What Would You Like to Know?
IS MY CHILD ELIGIBLE TO PLAY FOR CHANT
You must be a male, homeschooled student or go to a Private School that does not have a Football Program. You must be at least 11 years old and less than 19 years old on September 1 at the start of the season (11-14 y/o will play on the Junior High team & 14-18 y/o will play on the Varsity team). You must complete the online Registration Forms & have a current physical that is less than 12 months old clearing his participation. You must cooperate with other players, coaches, referees, and others in authority. You must also be in good academic standing. If your son meets these criteria, then he is eligible to play CHANT football.
WHAT PAPERWORK DO I NEED TO SUBMIT?
Yes, birth certificates and physicals may be submitted to the coaching staff or any board member. All of the required waivers and registration that must be signed are done online via our website.
HOW DO I PAY THE REGISTRATION FEE?
You can pay the registration fee online through our registration system. If you prefer PayPal you may use that option on our website or you may bring a check to the head coach on the first day of practice.
Before your son can compete or even practice , CHANT will need the following:
◦ Athlete Registration Form & a payment option selected.
◦ Online Waivers Completed.
◦ A current physical that is less than 12 months old clearing his participation.
◦ Copy of birth certificate
IS THERE A DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR THE SEASON?
Yes. Once fall practice starts (first Monday in August), registration closes the Friday following the start at 5:00PM for the current year. Registration will reopen in February for the next season. You can email the coaches anytime if you are interested in registration information or you would like to sign up for Spring Training.
WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT CHANT FOOTBALL OR CHEER?
Call or text Michael Crouch- Head Coach and Athletic Director at (972) 533-6993.
By email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING DO THE COACHES HAVE?
The coaching staff is very experienced. The head football coach grew up playing the game. He has coached CHANT for over 6 years and the last 4 as Head Coach. He worked professionally for the Dallas Cowboys winning three Super Bowl rings. He has also owned his own athletic recruiting business and has many contacts among the coaching ranks. He takes the job very seriously as he spends hundreds of hours a year perfecting his craft and gaining knowledge on the latest advancements in the game of football. He is also certified by USA Football having completed the same training requirements that UIL coaches must have.
DO I NEED TO BUY MY OWN EQUIPMENT?
No, CHANT will provide players with everything they'll need to play except cleats, a cup (not required), a mouthpiece and their own water bottle. If a player would like to have the same helmet each year, the family may lease the helmet for a $125 fee per year. If you would like to purchase your own helmet or shoulder pads please contact the head coach for a list of approved equipment. Unqualified equipment will not be allowed, no exceptions.
WHAT DOES FALL PRACTICE LOOK LIKE?
Practice will begin with four to five days a week for conditioning and fundamentals from 5:45PM to 8:00PM beginning the first Monday in August. Practice will be on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning. After the initial three weeks, a typical week will be a film and team lunch at a coach's house (or other location) on the Saturday following the game, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday practice and a game on Fridays for Junior High and Varsity.
WHY DOES THE TEAM NOT PRACTICE ON WEDNESDAYS?
We are an organization that holds to our faith deeply. In doing so, we know that the opportunity for our young men and young ladies to participate in the hearing of God’s word and to fellowship together with others at their churches is a meaningful and life growing opportunity. Therefore, we want to be supporters of the life’s growth and work of each of our participants, so we do not practice on Wednesdays so that each family, each participant may go and worship and serve on that night of the week.
DO YOU HAVE A PRACTICE AND GAME SCHEDULE?
Our game schedule is posted on the website. Junior High plays before the Varsity game. The Junior High schedule will be released in August, but it closely follows the Varsity schedule with 1 or 2 less games per season. Practice location for the season is TBD but it will be in the McKinney/Allen/East Frisco area. Please contact Coach Crouch for up to the date practice information.
WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I RECEIVE?
Football Players will receive the following items with their complete registration:
Helmet with Chin Strap
Black Practice Pants with Girdle Pads or Integrated Pads w/ Belt
Cardinal Game Jersey
Silver-Gray Game Jersey
Cardinal Game Pants
Silver-Gray Game Pants
Large Equipment Bag
Compression Under Shirt
DO I HAVE TO TURN THE EQUIPMENT IN?
