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Merrimack Cardinals Orginization
Who We Are
The Cardinals program strives to provide an opportunity to cheer and play football in an organized, safe environment, with an emphasis on fun and participation for all team members. The program encourages academic excellence and endeavors to develop self-discipline, personal fitness, teamwork, concentration, leadership, and good sportsmanship. Each year, many Cardinals receive program-wide and league-wide recognition of academic achievement.
The Cardinals' proud tradition dates back to 1973. Both the cheerleading and football teams have won many honors and championships at the state, regional, and national levels. In 2006, cheerleading teams were awarded 2nd and 3rd place at the state competition and went on to the New England Regional Competition at the Verizon Center in Manchester. The Pee Wee football team was the NH Division 1 Champion and made it to the finals of the New England playoffs. In only its second season, the Junior High Cardinals Varsity football team advanced to the NJHFL Championship game and the JV team took 1st place in the Granite State Football League Tournament.

Cardinals spirit teams placed in the 2004 & 2005 state and regional competitions, with one team advancing all the way to the Nationals. All football teams made the playoffs in 2005 and in 2004 the Cardinals had another state championship.

Who We Compete With
The Cardinals Football & Spirit Program are part of the The New Hampshire Youth Football & Spirit Conference (NHYFSC)
Season and Practices
Practice begins August 1st. In August, teams practice 4 or 5 times per week for a total of 10 hours plus break time. The regular season consists of up to 8 games, one per week. Games are normally on Sundays. Once games begin, practice is reduced to 3 per week for a total of 6 hours plus break time. Football teams have the possibility of competing in state, regional, and national playoffs.

Spirit teams cheer at all football games and compete in the state cheering competition. They also have the possibility of competing in regional and national competitions.

Registrations are conducted on a first-come, first-served basis in the April/May time frame. Dates are advertised in the local newspapers. League rules and policies are subject to change at any time. After registration, the Cardinals will place teams according to the best options for its members. Changes will be announced via the website as they occur.
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