April 23, 2014 at 1:55 AM
LIVINGSTON, NJ - Fresh off the victory of the fifth and sixth grade B Division, in the 2013 Super Bowl over the Nutley Junior Raiders, the Livingston Junior Lancer Football and Cheerleading Program is looking forward to an exciting 2014 season.
According to Livingston Jr. Lancers Football and Cheer President Peter Gaudioso, “The new season will see a new coaching staff at the seventh and eighth grade A Division, led by former Livingston High School standout Joseph Cullen, with veteran head coaches Thomas Forkan leading the B Division and Andrew Cassesse leading the third and fourth grade C Division. Elmer Ramos will lead the second grade D Division. In addition, Mike Duffy, another Livingston High School standout, will return in his 17th year as Director of Football Operations, and Coach Sue Linnen will return as the Director of Cheerleading.”
Junior Lancers to Offer Flag Football for Kindergarteners and First Graders
This fall, in addition to tackle football for grades two through eight, the Junior Lancers is also offering flag football for kindergarten and first grade children, which will be run by William Nisivoccia.
“This fun and instructional program practices and plays on the high school turf on Sundays, during September and October, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.—making it perfect for boys and girls who play soccer on Sunday and also want to try their hand at football,” said Gaudioso.
Football and Cheerleading Program
“Although kickoff is more than six months away, the Football and Cheerleading Program has been planning for the 2014 season since the boys and girls retired their cleats and pom-poms following their Super Bowl victory in November 2013,” said Gaudioso.
Cardiac Screening and Concussion Baseline Testing
The Program will continue its effort in leading the way in player safety. In conjunction with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, the Program will offer its third annual cardiac screening for all Program participants and concussion baseline testing for all Program participants ages ten and older.
The cardiac screening and concussion baseline testing will occur on May 22, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center, located at 200 South Orange Avenue.
NOTE: Members must call 1-888-724-7123 to register. The cost is $10 for the concussion baseline testing and $30 for the cardiac screening.
Coaches to Participate in USA Football’s “Heads Up” Program
In addition, all coaches will take coursework in USA Football’s “Heads Up” program, which the NFL sponsors and which emphasizes proper and safe tackling techniques. They also undergo background checks.
“The Program offers exceptional value for all of its participants,” said Gaudioso. “The Junior Lancers supply NOCSAE certified helmets, shoulder pads, knee/thigh pads, football uniforms, cheer uniforms, pony tail holders, and pom-poms. Football players need only buy their all-in one girdle, mouthpiece, and cleats. Cheerleaders need to buy their own bloomers and cheer shoes.”
He added, “In addition, collectively, the Program offers thousands of hours of practice and game time—more than any other youth activity.”
Program Inspires Personal Development
The Program strives to teach discipline, integrity, respect, responsibility, and self-confidence in all of its participants, and to reach these goals through hundreds of hours in pre-season and in-season practices, which are made possible by the all-volunteer coaching staff, as well as during games.
“Few youth activities offer the comradeship and personal development that football and cheerleading offer to their participants, and the Program is proud of the fact that many of its participants go on to have successful football and cheerleading careers at Livingston High School,” said Gaudioso.
Registration is now under way and will remain open until May 31. After that date, the cost of registration will increase.
Jr. Lancers Seeks Volunteers
Those interested in volunteering for the Junior Lancers, should inquire with Mike Duffy or Sue Linnen. Their contact information is on the Junior Lancer website.