August 2, 2020 Update
The NJFL, our football league, has decided to cancel the fall 2020 football season. We will refund everyone who has already registered. Franchises have autonomy to work on alternative activities for the rest of 2020. The NJFL board will discuss scenarios for the 2021 season at its regular board meeting on August 10. The WSJF&C board will meet soon and discuss next steps, See the official NJFL announcement below.
NJFL Statement on the Fall 2020 Football Season
Dear NJFL Franchise Members and Families,
The NJFL Executive Committee has unanimously agreed to cancel the Fall 2020 football season. The decision was based on several factors including, but not limited to, the WIAA’s announcement establishing new sport seasons for the 2020-2021 school year and Governor Inslee’s statement putting an indefinite hold on moving forward in the phasing process.
Should the Governor make any exemption for youth sports by Sept. 30, 2020, we have agreed to come together as a board and see how viable it would be to have a season.
Franchises have autonomy to work on alternative activities for the rest of 2020. We will discuss scenarios for the 2021 season at our regular board meeting on August 10. This was a very difficult decision. We believe our approach was right and would have been successful if trends would have continued.
While this effectively ends our 2020 season, our mission-to provide an environment that builds outstanding character and promotes participant safety and the highest levels of good sportsmanship for our youth-remains true.
We wish you all the best and hope everyone is staying safe and healthy,
NJFL Executive Committee
July 2020 Update
We hope you are all safe and healthy. Last week, the NJFL adopted a plan for the 2020 season. Details and information on how it will impact this season are below.
NJFL 2020 Season
- The season start date (meaning practices on the field) is delayed until August 31 (pending King and Snohomish counties have entered into Phase 4).
- The 2020 Jamboree is cancelled. Weigh-ins will be conducted by partnering franchises.
- Practices are limited to 3 days per week.
- There will be a 7-game season starting September 26. 2020
- Playoffs and championships are cancelled.
We will open registration July 6. It’s $300 ($175 for 76er tackle and flag) and installment plans are available. There is a new age-weight chart. You can view the chart on our homepage and use this age calculator to determine your players age on July 31. Please review the chart, weigh your child, and determine their July 31 age before registering.
Whether we have a season will depend on health and safety guidelines, the number of registrations, and our accessibility to fields. So, if you’re interested, please register soon. This will help us determine if our franchise has the numbers to go forward. We will issue full refunds if the season is cancelled.
We have a parent, Chris Edwards, who has volunteered to be Secretary and Founder David Hohimer, has said he would remain as Treasurer. However, he is actively seeking an Assistant Treasurer. We need two VPs to complete our executive board. These positions are about an hour a week plus a few hours on Saturday. It’s fun, social, and fulfilling. You get to meet a lot of people and you’re giving back to your community. Other non-executive positions are available. Let’s keep our momentum and maintain our status as one of the city’s best youth program.
We are looking for coaches at all levels. During the playoffs, other teams have an advantage simply because they have more coaches. You can help level the playing field by volunteering to coach. All you need to coach is a commitment to teach kids and a willingness to adopt our coaching program. Knowledge and understanding of football are optional. Coaching is a dynamic process of learning and self-reflection. Just ask any of our seasoned coaches how they started.
Thanks for all your help and support.
Feb. 25 Update
The 2020 season is upon us. Here are some updates and important information.
As we announced at the end of the last season, several board members are retiring from their positions. Registration for upcoming season will open once we have seated new volunteers on the executive board.
Our preference is to mentor new executive board members as assistants or leaders. Specifically, we are looking for:
- Secretary or Assistant Secretary
- Treasurer or Assistant Treasurer
- Vice president
Our systems, processes, and finances are sound. New board members would provide a boost and new set of eyes on our program.
Email us if you are interested or want to know more.
Please note: if you have already made an inquiry, we will follow up you this week.
Volunteers and Immediate Help
We are seeking immediate help on the following one-time seasonal tasks:
- Inventorying and ordering jerseys and pants. This need to be done by mid-march
- Managing our signage: we would to have signs up by mid-June.
We also need to fill other volunteer positions, especially
- Coaches at all levels. (Note: returning coaches have the first right of refusal for the team they coached last year.)
- Board Volunteer Manager
Email us if you are interested or want to know more.
New NJFL Executive Board
The NJFL also has all new executive board members. They are:
- John Luger – NJFL President (Eastside Catholic Crusaders)
- Marcus Ware – NJFL Vice President (Kirkland Steelers)
- Jeff Schweinfurth – NJFL Treasurer (Everett Wildcats)
- Justin Richter – NJFL Secretary (Burien Bearcats)
NJFL participants should expect tougher fan conduct rules. As you’ll recall, last year a rule was instituted that fans/sidelines will receive one Unsportsmanlike Conduct warning from the referees. A flag for Unsportsmanlike Conduct on the fans/sideline will result in a forfeit.
