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Congratulations to Head Coaches
by posted 02/20/2020

Congratulations to our head coaches for the 50th Season!

Pee Wee Cheer:  Cathie McAuley  

Freshmen Cheer:  Lindsey Herrmann

JV Cheer:   Kim Westmiller

Varsity Cheer:  Kristin Retzlaff

Pee Wee Football:  Mike Puzan

Freshmen Football:  Chris Premielewski

JV Football:  Mike Stone

Anyone interested in being as Assistant Coach should contact the Head Coach for Board Approval. 

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AJFC Monthly Board Meeting
by posted 02/18/2020

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33rd Annual Jim Kelly Camp
by posted 01/13/2020

Hello! My name is Ashley Lantz and I am the executive director for the Jim Kelly Football Camp. I wanted to share some information with you regarding our camp in hopes that you can share this with your youth football group and their families! Our 2020 camp will be held June 27th thru July 1st at New Era Field in Orchard Park. This non-contact football camp is for boys and girls ages 7 thru 18. Cost of camp is $299 per child, but we are currently running a discounted holiday rate of $275 per child until Jim’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, February 14th. After 2/14 the price will be $299 per child. You must use code “JKFC2020” at checkout to receive the discounted price. Just to give you some background on the Jim Kelly Football Camp: · JKFC started operations in 1988 with 325 campers and now has a steady enrollment of over 500 campers. Athletes come from all over the country to learn from one of football's greatest QB's and his carefully-assembled staff of instructors. This non-contact camp not only stresses the fundamentals of football, but allows campers to be educated on a variety of valuable topics including health and nutrition, drug awareness, sportsmanship and teamwork. · We have three divisions: Bantam (ages 7-10); Junior (ages 11-13) and Senior (ages 14-18). o The Bantam Division provides an introduction to the game of football, including demonstrations and fundamentals for the offensive and defensive positions that the athlete chooses. One-on-one drills are taught each day to better their technique. Bantam Division campers must be at least seven (7) years old, but not older than ten (10) years of age as of June 15th. o The Junior Division concentrates on the team concept with more in-depth 7 on 7 play. 11 on 11 plays are also introduced. Junior Division campers must be at least eleven (11) years old, but not older than thirteen (13) years of age as of June 15th. o The Senior Division continues exposure to 7 on 7 competitions and full 11 on 11 plays are incorporated. This level also participates in the Senior Athletic Testing Program. Senior Division campers must be at least fourteen (14) years old, but not older than eighteen (18) years of age as of June 15th. · Camp stresses football fundamentals for offensive and defensive positions including: quarterbacks, running backs, receivers, offensive linemen, defensive linemen, linebackers and defensive backs. · Lunch is provided each day, along with motivational and educational chalk talks with some of the sporting world’s top professionals. Prior chalk talks have been given by Harrison Phillips, Ken Dorsey, Steve Tasker, Mark Kelso and many others. · Jim Kelly is on hand at camp each day. He leads warmups, scrimmages with the kids, assists with coaching and will speak during chalk talk. He also will sign one (1) item per camper on a certain day (you will know what date this will happen after registration night). I have attached to this email a copy of this letter, our discounted price flyer, and our regularly priced flyer. If you wish to have copies of our flyers, please let me know the best address for me to send these to! More information on our camp can be found by visiting our website, www.jimkellyfootballcamp.com. There is a link to register directly on our website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. I can be contacted directly via email: jkfcinfo@jimkelly.com or by telephone: (716) 204-1212 ext. 200.
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BUILDING AJFC FOR THE FUTURE
by posted 12/27/2019

All parents wanting to see AJFC grow and flourish are encouraged to register as a volunteer. Registration is now open on our website. All Board Members and Coaches are required to register as a Volunteer. Parents can also volunteer for any of our committees outlined below. Concessions- preseason prep, Car Show etc. Administration/Public Relations- writing articles for paper, social media, etc. Fundraisers Events- 50th Anniversary Events- TBD, Banquet, Football Cheerleading
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2020 Board Of Directors
by posted 11/29/2019

