While our organization believes in teaching the principals of good sportsmanship, fair play and that winning is secondary to learning--both our football and cheerleading programs are extremely competitive. Each year, the competition gets better and better and our program expects and demands more out of the athletes to keep the Northside Dolphins one of the premier programs in the Tampa Bay area.
What equipment will I need to provide for my football player?
The only equipment not supplied for your football player are cleats and an athletic support (required for all ages). The Northside Dolphins will provide all other equipment, including a practice jersey. Additional gear will also be available for sale.
What equipment will I need to provide for my cheerleader?
Your paid registration fee includes Cheer Uniform rental for the season (uniform skirt, vest, long-sleeved slimmer), as well as a practice uniform (T-shirt and shorts), cheer shoes, hair bow, cheer shoes and cheer bag for your cheerleader to keep. Additional cheer gear will also be available for sale.
What commitments are expected of parents during the season?
During registration, each family is required to volunteer for one Committee and serve a total of ten (10) hours per family, including two (2) hours of concession stand duty per season. There are also several fundraising opportunities throughout the season, requiring mandatory participation by all families.
How often do the teams practice?
During the season, all teams Pee Wee-Varsity practice Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15PM to 8:15PM. (Flag/Mighty Mite divisions practice Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15PM to 7:30PM, except during game weeks--then practice is only Mondays and Tuesdays, with a game on Wednesday).
What does my child need for practice?
First, your child is expected to arrive on time for each practice. Contact info for your child's Team Parent and/or Coach is provided at the season's outset and you should inform them immediately if your child will be late or unable to attend practice. Our practice field is located outside--in the elements--kids should bring plenty of water, a towel and bug spray. Also, please be sure to remind your child to use the restroom prior to the beginning of practice.
What happens if it is raining during practice time?
The policy is that your child should show up at the practice field at their designated practice time. If it is currently heavily raining or there is lightning, children should remain in their cars with their parent until text or e-mail notification is given that practice is cancelled. Practice will take place in light rain without lightning. Cancellation of practice is a decision made within the discretion of the Athletic Director and/or Cheer Coordinator.
When are games? Flag/Mighty Mite games are on Wednesday nights at 6:30PM. Pee Wee-Varsity games are on Saturdays--"morning" games are between 8:30AM and 1:00PM; "afternoon" games are between 3:00PM and 7:30PM. Games are played in order of youngest to oldest (i.e. 8:30AM PW game, 10:00AM SM game, 11:30AM MID and 1:00PM VAR).
Where are games? All games are held at official TBYFL fields. See maps/links at the bottom of the CALENDAR page above.
How should my son prepare for a game?
Your son should arrive at the game location 1 1/2 hours prior to scheduled game start with uniform/equipment. Teams must weigh in together prior to warming up/taking the field. Players typically report in their game pants and warm-up shirt. No jewelry should be worn. Water will be provided during the game; however, no personal coolers are to be taken on the field. Each squad's Team Mom will coordinate a halftime snack schedule to ensure the boys have a nutritious halftime snack (typically, fruit--like orange wedges or frozen grapes).
How should my daughter prepare for a game?
Your daughter should arrive at the game field as instructed by her coach, usually 1 hour prior to game start time. Each week, her squad's Team Mom will send an e-mail with appropriate scheduling information. In addition, your daughter should arrive in her complete game uniform: skirt, vest, bloomers, socks, cheer shoes, bow and cheer bag--which should contain a towel, her filled Dolphins water bottle and her cover shirt to wear when the game is completed. Each Team Mom will coordinate a halftime snack schedule to ensure the girls have a nutritious halftime snack (typically, fruit--like orange wedges or frozen grapes). A cover shirt should be worn over her uniform or, ideally, a change of clothes should be brought if your daughter will stay at the field for later games.
Is my registration fee refundable?
Refund requests must be submitted to the Registrar in writing and shall be considered at the following month's Board Meeting. If equipment was issued to the player or cheerleader, refunds will be based upon the good condition of returned equipment. Generally, refunds are possible if submitted prior to July 1st (less $75.00 deposit, plus a deduction for any personalized item expensed that cannot be reused, given Board approval). Refund requests received after July 1st will be considered by the Board on a pro rata basis.
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