Hello Washtenaw Blue Families!
What a year this has been!
As many of you are aware, last year, the Washtenaw Blue was forced to make one of the most difficult decisions in our history: to suspend play for the season. As coaches and board members--but also as parents of these great kids--we were heartbroken. And we heard from many of our kids that they were too.
I am happy to let you know that we have far better news this year! Our season will begin with a home game on August 28th against the Pontiac Panthers and will conclude with a home game on October 24th against the Lake Area Hawks. Playoffs will start Oct. 31st and the championship game is scheduled for November 13th. For veterans of our program, you will notice that these are two new opponents for the Blue. This is due to our league’s decision to play a number of “crossover” games with teams from the MYFCC Football League. More about that to come.
Due to the long layoff, many of you have stated interest in having practices begin a week earlier for those that can participate. The plan is for practices to start on the 26th of July from 6-8pm for those kids that are able to join. Official practices will begin the following Monday--August 2nd. More information regarding practices will be coming out in the next few weeks.
Fun summer workouts
But first: Sign-Up to PLAY and CHEER!
Registration for players and cheerleaders opened this week. And, if early interest is any indication, this could be a very good year for the Blue! As in past seasons, online registration will be conducted through TeamSnap. We’re publicizing this link through various outlets, but you can click here to go directly to registration. https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/266575
Please help us spread the word!
Fees and Fundraising
For many years the Washtenaw Blue has prided itself on being the best youth sports value in Ann Arbor. As part of sustaining this value and offering assistance to players and cheerleaders in need, our organization must fundraise outside of the registration fees we collect each season. Traditionally, the WJF has raised money via sponsorships and donations.
Coming out of COVID-shutdowns, we will need a lot of extra assistance in securing these vital sources of support. If you’re a local business owner/manager, or know a local business owner/manager, please let me know and we can have one of our board members contact them to discuss. It’s a great opportunity for Ann Arbor-area restaurants, financial services professionals, real estate agents, and other businesses to get in front of an engaged and committed group of local families with signage and announcements at all home games.
For us, football and cheer is about a lot more than scoreboards, championships, x’s and o’s, cheer routines, and workouts. The Washtenaw Blue represents a unique opportunity for local kids to learn valuable lessons of teamwork, sportsmanship, character, and the benefits of hard work--all while making life-long friendships. We teach football because it’s a phenomenal vehicle for imparting these character lessons to our kids. This will be my seventh year with the WJF and I have seen hundreds of kids (including my own) blossom under the guidance and direction of the men and women that volunteer to serve this amazing organization.
If you know of any local kids that you think can benefit, please pass along this letter to them with my contact information and I will gladly talk with each of them personally and/or connect them with other parents and coaches to find out more information.
Opportunities to serve
As we prepare for the return of Jr. Football, the Board of Directors has many initiatives underway that need your support. Please contact me to discuss if you are willing to lend a hand. We have openings for coaching, board membership, and many volunteer opportunities for both football and cheer.
On behalf of myself. the WJF Board of Directors and coaches, thank you for your continued support of the Junior Wolverines. We look forward to seeing you and your kids on the field very soon.
The Washtenaw Blue football and cheer teams offer once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for boys and girls between the ages of 8-14 to learn many of the same lessons of teamwork, perseverance and sportsmanship that the real Michigan Wolverines do. And, most importantly, they have FUN in a competitive environment!
We emphasize safety in all we do. In addition to investments in the latest and greatest gear, all of our coaches are trained in and teach USA Football’s Heads UP Football program to every participant.
What we teach
The team, the team, the team. Being a part of something greater than yourself can be a tough lesson for kids today. We teach this lesson more than any other.
Scoreboard wins and losses fade quickly. The lessons in sportsmanship that we reinforce daily stay for a lifetime.
We embrace competition. Not because we want to beat another team, but because we want to teach our kids to strive to become their best selves.
100%. We emphasize effort over results. Giving 100% to the game is a life lesson that our kids go on to apply not only on the field, but also in the classroom and in their daily lives.