USA Football
Guidelines, Policies, and Waivers

General Waiver

I, the parent/guardian of the above named candidate for a position on the Jr. Lancer football/cheer team hereby give my approval to his/her participation in any and all Jr. Lancer Football and Cheer activities during the current season. I recognize that football/cheer is an inherently dangerous sport that involves heavy physical exertion, violent contact, and/or aerial and ground stunts and flips. I assume all the risks and hazards that are part of and incidental to such participation, including transportation to and from the activities. I do hereby waive, release, absolve, indemnify and agree to hold harmless the Jr. Lancer Football of New Jersey, Inc., West Essex JR Football League, Heads Up Football, LLC (HUF LLC), USA Football Inc., the organizers, directors, sponsors, supervisors, participants, and persons transporting my child to and from activities (collectively "the Program"), for any claim arising out of or in any way related to an injury of any kind to my child, no matter the cause of the injury. I also agree to waive any cause of action against the Program or the Township of Livingston, or the Livingston Board of Education for any injury, harm, or damage in any way related to the conduct of any athlete, parent, coach, official or other attendee present at a sports event.

Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policy

The Livingston Jr Lancer Football and Cheer Program has a zero tolerance policy on any of the following:

Bullying and Harassment and/or Violence. Bullying is repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behavior that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons. It can have long-term effects on those involved.

Our Club aims to:

  • respond to bullying and harassment, which includes: Repeated intimidation over time, of a physical, verbal or psychological nature of a less powerful person by a more powerful person or group of persons'
  • Respond to any form of bullying and harassment in an informed and supportive manner. This policy contemplates bullying & harassment between players. Should a situation arise where a player is bullied or harassed by an adult this will be referred directly to the President.

Bullying can happen:

  • Face-to-face (e.g. pushing, tripping, name-calling, put downs, pay outs)
  • At a distance (e.g. spreading rumors, excluding someone)
  • Through information and communications technologies (e.g. use of SMS, email, chat rooms). Bullying can also include
    • Offensive language, slander, teasing and threats, negative comments about a player's skill and or development
    • Sexual harassment such as inappropriate sexual comments, unwelcome touching, staring & whistling, or making comments about another's sexuality.

Harassment occurs when someone is made to feel intimidated, insulted or humiliated because of their:

  • Identity, race, culture or ethnic origin, religion, physical characteristics gender, sexual orientation, marital, parenting or economic status age, ability or disability.
  • It can include behavior such as:
    • telling insulting jokes about particular racial groups
    • sending explicit or sexually suggestive emails or texts
    • displaying offensive material, memes via email, text or social media
  • Making derogatory comments or taunts about someone's race, religion or sexuality.
  • An ongoing pattern of behavior or a single act directed randomly or towards the same person(s)

Intentional or unintentional. Discrimination occurs when people are treated less favorably than others because of these characteristics.

Cyberbullying is a term used to describe bullying that is carried out through internet or mobile device technologies. Children who are cyberbullied are also likely to be bullied face-to-face. Examples of cyberbullying can include:

  • Repeated hang up calls
  • sending insulting or threatening text messages
  • Publishing someone's personal or embarrassing information online
  • Creating hate sites or starting social exclusion campaigns on social networking sites. Violence is the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against another person(s) that results in psychological harm, injury or in some cases death. It may involve provoked or unprovoked acts and can be a single incident, a random act or can occur over time.

Club will respond to those who bully or harass others:

  • The club will counsel the player to determine what is happening. The club will gather information from several sources, both adults and players if possible
  • As soon as the club becomes aware of a player bullying & harassing another player, the club will initiate the procedure for dealing with Bullying and Harassment as detailed below:
  • Repeated episodes could result in an internal suspension
  • Suspension could follow if behavior has not been modified
  • Review of registration conditions could occur if continued episodes occur. If there is no improvement then ultimately the player will be de-registered and asked to leave the club with no refund to registration fees.

Code of Conduct Waiver

The essential elements of character building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship.

I therefore agree:

  1. I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.
  2. I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league.
  3. I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy.
  4. I (and my guests) will demonstrate positive support for all players, coaches, board members, officials and spectators at every game.
  5. I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, board member, coach, player, or parent
  6. I (and my guest) will not engage in tactics such as booing or taunting.
  7. I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
  8. I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, board members, officials and spectators with respect.
  9. I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.
  10. I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participant for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  11. I will promote the emotional and physical well-being of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.
  12. I will respect the officials, board members, game administrators and their authority before, during and after games.
  13. I will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game - either during or after the game.
  14. I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team.

