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Q. How do I donate to the Steelers? 
A. Donations are accepted via CashApp - $CapCitySteelers, PayPal to [email protected] or checks can be mailed to: CCSYSA, P.O. Box 61062, Raleigh, NC 27616. All donations are used to assist our cheer and football programs.


Q. How do I pay my registration fee
A.   Registration can be paid easily online. If you do not have a credit card, checks can be mailed to: CCSYSA, P.O. Box 61062, Raleigh, NC 27616.Checks that returned by our bank  are charged a NSF fee of $25.

Q. What league does the Capital City Steelers belong to?
A. The Capital City Steelers organization is a member of the Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. We play within The Consolidated Football Federation (CFF) which is the local NC triangle area Pop Warner Little Scholars League. We are members of the Mid-South Region. The CFF is made up of 15 individual Member Associations representing 5 local counties.

Q. What age do you have to be to sign up? 
A. Pop Warner is for kids aged 5-14. Age is determined as of July 31. The Steelers have teams at five (5) different divisions.

Q. Do you have to tryouts?
A. Pop Warner programs are not permitted to hold tryouts or cutting of rosters. Therefore, the Steelers do not hold tryouts and no experience is necessary at any level. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Q. How much does it cost to play?
A. Registration cost for Capital City is $200 per child. A $100 deposit non-refundable is required to secure a spot, as space is limited and on a first come first serve basis. Registration fees include all program costs and instruction. It includes the use of a cheer uniform and pom poms for cheerleaders and football game uniforms and equipment for football. To participate, you must pay remaining balance on or before August 1st (no exceptions). NO REFUNDS AFTER AUGUST 1st!

Q. Does the Capital City Steelers organization fundraise?
A. Yes! The Capital City Steelers will be holding various fund raising events throughout the year. We ask that the parents of each participating child participate in at least (2) fundraising events throughout the calendar year.

Q. What happens to the funds raised by a team or teams?
A. Because the Capital City Steelers are a non-profit organization, we do not allow fund raising for any one particular team or teams. We will conduct all fund raising events in the name of The Capital City Steelers organization. Any and all funds raised by a team or individual under the Capital City Steelers’ name/logo belongs to the organization (not any one person or team). All funds are accounted for by the Treasurer and placed in the organization’s bank account to be used to operate the organization (i.e. uniforms, equipment, field rental (4), light rental, field supplies and upkeep, insurance and referee cost for each game held at our home field). * NOTE - Any person or group attempting to raise funds under the Capital City Steelers’ name/logo without permission and not accounted for by the treasurer of the organization is punishable by law which includes fines and/or incarceration.

Q. Are there additional costs involved?
A. Yes. Cheerleaders must purchase shoes, briefs, shirt, and competition crop top; depending on what team they are on. They may be specified (manufacture, style and color) by the team/organization for uniformity. Football players must purchase cleats, mouth piece(s) and a sports cup (optional). We recommend molded rubber cleats, and a colored mouthpiece that can be attached to the helmet both of which can be purchased at most sporting goods stores.

Q. Are there other expected/unexpected expenses?
A. For teams advancing to post-season play, there will be additional travel expenses that families will ultimately be responsible for (hotel, meals, transportation and spending money). For teams advancing to the National Championships at Disney, a family can anticipate the cost to be about $800 per child participant.  The Steelers hold fundraising events throughout the year to offset our operating expenses and to keep our fees down. When we have teams advancing to regional and National competition, our fundraising becomes targeted to help offset the travel costs. We ask that all of our Steeler families participate enthusiastically in all our fundraising activities. Contact the Steelers Booster Club through the web site if you wish to help us with our year-round fundraising. ** Remember, money made by fundraising reduces family’s out of pocket spending for travel expenses for the Steelers.
 
Q. What happens if/when a team qualifies for post season play?
A. Once a league champion has been decided and a team has won the right to participate in The Regional Championships, all participant report cards are verified to ensure that all the players are academically eligible. An official birth certificate (with raised seal) for each participant must be provided and approved by Pop Warner. Those teams that win at the Regional Championships are invited to Disney’s Wide World of Sports™ to compete for a national championship in their respective division.


