March 2010 Updates

Spring is here and it’s time to think about…football? Yes! Between baseball games, yard work and spring skiing don’t forget to sign up for Optimist Football.. NOF Registration is April 3, 10 and 24 at South Middle School in Nampa. All the details are on the website. If you have any additional questions just send them to and we’ll answer as quick as possible.

NOF Nampa Outback Steakhouse “Beyond Football” Fundraiser is Thursday March 25th. Thanks to the incredible generosity of Greg and the gang at the Nampa Outback Steakhouse ALL proceeds from this event help put disadvantaged kids on the football field. Just $10 per person gets you a great lunch of that famous Outback sirloin, chicken, mashed potatoes, roll, salad and soft drink. Not to mention a great time with your friends from Nampa Optimist. Please come out and support our kids!

Dates have been set for first practice, Jamboree and games. Due to some conflicting dates with Boise State and Labor Day weekend there are some differences from past years. First practice is Monday, August 9th. Jamboree is scheduled for Saturday, August 21st. First games of the season will be on August 28th. There will be NO GAMES on Labor Day weekend with the season resuming on September 11th.

Parents please remember to attend Parent Orientation Tuesday, July 27 (for flag & freshman parents) or Wednesday, July 28 (for soph, junior & senior parents). These meetings are extremely important for you to get the information you need to ensure your child has the best possible experience in Nampa Optimist Football. It will absolutely be worth your time.

Nampa Optimist Players Camp is Saturday July 17. We have a very special guest coach this year, Thurmond Moore of the Tackling Academy has agreed to come in and teach proper tackling technique to our kids. Coach Moore has an extensive professional and collegiate coaching career and has developed a tackling clinic specifically geared to youth players. His camp will teach your young player the safest and most up to date techniques to be a great defensive player.

Coach Moore will be working with our coaches before the players camp so they can learn the drills and the techniques to work with our kids during the camp and all season long. We are extremely excited to offer this opportunity for our coaches and players. Coach Moore comes to us on the strong recommendation of Coach Tuivai Viliami of the Boise State Broncos. For more information on Coach Moore and his clinic, please visit

Of course, high school coaches from Vallivue, Middleton, Columbia, Nampa and Skyview will again lend their expertise at different stations throughout the camp. This is a great opportunity for your young player to meet his future high school coach and learn valuable skills from the very best coaches in our area.

We have decided to again hold registration fees at $75 for tackle and $45 for flag. NOF is committed to providing the very best youth football experience at the most reasonable price. To help us maintain the high quality that you expect and keep prices low we continue to seek sponsors for the 2010 season. If you or someone you know is interested in supporting Nampa Optimist Football and the youth in our community please send us an email. We have a number of sponsorship options available to fit all budgets. Of course we are a 501c3 non profit organization and sponsor contributions are tax deductible.

NOF CHEERLEADING IS BACK! After a brief one season break we are pleased to announce the return of Cheer Director Amelia Jensen and the NOF Cheerleading program. All girls ages 7 to 12 are encouraged to participate. Cheerleaders will learn cheers, chants, dance routines and sideline etiquette. Registration is the same as football and the cost is $75. Cheerleading is a traditional and fun aspect of the football experience. Game days are so much better with the cheerleaders!

We’ll see you at registration!

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