Football

ELIGIBILITY:

The Chargers are an athletic organization for homeschoolers. Each athlete's education must be PARENT DIRECTED and at least 51% of the athlete's course work must be provided at home. Additionally, athletes must:

  • live with their parent/legal guardian
  • not have participated in any form of a high school graduation ceremony

Additional requirements apply to any athlete that plays in a game versus a Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) member team:

  • An athlete must have been homeschooling at least 365 CONSECUTIVE DAYS prior to any game against a MSHSAA member team.
  • Any athlete who takes more than two credit-bearing courses at a public or private school will not be eligible to play in any game versus a MSHSAA member team.

At least 50% of the Chargers football games are against MSHSAA member teams.

If you are new to homeschooling or transferring to the Chargers for any reason, you must meet with the Chargers Football Director before practicing with your respective team.

SPORTS PHYSICAL:

Each player is required to pass a Sports Physical prior to the first practice and file a copy with the Chargers. If the athlete has one on file with the Chargers, it cannot be older than January 1, of the current year.

AGE GROUPS (on June 30 of the current year):

Varsity – 18 years old or younger

Jr High – 14 years old or younger, and at least 12 years old on July 1, of the current year.

FEES:

$300 – Varsity

$200 – Jr High

$100 discount for each player beyond 2 from the same family.

Fees are due-in-full by the first practice.

Team fees can be raised through paid sponsorships. Sponsors receive ad space in the Chargers All Sports Annual.

PRACTICES (Late July - Mid November):

Varsity – MON, TUE, THUR, FRI – 5:00 p.m.-Dark except for game nights. Game film review on Monday nights once games start.

Jr High – MON, TUE, THUR, FRI – 5:30 p.m.-Dark except for game nights, including varsity game nights.

SCHEDULE:

Varsity plays 10-12 regular season games and 2 postseason games at the National Homeschool Football Association Tournament in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Jr High plays 8-9 regular season games.

See DIVISION SCHEDULES in the left sidebar for a complete practice and season schedule. The schedule will be posted in early July each year.

PLAYING TIME:

The Chargers do not guarantee equal playing time. Jr High and Varsity teams are competitive and playing-time is merited based on ability, attitude, game & practice performance. All playing time is awarded at the discretion of the coach(s).

UNIFORMS & EQUIPMENT:

Players will be issued practice and game uniforms, belt, game socks, helmet, chin strap, shoulder pads, knee pads, and a football girdle.

Mouth Piece/Guard is the responsibility of each player and CANNOT BE WHITE.

Cleats (must be white football cleats), equipment bag, undergarments, gloves, elbow pads, ankle braces, specialized gear, etc. are the responsibility of each player.

Families are required to reimburse the Chargers for replacing lost equipment and uniforms while it is in the player's care, and for uniforms ruined by improper laundering.

TRAVEL:

The Chargers play games as far away as Oklahoma City, Kansas City, and Memphis. A parent/legal guardian must accompany players while the team is traveling unless acceptable arrangements have been made in advance. It is the responsibility of each player to make proper travel arrangements. This includes the trip to Panama City, Florida, in November. The Chargers DO NOT provide a team bus.

NHFA TOURNAMENT:

The Chargers Varsity team participates in the National Homeschool Football Association Tournament in Panama City Beach, Florida, the Wed-Sat before Thanksgiving every November. Varsity players are expected to make every effort to participate in this tournament. Travel expenses are not included in the player's fees but can be raised via the Chargers sponsorship program. Family members are welcome and many Chargers families make the trip to Florida an annual tradition. The Chargers typically have 150+ players, cheerleaders, and family members, make the trip each season.

INSURANCE:

The Chargers carry general liability insurance. MEDICAL Insurance is NOT provided.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT:

The Chargers are a volunteer organization. Your help is needed. The Chargers are always in need of people who will: Coach, Assistant Coach, Run Game Clock, Keep Stats, Video Games, Coordinate Fundraisers, Coordinate Concessions & Gate at games, Operate the Down Marker and Chains at games, Coordinate year-end parties, and banquets, etc.

COMMUNICATION:

The Chargers communicate exclusively through TeamSnap, website, and social media.  Check your email regularly.  If you don’t, you will miss something.