Yes, all equipment, besides socks and compression t-shirt must be returned at the end of the season. All items must be washed or wiped clean and returned in working order at the Teams Annual Banquet. The cost of replacements is listed in your Uniform Agreement.
WILL I NEED TO VOLUNTEER?
Yes. Each family is required to volunteer. Our program operates like a booster club (without the fundraising requirement). It takes a lot of work to put on a football game. We are a small family driven organization and we are here to support one another and lift each other up. This is a ministry to the homeschool community; no one is getting paid to participate except the referees and medical professionals. Each family should expect to have volunteer(s) working every home and away game, that way we can share the workload, and everyone will have time to enjoy the game.
CAN I "OPT-OUT" OF VOLUNTEERING?
Maybe. Depending on the number of families CHANT may offer the option to pay to "opt-out" of the volunteer requirement. The fee is high and changes each season based on the number of home and away games. If available, the "opt-out" is only good for the pre-season scrimmages and regular season games. Once the team is in the play-offs every family must provide a minimum of one volunteer per game week. The fee for the "opt-out" helps pay for the cost of paying someone to do the job you would have done.
WHAT KIND OF FUNDRAISERS DO YOU DO?
In past we have held lift-a-thons, sold raffle tickets and various one-off fundraising events. We will continue to find ways to offset the cost. In addition to fundraising we incentivize each family to find sponsorships by crediting player accounts for some of the sponsorship money brought in by that family.
HOW IS 6-MAN FOOTBALL DIFFERENT THAN 11-MAN FOOTBALL?
Football is football. You have to block, tackle, run, pass, and catch. However, there are differences between the two games. The field for 6-man is 10 yds. narrower and 20 yds. shorter. That's not much when you take 10 players off the field, so the game is wide open and fast paced. The major differences, aside from the number of players and field, are: 1) the ball cannot be advanced beyond the line of scrimmage without an exchange, 2) all players are eligible receivers, and 3) 15 yds. is required for a first down.
DO YOU PRAY?
Yes. We pray at every practice and before every game. We have Devotionals and Honor the Lord with our actions on and off the field.
I HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT MY CHILD'S SAFETY, CAN I TALK WITH SOMEONE ABOUT THIS?
Yes. Our coaching staff has a lot of experience and training regarding football safety. We also employee a certified trainer (or EMT) at every home game. Each year we have two parents’ meetings, the first is prior to spring training and the second is prior to the start of fall practice. Our Board and Coaching staff are present at these meetings and would be happy to answer all your questions or point you in the right direction to have those questions answered by a medical professional. Additionally, we take head injuries very seriously, so we only use 5 star rated helmets (as measured by Virginia Tech Helmet RatingsTM). Additionally, all players are required to have a concussion baseline every other school year, prior to the start of fall practice.
HOW MUCH PLAYING TIME WILL MY SON GET?
For Junior High players, CHANT has a commitment to play all those players commensurate with their effort and attendance at practice. Players at this age are new to football and we are focused on growing individual skills and maturity. Winning and losing is secondary to that development. All players develop and mature at different rates, and it usually takes a full year to acclimate to the physical and mental demands of football.
For High School players, CHANT works hard to play all the players throughout the season. However, playing time is not promised. Along with effort and attendance, ability, maturity, and aggressiveness are a big part of the coach's decision on who plays when. Due to the physical nature of the game, the coaches will not play a player against a level of competition he is not ready to compete against. Players should be focused on hard work and teamwork, more than playing time.
DOES MY CHILD NEED TO HAVE FOOTBALL EXPERIENCE TO PARTICIPATE?
No experience of any kind is required to learn football. We have had all levels of experience join our football team and enjoy the experience. The coaches have experience training different skill levels simultaneously and focus on what each player can achieve. If you are not sure, you can always come out during the off-season or the Spring season and give it a try.
DOES CHANT PLAN ON GOING TO 11-MAN FOOTBALL?
None whatsoever. CHANT has no plans to move to 11-man football in the future. We are enjoying the competition and fun of 6-man. It's actually a more fun game than 11-man. Furthermore, once you coach it and once you've played it, you’ll never want to go play 11-man again.