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.
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.
As you can tell from the title of this note, with all the excitement in the days and weeks ahead, there are also some concerns and for this organization to continue to be the premier one in the state and New England, it takes everyone to do their part. Let's start with the good...
Its football playoff and cheer competition time! All our eligible football teams have qualified for playoffs with 9U (6pm) and 11U (8pm) kicking us off at Muldoon Park this Wednesday night in quarter-final games. Come support our teams. Players get in free and for adults there is a $3 gate fee and children $1. Other teams move right to semi-finals this Saturday with times and locations TBD. There is a new format this year with 4 sites for semi-final games – Laconia, Salem, Derry and Merrimack. We will do our best to get all teams at one site.
Our cheer teams continue to rock it getting ready for States this Sunday at SNHU. D8 and D10 took home first at this past weekend's Cheer Explosion in Concord and D14 came in 3rd in a very competitive division. Now on to the big prize of the New Hampshire State competition on Sunday at SNHU. Come on out and support the teams.
As we celebrate the above, it is thanks to the tireless efforts of our coaches, board members, team moms and other volunteers that have put in countless hours each week to work with these kids and prepare them to do their best. Our results as an organization are unprecedented amongst our peers. But we need more help as there is generally 20% of the people doing 90% of the work. My sincere appreciation for those people who volunteer each week to do chains, announce, MPRs, etc. as it is a huge help. Others take their shifts in the shack or with oranges etc. We all have hectic schedules, full-time jobs, other commitments, other kids etc. so some can do more than others. But we need more help and people always say - "just ask".
The ask has been made for our annual Fall Fest cheer competition we co-sponsor with Londonderry and thank you to the many families who have volunteered so far. But very few football families have signed up to help and maybe they think this a cheer event but it is not. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and the money raised goes to our general fund to benefit the entire organization. Thus we need all families to volunteer as we are asking for 2 hour shifts on Sunday, November 5th. If we cannot get a solid representation of football families, we will designate this money raised solely to the cheer budget. Please see below to sign up:
Fan behavior has been a huge topic amongst the NHYFSC this year and some of you have heard some of the disheartening events of some other towns. For those not aware, there has been arrests made during a game of a sideline coach, players spitting in an official's face, a chain crew parent suspended for a year amongst many other things. Game emotions will only be higher come playoffs and comps and kids hear all that the fans yell, good and bad. Hold each other accountable on being a good fan. In every sport, there will always be those who like a referee's call or non-call and those who do not. Safety is always their concern and as teams get older, we have some very big boys playing and hitting hard. For everyone at all levels, I get when you think a ref misses a call, but you have to trust that fans screaming at the officials will never help in any sport and in youth sports it has an adverse impact on your child's team as they hear you and focus more on that than the game or their roles. Let's all keep this in mind over the next few weeks as all our teams have the potential for long runs.
Banquet tickets are on sale and with playoffs on Wednesday - there will NOT be sales.
Ticket sales are Tuesday 10/24 and Thursday 10/26 for $27 a piece
Final ticket sales will be Monday 10/30 and after 10/26 they are $30 each as counts are due.
Board position are open for nominations in November. See our website or Facebook page in upcoming days for what positions are up for election and I encourage anyone interested in running for a board position to contact me directly to discuss expectations, time commitment and job description.
See many of you soon and please help fill the hours for our cheer competition.
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).
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.