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Pelham Razorbacks Youth Football & Cheerleading

Home of the 2015 AYC Division 14 National Champions

The Pelham Razorbacks are a proud member of the American Youth Football and Cheer (AYF) organization, the largest youth football and cheer organization in the country.

The Razorbacks organization encourages the highest levels of sportsmanship, teamwork and fair-play.  Our affiliation with AYF ensures our kids play football and cheer in a safe, competitive and fundamentally sound environment.

Week one is in the books

Week 1 ended with a literal bang as the thunderstorms hit.  Safety is always our number one concern and for those that were at field this past Thursday, you would have seen multiple board members carefully monitoring the situation.  Please remember the following:

  • Anytime there is potential for bad weather, we need families close by as we may end practices early.  Thus, please plan accordingly and be ready to pick your child up or arrange for another parent to take so we can get all kids away from field timely. 
  • When we see lightning nearby, we will pull kids off field and wait 30 minutes of no strikes and then return if field is safe.  If lightning is off in the distance, we may not pull kids off right away so please rest assured we are on top of it and will err on the side of caution.

Last week, parking and drop off looked pretty good but there are still a few that do not understand or possibly think your quick stop by main gate or between shack and soccer field does not create any issues.

  • When dropping kids off, pull directly into a spot - please do not stop on the roadways. 
  • DO NOT move cones or drive around caution tape.
  • Please pick up kids on time or arrange rides home as after a long day, our coaches want to go home too.

There is still no update on the game schedule however opening day will be Sunday, August 26th.  

  • Hopefully we are at home and that means we need volunteers
  • Team moms will coordinate help as it takes many people to have a successful home day.
  • With fewer kids in the program and 1 less football team, we need everyone's help on game day with small roles to be filled.  When everyone does their small part, the day runs great.

Picture Day is set for Saturday, August 25 - your Team Mom or coach will provide details.

Labor Day - no activities will be planned on August 31st through September 3rd so enjoy the long weekend.

Lastly - this organization has been so successful through the years thanks to the hard work and time given of countless volunteers of board members, coaches, team moms and others - many of who no longer have child in the program but still come to help.  My thanks to all of you!  We may not be perfect and I am living proof but it is not from lack of trying and I and the Board always strive to do what is best for our entire organization.  Sometimes, families may not agree with our decisions.  As President, my role is to work with the Board to run this organization as best we can and I am always open to constructive feedback and I thank those who provide it.  My ask is to have a solution or specifics on how it can be done better.  Someone once said "I may not know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody".  Along with "This is how we do things here", these are two mottos I use as a leader.

Gonna be a hot one this week so please ensure kids have plenty of liquids as we will keep them hydrated!


by posted 08/06/2018
Razorbacks July Update

Happy Independence Day!

Please see below for some important dates and information:

We are still collecting paperwork and calendar raffle for kids.  In order for your child to be able to take the field on July 30th and/or get equipment, all the following must be completed, turned in and approved:

  • Signed Folder
  • Birth Certificate Copy (mainly for new kids as we have if child participated in 2017)
  • 2017-18 full year completed report card * (see below)
  • Completed Medical Release form, signed and dated by a doctor in 2018.  We DO NOT accept copies of physicals, it must be the Medical Release form.
  • Anti-Bullying forms signed by parent and child
  • Concussion Awareness forms signed by parent and child
  • Social Media policy signed by parent and child
  • Purchased calendars to sell.  This is our only mandatory fundraiser and you pay the $50 up front and keep the proceeds should you sell the 5 calendars at $10 each.  If you decide not to sell them, turn them in with your own name on them.