The NJFL now has 11 teams. Richmond has joined and Pac Hi-way departed.
Here’s the complete listing of franchises
- Ballard Knights
- Burien Bearcats
- Cedar Park Eagles
- Eastside Catholic Crusaders
- Everett Wildcats
- Interbay Eagles
- Kirkland Steelers
- North Creek Jaguars
- North Seattle Titans
- Richmond Bulldogs
- West Seattle Wildcats
Nov. 3, 2019 Update
It’s been great year. We have one more Saturday together before we say goodbye to 2019 football season.
Let’s first say congratulations to the 89ers who finished second in their division. Good job players, coaches, and fans.
Jersey buyout and registration
We have a few players who need to pay their installments for registration and jersey purchases. If you have a remaining balance, you should have already received an email from us. Please login and pay or bring your payment to the banquet.
Please plan to return equipment this Tuesday (Nov. 5) from 6 to 7 p.m at Madison Middle School. (Madison is where the equipment trailer is located.)
Players need to return their:
- Shoulder pads
- Wrist coach
- Jersey (if you did not purchase it): Please wash your jersey and let us know of any rips or tears.
Players keep their pants. They can be used for practice pants next year.
Please arrive no earlier than 6 p.m. to give us enough time to setup before taking the equipment. You will receive a receipt.
Our End of Season Celebration is Saturday at 11 a.m. at West Seattle High School.
We are looking forward to reminiscing and celebrating our football and cheer teams. Remember to RSVP so we can get an accurate count for food. (Due to space limitations, guests are limited to immediate family members.) If you would like to help by bringing a finger-food-type dessert sign up here.
- Use the North entrance (facing Hiawatha playfield) to enter the cafeteria.
- Players will sit with their teammates up front at their designated tables.
- There will be coloring available on the tables for younger siblings. Please prepare the young ones for expectations of assembly style behavior and no running around the facility.
For entertainment, there will be raffle baskets again the first hour. Tickets are $1 and the proceeds benefit the West Seattle Jr. Football and Cheer Association.
Send Us Pictures
If you want to send us pictures, please email them to email@example.com.
Oct. 25, 2019 Update
Congratulations. All five teams made it to the playoffs. We began our journey in early August and now we are the only franchise with all teams playing in the semi-finals Saturday.
Please remember, the code of conduct still applies. Let’s continue our good behavior as players and fans.
(Note: Playoff game locations are based on field availability, not seeding. We don't have our own field: we share Hiawatha and SWAC with West Seattle High School, Chief Sealth, Seattle Public Schools, and Seattle Parks. We have taken all the times available to us. And yes, we have asked for additional dates and times.)
Players are required to return their:
- Jersey (washed)
- Shoulder pads
- Wrist coach
- Helmet (cleaned)
We will collect these items on Tuesday following each playoff game (Oct. 29 and Nov. 5) at Hiawatha around 6 p.m. You will be given a receipt for your return. This is your proof of return.
With all the board retirements this season, we have decided to open our 2020 registration AFTER we filled the four executive board positions:
- Vice president
An overview of these and other board positions can be found on the Wildcat website. Current board members will help mentor new volunteers. Our systems and processes are rock solid. New board members will need to manage, not create.
If you are interested or would like to nominate someone, please contact us. We hope these positions are filled soon. If not, it will delay our 2020 registration.
Our banquet is scheduled for Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. at West Seattle High School. We are looking forward to reminiscing and celebrating our football and cheer teams. Please RSVP so we can get an accurate count for food. Reminder: we need to limit attendees to players and immediate family members so we can accommodate everyone.
Send Us Pictures
If you want to send us pictures, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Postseason Games and Tournaments
Teams wishing to play in postseason tournaments need to follow our Postseason play guidelines and policy.
Oct. 1, 2019 Update
Modification to the Unsportsmanlike Penalty on fans
Last night, the NJFL board made a modification to the unsportsmanlike penalties called on fans. Starting next Saturday, any unsportsmanlike penalty called on fans will lead to an immediate forfeit by the offending team.
The change is to:
- Emphasize that the youth football experience should be pleasant for everyone: fans, players, coaches, and referee.
- Help maintain a good relationship with Pacific Northwest Football Officials Association (PNFOA). We need referees in order to play the game. Keeping a good relationship will ensure we have them.