Q. Does registration cost cover travel for post season play (i.e. Disney)?
A.  The initial registration fee paid for participation DOES NOT cover post season play. Due to the fact that the Capital City Steelers is a non-profit organization that operates solely from funds gained thru registration, fund raising, donations and sponsorships, we do not offer nor guarantee any funds toward post season play. If funds have been raised or donated to the organization, the organization can choose to assist in funding post season play but it is at the discretion of the board of directors. If a team makes the post season and is invited to go to Disney, that team must come up with the funds to cover that trip. Teams will have to commit to the National Championship prior to the Regional Championship game or a substitute team will be chosen as a replacement.  Currently Pop Warner has a National Championship for D1 and D2 divisions.  * Note:  In addition to the National Championship, there are multiple other “Bowl Games” within a 1 to 3-hour drive of Raleigh, which teams may participate in for the post season. These bowl games are purely left to discretion of the coaching staff of the team as well as parental interest and support. Some of the Bowl games are free and some charge an entry fee ($100 to $300) on a per team basis. The cost (if any) is the responsibility of the team to cover as Capital City does not guarantee nor require any team to participate in post season play.
 
Q. What does my child need in order to participate?
A. Each child must provide the following information. *Note: (All information below in addition to the balance of the registration fee is required before your child is able to participate – no exceptions!!)
  • A (Current Year) Capital City Steelers Youth Sports Association Participant Registration Form.
  • A (Current Year) Pop Warner Participant Contract and Parental Consent Form. (signed/dated)
  • A (Current Year) Pop Warner Physical Fitness & Medical History Form (from a licensed Physician)
  • Original Birth Certificate (with raised seal-if available) (Hospital copies are unacceptable)
  • Copy of Last Year Report Card with final grades. (must have complete year)
  • Proof of residency (Phone bill, light bill, cable service) * If NOT a returning player
     
    Q. What if my child played for another local organization?
    A. If your child played for another CFF organization, an official written request for release would be sent from the Commissioner of the Capital City Steelers to the Commissioner of that particular organization requesting a release. Releases presented from parents are unacceptable. *Note: A release is not guaranteed and there must be a legitimate life changing event (s) for the move. Acceptable reason (i.e. divorce, death, job transfer, etc.) Proof is required!  In addition, a coach may leave that organization at the end of the current season. However, if that coach is a parent of a current player, the child is not automatically released with the parent.  A request for release form must still be completed for release; failure to do so could result in that child not being able to participate in the coming year. (The decision is at the discretion of the Commissioner)

    Q. What if my child wants to leave the Capital City Steelers to play with another organization?
    A. The same rules above would apply. (See above)
     
    Q. How do I sign-up/register/pay for the season?
    A. You need to register online, Returning player registration will generally be held on a Saturday (Dick’s Sporting Good – Triangle Town Center) in mid-February and Open Registrations will take place on a Saturday during the following months. Please plan to sign up early as our rosters will fill fast. If you’re unable to make a to an open registration, you may submit your registration and deposit by mail.  You may secure your participant(s) place with the non-refundable deposit of $100 (per participant). Balance is due by July 30th, of the season year. Checks for payment may not be accepted after July 15th of the season for any registration payments. Cash, cashier’s check, money order or credit cards will be accepted.

    Q. Is it safe for my child to play?
    A. Capital City Steelers operate under the rules and guidelines of Pop Warner Little Scholars. Pop Warner has a long history of providing a safe environment for all of our members. Kids compete with kids of similar age and size. Pop Warner is the ONLY youth football program (local, regional and national) that sets and enforces a strict Age & Weight Matrix that reduces the risk and reality of injuries. It is required per Pop Warner and the USA Football that all coaches take a mandatory certification class and/or renew their certification each year that instructs them on the safety and proper form and techniques for coaching. Each coach and volunteer is also required to pass a background check prior to any interaction with the youth participants. But we cannot guarantee that there will be no injuries. Parents assume injury risk by allowing their child to play football or cheer.
     
    Q. When does the season start?
    A. Typically practices begin on August 1 (Some exceptions if the 1st falls on a Sunday or if there is inclement weather). Our regular season games will generally begin the last Saturday in August or the first Saturday in September depending on how the calendar dates fall.
     
    Q. How long does the season last?
    A. Our regular season starts at the end of August and ends in late October. Post Season play could extend the season into November and/or early December. Each team within each age group will generally play an 8 game regular season schedule plus one end of season Bowl game. All games and locations are scheduled by the CFF (not the Capital City Steelers) and are subject to change. In the event of inclement weather, games will be postponed and rescheduled according to the CFF. All football players and cheerleaders on the Jr. Peewee, Peewee, Jr. Midget, and Midget teams (competition levels) are eligible for post-season play based on your season record and league standing*(Note – as a registered participant at either of these levels, you are signing and being asked to commit to participate thru late November or early December).  The CFF League and South Regional Play-offs will be held throughout the month of November. Regional Championships will always be held on Thanksgiving weekend with the traveling day/hotel check-in to be Thanksgiving Day. Travel is expected to be light, usually in the Raleigh or Charlotte area depending on the year; however, there is always the chance of further travel in any given year. The Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Championships and the Pop Warner Super Bowl will be held the first week of December at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, FL. All Steelers participants (parents and players) should anticipate and commit to practice and competition through the National Championships and Super Bowl. The Steelers have a strong tradition of teams advancing to the Regional Championships and, over the past decade, we have sent many cheer and football teams to the National Championships and Super Bowl.

