Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about the Junior Cougars? You'll find answers to our the most commonly asked questions below!
The Stoney Creek Junior Cougars organization is a competitive youth football & cheer program focused on providing 7-12 year-old boys and girls in the Northern Oakland County area and beyond with a safe, fun & competitive environment to learn the basics of football & cheer
SCJC is a completely separate, non-profit legal entity that is led by a Board of Directors. Officially, there is no legal or financial ties nor is there any ownership stake by Stoney Creek HS or of any employee of the school district. However, we working closely with the head varsity coaches of football and cheer (and their staffs) along with our Hart MS coaches to align our program philosophically and fundamentally with the vision, strategies and teachings of each respective program.
No. SCJC is not related in any way to other youth football & cheer organizations in the local area. At no point and in no way has this claim ever been made or insinuated. Instead, SCJC is a completely independent organization focused on developing the next generation of football players and cheerleaders who will attend Hart Middle School & Stoney Creek High School (as well as other local school districts in the Northern Oakland County area).
We believe that the greater Rochester area can be served successfully by multiple youth football & cheer associations. Rather than viewing our association as being competitive with others, we are focused on doing our part to provide an opportunity to participate in football and cheer to as many boys and girls as possible.
Absolutely not. Although we working closely align philosophically and in drills, plays and cheers with the Stoney Creek HS varsity coaches (football & cheer) as well as the Hart MS staffs, the SCJC association is open to any child within the Rochester or surrounding areas who meet the playing age requirements.
SCJC is in the Northern Youth Football League (NYFL). Other associations currently part of the NYFL include:
Lake Orion Dragons
Lapeer Jr Lightning
Oxford Junior Wildcats
Avondale Junior Yellow Jackets
Stoney Creek Jr Cougars
Grand Blanc Bobcats
The NYFL is a competitive youth football & cheer association with a footprint primarily in the northern Oakland County area and with member associations who generally play each other from youth through the high school years.
For more information about the NYFL, feel free to find out more about the league by visiting the NYFL website.
The general playing age for football is 7 to 12 years of age determined as of September 1st of the current season (grades do not matter). However, there are some more specific age guidelines as follows:
Freshman Football: Primary playing ages are 8-9 y/o. A maximum of five 7-year old players can be added to the freshman football roster by parents signing a waiver. Natural & fully padded weight limits still apply.
JV Football: Primary playing ages are 10-11 y/o. A maximum of five 12-year old players can be added to the JV football roster. However, the 12-year old players must be entering 6th grade and NOT turn 13 y/o on or before December 1st. Natural & fully padded weight limits still apply.
For cheer, the general participatory ages are 7-9 for freshman and 10-11 for Junior Varsity (JV). However, a limited number of children younger ages 5-6 can participate in the cheer program as a mascot.
The season officially begins Monday August 31, 2020. Summer camp begins Saturday August 22, 2020 and then season practice begins. Associations are able to practice for a maximum of 15 hours per year in the off-season (prior to August).
Key dates for the 2020 season will be announced in February.
Registration: Registration is open now and will continue on a first-come, first-served basis until all roster spots are filled.
Summer Program: SCJC can have 15 hours of organized camp / practice time prior to the start of the season. The start of the season is July 30th. We'll be announcing soon the details of our summer camp but please mark your calendar for Monday through Thursday (TBD).
Season Start: The 2020 season will start on Monday August 31, 2020 with practice M-F for three (3) weeks.
Game #1: The first game of the season will be played the weekend of September 18, 2020. Generally, games are played on Saturdays with some Sundays (dependent upon field availability).
Mega Cheer: The annual Mega Cheer event will be held on Saturday October 24, 2020.
Super Bowl: The Super Bowl games for the freshman and JV levels will be played on November 14, 2020.
The registration for the 2020 season begins on February 1st for returning players and February 8th for new players.
No. The NYFL does not allow a varsity team to play in the league so that each association can align with, support and act as a feeder of experienced football and cheerleaders into the local middle school program(s).
No. All of our coaching staff is volunteer-based. However, we take special care to make sure that our head coaches have an appropriate level of experience in coaching football / cheer. In addition, the NYFL policy does not allow an NYFL coach to be able to coach another football or cheer team outside of the NYFL.
If you should have any interest in being a part of our coaching staff, please reach out to us.
As a separate, non-profit association the SC Junior Cougars procure available fields through the Rochester Community Schools (RCS) district. The current plan of record is for SCJC to practice at Hart Middle School & play our four (4) home games at the Stoney Creek High School football stadium.
The four (4) away games will be played "on the road" at one of the competitive associations in the NYFL. All of the participating associations are located in the Northern Oakland County area resulting in drive distances of ~45 minutes or less.
The practice schedules for football and cheer will be slightly different.
Football: For pre-season conditioning starting in early August, practices are 5 days per week from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. As soon as the first game takes place, practices will reduce to 4 days per week with a game on the weekend.
Cheer: Practice for the entire season will be held three (3) days per week. The exact days will be determined closer to the regular season.
Yes. SCJC is a volunteer-based organization. In order to successfully pour into our children of the Stoney Creek district and to make practices and games happen successfully, we rely heavily on the volunteer activities of our parents. Our volunteer requirements are setup on a per family basis and require a minimum of six (6) volunteer sessions per season. SCJC will publish a list of volunteer opportunities as the season nears.
Yes. The registration costs that are charged for each child cover only a portion of the total cost to make the program run. Therefore, each family will have a fundraising obligation to sell a specified minimum amount via our fundraising activity. Any shortfall to the required minimum amount will need to be covered by the family (to a maximum of $200 out-of-pocket).
In addition, parents can opt-out of all fundraising activities for a fee of $200 per family.
Yes. Stoney Creek Junior Cougars is a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit association (Tax ID 81-0870785) incorporated in the State of Michigan. Rochester Community Schools (RCS) does not support or endorse the Stoney Creek Junior Cougars or any of its activities or events. Stoney Creek Junior Cougars is NOT owned, operated or affiliated with Stoney Creek High School or any other schools of the RCS district.