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Andover Jr Football proudly participates in the Mid State League, comprising teams from various communities in south central Kansas, whose high school teams constitute the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League. We offer a range of programs from Flag to Traditional Tackle, providing both girls and boys with diverse entry-points and options to engage in the sport, empowering parents to make informed decisions for their young athletes. Our Mid State League caters to students from Pre-K/Kindergarten through 6th grade.

As per league regulations, organized practices commence in August, with the first day determined annually by the board and posted on our calendar. Practices are conducted at designated fields across the City of Andover, with exact timings set by individual coaches. Typically, Pre-K through 2nd grade flag teams practice twice a week, while 1st/2nd Rookie and 3rd through 6th grade tackle teams practice three times weekly until the start of the season.

Game schedules are coordinated by the Mid State League, with most schedules released by September 1st. We typically play 6-8 regular season games per year on Saturdays, starting in September, following Labor Day weekend. Home games are hosted at either Trojan or Jaguar Stadium in Andover, while away games take place at various locations throughout south-central Kansas, including Derby, El Dorado, Goddard, Maize, Hutchinson, Wellington, Ark City, and Winfield, among others. Parents are responsible for transporting athletes to and from practices and games.

Andover Jr Sports advocates for the holistic development of individuals, which may include involvement in various activities and interests. However, commitment from participants, parents, and coaches is essential for the success of our youth football and cheerleading program. August practices are particularly crucial for team development and player evaluation by coaching staff. Therefore, regular attendance is expected, and vacations are recommended to be taken before Jr Football Camp in July.

Attendance at practices is mandatory, and a player's eligibility for participation in that week's game is at the discretion of the coaching staff if a practice is missed during the week. Player team assignments are primarily based on the grade the athlete is enrolled in on September 1st. Requests to play a child up one grade may be made, with the final decision resting with AJSA. Team rosters are crafted with careful consideration based on residency within USD 385 boundaries and/or the athlete's school attended, considering the feeder system leading up to Andover High or Andover Central High.

For tackle players, equipment including helmets, shoulder pads, pants, and jerseys are provided as part of the registration fee. However, players are required to have their own mouth guard, socks, and cleats. Only equipment provided and fitted by AJSA is permitted for use due to equipment certification, insurance, and liability reasons. No exceptions!

Parent involvement is vital to the success of Andover Jr Football and Cheer. Parents with athletes in Cheer, Rookie Tackle, and Traditional Tackle are required to assist with running HOME games. Volunteers are also needed for various events and fundraising activities throughout the season.

Prompt pickup of children from practice/games is imperative. We aim to foster hard-working, competitive student-athletes who seize every opportunity for growth and development. Our goals for the upcoming season include ensuring every child learns and participates in an organized, fundamentally sound competitive program, with equal opportunities provided to all participants, although playing time may vary from week to week.

We eagerly anticipate meeting and working with each parent throughout the season. Thank you for your enthusiastic support!

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