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Words From the President

Equipment and Safety:

Over the years, I have received many questions about our equipment. As you can imagine, youth football equipment is subject to harsh treatment and needs constant monitoring in order to maintain the comfort and safety levels expected. Our equipment rotation policy is as follows:

Helmets recertified every 2 years, replaced every 4 years

Shoulder pads replaced every 4 years

Pants replaced every 3 years. Please purchase a set of inexpensive practice pants to help us make the game pants last longer

Jerseys Yours to keep every year

Mouth guards Purchased by parents

As a parent that has youth in both the Ute Conference and the High School program, I can honestly state that the quality of our equipment far exceeds that provided by the schools in the area.

As far as safety training goes, each and every coach undergoes a background check at least every other year, and is required to attend a safety training course every year as a part of their certification. This training is provided by USA Football and focuses on proper technique to avoid causing or receiving injuries. Each of our coaches is trained on concussion protocol and a licensed medical professional is in attendance at all games.

We view player safety as the absolute highest priority. For this reason, the Ute Conference has now banned the participation of non-certified volunteers at practices and games. Please help us comply with this policy and let us know if you have any concerns whatsoever regarding player safety.

Fundraisers:

Our major fundraiser this year will be the Brave Lunch and Silent Auction on August 12. Please participate by attending, donating items for auction (contact a board member or work with your team mom) and bidding.

In addition to our major fundraiser, please remember that the Ute Conference is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. As such, we can accept tax deductible donations from individuals or businesses. We are allowed to accept pass-through donations from such organizations as the United Way of Salt Lake County, and qualify for all employer volunteer grant programs (whereby an employer matches the time of dollar donations of its employees).

Financial Assistance:

The Ute Conference financial assistance program has changed this year. We are no longer able to accept post-dated checks. Instead, the conference has contracted with Zions Bank to administer a plan in which your checking or credit/debit card is charged for partial registration payments over up to four payments. Please contact me directly if you need to use this program.

Age Groups and Weights:

Age groups and weights are posted on the Ute Conference website at www.utefootball.org under the Questions (FAQs) tab.

Coaching Positions:

Head coaches for each age group have been selected after going through a rigorous interview process with skilled board members who have a deep background in coaching. Please contact the head coach of your age group or a board member for opportunities to be a JV coach or assistant coach.

Board Positions:

We continue to seek out potential board members that have the energy, time and resources to contribute to our board. The Ute Conference is one of the largest little league football organizations in the United States and is regularly recognized for its efforts. We continue to work towards making the Bountiful District the premier district in the Conference. If you have great ideas and are willing to roll up your sleeves to help implement them, please contact a board member

Parents please feel free to contact me any time with questions or concerns you may have. I check my email throughout the day or you can call me anytime 801-808-1432

Thanks,

Max Freestone

utebraves@gmail.com

www.bountifulfootball.com