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.
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.
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).
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:
Policies & Procedures
Participation in Nationals
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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!