INTRO TO MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Dear Parent and Player(s):

Welcome to the Northmont Middle School football program. I would like to take some time to explain to you about your upcoming two years in the middle school. You have come from a program where you have had coaches from fathers to ex-players. You may have been able to voice your concerns about your players playing time or where they should be playing on the field. Now you are in a totally different aspect of the game. Heading into the next two years of middle school football, you are going to see some changes.

As a middle school player you will be coached by at least one if not more coaches that are part of the teaching staff or past players in the program. They will be in charge of your player(s) from now on. They will be the ones setting practice schedules and playing time for your player(s). Please keep this in mind, while there will be changes, we want to encourage a positive transition. The coaches will observe the player and place them in a position or positions that will benefit the program and the player.

The Northmont Thunderback Club (TBC) is not responsible for your players playing time or position. We are not responsible for practice schedules or anything that has to deal with the game itself. The TBC is a booster club that is ran by parent volunteers. We do not get paid for the time we put in. In order to give your player(s) the same opportunity that the past players have had in the Northmont football tradition we the TBC are responsible for certain things to make the football program successful.

It is very expensive to run a football program of this caliber and it cannot be accomplished without the dedicated class representatives, board members and public’s help. Your player(s) also plays a significant part in order to gain the funds to keep TBC up and running through the year. We rely on the parent’s help to make each year successful for both the program and the TBC. We highly suggest that if you have the time to volunteer please make yourself available to your class reps to help out anyway that you possibly can.

If you have any questions please contact your class representative. Again, welcome to the middle school football program.

Sincerely,

Randy Monnin
President

Northmont Thunderback Club

What Are YOU Responsible For and what does your player receive in return.

  • Responsible for selling 2 fish fry tickets per player in your household that is on the team 
  • Class representatives will be collecting a set fee from parents that will range from $50 to $100, depending on what is required by the coaches for the players.
  • You will be asked to participate in the Annual Fish Fry by donating a block of time to work, donating a basket or door prize of some sort, etc.

●  The fish fry tickets are part of helping TBC off set costs for the program throughout the year.

●  The fee that is collected will be used to pay for the players pre-game meals. It will also be used to purchase game day shirts that the players will wear at school on their game days, however, the coaches have the say as to if they will allow them to wear a shirt or their game jersey. If there is anything left from the fee collected, the class reps will use it for something special at the end of the year for them.

●  As of right now there is nothing else you will be responsible for unless your class rep informs you of anything new or different.

Important Dates to Know

TBC MEETINGS– We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm, in the Lightning Lounge, AKA the film room, (building at the south end of the home side stadium seating.) In some cases during inclement weather we will meet in the high school if necessary.

During these meetings we will be discussing the items of business that we will be implementing during the year. If you want to stay informed about everything then you should plan to attend the meetings. Please take a moment to confirm meetings with your class rep, as these times are subject to change.

You can keep up to date with game schedules and tons of other information by visiting the school athletic page at www.northmontathletics.com

Frequently Asked Questions??????

How much does it cost to play football? Nothing, if you take advantage of the multiple fundraising opportunities.

What days are the Middle School games? Typically games are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You will receive a schedule from your coach. Schedules can be accessed at www.Northmontathletics.com

What is the Practice schedule? This will be determined by the school, and coaching staff, please reach out to your childs coach.

What does my Class Representative do for the team? Class Representatives are Parent Volunteers who handle all of the fundraising, and meal prep for players. Your representative will act as a liason for assistance. This will be your contact should you have questions or concerns. Please remember this is not a Team parent position, these are individuals volunteering to make the program a success.

What kind of fundraisers will my player be responsible for?Depending on what grade your player is in depends on what he is responsible for. Click the appropriate tab on the web site and it will tell you in the welcome letter what they are responsible to do. 

Where does the money go for the fundraisers? The money will go for player packs (clothing items), pre-game meals, water/gatorade, laundry service, player awards, end of year banquet, snacks, and many other items.

What happens if my player(s) do not turn in the money from the fundraisers and lift-a-thon? They will not receive any clothing items and possibly no pre-game meals. You will sign a financial agreement form prior to picking up your coupon books that will cover all fundraisers. Parents and players MUST return all monies owed on their account, any funds or items NOT returned are subject to recovery in a court of law.

Will there be buy outs for each fundraiser? Yes, each fundraiser will have a buy out opportunity.

Who do I talk to or see if I have a complaint or question about my player(s) playing time or any other problem on the football team?TBC does not have anything to do with playing time or anything that deals with the team in general. Any questions or complaints need to be made through the coaching staff.

I don’t have a lot of time to be a class representative but I can help out sometime, is that ok? Your class representative can use all the help they can get. If you are willing to help in any way just contact with your rep and let them know what you can do. Class Representative contact information is available at the bottom of this page.

If I become a class representative will my player(s) still have to participate in the fundraising? Yes, they will still be responsible in fulfilling their fundraising activities in full.

Why doesn’t the school pay for any of these items you have mentioned?The athletic department budgets for ALL of the school athletic programs, not just football. There is a set budget that the school gives to the head coach for any item he would like to see for the football program. The school pays for helmets, shoulder pads, jerseys and most if not all the training equipment the team uses and needs. The money runs out of the budget very fast and therefore the football program relies on TBC to off set anything they don’t receive from the athletic department. 

How much money does TBC raise and spend in a year for the program? TBC in general brings in around $60,000.00 to $100,000.00 a year through fundraising, donations, sponsors, and selling ads for the fall program books, etc. Our goal is to spend all of that money each year on the players and the program, however, in a perfect world we would like to have a small surplus in our bank account at the end of the year for start up projects at the beginning of the next year. 

How hard is it to be a class representative or executive board member? It is only as hard as you make it on yourself. If you are a team player and work well with others, then it is pretty easy to do your job. If you like doing things yourself with little help from other people then it will be a very hard job to do. There are many things that need to be accomplished each year and trying to do everything yourself just makes it very difficult on you and quite frankly on everyone else as well. 

Will I be able to see my player(s) play on their game days if I am a class rep?  Yes, you will be able to watch the games. Usually the hardest thing on game days is to go up and throw ice in the coolers before the games and sometimes this is done the night before. 

I would like to purchase some clothing items for myself and family members for football. Is there anywhere I can purchase items?Yes, Photo Sports on National Road sells many kinds of items and new this year we will be selling items on our on line store that will be open on certain months of the year, selling clothing items, umbrellas, stadium seats, etc. 

I don’t have a player in the program but I would like to donate funds to TBC to help out. Can I write the donation off on my taxes? TBC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our tax ID # is 31-1518674. You can write off any donation that you send to us. All donations are greatly appreciated.

YOUR 7th GRADE CLASS REPRESENTATIVES :

Shannon Lupton-937.248.6011- Shannonlupton@yahoo.com

Shannon Miesse- 937.673.2365- Shannonmikal@hotmail.com

Julie Jones- 937.416.2606- Julie16153@gmail.com

YOUR 8th GRADE REPRESENTATIVES:

Stacy Beatty- 937.559.5679 – Stacyntheboys@yahoo.com

PRACTICE & GAME SCHEDULES CAN BE FOUND AT http://www.Northmontathletics.com