Please remember to cheer for our players and that we all agreed to conduct ourselves in accordance with the Code of Conduct.
Sept. 27, 2019 Update
It's been a great three weeks of football. Here’s an update and info about what's next.
All teams will be playing at ArchBishop Murphy high school in south Everett. The stands are uncovered, so bring an umbrella and jacket. Admission is free. No pets. They do have a concession stand, so they ask you don’t bring any food.
End of Season Banquet
The End of Season banquet is scheduled for Saturday, November 9.
Seeking Board Members
We are looking for board members. Several members of the board are retiring next year. We need a new crop of families to protect what we have worked very hard to build. Serving is not difficult and you don’t need to know football. These are primarily administrative functions supported by a good group of volunteers. Please consider. We can do on-hands training while we are still in season.
Protecting Your Players
I want to emphasize that the leaders of this league and franchise (from coaches and board members to league officials and referees) all want your player to be safe from harm while playing this game.
Thanks to generous donors, our players are equipped with modern (and is some cases, state-of-the-art) shoulder pads and helmets.
We were coaching “Hawk tackles” two years before it was adopted by USA Football.
We are part of a nationwide study on concussions in youth sports.
We have professional trainers at every game.
We have trained referees at every game.
That said, football is a contact sport that’s played at a high speed. And, some players are moving at a much higher speed than others. This makes their tackles and blocks look unnecessarily aggressive when, in fact, they are proper and legal.
Our coaches and the referees are trying to manage the game safely. The board, especially me, cares about the safety of your child. Uttering any statement contrary to this diminishes our efforts and minimizes the confidence we should all feel. I ask that you set the record straight if you hear uninformed thoughts or opinions being spread.
If your coach has a concern about safety, they can (and do) contact the field manager or a board member during the game.
If you have a concern about safety during the game, relay the concerns to your coach on Tuesday. They will alert the board, and I will take the appropriate matters (and the video proof) to the NJFL board. (We ask that you wait until Tuesday, so everyone has time to calm down and reflect. Accosting the coach during or after the game is not helpful.)
This is the process and it does result in change. For example, based on feedback, the league is considering adding another referee (for a total for four) to Peewee games.
We are safety first. Always.
This week, the NJFL board passed three new rules:
- One Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty would result in an immediate ejection and suspension for one week of practice and the next game.
- A second Unnecessary Roughness penalty in the same game would result in an immediate ejection and suspension for one week of practice and the next game
- Unsportsmanlike Conduct on behalf of the fans would result in an immediate ejection of the Head Coach and suspension for one week of practice and the next game. One warning would be issued prior to levying the penalty.
Please keep this in mind and remember we are all expected to abide by the Code of Conduct we signed.
Sept. 8, 2019 Update
I want to personally thank you for your conduct yesterday. You were outstanding hosts and our players were great on the field. I especailly want to thank our Wildcat volunteers who put on a good show throughout the day. We appreciated all the help with field set up, game clock, chains, concessions, and take down. Some of you were there from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. This is what makes us a first-class franchise.
We travel to Foster HS next Saturday to play Pac Hiway Bulldogs. (FYI: The Pac Hiway Bulldogs and Burien Bearcats merged for this year.) Let's all remember—coaches, players, parents, and guests—that we are bound by a code of conduct that asks us to treat the all coaches, fans, players, referees, and each other with respect.
From Week 1 to week 2 is where you'll usually see the most improvement on a team, so expect to see more focus this week at practice.
Keep supporting the team and let the players know how much you like to see them play.
You can still buyout a jersey. This means, for $125, you get to keep the jersey and we print your name on back. If you're interested, you need to email me today and bring the jersey to my home. We take the jersey to the printer on Monday and they return it on Friday.
If you have photos, please email them to us.
Team pictures will be taken on Sept. 18 during practice. Team parents will provide more information.
Sept. 2, 2019 Update
Here’s an update for week one.
UW Concussion Study
Our response rate for the study sits at 41%. We need to reach 60% or we will pay a fee for the athletic trainers that attend our games. (The trainers is just one of the benefits of our partnership with Seattle Children’s and the UW.)
The deadline to sign up is September 5. Please take some this week and sign up. Although your participation in the study voluntary, they would like everyone to at least register.
Late weigh-in is Thursday
If you missed the August 24 Jamboree, you need to attend Late Weigh-in to officially register. It will be on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Kennedy High School (140 S 140th St, Burien, WA 98168).
This is a different day than previous years. The change is due to the coaches’ clinic on Wednesday, Sept 4.
Please follow up with your team mom and/or Annette on Tuesday to make sure we have a copy of your player’s birth certificate and all the paperwork completed. Remember: you’ll also need to bring your game jersey on Thursday.