 

* Pelham School District report cards:

 

  • Elementary School report cards must be printed by parents. We need 1 copy. Directions for printing are at the bottom of the email.  Please note that the Parent Portal for printing report cards is only open for a limited time. 
  • Middle School report cards are being mailed. We need 2 copies from Middle School students.
  • High School Students that are Jr. Demos must contact the Guidance Office at the HS and request that a report card be mailed. You cannot print them online.
  • All Other School Report Cards:
    • Be sure that the school, the schools address, your child's name, grade and FINAL SEMESTER GRADES are clearly printed. Report cards that use a Letter Grade Base system need to submit 2 copies, Number Based only require 1 copy.
  • If you have any questions please feel free to contact Jen Maslanek at 

Below are upcoming important dates

  • Thursday July 5th - bonus night of paperwork turn-in and calendar purchase @ Muldoon from 430pm-6pm
  • Wednesday July 18th - Paperwork turn in @ Muldoon from 530pm-630pm
  • Thursday July 19th – Paperwork turn in from 6-715pm @ Muldoon
  • Thursday July 19th - Monthly organization meeting @ Muldoon starting at 730pm
  • Monday July 23rd – Last night for paperwork turn-in @ Muldoon from 530-630pm
  • Wednesday July 25th – Equipment pick up for those who have everything completed (by the 23rd) and calendars purchased.  This is at Muldoon from 530pm-630pm
  • Monday, July 30th – Football practices start
  • Tuesday July 31st – Cheer practices start
  • Saturday, August 25th - Picture Day
  • Sunday August 26th – Opening Games

This year we may not have any games on Saturday nights as we have 5 football teams and will play all home games on a Sunday starting at 8am

Labor Day weekend, we do not have any Razorbacks activities on the Friday through Monday so make travel plan and enjoy the short break.

This is it for now, stay cool and enjoy the summer.


by posted 07/04/2018
To all 2018 Cheer Parents

Hello Parents…

 

            I wanted to take a moment to welcome you all to the Razorback’s cheer family!  Whether you are a seasoned veteran or it’s your very first year, I am thrilled to have you joining us this season.  I would first like to take a moment to introduce myself as the new Razorback’s Cheer Coordinator.  My name is Melissa Rickards and my girls have been cheering for a couple of years now.  I am a familiar face to many, as I have lived in Pelham my entire life and I also teach preschool at Kings Kids.  I have had the pleasure of watching many of your children grow up!  I am really looking forward to this new and exciting experience.  I have many goals set for the year, but my main objective is for the girls to have fun, love what they do, and be the best athlete they can be.  Cheerleading is a tough and demanding sport.  We work hard at every practice and it’s so important to come prepared to give 110% each night.  We are there to support our football teams, compete at our competitions, and also to give back to our community that supports us year after year.  I look forward to a great season and cannot wait to see all that is in store for us.

 

            Now let’s get down to business!  LOTS of important dates and information you need to know before the start of the season.  If you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out and let me know.  My email address is

 

IMPORTANT DATES

 

* Uniform & Sneaker Fittings will take place on Wednesday, June 13th from 5:30-7:30 pm at the clubhouse at St. Patrick’s Church. This night is the ONLY night that we will be fitting girls for uniforms & sneakers so attendance is a must.  Girls will be trying on their competition uniforms, game day jerseys, and sneakers.  I will also be asking each parent to check the spelling of your daughter’s last name, as it will be printed onto the back of their game day jerseys.  You may also turn in all paperwork that night, except for report cards.  If you are not sure what needs to be submitted, please check out the document section on our website. New athletes should be sure to check in with Jen Maslanek before you leave that night. (If your child was an early registration, their free t-shirt will be available this night.)

 

* Our season kick off cheer clinic will be on Wednesday, June 20th from 5:30-7:30pm at Muldoon Park.  This is an optional clinic for any athlete to attend.  We will be warming up and working with Drive Fitness at the clinic to learn the best ways to strengthen our cores and also allow for optimal flexibility for our sport.  We will also be learning cheer motions, jumps, check out our tumbling skills, and lots more!  It’s a fun night of exercise, games, and meeting coaches and teammates.  I hope to see you all there.

 

*  Our season begins on July 30th!  More information regarding teams, coaches,  practice dates and times will be sent out in July.

 

* Opening weekend is August 25th.  Game times will be posted at a later date, but please keep in mind this will also be picture day. 

