Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the Little Indians Football and Cheer registration fees?
A. Football Registration fees are $175 for a football player 6U - 11U; $200 for Middle School and $100 for a cheerleader. A discount is allowed when registering 2 or more children.

Q. What is the refund policy?
A. You can request a refund up until the the second week of contact practice. If requested we will refund 50% of registration.

Q. Do I need to bring a birth certificate to registration?
A. Yes, if you are a new player to our organization, please bring a copy of the birth certificate to  Equipment Issue; we do not need the original.  Cheerleaders do not need a birth certificate.
A. No, if you are a returning player and you have your previous seasons player card we do not need to supply a new copy.  BRING YOUR PLAYER CARD TO REGISTRATION and/or EQUIPMENT ISSUE.

Q. What is the age cutoff date?
A. Your child must be at least 5 years old on September 1st and cannot turn 15 years old during the season.

Q. Do I have to live in the Mascoutah area in order for my child to play with the Little Indians?
A. No, it is the parent’s decision as to where their child plays.

Q. Do you need coaches?
A. Yes, we are in need of football and cheerleading coaches for our program. Please contact Director of Coaches at coaches@littleindians.org for football coaches or our Director of Cheer at cheer@littleindians.org for cheerleading if you are interested.

Q. When will my football player or cheerleader receive their equipment and uniforms?
A. Football and Cheer equipment will be issued once your child has been registered and Volunteer Fees paid  at 124 East Main Street, Mascoutah, IL. Please check our website for exact times and details.

Q. What days of the week are games and practices held?
A. Your assigned coach will determine practice days for before the school year starts and will notify you of those dates during initial contact. All games will be played on Saturdays or Sundays with a start time no later than 4 pm. After school begins, practices will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 8 pm. We also encourage parents to stay and observe practices. When the weather turns bad, practice may end early.  If this occurs, the player needs to be picked up immediately. Our coaches are there to coach football, not babysit for a set time each day. Also, in case of emergencies, it is always good to have a parent present. If you do not plan on staying for practice make sure you pick your child up on time. You must park your car and come to the field to get your child. Coaches will not release players unless a parent is present at pick up. Any special drop off or pick up arrangements need to be worked out with your child's head coach in advance.

Q. When and where is the first day of practice?
A. Tuesday, August 1st, 2017, from 6 - 8 pm at Scheve Park will be the first official practice of the season. Your head coach will direct you to the exact location.

Q. What do I need for the first day and/or week of practice?
A. The first week of practice will be a non-contact conditioning period. All players are required to bring a water bottle/jug and helmet, if issued, and wear shorts and a t-shirt. Your assigned coach will provide additional details during your parents meeting. Individual coaches must clear any player that has asthma or any other medical condition before participating in practice.

Q. Where will practices be held?
A. All practices will be place at Scheve Park in Mascoutah. Your head coach will direct you to the exact location.

Q. Once practice starts, will the times and locations change?
A. There is a possibility that a practice time and/or location could change, though it is not expected. If something happens that requires a change in time and/or location, the coaching staff and the organization will make every effort to ensure everyone is notified in a timely manner.

Q. What are weigh-ins?
A. Every participant in Tri-County must participate in the league sanctioned official weigh-in event prior to the start of season and then before every game. THIS IS A LEAGUE REQUIREMENT. IF YOUR CHILD DOES NOT ATTEND THE WEIGH-IN PRIOR TO THE GAME, HE OR SHE WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO PLAY. NO EXCEPTIONS! This is why it is so important to arrive at games at the time your head coach specifies.

Q. Where will the games be played?
A. All home games will be played at The Field of Dreams located at 973 N 6th Street, Mascoutah, IL. Parking is available at Trinity Social Services.

Q. When do the season games begin and end?
A. The game season begins the weekend after Labor Day and ends the second weekend of November, depending on playoff scenarios.

Q. Are there Away Games?
A. Yes, we play half of our games at home and half away. Each family is responsible for transportation to and from away games. Maps and directions to away venues are available on our website and will also be relayed to you via your coaching staff. Some teams/squads choose to caravan to games together; it depends on the location and time of your scheduled game. Please note: Most coaches require that players arrive earlier than the scheduled game time. This info will also be relayed to you via coaching staff.

Q. Does my child have to try out to make a team?
A. No, every child who signs up for our program and meets the age requirements will be placed on a team as long as there are spaces available with regard to the Player Assignment Policy.

Q. How will my child be assigned to a football team?
A. All new football players or players not assigned to a previous coach will be assigned via a draft process if we have more than one team in a division.

Q. Who will be my child’s coach?
A. We will make every effort to notify parents of appointed coaches no later than July 30th.

Q. If I sign my child up to play in this program, will he get a chance to play?
A. Yes! The Tri-County requires that every child play a minimum of 8 plays per game.

Q. What league do the Little Indians participate in?
A. Tri-County Jr. Football Conference.

Q. What teams will the Mascoutah Little Indians play?
A. Visit www.tricountyfootball.org for a listing of other member organizations.

Q. What type of equipment will I be responsible for buying?
A. Football players: You will be responsible for purchasing shoes, socks, a purple belt, mouth pieces, and any other accessories and protective equipment you deem necessary for football. We will provide a football helmet, shoulder pads, uniforms and protective pads for use during the season.  NEW THIS SEASON:  Breast Cancer Awareness Jerseys.  These are not mandatory and cost up to $45.00 with shipping.  If you saw 8U last season you may have seen their pink and grey personalized jerseys, all Tri-County teams are moving to purchase these specialized jerseys (designed specific for their organization) to support October Breast Cancer month.  The organization will use the 8U jersey design for all divisions this year if the TEAM agrees to purchase them.
A.  Cheerleaders:  Will be provided with a Shell, Skirt, and Warm-Up. You will be required to purchase white socks, spankies, and any other items you deem necessary for cheerleading. All issued equipment must be returned no later than 30 days after the last game of the season.

Q. Do you make every effort to keep siblings together?
A. Yes, we will make every effort to keep all siblings together whether football and/or cheer. In some cases football players will have to separate, due to age differences and they will be placed in different divisions. Cheerleaders can be assigned to any age group.

Q. I am unable to Coach, but want to be involved with the organization. Is there something I can do to help?
A. Yes! Every football team and squad is assigned a "Team Parent”. This person is responsible for assisting coaching staff with various tasks throughout the season: relaying pertinent practice/game info to parents, recruiting parent volunteers from the team, setting up drink/snack schedules for games, assisting with fundraising, relaying organizational information to the teams, etc. We are also always in need of game announcers, team photographers, game field set-up, and help with end of season awards. If you are interested in any of these, please contact us at  volunteer@littleindians.org .

Q. What forms of payment are accepted?
A. We accept Cash, Check, Visa, and MasterCard. We do add a 3.5% convenience fee to all payment methods except cash &/or check when making non-registration purchases.

Q. Are there any returned check fees?
A. Yes, we charge a $25 fee for any NSF checks or checks written on closed accounts.