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Centex Chargers Football

Policy Guidelines and Participation Requirements

INTRODUCTION 

The Centex Chargers football team was formed for the purpose of providing a Christian environment where home-schooled young men can participate in competitive, football at the High School level. Until recently, home-schooled young men in the Central Texas area have not had the opportunity to play High School level sports. The Centex Chargers football team answers this need by offering an outstanding High School football program.

We start our football season  July 8 with a summer recruiting/tryout camp.  This camp will be on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.   After the summer camp we will have once a week workouts until the first full week of practice.  Official practices will begin the first full week of August.  Practices will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday s and some Fridays until scheduled games begin.  Practices are held at Heritage Park in Belton.

A tentative schedule of games will be available by the first of June.  We schedule competitive Jr. High, JV and Varsity level football games with area Public, Private and homeschool teams.  Games usually begin the later part of August and continue through the first two weeks of November.   

ELIGIBILITY

The Centex Chargers have football teams for High School and Jr. High students.  Due to the unique nature of homeschooling, we must focus more on age than grade . . . at least for determining whether a player is eligible to participate.

NO public school player will be permitted to participate or play on the Chargers football team.  (Exceptions to this rule can only be granted by the Centex Sports Association Board.)

NO private school or Charter school players will be allowed to participate or play on the Chargers football team, UNLESS their school DOES NOT HAVE an age appropriate football program.

A player does not have to be a resident of Bell County to try out for or play for the Chargers (but see section on Attendance).

The Centex Chargers football team voluntarily complies with the UIL age eligibility guidelines.  These eligibility rules may be modified without notice.

Age-specific Guidelines:

In general, and subject to the grade-specific guidelines below; all home-schooled boys between the ages of 11 and 18 on September 1st of the academic year are eligible and invited to try-out and play for our teams.. In other words, a player who turns 19 on September 2 is eligible to play on the High School team. A player, who turns 19 on September 1, or before, is not. By the same token, a player who is 11 on or before September 1 is eligible, while a player who turns 11 on September 2 is not.

Grade-specific Guidelines for Chargers Season play:

                In general, and subject to the age-specific guidelines above, you can use the following as guidelines for which "grades" are covered by which groups:

                Varsity team: Grades 9 – 12 (14-18) (as of Sept 1)

                Junior High team: Grades 6 - 8 (11-14)(as of Sept 1)

               No player who has participated as a graduate in a high school graduation ceremony, whether that is a public, private or home school ceremony, is eligible to try out for or play on a Chargers football team.

Eligibility Note

We have attempted to cover all possible situations regarding eligibility. If you still have questions, please feel free to email us or call 254-223-1422.

 

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS

To participate in ANY Chargers Football team activity (including games, practices, banquets, fund raisers, etc.), a player must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit a signed “Intent to Participate” with accompanying registration deposit
  •  Provide a copy of the player’s birth certificate
  • Submit a signed Participation Agreement, which includes Medical and Photo Release and Waiver of Liability
  • Pay all fees as they are due (season registration deposit and balance fees)

FEES

As a general rule, we make every effort to keep the registration fees concerning participation on the Chargers football team to an affordable minimum.  The seasonal registration fees pay for new player equipment, officials, game balls and other necessary equipment.  This fee does NOT cover the remainder of the player’s specific uniform, to include; socks, cleats, and any special accessories the player desires.  This also does NOT include player travel to and from games, overnight accommodations, food, gas, pictures etc…

 

                                FEE FOR 2013 SEASON

                        $150

                               

                        *A $50.00 deposit is required from all players, with a signed “intent to participate” submitted at try-outs.  Scholarships are available to families who are experiencing financial hardship or who have more than one child playing football.

FUNDRAISING

To keep registration cost low, we may participate in some fundraising activities.  Participation in these activities is highly encouraged.

 

 

 

DRESS CODE/APPEARANCE

All players must abide by the following at all Chargers functions:

  • Tattoos should be covered if possible.  
  • No eccentric hair styles (subject to coach’s discretion as to what is "eccentric")
  • Hair will be clean cut, neat and trim.  *Coaches discretion
  • No advertising on any clothing that depicts alcohol, drugs, tobacco, violence, sexual innuendos, profanity, mysticism, the occult, gangs, etc.