     
    Q. When/where do you practice?
    A. For the first 2 weeks, all teams will generally practice Monday through Friday from 6 to 8 PM. Football teams will practice at (locations TBA). Cheer Squads will practice at (locations TBA). After the first 2 weeks, practices will generally be held as follows: Cheer and Football – Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 6:00-8:00 PM. Occasionally, practice days may change due to hosting school activities or inclement weather. Any changes will be communicated on a per team basis thru emails and/or text messages as it may not apply to all teams.  Attendance at practice is required and only a limited number of excused absences will be granted. If a player misses 2 practices within a given week, he/she will not be able to participate in the game that week. The head coach can choose to either not allow the player to dress for the game or he may allow him to dress but have the player turn his jersey inside out to indicate that he is ineligible to play.
     
    Q. When do cheerleaders compete?
    A. The CFF Cheer Competition generally will be held on a Sunday, usually mid-October for all squads but Tiny Mite and Mitey-Mite. The top teams will advance to the Regional Championships is usually Thanksgiving weekend and Team check-in may be required on Thanksgiving Day! Winning teams will advance to the National Championships in Walt Disney World, Florida to compete in early December. Tiny Mite and Mitey-Mite cheer will perform in an Exhibition highlighting newly learned skills and spirit in September/October.
     
    Q. Where/When are games played?
    A. Steelers home games will be played at Martin Middle School. Away games will be held at other Consolidated Football Federation (CFF) fields in Apex, Cary, Cleveland, Durham, Garner, Raleigh, Sanford, and Wake Forest. We will provide maps and/or directions to all of our game fields at the beginning of the season. Games are played on Saturdays at various times depending on field availability. Game schedules will be available near the end of August (tentative). Some games may be postponed or canceled due to weather or loss of field. Make-up games may be played on Tuesday or Wednesday nights if they cannot be played on an open Saturday. There is an average gate charge of $4/adults and $2 for school-aged youth (subject to increase). Kids under 5 are free. Gate prices are subject to an increase during post season games (league wide).
     
    Q. How can I support the Steelers now?
    A. Become a sponsor. This is for parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, businesses, anyone! For more details visit www.capitalcitysteelers.com. Also, support Steeler fundraisers throughout the year. By supporting the Steelers generously now, we can minimize post-season travel costs. The Capital City Steelers will provide the donating sponsor(s) with all necessary non-profit information (Tax ID, sponsorship letter) upon request.  

    Q. If I sign up, when will I hear from someone?
    A. Coaches will begin contacting former players around mid-January and informing them of early registration in February. Announcements on the website and social media will begin in the early spring and coaches will begin contacting new participants by phone in mid-June. You can also stay informed by checking the Steeler web site. (www.capitalcitysteelers.com). If your contact number(s), email or address  changes, please notify our secretary via e-mail at info.
     
    Q. What can I do with my child in the meantime to prepare for the upcoming season?
    A. Go to the official Pop Warner website www.popwarner.com and familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of Pop Warner Little Scholarship Inc. league. Look up your child’s age and weight to understand what age group he will be participating in. Participation is governed according to weight and age of a child as of July 31 of the year participating. A child may have to move up in an age group if his body weight is above the Certification Weight of his age group. He may also have to move up, if, his birthday falls prior to July 31 and it puts him in the next age group. A child who does not make the given weight in his weight class will not be allowed to participate until he has met the designated weight. (See chart)
     
    Q. News and Schedules?
    A. Please visit the home page of this site for the latest dates and information.
     
    Q. How do the Steelers communicate with their players and families if I have other questions?
    A. If you have questions, please feel free to email us. The Steelers organization attempts to take advantage of all of communication outlets (i.e. telephone, text messaging, emails, flyers, signs and social media – (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, GroupMe, etc.).  *Note: It is essential that each parent and/or guardian of all participants provide the organization with a current phone number, home address and a valid email address in order to receive timely information. 
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