Game Day Volunteers
Our first home game is this Saturday. See your team mom about how you can help or click here to sign up.
We always need help setting up (7 a.m.) and taking down the field. It’s an all hands on deck type event.
Aug. 27, 2019 Update
Two things to note about this Thursday, Aug. 29:
- We will collect the buyout jerseys this Thursday at Hiawatha. We will have a table at the field from 5:30 to 6:30. More details to follow.
- We DO NOT have the field reserved this Thursday. Please check with your coach to determine the status of practice on that day.
For those players who missed Jamboree:
We will provide your jersey and collect registration materials on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at the field.
Please plan on traveling Wednesday, Sept. 4 to the late weigh-in location (TBD). It will be a long night; players from other franchises also need to be registered. It is possible that we will conduct late weigh-in at a West Seattle location. Stay tuned.
Our franchise represented itself very well at Jamboree. Give yourself a hand. Also, if you have photos from Jamboree, email them to us.
We are still looking for Peewees. If you know of any 9-, 10-, or 11-year olds that want to try football, send them to us.
Teams will need assistance with:
- Game clocks: each team will need at least one person (two is preferable) to run the clock for their team at our home games. It's easy and a great way to learn the game.
- Filming the game: coaches love game film. Please consider taping the game for your team.
I will post the game schedule as soon as I get it. I am not hoarding it.
Aug. 12 Update
A few updates as we head into the 2nd week of practice.
The street immediately south of Hiawatha field is a fire lane. It is illegal to park there. When full, it also makes it hard for coaches to carry the tackling dummies. For long-term parking, please use the West Seattle high school lot.
If you have not done so already, please enroll in the Children’s Study. If you have any questions about the study, you can call Seattle Children’s at (206) 295-8019 or email them at NJFLStudy@seattlechildrens.org.
Selling old Jerseys
We are selling our old jerseys for $20. These are great practice jerseys. They will be available Tuesday at field.
Last Season’s Equipment
We are still collecting jerseys from last season. We have cross referenced last year's roster with missing jerseys. Players will be notified/asked today if they bought their jersey or have it at home.
We will collect birth certificates and other registration signatures/info the week of August 19 in preparation for Jamboree on August 24.
August 8, 2019 Update
Our first practice is tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Hiawatha field.
A few notes:
- Come to practice well hydrated. This means drinking lots of water tonight. It's difficult to get well hydrated the day of practice.
- Bring your own sports drink or water bottle.
- Wear shorts, a comfortable shirt, and cleats if you have them. No football gear.
- Help the coaches carry blocking dummies to the field.
- Be ready for the "All-in" meeting at the center of the field around 5:30 p.m.
- Be patient as the coaches work to get their teams organized.
- All equipment used last season, especially helmets, need to be returned and inspected. If you have a jersey or equipment from last season, bring it tomorrow. We will be sending invoices later this week for jerseys and other equipment not returned last season.
See you tomorrow.
July 22, 2019 Update
Wildcats new and old!
Wildcat Field Day is this Saturday, July 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at Hiawatha Playfield.
Come enjoy food, football, and friends. You can also meet coaches and teammates, run some drills, buy merchandise, and more.
It’s a great time for those considering junior football to come learn about the Wildcats' championship program.
Free hot dogs and drinks for any Wildcat wearing Wildcat apparel (jersey, fan gear, etc.). We'd love to see Wildcat graduates that have gone on to high school or college sports.
For Wildcat families new and old, there will be update and orientation at the top of every hour starting at noon.
We'll be weighing players on our official scale to ensure they are placed in their proper division. (All players must be weighed before receiving equipment.)
There will be registration help for those that have not registered for the 2019 season.
Bring your old cleats to exchange or donate.
June 16, 2019 Update
The season starts in 57 days. Registration is open so sign up now to make sure you have a spot. Some divisions are filling while others need players to ensure we have a minimum roster by the jamboree. (See Minimum Roster Size below.)
If you have friends who are considering playing football, ask them to sign up now. Registration for the 76ers (flag and tackle) is $175. For 89ers – Seniors, it’s $300. Fees now include new pants for every player.
Parents and players wanting more info may visit us at West Seattle High School’s inaugural Youth Football Camp, this Saturday (June 14) at Hiawatha from 9 a.m. to noon. More info follows.
West Seattle High School’s inaugural Youth Football Camp
West Seattle high school football is sponsoring a youth football camp for ages K- 8 grade this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Hiawatha field (2700 SW California Ave).