In addition, players are required to wear appropriate clothing and personal protective gear for ALL games and practices.  *see coach concerning the definition of personal protective gear   

CODE OF CONDUCT

All players, coaches, parents and fans are expected to abide by the following code of conduct when attending or participating in any Chargers function:

  • No profanity
  • No illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages
  • No drunken or disorderly behavior
  • No booing of players, teams, coaches, officials, parents or others
  • No abusive or belittling language at or about players, teams, coaches, officials, parents, etc.
  • No suggestive or offensive language, innuendoes, gestures or jokes.
  • No complaining about teams, players, coaches, parents, etc. out loud or to others.

These rules apply both on the field and in the surrounding areas (bleachers, parking lot, restrooms, etc). In addition, the coach has the authority to set additional rules of conduct that must be adhered to. If you have a problem with any attitude or action (including those of your own son), please address your comments and/or suggestions to the coach (but only after the game!) according to the Redress procedures detailed further in this policy. Our goal is to represent ourselves in a Christ-like manner at all times, and it is in everyone’s interest to abide by these guidelines. The provisions in this policy can be modified and/or added to at any time at the sole discretion of the coaches and all parties are required to adhere to any revised policy.

*Special note regarding tobacco products:  Use of tobacco products on the field is strictly prohibited (no exceptions). Use of tobacco products by a player is prohibited. 

ABOUT Competitive Football

Parents and players are reminded that this team is a competitive football program. Unlike Pop Warner or other pre-junior high football programs, coaches at the Jr. High and High School level are neither required nor encouraged to get every player into the game. On the contrary, players and parents alike need to understand that the head coach’s job is to DEVELOP excellence in the athletes, to BUILD the team and to WIN football games using the players that have best prepared their abilities, bodies and team, given the distinct circumstances of each game.

 

The best 6 players will start each game.  That does not mean that those 6 players will start every game.  During practice coaches will make an assessment on who should be in the starting positions. We rely on consistent attendance and diligence from all players. Finally, coaches are encouraged (though still not required) to play all players in scrimmages, and in actual games when there is a blowout situation (either team having a significant/"insurmountable" lead). So there will definitely be play-time opportunities for ALL players at various points during the season. And since all players receive essentially the same practice time, drilling, instruction, etc., each player has the opportunity of progressing to the point that he may indeed be considered for greater playing time.

TRY-OUTS

Try-outs are a way for us to determine the desire and ability of each player. Players who desire to play Jr. High or High school football for the Chargers are required to attend this tryout.  Players who miss Try-Outs will be considered on a case by case basis.  During try-outs, you will be evaluated on your speed and agility as well as other football related skills and knowledge.  You will also be timed in the 40 yard dash.  All players that show determination, drive, positive attitude and character as a team player will be able to participate on a Charger Football team. Try-Outs conclude with a signed “Intent to Participate” and registration deposit. 

SEASON

Our first game will be late August and our season will wrap up with playoffs taking place in November.

PRACTICES

Recruiting and Conditioning workouts will start in July. Regular season practices begin the first full week of August and are on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Fridays.   Practice will start at 6:00 p.m. until dark and be at Heritage Park in Belton. 

 

ATTENDANCE

All players are encouraged to attend all practices and coaches are encouraged (but not required) to consider faithful attendance as a factor when weighing the merits of a particular player’s playing time. Coaches depend on reliable attendance in order to prepare organized and effective practices. Players/parents should notify the coach at the earliest possibility if the player will be unable to make a practice . . . or if he will be late to a practice.  Coaches request as much notice as possible if the player will be unable to make a game.

WEATHER POLICY

In the event or threat of inclement weather (thunder storms or heavy rain), I will notify via email whether or not the practice is relocated, rescheduled or cancelled. While I don’t purpose to play or practice in miserable weather, we also don’t miss the opportunity to play or work hard as a team just because the weather is not ideal.  We expect players to come to ANY practice or game prepared with appropriate clothing, which could mean layers or underclothes. 

REDRESS (SUGGESTIONS/ISSUES)

If you have a suggestion or issue concerning the team or one of the coaches, players or other persons involved or associated with the Chargers, please consider going to them first and allowing them an opportunity to address the concern.   If there is a continued desire to make your concerns known to the head coach, please do so in writing to:

Bryan Rugh, Head Coach, Centex Chargers Football

 10737 FM 2483 Belton, TX 76513

Or Email at: brugh@swmail.sw.org

Phone #: (254)223-1422

If the problem or suggestion is specifically play-related, you may address your comments verbally to the coach, but only AFTER the game or practice. Our goal is to represent ourselves in a Christ-like manner at all times, and it is in everyone’s interest to abide by these guidelines.

The provisions in this policy may be modified and/or added to at any time at the sole discretion of the Coaches, and all parties are required to adhere to any revised policy.

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