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When does practice begin? 

Monday July 18th at HILLCREST HIGH SCHOOL. It is M-F, maximum 2 hours a day until Labor Day, then 3 days a week. Games will be scheduled on Saturdays beginning .

Practices times are between 6-8pm.
 

Is equipment included? 
Yes.

Helmets, shoulder pads, practice jersey and game day uniforms are provided. Brand new helmets can be purchased through the Saints at a reduced rate.

You will need to purchase the following:

Cleats, girdle, (hip, thigh, and knee & tailbone pads), Support Cup, Mouth Pieces   


Do the kids have to tryout? 

No.  Players are placed on teams based on age and weight


How many kids are on teams? 
Minimum of 14. Maximum of 33.

 
Does everyone get to play? 
Yes, at every level.

 

Where when are games? 

The games are on Saturdays and can be played within OC and LA counties.  

We will play 7-8 regular season games, plus an additional game in a single elimination playoff system.  Game times can vary from but generally are between 9 am and 5 pm.

 

IS THERE TRAVEL INVOLVED? 

Yes, depending on the team’s schedule. Games are split between home and away games.

 

Are there any mandatory fundraisers/raffles?
Yes, as a league with such a low base price, fundraising is critical to assist those in our communities who are scholarship candidates based on current economic challenges, and sponsorships are greatly appreciated as well.

 

Are there scholarships available?
Yes. A limited number of scholarships are available. Scholarships are given on need basis and require mandatory volunteer time/fundraising from the parent. Scholarship applications are confidential. They will only be viewed by the Saints OC Junior All American Football scholarship committee and decisions will be made by July 1 on a first come, first serve basis. If you feel your child qualifies for a scholarship for the Spring or Fall season(s), contact Saints OC Junior All American staff members for an application.

 

REFUNDS?

Saints OC Junior All American Football & Cheer has a no refund policy. All registration payments made by participants are classified as charitable donations.

 

ARE THERE ANY VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS?

Volunteering is essential. Saints OC Junior All American Football is a non-profit, volunteer league. There are many ways to help out with your team and/or the Saints OC Junior All American Football organization. Saints OC Junior All American Football appreciates and depends on its volunteers to make the Saints Family a success.

 

The Saints Football Family’s primary concern is the welfare of your player and cheerleader.

As a result, the Saints Football Family would like to provide some valuable information on sports concussions and inform you of our concussion prevention program.

A concussion is a brain injury that can occur in any sport.Symptoms of a possible concussion as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include, but are not limited to

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  •  Is confused about assignment
  •  Forgets plays
  •  Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness
  • Shows behavior or personality changes
  • Can’t recall events prior to hit
  • Can’t recall events after hit
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or fuzzy vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Feeling sluggish
  • Feeling foggy or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion

Although student athletes often feel pressure to play through the pain, it is important to remember that a concussion is a brain injury and that all concussions are serious.
  • Other important facts about concussions include that they:
  • Are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head
  • can occur even if the athlete doesn’t lose consciousness
  • can happen in any sport
  • may not cause symptoms until days or weeks after the injury
  • can cause brain swelling, permanent brain damage, or even death, if an athlete has a second concussion before fully recovering from a first one

 

CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT

If you think that an athlete has concussion, according to the CDC Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports program, you should:
1. Seek medical attention right away. A health care professional will be able to decide how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for your teen to return to sports.

2.   Keep your teen out of play. Concussions take time to heal. Don’t let your teen return to play until a health care professional says it’s OK. Athletes, who return to play too soon, while the brain is still healing, risk a greater chance of having a second concussion. Second or later concussions can be very serious. They can cause permanent brain damage, affecting your teen for a lifetime.

3.   Tell all of your teen’s coaches about any recent concussion. Coaches should know if your teen had a recent concussion in ANY sport. Your teen’s coaches may not know about a concussion your teen received in another sport or activity unless you tell them. Knowing about the concussion will allow the coach to keep your teen from activities that could result in another concussion.

4.   Remind your teen: It’s better to miss one game than the whole season.

 

CONCUSSION FACTS

About 135,000 children between the ages of 5 and 18 are treated in emergency rooms each year for sports- or recreation-related concussions and other head injuries.

 

THE SAINTS FAMILY CONCUSSION AWARENESS AND PREVENTION PROGRAM

The Saints requires coaches to remove any player who shows signs of a concussion, and bars the player from competing again. Said player is not allowed back onto the practice field or game field that day and will remain so until cleared by a licensed health care professional trained in concussion evaluation and management.

Moreover, the Saints has adapted to limit excessive live hitting programs during the beginning of the season and during to not unduly expose our athletes to unwarranted risk.  The Saints closely monitors its coaches and practices to make certain our athletes are properly supervised.

Lastly, the Saints consider insufficient or unsatisfactory equipment one of the primary reasons for concussions.  In an effort to prevent such risks, Saints OC Junior All American Football reconditions and certifies its helmets and shoulder pads every year.  While Pop Warner only requires it every other year, and other programs do not require it at all, our yearly reconditioning program is bylaw.  Proper equipment fitting is also suspect.  To prevent risk of concussions due to improper fitting, all of our equipment managers are factory trained to fit equipment and do so to industry responsible standards.

 

Our athletes and our Saints matters more than winning or monetary savings. We will not risk the health of your child.

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