration is now open for the 2020 season. While the fate of the season is not certain at this time due to COVID-19, we have decided to open registration and remain optimistic that the season will occur as scheduled. The final decision will be dependent on public health and MHSAA protocol at the scheduled start of the season.
Our 2020 registration deadline has been extended until July 24th. This will also be the date that any outstanding registration balances are now due.
Please click on the registration link below and you will be redirected to our registration page.
How do I register my child for Jr. Raider Football/Cheer?
Registration is done online and requires a $25 deposit to hold your players spot. Please click on the link at the top of this page to access registration.
How much does it cost to register for Jr. Raiders?
Balance will be due by July, 15th 2020. All fees must be paid in full before your child can receive equipment and participate in conditioning. Financial assistance may be available in some situations. Please contact a board member to request assistance if needed.
What equipment do I need to buy?
The registration fee covers all required equipment except socks and cleats/cheer shoes, but we do have several totes of used cleats so please contact our Equipment Coordinator Jessica Hengesbach in you have need. If your child has braces you will want to contact your orthodontist for an appropriate mouth guard. For football players, we do provide a traditional girdle with the registration, but many players prefer a newer style integrated girdle. You are welcome to purchase a new integrated girdle at a sporting goods store if you would like, but we do offer the traditional style at no charge. We will NOT be selling girdles and padded shirts this year.
Does my child need a sports physical?
Yes. All Jr. Raider football players and cheerleaders will need to turn in a physical form completed by a licensed medical provider after April 15th of the year of play and prior to participating in conditioning on August 10th. Many insurance plans cover the cost or a sports physical with annual well child exams. Please be sure to make arrangements to have your child’s physical completed prior to conditioning. You may download a blank physical form under the “Forms” tab on this page.
Do I need to turn in a concussion form?
Yes, Michigan law requires that we collect a concussion awareness form from all participants in both football and cheer. You may download a blank concussion awareness form under the “Forms” tab on this page.
Can I make a request for a certain coach for my child?
No, we do not accept requests for specific coaches. If your child has a relative participating in the same grade, please contact a board member and we will do our best to place them on the same team, but we cannot guarantee these requests. If we have multiple teams at the same level, we use a player selection process to ensure that both teams are as equal in size, strength and athleticism as possible.
Do Jr. Raider coaches complete safety training?
Yes. All of our football coaches complete online training through USA Football. This training includes concussion and heat-related illness training. We are also working to offer our coaches first aid and CPR training this year. All cheer coaches complete concussion training on an annual basis.
Does my child have to attend conditioning?
Yes, our governing body, Mid Michigan Pony Football League (MMPFL), requires that each participant complete a set number of hours of conditioning prior to participating in practice. Missing any days of conditioning will require that your child finishes conditioning before joining his/her team for normal practices.
When will practices occur?
Practice schedules are determined by each team’s coaching staff. Once the school year has begun, 4th-6th graders may practice up to six hours a week, no more than two hours per practice. 7th-8th graders may practice up to eight hours a week, no more than two hours per practice. Regular practices will begin the week of August 19th and may continue through the end of October depending on grade level.
When will the games be?
Our game schedule is determined by MMPFL. Games occur mainly on Saturdays, but Sunday games are a possibility. 7th and 8th grade normally has their first game the weekend before Labor Day. 4th through 6th grade normally begins the weekend after Labor Day. The last game will be scheduled before the end of October. Depending on the number of teams in a specific grade level, teams may have a bye week where they practice, but do not have a game.
How far will we have to travel for games?
Most teams play half of their games at home at the Jr. Raider field at Portland Middle School, and the other half away at other MMPFL member communities. For 2019, MMPFL member communities include: Charlotte, Eaton Rapids, Fulton-Middleton, Haslett, Hastings, Ionia, Jackson NW, Laingsburg, Lakewood, Mason, Olivet, and Pewamo-Westphalia.
What volunteer opportunities does Jr. Raiders offer for parents/guardians?
We offer numerous opportunities for volunteering. For each home game, your team parent will coordinate volunteers for chain gang, clock operator, spotter, and possibly announcer. Home teams will also need a set number of volunteers to cover the concession stand during the game before or after your child’s game.
If you are interested in coaching, please submit a coaching application found under the “Forms” tab on this page. Coach applications are reviewed on an annual basis. Please note that we have a limited number of coach opportunities.
Our board is always looking for new board members to assist with the overall operation of the organization, as well as coordinating special events. Please contact a board member for more information.
Can my 3rd grader play Jr. Raider football?
We do not field 3rd grade football teams. In accordance with MMPFL rules, a 3rd grader who is 9 years old on or before September 1st of the current year may play in the 4th grade division.