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Pelham Razorbacks Youth Football & Cheerleading

New Hampshire's premier youth football and cheer organization

The Pelham Razorbacks are a proud member of the American Youth Football and Cheer (AYF) organization, the largest youth football and cheer organization in the country.

The Razorbacks organization encourages the highest levels of sportsmanship, teamwork and fair-play.  Our affiliation with AYF ensures our kids play football and cheer in a safe, competitive and fundamentally sound environment.

2021 Season

REGISTER NOW FOR FREE FOOTBALL OR CHEER FOR 2021!!!

 

 

The Razorbacks are accepting registrations for the 2021 season and excited to get kids back on the mats and fields!  As we have publicized previously, if you pre-pay for the 2021 season by May 15, 2021 and your child fully participates until the end of the season, you will get a full refund of your registration fee at the conclusion of the season.  Why is there a May 15th cut-off date and we are requiring payment in advance?

 

·       The May 15th cut-off date is absolutely necessary to coordinate teams as we are ordering all new helmets this year and we need to ensure we get them in time for the start of the season at the end of July.

·       The payment in advance is to ensure commitment of all athletes to ensure each team has the proper number of participants.  Once we create a team and order equipment, we need everybody ALL-IN for the entire season!

 

The NHYFSC has a delay in their formal registration as they incorporate a new online system but we want to ensure we have our team counts by May 15th.  Cheer provides team assignment flexibility and for football, we are anticipating fielding the following teams:

 

·       9U – for kids ages 8 or 9 born on or before 7/31/2012

·       11U –  for kids ages 10 or 11 born on or before 7/31/2010

·       13U – for kids ages 12 or 13 born on or before 7/31/2008

 

Lastly, we invite all Razorback families and any families interested in joining the program or learning more about it to an INFORMATION NIGHT on Thursday, April 22nd from 530pm-630pm at Muldoon Park.  We will be able to collect registration forms and payments (refundable upon completion of season) this night as well learn more about the program and ask questions. 

 

Please see the attached/application and bring with you or send back to:

 

Pelham Razorbacks

PO Box 791

Pelham, NH 03076

 

If you have any questions prior to then, please do not hesitate to reach out to Lou at for football or Melissa at for cheer.

 

See you soon! 


by posted 03/31/2021
Hello to all our Razorbacks Families

Hello to all of our Razorback Families!


We realize what a difficult time we are all currently facing and we hope that you are all doing well under these conditions. We can only take it one day at a time and hope that the conditions will improve sooner rather than later. We all try to continue to do our and staying home whenever possible. For those of you with essential jobs, we commend you
for your service and wish nothing but good health and your safety as you venture out each day.


We wanted to let you all know that as of early April, the 2020 Razorbacks’ Football and Cheer season is scheduled. We are well aware that this could change and like you, we are all just waiting to see how this virus is going to play out. The Razorbacks’ will follow the lead of the National AYF/AYC organization, as well as the NHYFSC for further guidance
through these trying times. As we receive updates from them, we will be sure to pass that information along to all of you.


Where does that leave us? Here is how we would like to proceed under the current situation:

  • Registration is open for all football players and cheerleaders.
  • We are extending our Early Bird Registration Fee until April 30, 2020.
  • Due to some families possibly being out of work, you may register this month and not pay until a later date. If you register by 4/30, you will only be charged the discounted rate. Registration fees will return to full price on 5/1/2020.
  • If you are able to pay the registration fee when you register, that would be helpful, but if you cannot please reach out to a board member prior to April 25th.
  • If the 2020 season gets canceled, you will receive a full refund.
  • It is critical for us to get an estimate of team counts to determine equipment purchase and appreciate you signing up by the above date.

We realize that these times are unprecedented and everyone is taking daily tasks day by day. We are optimistic that these times will pass soon and we can carry on with our ‘normal’ lives. After lots of time spent at home, we hope to be on the field and competition mats soon! 


Speaking of competition, we wanted to share with all of you that we have a fun change this season. Pelham and Salem have joined forces for the 2020 season to host a “Battle at the Border” cheer competition at Salem High School. We will have a lot more information into the summer months, but thought you would all enjoy some uplifting news. Please feel free
to reach out to us if you have any questions and know that all of you are in our thoughts as we navigate these challenging times.


Be safe and stay healthy!


Razorbacks Board of Directors


by posted 04/05/2020
Razorbacks the last 15 years


As we prepare for the 2020 season, I want to provide some perspective on the state of football both within the Razorbacks but also throughout the NHYFSC (the New Hampshire conference we play in comprised of 25 other towns). 15 years ago when I signed my oldest son up in the program, he was a 7 year-old and it was the first year the Razorbacks were part of American Youth Football (AYF). It was this season that Pelham, along with most other towns in New Hampshire, made the switch out of Pop Warner as their national affiliate. We were known as the Pelham-Windham Razorbacks as Windham did not have their own program at that time.


As I look at my son's first year in 2005, our program had 7 teams with most teams having between 25-35 players, including kids who were in high school. We were in the minority as back then, only a handful of towns had teams at each level and many had combined teams of 9/10 or 11/12 for example. When Windham started their own program, we still had a team at each grade or age group but instead of 25-35 players per team, we were between 20-30 players. Fast forward to 2019 and we fielded 4 teams with an average of 22 kids per team. Yet we are still in the top tier of towns in terms of total football teams as Londonderry has 6 teams. Salem, Windham, Man East and Nashua PAL have 5 and 5 others have 4 teams like us. The rest of the towns have anywhere between 1-3 football teams in their program.


I share all of this as participation numbers for tackle football are down across the state with some programs like Goffstown and NorRock, with much larger draw numbers than us, no longer offering tackle football. As we look at our registered boys in PES and PMS, there is an average of 60 boys per grade. To field a competitive tackle football team, you should look to have between 22-28 players on a team. Thus, half the boys in town need to sign up to play Razorbacks at each level to field a solid team…and that is a challenging number for our program or any other town.


We think we can achieve it and hopefully you have seen our advertisement for an early bird registration where we are discounting our registration fee by $100 (for football and cheer). Our reason behind this is 2-fold. First, because we can as we currently have a solid financial base thanks to good fundraising and prudent spending. The bigger reason is we are confident we provide a great experience for boys and girls and want to encourage them to check us out. This is critical for the football side because we must know numbers sooner than later for purposes of buying equipment, forming teams and selecting coaches. We need a commitment from families and we are confident that if your child has an interest in football, they will enjoy what our program can offer.</p>


I would like to invite any current and potential football players or cheerleaders and their families to an Information Night on March 30th @ 630pm at Pelham Town Hall. At this time you can meet various board members and past football and cheer coaches and ask any questions as well as share ideas or feedback on how we grow the program. We will also be available to help with online registration and you can take advantage of the discounted rate. For football players that register, we will also fit them for a helmet as safety is a huge focus four all our athletes and we are in the process of purchasing new helmets and other equipment for the 2020 season.


Lastly, if you are unable to make it right at 630pm, please come when can as we plan to be there until at least 730pm that evening. And one more thing; we will have pizza and refreshments so no need to cook that night if do not want to!


by posted 03/05/2020
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