Frequently Asked Questions – Fees, Fundraisers, Volunteering
Q. What is required for the first day of practice?
In order to be eligible to practice, players must register on-line and make payment in full. First year players must also submit a birth certificate. Physician Health Forms are due by 8/15 (click here
for a copy).
Q. How much is the registration fee?
The registration fee for 2012 is $230 for football and $130 for cheerleading. Families registering more than two children (any combination between football and cheer) pay $25 for the third child. As in the past, these fees include the majority of equipment and uniforms each player requires to participate. These fees also include the end of year banquet (1 player, 2 parents), half time snack at every game and Jets t-shirt. Registration fees can be reduced by participating in the cheesecake/Yankee Candle fundraiser (see below).
For a summary of registration fees, click here
Q. How are registration fees used?
Registration fees are based primarily on direct costs for players to participate in both football/cheerleading. As might be expected, the bulk of these costs are derived from uniforms/equipment. For a breakdown of the 2012 budget, click here
Q. Do you have a refund policy?
Yes. If a child decides not to play, registration fees are refunded up until the last week of August. Refunds are not issued until uniforms/equipment are returned.
Q. Do the Jets help families experiencing financial hardships?
Yes. The Jets strive to make participation in youth football and cheerleading affordable and accessible for all children in the communities we serve. Assistance for families experiencing financial hardship is available. Inquiries can be made through any board member and are held strictly confidential. Eligible families are asked to participate in the cheesecake/Yankee Candle fundraiser and provide additional volunteer hours if able. Additionally, the Joe Liss Fund was established to provide support for equipment purchases for players in need as well.
Q. Are there fundraising obligations?
The Jets have one major fundraiser which involves selling cheesecakes/Yankee Candles. This fundraiser is no longer mandatory. Instead, players choosing to sell $150 in product (from either cheesecakes or Yankee Candles, or a combination of both) will receive a check for $65 to help reduce registration fees.
Fundraising packets will be available the first day of practice and due mid-August. A number of additional fundraisers take place throughout the year which are also non-mandatory but do not result in a reduction to registration fees. Among these are a Rock Cats Game, UCONN Football Game as well as apparel and decal sales. For additional information regarding Jets fundraising, click here
Q. Are there volunteer obligations?
The Jets organization relies 100% on volunteer efforts to make each season successful. A “home” Jets game requires 40+ volunteers to run smoothly. To that end, we require that parents contribute roughly 6 volunteer assignments for each registered player. The number of assignments is dependent on registration numbers and is finalized in early August. For more details, click here.
Q. What kind of volunteer assignments are available?
Volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to board positions, coaching, Team Moms, coordinating positions, food booth, field set-up/clean-up, announcing, 50/50 raffles sales.
Q. Are there volunteer jobs that do not take place on game day?
A number of more flexible volunteer options exist including registration, sponsorship, equipment manager, fundraising coordinator, food booth coordinator, field supervisor and apparel sales to name a few. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for additional info.
Q. What is a “work bond”?
In order to ensure that each family does their part, the Jets retain a $50 “work bond” at registration. The money is refunded at the end of the season when all volunteer work has been completed and uniforms returned. There is a $100 family cap for work bonds.