I also agree that if I fail to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines at practices, games, and at all Livingston Jr Lancer Football and Cheer Program of New Jersey Inc. events, I will be subject to disciplinary action that could include, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Verbal warning by Livingston Jr Lancer Football Executive Board.
  2. Parental game or season suspension.
  3. Lifetime ban from the Livingston Jr Lancer Football and Cheer Program of New Jersey Inc.

Copyright

I understand that the logo and the name (including the full name or any abbreviation thereof) of the Junior Lancers is the property of the Junior Lancers, and I will not use or otherwise reproduce the logo or name of the Junior Lancer without the express written consent of the Board of Directors. I understand that my child may be removed from the program if I violate this rule.

Media Release

I understand and agree that still or moving digital images of child may be taken during practices and/or games for use by the Program's coaches to improve the quality of the Program; these images may be uploaded to a secure website for the Program's coaches to use for instructional purposes with their teams. I further understand and agree that the Program may take still and moving digital images to broadcast games and halftime shows on television, and that the Program may make DVD or other types of recordings of the games and halftime shows for the purpose of selling them in one or more fundraising events. In addition, the Program may submit still photography of my child to public media sources (such as, but not limited to, the West Essex Tribune) or use still photography of my child in promotional events or items, such as the booster book. I hereby grant permission to the Program to take and use moving and still digital images of my child consistent with the purposes outlined herein, and I waive and release any and all claims or causes of action concerning, or proprietary or any other rights to, the images of my child that are taken and used herein.

Proof of Age

I will furnish a certified birth certificate of the above named candidate upon request of the Program or League Officials.

Refund Policy

I understand and agree that no refund of any kind will be issued.

Uniform & Equipment Return

I agree to return upon request the uniform and other equipment issued to my child in as good a condition as when received except for normal wear and tear, and I have read and understood the policy in respect of failing to return the equipment and uniform by the dates that the Program establishes.

Work Bond Policy

The Livingston Jr Lancer's is a volunteer organization which relies on the efforts of volunteers to operate efficiently and at the least cost to its members. In order to ensure that there are a sufficient number of volunteers to run the organization, the Board of Trustees has adopted a work bond policy as follows

1.) Every family with a child or children participating in the Livingston Jr Lancer Football and Cheer Program has a $100 work bond obligation per season per family. Work bond checks are collected at equipment pickup for Tackle Football or by the Head Coach for Cheer at the first practice. The check is then turned over to the Treasurer of the club. In order to fulfill a work bond obligation, a family has to work for 3 events for each season. Work bond assignments will be administered from our online assignment portal. You can choose your assignment or you may be assigned a work assignment if you fail to make a selection. Events may include the snack bar, game day prep, announcing, fundraising, chains, picture day, equipment pickup, and the annual banquet. If you fail to fulfill your work request, the Club Treasurer will be advised to deposit your check into the general Club account. All unused work bond checks will be returned to the families at the end of each season.

2.) Executive members of the board of trustees are exempt from the work bond requirement

Fulfilling Work Bond Obligations

3.) You must sign up at our online portal. Information will be provided after registration

4.) Each week during the fall season, the list of workers scheduled for assignments will need to report at the scheduled time as indicated by the schedule. Parents must sign-in at the designated event in order to receive credit for their work bond duty. If the family fails to appear for a work bond assignment, the work bond will be charged to the family as noted in paragraph 1. EACH PERSON IS REQUIRED TO CHECK THEMSELVES IN. YOU MAY NOT ASK ANOTHER PERSON TO CHECK YOU IN. IF YOU ARE CAUGHT NOT CHECKING IN WE WILL AUTOMATICALLY DEPOSIT YOUR CHECK

5.) Persons not asked to work may be asked to help out at other functions, i.e. picture day, etc

6.) Children under age 16 are not permitted to work for you in the snack bar.

7.) You can opt out of the work bond requirement by paying $100.00 fee for the season.

Acknowledgement

By signing this, I hereby acknowledge that I have read, understood, and discussed with my child the Program's Mission Statement, General Guidelines, Parent Expectations ("Mission Statement"), Policies and Waivers listed on www.jrlancers.org. I understand that if I or my child does not comply with the Program's Mission Statement and Waivers, my child can be removed from the Program without a refund. I agree to be responsible for any fines and penalties imposed on the Program due to my conduct or the conduct of my child.

I understand that if my child is a football player, he or she will not be eligible to play in games if he or she does not satisfy the weight restrictions set forth in the Program's Mission Statement