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Bantam & Feather Weight 2019

Hello and welcome to a new season of Trojan football. My Name is Michael Abrams and I will be the General Manager of the Trojans Bantam and Feather Weight level for the 2019 season. For most players and parents, the Bantam and Feather Weight levels are the first exposure to both the Cary Jr Trojans (CJT) program and tackle football. My main goal this year is to teach basic football fundamentals while keeping practice fun and enjoyable for the players. We will not stress winning but the coaches and I want the players to work hard and try to the best of their abilities. I have three sons that have been and continue to be, a part of the Trojan football program. I really enjoy knowing all the players and seeing them work to their potential each season. I have watched the players I worked with starting at the Bantam level, now at the high school, turn into young men because of the hard work and dedication they learned from this sport. They dedicated themselves to a worthy cause and they truly bleed blue and white at CG. Being able to coach all these players has been a privilege. I am looking forward to getting to know all the new players coming into the program and look forward to another great year of Trojan football!

The purpose of this letter is to inform you of some important dates to keep in mind and key information that should help answer frequently asked questions. Which will help your player prepare for this season.

League Structure and CJT Background

Cary Jr Trojans is a founding member of The Chicagoland Youth Football League (TCYFL).  TCYFL is comprised of over 40 communities, based throughout Chicagoland.  Each community fields teams at one of 6 levels grouped by age and bounded by weight:  Bantam, Feather, Middle, Lightweight, Junior Varsity (JV) and Varsity.

For Bantam, players are typically 7 and 8 year old's (Sept 1 cutoff date) weighing less than 95 pounds (8 years old) and 100 pounds (7 years old).  There may also be some 9 year old's weighing less than 65 pounds.

For Feather, players are typically 9 and 10 year old's (Sept 1 cutoff date) weighing less than 105 pounds (10 years old) and 110 pounds (9 years old).  There may also be some 11 year old's weighing less than 75 pounds.

Most of Cary’s games will be against teams from our surrounding suburbs.  Examples of our opponents include: Crystal Lake, Prairie Ridge, Lake-in-the-Hills, Huntley, McHenry, Barrington, Lake Villa, Antioch, Buffalo Grove, Grayslake.  Geographically, the furthest opponents are Plainfield, Western Kenosha County, and Zion.


Combine Schedule/ Important Dates

First day of football Is July 29th at Lions park North of baseball fields, if you are interested in coaching or helping out at the combine please join the coaches meeting at 5pm on the field the first day of football. We will need a lot of help!

Lions Park is located at 1200 Silver Lake Road in Cary.

The season runs from late July through early November. The first two weeks are known as a combine, which is a conditioning period to acclimate the player to the weather and test their abilities for proper team placement.  After this 2-week period the player will break up into different teams.


  • July 12th - Equipment Pickup-Lions Park CJT Shed. 6:00pm to 8:30pm.
  • July 17th - Equipment Pickup-Lions Park CJT Shed. 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
  • July 27th - Equipment Pickup-Lions Park CJT Shed. 8:00am to 12pm.
  • July 29th - Jul 31st -5:30 to 7:30 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are Combine conditioning stage.  Helmet, mouthpiece, cleats, cup, shorts, t-shirt. No Shoulder pads or football pants
  • Aug 1st - Aug 2nd -5:30 to 7:30 Thursday and Friday Combine shells stage.  Helmet, Shoulder Pads, practice Jersey, mouthpiece, cleats, cup, shorts, t-shirt. No football pants
  • Aug 5th - Aug 8th - 5:30 to 7:30 Combine full gear stage.  Add pants/pads.  Player to player contact introduced.
  • Aug 9th - 5:30- 7:30 Teams are announced. Team practices begin.
  • Aug 12th - Aug16th - First week of practice. Most teams will practice 5 nights per week at the discretion of the head coach and will continue through November.


Equipment Pickup & Uniform Information

Equipment pick up dates:

  • Friday, July 12th 6:00pm to 8:30pm.
  • Wednesday, July 17th 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
  • Saturday, July 27th 10:00am to 12:00pm.

Location: Lions Park shed located at 1200 Silver Lake Road in Cary.


Team Colors usually comes out during equipment fitting and sets up a tent to sell pants with pads, practice jerseys, navy blue socks, mouth guards, and sometimes cleats. This has been a great convenience for the Trojans for many years. Cash or checks only

CJT staff will fit shoulder pads and helmets for each player.  Players will go home with their equipment that day.  In the event that a player cannot attend one of the equipment day sessions, the equipment shed will also be opened after the first few days of Combine.  Additional pickup days may be scheduled and will be announced.



