The Panthers' Tyke teams are where a player will get their first taste of real football competition. Tyke is for U10 players, or players who will turn 8 or 9 years old this calendar year. Tyke football is played 6v6, instead of the usual 12v12 of the Canadian game. The field is smaller, and there are many special rules that come into play.
With a maximum team size of 18 players, the Panthers run two Tyke teams. The players are evaluated and placed on teams through a "sort-out" process, that aims to balance the teams as closely as possible.
The Tyke program will hold their evaluations in June and begin regular season practices in July. Generally, the teams will practice three times per week and play a weekend game until the end of the season. Depending on the on-field success, the season could run until the first week of November.
The season fee includes the loan of equipment (helmet, shoulder pads, knee pads, game and practice pants, practice jersey, mouthguard), a t-shirt and game jersey to keep, all team sessions including the end of season banquet. Additional fees include the Football Canada National Registration Fee ($54), game socks ($TBD) and any individual fundraising the team chooses to undertake (parents have a say here). Optional costs include protective girdle (if player doesn't already own one), photography and replacement mouthguards. There is a $50 non-refundable component of the season fee that goes toward equipment purchases and field rental for the try-out period.
For more information about the Tyke program, please contact Eric Parent.