What does the registration cost cover?
The Walnut Valley Cowboys Junior All American Football fees covers the following:
- Uniform (game pants, game jersey)-game pants will be returned at the end of the season
- Any and all game field usage fees
- Any and all practice field usage fees
- Any and all light fees
- Any and all league fees
- Any and all league insurance costs
- Any and all referee and/or game fees
- Player trophy and photos
How is W.V. Cowboys Junior All American Football different from Pop Warner?
There are significant differences between Pop Warner football and Cowboys Junior All American Football. Some are as follows:
- Walnut Valley Cowboys JAAF is a proud member of San Gabriel Valley Junior All American Football Conference, which currently has 27 participating cities, compared to Mt. Baldy Pop Warner Conference which only has 18 participating cities
- Minimum Plays: W.V. Cowboys JAAF advocates maximum plays. Moreover, W.V. Cowboys JAAF is governed by SGVJAAFC rules that require at least 10 plays from its participants. Pop Warner, by contrast, only requires 6-10 total plays depending on the size of the respective team. Those 6-10 plays can come at any point during a given game.
- Flag Ages: W.V. Cowboys JAAF allows 6, 7 and 8 year olds (80 lbs. or under) the opportunity to play flag football, W.V. Cowboys JAAF gives older players and parents a unique chance to embrace football later in a child’s development. Pop Warner, by contrasts, forces all 6, 7 and 8 year olds to play tackle football. In fact, Pop Warner has a “tiny mite” division that has 5 and 6 year olds playing tackle football. That means an 8 year old entering into his/her first year of football is liable to play with players who have already played tackle football for 3 years. And the player is only 8. National statistics show that the most popular age in which players begin to play organized football is age 10. By that account, a Pop Warner player who is beginning could potentially play with and against players who have played 5 years of tackle football. This could propel the injury risk for that player and drastically hinder the development of the player as well.
- Pre-Game Practice: W.V. Cowboys JAAF is a member of SGV Junior All American Football Conference, which begins yearly practices two full weeks before Pop Warner and doesn’t play its first games until two weeks after Pop Warner. This gives coaches and most importantly players an opportunity to learn the sport of football, which is particularly vital for first time players. Instead of having 2 1/2 weeks of practice before a game begins, our Cowboys Family football players get 1 1/2 months. This preparation allows our Cowboys Family players to be more successful and comprehend the sport of football more clearly. As a result, injuries are avoided and player safety is paramount.
When does practice begin?
The 2017 W.V. Cowboys Junior All American Football & Cheer Spring conditioning season begin in April. This is strictly voluntarily and dates, locations and times are up to the Head Coaches.
The 2017 W.V. Cowboys Junior All American Football & Cheer Fall Season practices begin July 31st. Practices for ALL divisions are (5) days per week (Monday – Friday) 2 hours a day (6pm-8pm). Starting August 15th, practices drop to (3) days per week (Tuesday – Thursday) 6pm – 8pm.
If I have multiple children, do they play on the same field on game day?
Yes, ALL divisions play the same city home or away games. For example, you have two sons playing; one is on the Jr. Gremlin division the other is on the Pee-Wee division. Son #1 game start time is 9:00am in Whittier. Son #2 game start time is 1:00pm also in Whittier. When son’s #1 game finishes, you DO NOT need to rush to get to another city to make son #2 game, you are already at the field where BOTH of your sons are going to play. All of our parents love this arrangement because they get to watch all of their children’s games and they also get to watch other Cowboys divisions play. We travel as a Cowboys family. Pop warner does not do this. If you have two children on two different divisions, you will need to make arrangements which child you’re going to watch that day and/or drive from one city to another which is usually a long distance.
How long is the season?
Practice (which include scrimmages) starts July 31st with games starting in September and playoffs are in November. Usually the Championship game is played the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Do the players have to tryout?
No, we teach the fundamentals of football while stressing the importance of sportsmanship and fair play.
How are the kids placed on teams?
This is solely determined by age and weight.
How many are on a team?
Tackle football (Gremlin, Jr. Pee Wee, Pee Wee, Jr. Midget, and Midget): minimum of 25, maximum of 33.
Flag football (Jr. Gremlin): minimum of 17, maximum of 20.
Is there travel involved?
Yes, depending on the team’s schedule. Games are split between home and away games. (ALL DIVISION plays the same cities on game day).
Are there refunds?
A full refund, minus a $50 administration fee, will only be given to a participant who drops BEFORE the first day of practice.
Participants who do not meet the academic requirements of a 2.0 GPA are not eligible for ANY refund.
Are there any volunteer requirements?
Volunteering is essential. W.V. Cowboys JAAF is a non-profit, volunteer league. We absolutely need volunteers to make the season a success. This season, parents, or a responsible adult will be required to volunteer ten (10) hours per child (fourteen (14) hours for multiple participants). Half (5 or 7) of the volunteer hours must be completed no later than the (4th) fourth game of the season. Failure to complete the mandatory volunteer hours will result in my player/cheerleader being benched from game(s) until all hours have been completed.