It is the beginning of October when our fields will, once again, be adorned with pink socks and accessories worn by Arvada teams. This is our annual show of support for those who have courageously fought the battle of breast cancer. Many of us have been touched by this unforgiving illness impacting the lives of so many. I am proud that Arvada continues to support this cause and show support for all those who continue to fight the cancer within them.
This season has been marred by many challenges outside of football. A number of Americans have been impacted by three hurricanes that have nearly devastated many communities. Our thoughts, prayers and hearts go out to all of those impacted by the hurricanes in Houston, Florida, and Puerto Rico. In order to help those in need, Arvada football has donated over 200 t-shirts to the relief and we’ve created the hurricane bucket challenge, which is designed to help provide funding to those victims in need. Please continue to donate to the cause and pray for those impacted by these natural disasters.
And finally, on Monday we all woke up to the terrible tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas late Sunday night. The worst mass shooting in American history. Sadly 58 concert goers lost their lives while another 500 plus victims continue to fight to survive the injuries obtained during the rampage. The reality of this event is all too familiar to us in Colorado. Again, our heart, prayers and thoughts go out to all those impacted by this latest tragedy. We are also moved by the heroic acts of those who helped bring people to safety and may have given their own lives to save others.
All these events have a way of putting everything into perspective. We are very fortunate to have this great game to provide us a distraction – even for an hour or two – from these unfortunate events. We encourage all Arvada teams to enjoy the games they play this weekend and to spend some time thinking about all of those who have lost a loved one in the above events. It is important that we all remain connected to our community and we all are able to demonstrate love and support for one another. Be kind to each other.
APEX has begun the construction of new fields at Long Lake which will likely to continue through December. This construction will have two significant impacts this season.
The parking situation will have the largest impact as parking at Long Lake will be challenging this season. The north and west parking lots are closed and blocked off with a six foot fences. No football representative, coach, player or parent will be allowed inside the construction zone. This obviously will take up a great deal of our parking. The entire parking lot on the east side of the fields will be open as well as the smaller parking lot on the north end of the soccer fields (east of the east parking lot). APEX will also construct a make-shift overflow parking lot north of the soccer fields parking lot for the season. While we appreciate the additional spots, this will not be enough to make up for the spots we will lose. We are asking all teams and families to car pool or shuttle as much as possible in order to help alleviate the issues with the parking. The fewer spots we take up the better. Most importantly, we all need to practice patience and understanding.
The second significant issues will impact the 60 yard fields. In order to keep footballs out of the construction area all field goals and extra points will be kicked from the east end of the field. If your team is driving west and needs to utilize the field goal posts, the officials will temporarily flip the field so that you can run the field goal attempt. Officials will be briefed on this before every game this season.
Lastly, it is very important for the safety of everyone that we do not allow anyone to climb or move the fencing at the fields. The fence stretches the entire length of the west side of the park. Please ensure you and/or your family members are not climbing on the fences or trying to find gaps to enter the construction zone. We do not want anyone to get hurt.
Arvada Football is an all volunteer organization made of men and women who fill board, coaching and team parent positions. These volunteers are committed to teach Arvada's youth how to participate and compete in the game of football.
Arvada's on-line registration begins on May 1st for all Arvada athletes in grades 1st - 8th. Registration fees for the 2017 season are $225. New and returning players can register for the 2017 season by clicking the registration tab after May 1st. Arvada Football is proud to offer scholarship opportunities. See the scholarship page for more information.
Since 2012 Arvada Football has been Colorado's leader in USA Football's certification program. Our relationship with USA Football has created a Better, Safer Game for Arvada's youth football players. All Arvada coaches are USA Football certified.
Arvada Football will post updated events and league announcements on the Arvada Football News tab. Please check back frequently for Arvada Football announcements and activities.
If you have any questions about Arvada's youth football organization feel free to visit the board's contacts page.
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