  • CJT Game Jersey (provided as part of your registration fee).  This usually arrives around the date of our first pre-season game.  A practice jersey of any kind is needed during practice (do not wear your game jersey for practice).
  • Helmet-as provided by the Cary Jr. Trojans.
  • Shoulder pads-as provided by the Cary Jr. Trojans.
  •  T-shirt under shoulder pads and jersey over shoulder pads
  • Football pants with pads (the pants must be white WITHOUT snaps). These may be purchased at Team Colors in Cary (770 Industrial Drive unit D) or other sporting goods retailers.
  • Blue socks above the ankle for games.
  • Football cleats (no metal spikes).
  • Colored mouth guards are required.
  • Athletic supporter and protective cup.
  • Footballs are supplied by the Cary Jr. Trojans. However, it is always good to have an appropriate size football at home. Bantam footballs are a K-2 or Pee Wee size and Featherweight uses a TDJ or junior size.


Parent Responsibilities

As parents, we ask that you maintain the following responsibilities:

  • Please get your child to practice and games on time.  If you know your child will be late or won’t be able to make a practice or game, please let your coach know in advance, if possible.
  • During games please remain in the spectator area away from the sidelines. Only coaches with TCYFL badges are allowed on the sidelines. Violation of this rule will result in a team penalty.
  • Provide positive support to all players and opposing players during a game.  Should a parent be given a warning during a game from the referee, the head coach could be suspended for that game and the following game. PLEASE BE GOOD SPORTS!
  • Let your coach know if you have a problem. Same holds true if your child is not happy about something. Your coach needs to know if there is a problem right away.
  • Help out with team volunteer opportunities. We have a number of items that require parent help. The more parents that are involved the better the team and the program will be for the players.


Team Positions

Beyond head coach, each team has many important roles to fill.  Please consider taking an active part in your child’s football experience.

Team Mom: The glue that holds the team together!  Coordinates team rosters, uniforms, fundraising, and best of all, team parties!

Team Photographer: Be on the field with the team to capture great photos of their blocks, tackles, and touchdowns.

Team Doctor:  No, you do not have to be an RN or MD, but a dedicated person to help treat the bumps and scrapes received in practices and games is a huge help.

Team Videographer: With 11 players on the field from our team, it can be difficult for the coaching staff to follow each player on each play.  High quality game footage allows the coaches and parents to see how our players are doing, and more importantly, it allows coaches to create practice plans for both the team and players.  This improves both player safety and performance.

Field Marshal: This person acts as an ambassador to our visiting teams.  The Marshal helps coordinate and supervise game day activities for both teams, including weigh-in and roster collection.

Assistant Coach: TCYFL allows (6) badged coaches per team on the sidelines, and we have a series of training requirements for these coaches.  Please contact me immediately if you have an interest in being an assistant coach.

We realize that not everyone can make every practice and game.  There are plenty of other opportunities to help.  Get out on the field and grab a bag during practice, run the first down sticks during a game, or help out one of the other Team Positions. The more helping hands the better at this level.  CJT welcomes your support!

Again, this is the first of many communications you will be receiving for the 2019 season. There is going to be a Player Responsibilities:

We will consistently expect the players to maintain the following responsibilities:

·         Have fun and always give your best effort

·         Listen to the instruction and support provided by the coaches.

·         Always show respect for the coaches, parents, other players and opposing teams.

·         Attend practices and games on time.

·         Have water for each practice and game.

·         Cooperate with others and help other players as necessary.

·         Let a coach know if you feel ill or if there is a problem of some kind.


Please keep in mind some of the following tips:

  • Practice will be HOT, so bring lots of water, preferably in a half gallon insulated jug that is labeled. The coaches will be encouraging players to hydrate often. It is important to have your son drink plenty of fluids throughout the day to keep from getting dehydrated. “Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate”. We prefer good old H2O before and during practice, no Gatorade or sports drinks. If you start drinking water ½ hour before practice it’s too late. Especially during conditioning, you should hydrate all day.  A light snack, fruit or vegetable carbs are good.
  • With the heat and conditioning, expect your players to be tired, but most bounce back quickly. Football is a contact sport and they may also have a few assorted aches and bruises. This is normal but if any issues persist or seem critical, please do not hesitate to let a member of the coaching staff know. 
  • Please do not make any adjustments to your players helmet.  If there is a problem, please let your coach know.  They have the proper equipment to make the necessary adjustments. 
  • The mosquitoes are typically bad, so please spray your player before practice. Have plenty of mosquito spray available during practice if necessary. We have a bucket with spray in our box, any donations to the bucket would be appreciated.
  •  is a great reference for game times and locations with a map.
  •  I would recommend that everyone visit the Junior Trojans website for updates, news and the calendar.


There will be a parent meeting by the field the first day of Combine to answer any questions. I will also stay after practice to answer any other questions throughout the season.


Thank You,

Michael Abrams

(847) 529-2492

  Level GM

Michael Abrams

Level GM

Phone: 847-529-2492

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