 

 

            That should sum it up for now.  I will provide you with more detailed information as the season approaches, but in the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out.  Enjoy the last few week of school and I look forward to meeting you all on June 13th

 

Kind Regards,

Melissa Rickards


by posted 05/31/2018
Reminders

Just a few reminders upcoming:

Wednesday is a busy day!  

Owen and Ollie's fundraising: Stop by for lunch or dinner and a portion of all proceeds will be donated back to the razorbacks.

Paperwork: 7pm to 7:45pm is a paperwork turni in night at the Pelham Police conference room - just inside the Pelham Police entrance.  Drop off any completed forms you may have (bully, medical waiver, concussion, etc) and avoid the crowds at future nights.

Razorbacks Monthly Member Meeting at 8pm at the Pelham Police Department.

 

Registration deadlines:

April 30th is the registration deadline.  Anyone after that date will pay an additional $25 per player.  Registration closes on June 1st.

Fittings:

The dates for football and cheer fittings will be announced shortly - stay tuned to our facebook page for updates.

 


by posted 04/10/2018
About the Razorbacks


by posted 03/27/2018
Important Registration Dates
2018 Razorback Registration Is Happening NOW!
 
Important dates to remember:
 
March 31st - LAST DAY to register to get a free personalized t-shirt. Payments must be made in full by this date to qualify. You will be sent an email when registration is complete requesting a shirt size.
 
April 30th - Late Fee of $25 is added to any registration made or paid after this date.
 
June 1st - Registration Closes!
 
Uniform fittings for Football and Cheer will be announced at a later date. Paperwork turns will be accepted at those times.
 
Any questions regarding registration can be addressed to Jen Maslanek at 
 

by posted 03/26/2018
Registration now open

Click here to register!


by posted 03/15/2018
Information Night back on - Thursday
The Razorback Information night is back on. Thursday from 6:30-8:00 at the Pelham Elementary cafeteria. Come on by for a chance to win a Patriots signed football, ora free registration (new families). Also see the newest Riddell gear, and learn how to get a free personalized t shirt.
by posted 03/12/2018
Information Night Cancelled

Unfortunately, the Razorbacks information night scheduled for Thursday March 8th has been  cancelled because of the storm knocking out power to the town.


by posted 03/08/2018
2018 Season Registration Coming Up

2018 Razorback Season

 

We hope everyone has had a great winter and start to 2018 and believe it or not we are now less than 5 months away from our 2018 season.  2017 ended with our D10 Cheer team taking home 2nd Place nationally and our 12U football team inches away from a trip to Nationals. 

Please see below to help you begin preparing for the 2018 season:         

  • Thursday, March 8th – Razorback Information Night for returning and new families at Pelham Town Hall from 6-730pm. 
    • This is a great opportunity for any new families to learn more about our programs as well as for all families to meet out new board members. 
    • Football families can see a sample of our new football jerseys.
    • Cheer families can see what our girls wear and new items being offered this year.
  • Thursday, March 8th – Online registration opens
    • For all those who register and pay in full prior to March 31st, the child will get a free Razorback personalized t-shirt
  • Monday, July 30th – Season start so we hope this helps you plan for summer.  It is possible that we may only have a 3-week pre-season so it is important for your child to be there from Day 1. 

On our site you will find a copy of various forms that must be completed, signed and returned.  Each year our Medical Release form requirement poses a challenge for some who do not have their child’s physical scheduled until after the start of the season.  We do not accept copies of physicals to satisfy participation – this is the form that must be submitted.  It is required to be signed off by a doctor with a date after January 1, 2018 for to satisfy this registration requirement.  Get to your child’s doctor sooner than later as no child can take the field or mat unless this form is properly completed and signed.

For those that attended our 2017 Mon and Son Fund Dance, we’d like your help in planning the 2018 event.  Please fill out this survey for us so we can capture your feedback.  Quick survey about the 2017 Mom and Son Fun Dance at Owen and Ollie's last season.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y8FVRQ6

As always, please continue to check our Facebook page for updates and information as we will continue to send emails like this but ultimately, the responsibility is on each family to stay up to date with information and if have questions, contact any Board member (listed on our home page – www.pelhamrazorbacks.com ). 

