WARDOG NATION REPORT MARCH 2020

Every month I post, mostly free form, what’s going on, what I hear and my opinion on some things regarding youth football. These opinions are my own and not representative of this organization as a whole.

Our Flag Football registration continues. Extremely pleased with our younger age turnout, would like the older kids to be stronger. We have another 2 weeks and we are at about 75% of our goal for registration. If you have not registered yet, you can do so online here or at Mill Creek Elementary on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30P – 8P. Also, there are grumblings about us starting up Flag and a misunderstanding as to why we are doing it. Two reasons. Main reason, it is a cheap sport that allows our players and coaches of the same age group stay together in the fall and spring. Also, we have to remain competitive. It really is that simple. Other clubs around us started doing it over the last couple of years and it has been used as a means to sway kids towards their programs. Not throwing shade, nothing wrong with it. Just the underbelly of youth sports. But, if you haven’t noticed, we are flush with youth programs. 13 within a 10 mile radius last I checked. While being the biggest isn’t all that important, we would like to stay around. We did not start this to compete with any other Flag only leagues in the area. This is why we play our games on Saturday, not Sunday like they do. They are good at what they do and maybe someday we will do something together.

Our new board has started working. It will be interesting to see what we can get accomplished with a full board. It has been several years. There is always room for more. If you want to help, track me our Phoebe or Terry or someone down. We will get you to the right person.

We are looking into hosting some adult football tournaments. We are looking a both flag and touch. Keep an eye out but thinking maybe May and July for starters. If you have a team interested in either you should get a hold of me.

NESAC Football has given most divisions 5 pounds this year. Always good to get a couple more pounds. Every year we get to the inevitable unlimited football era. I for one will take care of the scales “Office Space” style.

Some of our 13U players checking out some options for next year. Some out of state and some to nationally ranked teams. That was a great football team and these kids will be making noise throughout the area. Truman, Pennsbury, Neshaminy, Egan, Wood, St. Frances. You never know where a Wardog will turn up.

2019 was an interesting year. For the new parents, thanks for hanging in. With the construction and uncertainty with the facility we had to be very fluid this year. The club took a beating financially but we survived. We have a tremendous opportunity to make it back in concessions in 2020 so I hope everyone is ready to get their $40 back.

2020 presents incredible opportunity but a lot of uncertainty. I haven’t been nervous going into a tackle season in quite sometime but I have to be honest, this year will be challenging. I would just like everyone to remember that we are volunteers. We do not have to do this. A lot of us do not have kids or kin in the club anymore. We have our reasons. I will not speak for anyone else. Just take it easy and know that your child’s interests, safety and enjoyment are what matters to us. Believe it. Until next month.

#WD4L

Wardogs Banquet Recap

For the first time in 5 seasons, Wardogs Football had a banquet. Previously we had switched to the bowling parties and then teams having their own gatherings.

I was talking to the parents of the Little Tykes team down in Florida and they indicated how much they would enjoy a banquet. I spoke to some other parents and decided we should have a banquet. When I informed Phoebe Walker of this she sprung into action. Pretty quickly, with the help of Tiana Mobley and our Team Moms, we put together a banquet. Phoebe cooked. My mom, who doubles as our Treasurer cooked. LaShanda Jackson came back from extended vacation and helped out. Tracey Jones came out of retirement and put the apron on as well. Tiana jumped in. The Tokaski’s jumped in before, during and after. The other usual cast of characters did what they do.

So food was great. The DJ sucked but he was free.

I think for the limited time we had and the fact that we did not budget for or plan for a banquet, things went really well.

I went over some topics before team awards.

  • Phoebe was recognized and present with a gift from the organization
  • Talked about our successes on the field. 3 NESAC Championships. 1 Runner Up.
  • Spring Flag Football was talked about
  • Current budget challenges related to lack of concessions in 2019 discussed
  • Board positions and coaching positions cleared
  • Early tackle register and expected 2020 cost increase
  • George Manzo, long time Wardog and current 13U player, has been offered a full scholarship to attend St. Francis Academy in Baltimore MD to play football. St. Francis is currently ranked #2 in the country. George met recruiters that led to this opportunity while down at UYFL National Championships in December.

Teams were presented with their gift bags, rally towels and medals.

The following are the winners of the door prizes

  • Morgan Smith. Free 2020 Spring Flag registration
  • Ruth Wilkerson. Free 2020 Spring Flag registration
  • Lacresha Williams Moore. Free 2020 Spring Flag Registration
  • Dontae Wilkerson. Free 2020 Fall Tackle Registration
  • Jon Hall. Free 2020 Fall Tackle Registration

In the end I think we had a great evening and I thank everyone who helped put it together. The new Executive Board will discuss options and then present them to Wardog Nation for opinion. Thank you.

#WD4L

2020 Wardogs Executive Board Positions Now Open for 2020

Appointments for the 2020 Wardogs Athletic Association Executive Board of Directors begin immediately. In 2019, the Wardogs By-Laws were changed to adopt a new board structure. This structure allows for long term vision and active participation by a variety of individuals.

Executive Board positions are a 3 year term. The President has been appointed by Bristol Township and begins a 3 year term in 2020. The remaining Executive Board positions are selected by the President and also serve a 3 year term.

Director positions are a 2 year term. Directors are voted on by the Executive Board and appointed based upon applicable knowledge, previous experience and other measurable assets.

Manager positions are a 1 year term. Managers are approved by the reporting Director, with approval from the Executive Board.

Committees are formed by the Executive Board when needed. While not possessing voting rights, these positions are very important and we ask all of our members to consider involvement in one of more committees.

All board position appointments are subject to passing a criminal background check, federal child protection check and if necessary, a credit check.

If are interested in applying for a position, please send an email to wardogsuyfl@gmail.com with the position you wish to apply for and why you are a good fit.

Also, if you have any questions please feel free to contact us at wardogsuyfl@gmail.com