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FRANKLIN COWBOYS YOUTH FOOTBALL & CHEER

FRANKLIN COWBOYS YOUTH FOOTBALL & CHEER

Frequently Asked Questions

 When does the season begin? Practices begin in late July. Cheer usually practices 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Cowboy Football Complex in Jim Warren Park. Actual days to be determined.
What are the age requirements
for each division?
                                                     
 Division Age
 Varsity  11 - 12 years old
JV
 BBB   9 - 10 years old
 BB
 BB
 CCC   7 - 8 years old
 CC
 CC
 PeeWee  5 - 6 years old 
 Jr. PeeWee 

Ages are calculated as of July 31
 What does it cost to cheer? There is a registration fee, which covers all TNYFL and Homecoming fees. Extra costs for additional cheer items are not included, but optional to the participant.
Can I get a refund if my child
doesn't like Cheer?
 If, after registration your child is unable to participate, a partial refund may be available. Only the registration fees are eligible for a refund. There will be no refunds of any uniform related expenses—regardless of whether the uniform was used or not.

All requests for refunds must be done in writing to the Vice President-Cheer and will only be considered if a participant is unable to participate. No Refund will be considered after the first pre-season Jamboree game.

All approved refunds will be mailed to the participant after the TNYFL Fee Night process in August.
Is the cheer uniform & accessories
included in the cost?
No. Your registration fee includes your fees to TNYFL and Cowboy related expenses. Cheer particicpants are responsible for the cost of their own uniforms and cheer accessories. Those Cheer uniforms and items are yours to keep.  
What additional items do we need to buy?

Cheer participants are required to buy a uniform, bow, poms, bloomer and shoes (if on a competition squad) Optional equipment includes, warm-ups, bag, and white crop top. To ensure timely delivery, all items will be purchased/and/ordered at the cheer uniform fitting.

 

Where are practices?

Practices are held at the Cowboy Football Complex at Jim Warren Park, 705 Boyd Mill Avenue. We have 4 football fields, 2 common field areas and 1 practice area all loated within Jim Warren Park. Specific practice locations will be announced by your coaching staffs.
 How often do teams practice?
Practices are usually twice a week. Practice times are usually 6:00pm-7:00pm. Specific practice days and times are left up to each team and their coaching staffs. 
 

How many games will we cheer?

Each squad will cheer for approximately 11 games. 2 pre-season Jamboree games, 8 regular season games and at least 1 playoff and/or bowl game. Teams advancing further into the playoffs could play an additional 2 games.
 Where are games played?
Games are played at the Cowboy Complex for our home games or we travel to the surrounding TNYFL communities for away games. For directions to other TNYFL field sites, please refer to the TNYFL directions page.
 How are squads chosen?
 Teams selection are governed by the rules of TNYFL and the Cowboys.
Can I request what squad my child cheers on?
 Yes. You may request a specific squad.
Can my children be on the same squad?
Yes, every effort is made to keep siblings together. Be sure to indicate this information at time of registration.
Can my daughter cheer for
her brother's team?
Every effort is made to accommodate everyone so sisters can cheer on the same team as their sibling. This is handled on a case by case situation with no guarantees.
Is there an entry fee to watch games?
All regular season games have no admission charge. Pre season games (Cowboy Bowl and TNYFL Jamboree) charge $5 per person. Additionally, TNYFL charges $5 per person for 1st and 2nd round playoff games and $7 per person for Championship games. All money collected goes to offset the cost of officials.
How will I know if practice/games are cancelled due to rain?
During the first 2 weeks of practice, any practices cancelled due to weather will but posted on the web site and sent via email. After teams have been selected, all communication concerning practices will come directly from your coach.
When is Spring Camp?
Spring Football and Cheer Camp is traditionally held the first week in May but can change to a later month such as June or July. Please make sure to register an account in order to be included in our mailing list for updates.             
Are Cowboys coaches certified?
Yes. All head and assistant coaches are required to be certified. Each TNYFL community shall be responsible for appointment of all coaches. All coaches actively instructing in practices or coaching in games shall be certified by an approved National coaches certification program (i.e. NYSCA) and agree to be bound by the “Code of Ethics” requirement. 
How can I help coach?
There are a number of coaches selected each year, as either head or assistant coaches. Some of these individuals are helping out for the first time. For additional details, please contact the Cheer Director for more details.  
How are coaches selected?
Each coach, whether returning or new, must fill out a coaches application, Code of Ethics and submit that paperwork to the Cheer Director. Head coaches are approved by the Board of Directors. Assistant coaches must also be approved by the Cheer Director and have the required paperwork on file.
Will I be able to coach my child?
Yes. Your assistrance is key to the success of the program.
If I have a problem with a coach,
who do I contact?
 You should attempt to address all issues directly with your Head Coach. If you still have issues or need further attention the Vice President of Cheer can be alerted. As a practical matter, by the time an issue elevates past your Head Coach, the Board of Directors typically is aware and working with all parties to resolve any issue.
 
What rules do the Cowboys cheer by?
Our main play is governed by current Tennessee High School Football Rules. There are also several additional TNYFL rules which govern cheer, depending on your age group and level of play. A complete TNYFL rule book can be accessed on our Forms page.
 What is Homecoming?
 Homecoming is a special event held each year to celebrate our program with players and family. The highlight of the event is decorating floats which we use for a parade through downtown Franklin. The event has traditionally ended with activities back at the field, including a family-style dinner. You won't want to miss it!
What does our registration money cover?
The Franklin Cowboys have the lowest registration fees of many surrounding TYFCA programs our size and, certainly, some of the lowest fees relative to other youth sports in Williamson County. There are many items that we pay for each year; insurance, TYFCA fees and competition fees. Any shortfall we have in fees is made-up by our proud sponsors. Our commitment for 40 years is to keep our fees affordable to all families that we serve.
 How can I be a sponsor?
 If you know of any business or individual that would like to contribute to the Cowboys organization, you may contact our Vice President of Finance or visit our sponsorship page details.
What is the Annual Cowboys fundraiser?
Each year, to raise funds for the program, we engage in a typical youth sport fundraiser. This usually involves the players and cheerleaders selling items (cookie dough, etc.) to friends and families. This money is an important source for the Cowboys to fund our football and cheer activities.
How can I get involved with the Cowboys? The Cowboys are always in need of volunteers for a variety of team and organizational activities. Those interested in helping in other areas, need only to contact a member of the Board of Directors or email us at [email protected]
Why are volunteers important? The Cowboys are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. No person involved with this organization is paid any monies for the efforts they put into the group. As a volunteer organization, the success or failure is measured in the expertise and passion of our parents and friends. Volunteering in your child's youth sport program will be one of the most rewarding times of your life.
Where can I park at Jim Warren Park? You may park only in designated parking slots, Do not park on any grass area or medians at Jim Warren Park. Tickets will be issued by the Franklin Police Department. You cannot park at the North end gates of the field complex. This needs to stay clear for emergency vehicles.
What is TNYFL? TNYFL, or the Tennessee Youth Football League, is the governing body for which all it's member communities belong. As a proud member and one of it's largest communities, we share in the goal to bring high-quality, affordable and competitive youth football to our community. TNYFL can be accessed at www.TNYFL.org.
How do I find directions to
other TNYFL locations?
Directions to other TNYFL field locations can be accessed on our directions page or www.TNYFL.org.

Contact

FRANKLIN COWBOYS YOUTH FOOTBALL & CHEER
Jim Warren Park 
Franklin, Tennessee 37064

Email: [email protected]

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