Congratulations to our 2020 Board of Directors: President: Mike Puzan VP: Mike Urso Secretary: Marcie Mason Treasurer: Kristin Retzlaff Sgt at Arms: James Jezioro Commissioner: Mike Stone Coordinator: Tammy Lavis General Board Seats: Nicole Czelusta, Jeff Jozwiak, Erica Bachman, Jamie Cardinal, John Pruetz, Chris Premeliewski, Kari Loos, Colleen Sanford, Ann Jezioro, Robin Urso, Kaylin Pauly, and Jeremy Leisenheimer.
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Welcome to AJFC
by posted 05/24/2019

Welcome to the 2019 Season!  This is our 49th year as Alden Junior Football & Cheerleading Association, so we have a long history to build upon. The best part about AJFC is the kids. Seeing the park come to life on the first night of practice is second only to the first game day. It is always exciting to see the kids in their uniforms. All of us remember the first time our child put on their uniform. The thrill of being part of a team beams from the smile that spreads across their face. Much more important than scoreboards and judges, are the memories our kids make each season.

 

As some of you know, this is a non-profit organization operated by the parents and overseen by an elected Board of Directors (parents like yourself.)  All Directors, Commissioners, Coordinators, and Coaches volunteer their time and no one receives any salary. All of AJFC’s funds are committed to providing a quality experience for our football and cheerleading participants. The Board meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 8:00 pm, at the Whistle Stop Inn. PLEASE NOTE THE AUGUST MEETING WILL BE AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER AT THE FRONT OF THE PARK IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRACTICE.  These meetings are always open to the public and we welcome and encourage participation. Please remember that we are all volunteers, and if there is something that you think could be improved then we encourage to talk to one of the board members or coaches.  You can find contact information for each our Board of directors and their committee assignment on our website.  Emails can besent to ajfcbulldogs@yahoo.com, please allow a few days for a response as we are all volunteers.  You may also call/text the President, Football Commissioner and Cheerleading Coordinator for more urgent matters.

 

Running a football and cheerleading program is very costly. We receive no funding from the Federal, State, Town or Village governments. Registration fees provide only a small part of the funds required to finance the program. Fundraisers and the concession stand at home games provide the additional operational funds. Home games require a lot of work from our team of parents. Volunteer opportunities are available in the concession stand, setting up and cleaning up the fields and helping with various tasks during the games.  There are also many volunteer opportunities throughout the year.  Your participation models the importance of civic duty and shows your dedication to the participants.  You can contact your Team Mom/ Manager to volunteer.

 

Every Coach for AJFC is NYCSA certified   They all have passed a background check.  All football coaches are also trained in Heads Up technique.  Player safety is our primary objective.  At least one coach on each team is CPR certified.

 

Most practices are open, and you are encouraged to observe your child. Some practices may be closed so that the participants can prepare for their game or competition without distractions.

We appreciate your cooperation with respecting the coach’s decision to close a practice.

 

It is very important that each athlete try to make all practices and arrive on time.  These sessions are needed for conditioning to prevent injuries and to make certain that your child is receiving proper training and instruction as they participate in the ultimate team sports of football and cheerleading. Coaches are available to talk with you before or after practices regarding questions or concerns.  We ask that everyone refrain from talking to the coaches about the game for at least 24 hours after the game unless it is an urgent matter of safety.  If a parent/guardian has concerns about their child or coaching activities, they should first address the issue with the head coach, and then to either the Football Commissioner or Cheerleading Coordinator.

 

Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s team mom/manager for “off field” activities such as volunteering, fundraisers, banquet, etc.

 

As a Board we hope that you and your child take an active role in AJFC. We are all here for the children, and as an added bonus:  new, long-standing friendships have been known to start on our football fields.

 

Sincerely,       

 

AJFC Board of Directors

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