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What is the reason for creating a football program? 

The Friendship Patriots youth football program has decided to pursue a football program that provides a more competitive & higher quality training environment.  We believe there are players and parents that desire a competitive atmosphere that the East Wake Football League (EWFL) has provided in years past.  This higher level of competition encourages more advanced growth in player development, including skills, IQ, and camaraderie.  

Is The Friendship Patriots youth football program associated with any other sports program?

No, FPYF is an independent 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids through the game of football.   

Is The Friendship Patriots youth football program intended to compete with other football programs in the area?

No. The  FPYF program s simply a choice alternative to other programs in the area by being the only organization in the Apex & Cary areas participating in the East Wake Football League. The FPYF’s intention is to provide a quality, competitive and fun football program that focuses on progressive, player development.  

Why should I choose The Friendship Patriots youth football program?

The FPYF program will take a more rigorous approach to making sure players are getting the highest quality football instruction and skills advancement possible.  Providing a high level of football skills instruction starts with high quality coaches.  Coaches with the FPYF program will be required to meet a rigorous screening process, ensuring that they have met minimum requirements with respect to training through USA Football ™ and commensurate football IQ, experience and personal character.  ( We believe that success breads success.  The Friendship Patriots youth football program is committed to competing and preparing players to succeed at the next level—middle/high school football and beyond.  

Why are The Friendship Patriots football program teams limited to twenty five players?

We believe in quality over quantity.  To avoid “babysitting” and to  achieve the level of player development that we desire it is crucial that our teams are not “over loaded” with players so that coaches can have adequate time to spend on a reasonable ratio of players as well as being able to ensure good playing time for all players.  Playing time will still be earned, but we desire that all players have a great experience and get a good chance to gain game time experience.   

What is different about the East Wake Football League?

The EWFL carries a unique experience in youth football to play in a “big game” atmosphere.  Our games begin in the afternoons on Saturday and play into the evening “under the lights” at many of the High Schools in the area.  Our home games (4 per season) are played at Apex Friendship High School.  It provides each player an experience of “breaking the banner” and running on the field flanked by theme music with the game announcer in the background.  The EWFL is a collection (20, in fact) of many towns and communities that surround the greater Raleigh area.  This aspect brings football back to its roots where smaller communities were forced under limited population to form teams and play each other.  A spirit of camaraderie and connection with one’s community is fostered.  Teamwork, friendship and a family atmosphere among the players is the greatest achievement of this partnership with EWFL.  

Why has The Friendship Patriots youth football program decided to participate in the EWFL?

The FPYF program researched multiple competitive leagues before deciding to join the EWFL.  The decision to affiliate with the EWFL was primarily based on the level of competition that the EWFL provides, which was deemed to be the highest in the area.  There was also some consideration of the level of familiarity with EWFL, the travel requirements for away games, and the sensible age groups/weight limits that the EWFL uses for the 3 teams.  

What are the age groups and weight limits for The Friendship Patriots youth football teams?

The FPYS program will field 3 teams/age groups for the 2016 season, in accordance with the EWFL rules.  Please see our registration page for details regarding the age groups & EWFL team divisions.  

What can a family expect the time commitment to be to play football with The Friendship Patriots youth football program?

Football with The FPYF program will begin around August 1st and end by Thanksgiving, depending on how far teams go in the playoffs.  We will run a pre-season style “training camp” during the first full week of practice at Lufkin Middle School.  After training camp, the program will require 2-hour practices on 2-3 nights per week, plus a game on Saturdays during the season.  

What are the travel requirements for The Friendship Patriots youth football teams?

Travel for away games is dictated by the game schedule, which is established by the EWFL (see the EWFL website for official schedule).  In general, travel to away games is less than 40 miles one-way.  During the regular season, 4 games will be away and 4 games will be played at home.   

What are the individual playing time expectations?

Coaches shall make every attempt to play each eligible player a minimum of four (4) plays during a game. A play is considered offense, defense or special teams. A penalty on the play WILL NOT constitute a play towards the four (4) play rule. For the mini division, the 5th quarter team is also eligible to comply with this rule. Note that factors such as practice attendance, player AND parent behavior/sportsmanship, and others may have an impact on a player's eligibility for compliance with this rule.  

When and where are home games played for The Friendship Patriots youth football program?

Home games will be played in the Friendship community of Apex on Saturdays.  Mini Mite games will start at 4:30pm with Mighty Mite and PeeWee games starting immediately after the age group before them finishes.  For away games, confirm game times with the EWFL Schedule.  

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