The Jr. Wildcats (us) will have a tent at the event. If you want to check your players weight, have some potential recruits, or just want a little more info, stop by and say hello.
The West Seattle Jr. Wildcats, West Seattle High School football, West Seattle Youth Rugby Club, and Seattle Lutheran High School football are collaborating and actively supporting each other in order to increase participation in both sports.
76ers Flag and Tackle Football
The 76er program now has flag and tackle football. Details about each program are below.
- 76er flag football: 5-year-olds are allowed to play flag. Flag players will play on the same day and time as 76er tackle football players.
- 76er tackle football: We have unlimited weights for 6- and 7-year-olds. (7-year-olds can play flag or 89er tackle if there is no 76er tackle football program.)
We are looking for volunteers willing to serve on a cheer program committee. Specifically, to create a vision and sustainable structure for the program going forward. Send us a note (email@example.com) if you are interested in serving on the committee.
If you’re interested in being a coach for the 2019 season, send us a quick note. We are still looking for head coaches at the 76er and 89er level.
Board members are Retiring
Our 2018 board members are volunteering from the heart: they love this program, but they no longer have children playing. We are looking for a new crop of volunteers to keep our franchise alive. The outgoing board has done a tremendous job establishing a strong foundation: We are on sound financial footing. All our equipment is new. We've got a good group of volunteers. Now, we need new board members to steer the program. The 2018 board members will stay on to train the 2019 members. Visit our volunteer page for more information or send an email to Earnest Phillips to express your interest.
Minimum Roster Sizes
The league has increased the minimum number required for a certified roster. This means we need everyone’s help in recruiting. Here are the minimum roster sizes:
- 76ers — 8 jamboree/10 season
- 89ers — 14 jamboree /16 season
- Peewee — 14 jamboree /16 season
- Bantams — 14 jamboree /16 season
- Juniors — 16 jamboree /18 season
- Seniors — 16 jamboree /18 season
Also, 9th graders are ineligible to play in the NJFL. The league is committed to youth football up to grade 8. 9th graders are encouraged to play high school football.
Our League is Growing
The Ballard Jr. Knights, Interbay Eagles, Richmond Bulldogs, and Lake City Braves have all come back to the NJFL. We now have 13 franchises.
March 15, 2019 Update
Here’s an update and information about important changes to our program.
We launched a new website. Same address: westseattlejrfootball.com, but more pictures and a better mobile experience.
Board Members Are Retiring
Our 2018 board members are volunteering from the heart: they love this program, but they no longer have children playing. We are looking for a new crop of volunteers to keep our franchise alive. The outgoing board has done a tremendous job establishing a strong foundation. We are on solid financial footing. All our equipment is new. And, we've got a good group volunteers.
Now, we need new board members to steer the program. The 2018 board members will stay on to train the 2019 members. Visit our volunteer page for more information or send an email to express your interest.
Registration is now open. We have two registration deals for you: March Madness and Early Bird.
March Madness registration is March 15 – 31.
- 76ers pay $100.
- 89ers – Seniors pay $250.
Early bird registration is April 1 – May 31:
- 76ers: $150
- 89ers – Seniors: $275
Regular registration is from June 1 – start of season
- 76ers: $175
- 89ers – Seniors: $300
Fees now include new pants for every player.
This year we are offering flag football for 76ers. 5-year-olds are allowed to play flag football (not tackle). For 76er tackle football, we moved to unlimited weights for 6- and 7-year-olds.
Our League is Growing
The Ballard Jr. Knights, Interbay Eagles, Richmond Bulldogs, and Lake City Braves have all come back to the NJFL. We now have 13 total franchises.
If you’re interested in being a coach for the 2019 season, send us a quick note. Each year we face teams with five to six coaches while our coaching staffs usually consist of two to three coaches. This year we want to even the numbers. Coach meetings start in April. Visit our Coach Requirements page for more information.
We are looking for volunteers willing to serve on a cheer committee. Specifically, to create a vision and sustainable structure for the program going forward. Contact us if you are interested.
The league has increased the minimum number required for a certified roster. (See below.) This means we need everyone’s help in recruiting. Here are the new minimums for the jamboree and season:
- 76ers: 8 jamboree/10 season
- 89ers: 14 jamboree /16 season
- Peewee: 14 jamboree /16 season
- Bantams: 14 jamboree /16 season
- Juniors: 16 jamboree /18 season
- Seniors: 16 jamboree /18 season
Also, 9th graders are no longer eligible to play in the NJFL. The league is committed to youth football up to grade 8. Ninth graders are encouraged to play high school football.
Lots of changes but all aimed at a better football experience. Feel free to contact us with any questions.