Sincerely,

 

Lou Longo - President 


by posted 03/01/2018
Football Coaching Applications Now being Accepted

Head football coaching applications are now being accepted and must be turned in by March 5th, 2018.

The form is availabel under Documents in the left menu.


by posted 02/20/2018
2017 NHYFSC Academic Achievement Awards


by posted 01/25/2018
January's General Meeting

First member meeting of the year will be January 9 at 8 PM at the police station meeting room. All members are welcome to attend.


by posted 01/03/2018
2018 Board Elections
The 2018 Board has been nominated and elected. Congratulations!
 
  • President - Lou Longo
  • Vice President - Kelly Vanti*
  • Treasurer - Kate Ketelaar
  • Secretary - Timm Haskins
  • Program Admin - Jen Maslanek*
  • Fundraising Director - Milissa Fox
  • Concessions Director - Paul Leonard*
  • Field Maintenance - Kevin Poliquin
  • Cheer Director - Melissa Rickards*
  • Football Director - Kenny Eaves
* Nominated and elected on 11/8/2017
 
The Razorbacks would like to extend our eternal gratitude for your endless hours of service and dedication to retiring board members Mark Jozokos, James Roche, and Stacey Schuler.

by posted 11/09/2017
Cheerleader Fittings
Attention all Cheerleaders!
 
Uniform fittings will be on Thursday June 8th at the St Patrick's Clubhouse
Arrive Age
5:30pm 5-7
6:00pm. 8-9
6:30pm. 10-11
7:00pm. 11 & up
 
We'll also be accepting paperwork for all athletes that night

by posted 05/24/2017
Preparing for the 2017 Season

Preparing for 2017 Season

 

We are under 6 months away until opening day of Razorbacks 2017.  We have the season start date so please plan accordingly as first day of practices will be Monday July 31st.  We go Mondays-Thursday until our first weekend of games and then teams set their own practice schedules which can include Fridays and Saturdays during the season.  We do not practice over Labor Day weekend so that Friday through Monday is free for you.

Registration for the 2017 season is now open and will again be an online process.  That link is at the bottom of this message as well as available through our home page.  Please note the following important registration requirements as if they are not followed, your child will not be considered registered:

  • Payment is expected at time of registration.  Registration not accompanied by payment is considered incomplete unless prior arrangements have been made through one of our board members.

  • DO NOT register with a PO Box – we need a physical Pelham address.

  • When listing an emergency contact, you must use a different name than the parent registering the child.

  • Read the questions carefully.  

    • Grade during the 2016-17 season is the grade your child is currently in.

    • If they are currently in kindergarten – put “0”.

  • Returning players/cheerleaders who properly register and pay prior to March 15th are guaranteed a spot on a team.

  • New players/cheerleaders (along with returners) are then added after March 15th based on the date they are properly registered and paid.  Although we do not anticipate teams maxing out, if we reach capacity, we place children based on their registration date and then create wait lists.

  • Same as last year, we will only be accepting Medical Clearance forms.  The form is provided under Documents on our home page along with the Concussion Awareness waiver and Anti Bullying Form.  If your child’s physical is not scheduled until after the start of the season, you need to get this form signed off by their doctor prior to them taking field.  The doctor must sign and date this form with a 2017 date.

  • In June and July, we will have nights for additional paperwork turn in, including report cards.

 

That’s it for now as continue to check our home and Facebook page for updates.  Below is the link to register your child(ren).

http://nhyfsc.org/Registration/Default.asp?n=101663&org=NHYFSC.ORG

 


by posted 02/23/2017
Start of the 2017 Season

Start of 2017 Season

 

Happy New Year from the Razorbacks!  It is not football and cheer season yet but as always, our board is in preparation mode.  We will be opening registrations soon and similar to last year, it will be an online process.  The registration dates will be announced within the next few weeks.  Returning players and cheerleaders are guaranteed a roster spot if they register and pay within two weeks of the registration opening.  After those first two weeks, spots on teams are reserved on a first registered – with payment, basis.  Payment is expected at time of registration so please do not register without including payment as spots will not be saved.  If there are concerns with payment as we know other sports are happening in the Spring, please reach out to me directly and we can review payment options.

The 2016 season was another successful one with multiple state championships and our Division 14 Cheer Team taking 2nd place nationally.  As you have hopefully heard me say many times, we are constantly striving to be the best, stay the best, and improve.  Despite the successes we had last season with our scores on the fields and mats, our number one priority is that children have a great experience and take great lessons and memories from being a Razorback.

One vital way for us to continually improve is through feedback from you.  Let me stress there is a difference between feedback and complaining and for those of you who have gotten to know me, you should understand I do not respond favorably to complaining.  That is because complaining does not offer a proposed solution or specifics.  Thus, I am asking you to provide to me directly any feedback you would like to share on the 2016 season or our program.  Below are some areas but anything is on the table:

  • Our Coaches
  • Our Board
  • Policies & Procedures
  • Uniforms
  • Participation in Nationals
  • Banquets

This is just a sample list.  What I am really after is some concise, tangible feedback on what you feel we do well and areas you feel we need to improve.  Please keep it as objective as possible so that I can process it and either pass it on or look to create action off of it.  Notice I use the word “I” earlier as the pink elephant in the room (on this email) is the disturbing trend in all youth sports nationally that families are afraid to give feedback on coaches or organizations for fear of retribution to their children.  I am not saying it does not happen but in this case – “That is Not How We Do Things Here”.

So now the choice is yours.  If you would like to be heard or offer feedback, please email me directly (see below) and you will have to trust that I will treat the information carefully but will need to share in order to address topics or drive change.  I will not share anything without your permission but if you do not allow me to share, then there may be things we cannot address.  If you do not believe this, that is solely on you as I do not know of any other way to be a leader than creating an environment where people can trust you.  If you prefer to talk, that is great too as I appreciate old fashioned dialogue.  Just email me with a contact number and good times to chat and we will set something up.

I look forward to hearing from many of you as well as to the start of our season.  My contact info is below – please DO NOT reply to this email as it goes to our Razorback mailbox and not directly to me.

Best,

Lou Longo – President

  


by posted 01/25/2017
Regional Finals Weekend

Regional Final Weekend

 

The Razorbacks invaded Connecticut this weekend as we had 4 teams competing in the New England Finals.  The weekend started with our D12 and D14 cheer teams giving their all against the best of the best in New England and both squads taking home 2nd place in their division.  Our Division 14 Team will be continuing on to Nationals to compete in the AYF National Championships.  On Sunday, our football teams took on the Connecticut state champs on their home turf and fought hard but could not capture the title.  Congratulations to all our athletes and thank you to all the coaches and supporters on great seasons.

Our banquets were a great time and great food as always.  Next year we are looking to change the menu a bit and try the ham and turkey options to go along with a night of chicken.

Congratulations to our new board members – Milissa Fox who will be our new Fundraising Director and Joy Cawley who will our new Cheer Director.  Thank you to all our board members for their service this year and special thanks to Dawn Tucci for her many years of service as she has been instrumental in building our cheer program to one of the elite ones in the state and New England. 

We are now in close up mode as Kenny will be collecting all outstanding football equipment and uniforms as remember that all teams must return their game jerseys except 13U as they can keep theirs as they bid farewell to our program.  Joy will also be collecting cheer uniforms.

Lastly, with our Division 14 girls heading to Florida along with some 8th graders for all stars, you will see various fundraising efforts from them.  Please help if you can or spread the word as there will be canning, raffles and other events to help defray costs. 

Keep an eye on our home and Facebook pages for updates from Florida as well as 2017 registration which will be here soon.  Have a great Thanksgiving and holiday season.


by posted 11/22/2016
Championship Weekend

What a weekend!  The boys kicked it off on Saturday with 10U, 11U and 13U traveling to Keene and making it a clean sweep as all 3 teams won a State Championship.  10U and 11U posted shutouts and 13U avenged their only loss of the year to defeat Goffstown in a nail-biting game.  As impressed as I was with our teams and coaching staffs on the field, I was equally impressed with our fans in the stands as we all once again proved why we are the class of the state on how we do it here.

Sunday was time for our girls to shine at the NHYFSC state competition with Tiny Mites posting top score followed by Division 8 taking home a State title.  D10 was up against tough competition and Division 12 took 2nd followed by Division 14 earning yet another State title for our program.  A great weekend and congrats to all!

Next up is our Fall Fest Cheer competition on Sunday November 6th in Londonderry and we still need help with volunteers.  We have 29 slots we need to fill and I am asking everyone to try to give us a 2-hour slot on Sunday for our biggest fundraiser.  Please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d44afab2aa1ff2-fall or contact Timm Haskins or Katie Ketelaar if you can help.  All volunteers will be eligible for a raffle to win a single 2017 Razorback registration so sign up now.  Each slot you select and complete on Sunday gives you a raffle chance.

In two weeks we have the New England Regional Competition for some of our teams so please keep checking our website, Facebook page and Twitter for details.

Lastly, it is banquet season with our Tiny Mites, Division 8 and 8U teams on Tuesday night at the Harris Pelham Inn.  You will not be allowed into the dining hall until 515pm so please plan accordingly. Seats are not reserved so please come on time to ensure your family can sit together.

For those attending for the first time, this is a sit-down family style dinner followed by presentations.  There is a cash bar.  Dress code is at your discretion with many wearing what we wear to work for business casual or with our families for holiday mass.  Children for the first few banquets must be seated with parents and accompanied to rest rooms with an adult.  There is absolutely no running around as wait staff has lots of food and please remember that our coaches are there this night to relax and celebrate like everyone else.  We have cash raffles for some fun prizes including a Razorback registration among other things.  Dinner will start being served between 6-615pm.   No tickets for any banquets will be sold at door and purchase nights have been completed.  If something has come up requiring tickets, please contact your coach or team mom.

See you all soon and thank you again for a great weekend!


by posted 10/31/2016
Congratulations to our Cheer teams!

Regular season just ended for football, but for our cheerleaders, the competition has just begun. On Saturday, our girls picked up where they left off last year with great showings across the board.
Tiny Mites - Top Score
Division 8 - 1st Place
Division 10 - 2nd Place
Division 12 - 1st Place
Division 14 - 1st Place
Upcoming competitions:

10/22: 2016 Derry / Windham Cheer XPlosion Invitational at Sanborn High School.  Competetition begins at 8am

10/30: 2016 NHYFSC State Cheerleading Competition at Southern New Hampshire University

11/6: 2016 Fall Classic Spirit Competition at Londonderry High School


by posted 10/19/2016
One Week Away

 

1 Week Away

 

The season starts July 25th for both football and cheer and we are busy getting ready.  All football coaches have been notified of their team’s paperwork/payment status so if you are cleared for equipment, you can pick up on Thursday July 21st at Muldoon Park.  Contact your child’s coach or team mom for more details and if you still have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to Football Director Ken Eaves at  .

 

For those still needing to turn in paperwork or make any payments, the last in-person time will be on Thursday July 21st from 6-730pm @ Muldoon Park.  Football players must have everything complete byTuesday July 19th or they will not be eligible for equipment pick-up until the week of July 25th.  There will not be any exceptions so please do not ask.  Any child not having complete folders (all paperwork completed and turned in) and all payments by Friday July 22nd will not be able to take the field on Monday July 25th – again no exceptions.

 

Reminder that starting on Monday, July 25th, we will go each Monday through Thursday from approximately 530pm-8pm each evening.  The first week is all conditioning so it is shorts, t-shirts, sneakers/cleats, bug spray and plenty of water.

 There will be a final blast email next Sunday – enjoy the week!

Lou

 


by posted 07/17/2016
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