Junior Crusaders Football

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Congratulations to the 7th Grade Jr. Crusaders Football Team on their UNDEFEATED SEASON!! Record was 7-0 at the end of the season. Nice job, Crusaders!



Check out the highlight video of the 2nd Annual Guardian Bowl of the 8th grade Jr. Crusaders Football Team vs the Marquette High Jr. Hilltoppers on Saturday, October 19, 2019.

The Jr. Crusaders won the game!

The Junior Crusader program prepares our football players to compete within a Christian environment. Special emphasis is placed on having a “team” attitude, respect, and good sportsmanship. Junior Crusader Football is a developmental program dedicated to fostering a knowledge and appreciation of the game that will carry over to the high school years and beyond.
Come be a part of the revolution of youth football, sign up today!!

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  • About Us


    Prayer Before Game Time
    Junior Crusader Football is a non-profit organization formed in 2002 for the purpose of offering a full contact youth football program that stresses the importance of good sportsmanship, respect, strong character, fairness, and self control. Players will be taught the game of football through the same system as those taught by Catholic Memorial High School. Junior Crusaders develops players in a positive environment that aims to provide the player and family with a positive social and football experience.


    The Junior Crusader program prepares our football players to compete within a Christian environment. Special emphasis is placed on having a “team” attitude, respect, and good sportsmanship. Junior Crusader Football is a developmental program dedicated to fostering a knowledge and appreciation of the game that will carry over to the high school years and beyond. Participants will learn the fundamentals of the sport from a cadre of coaches who bring a wealth of playing and coaching experience from the high school, college, and professional levels. Teams will be taught the offensive and defensive schemes so successfully employed by Catholic Memorial the past 25 years.

    While we expect the Junior Crusader Football program to be competitive, the emphasis will be placed on instruction, participation, and development. At this level while winning is important, we believe learning the game and player development is more important.
  • What to Expect

    We are proud to have teams with a maximum of 30 players, 16-20 players is ideal for 5th and 6th grade.  The smaller team sizes ensure that your child will participate in every game and will learn offense and defense.  Smaller team sizes allow Jr. Crusaders to have a higher coach to player ratio so your child can have more one-on-one direction.  
    Jr. Crusaders coaching staffs main objective is to develop players individually and as a team. The coaches use the USA Football Heads Up program to teach players how to tackle and block properly. The coaches are educated on concussions, hydration, and proper equipment fitting to ensure a safe football experience. For more information on the program access the following link or on our Home page. http://usafootball.com
    The Junior Crusaders program is not just a football program but is also a family.   There are plenty of opportunities for the team to get together outside of practice and games.  One opportunity is Jr. Crusader Day, when the teams play on Catholic Memorial's turf football field followed by a family cook out.  The Jr. Crusaders and their families love to get together and on Friday nights to watch CMH play at Carroll College.  Another opportunity is our year end banquet for the players and their families to celebrate a great season of Junior Crusader football. 
    The Junior Crusaders are members of:
    • ​Classic Youth Football League (CYFL).
    • USA Football Heads Up program created to ensure safe tackling and blocking techniques are being taught.
    If your player does not have the proper equipment, they will not play. Please understand that your players' safety is our top priority! We will also have coaches in charge of making sure that ALL coaches and players are following the correct safety protocol.
  • Equipment

    Equipment Pickup - July 22 and 26, 2020 in CMH Julia Weber Gym
    • 8th GRADE July 22, 2020, 5:30-8:30pm
    • 4th-7th GRADE July 26, 2020, 12:30-5pm

    You will need to bring the following:
    • Your player - No equipment will be handed out unless fitted
    • Parent or legal guardian to execute paperwork
    • Payment in full - You may come and get fitted for your equipment but it will not be issued to the player until we are paid in full.
    • A signed Physical Form must be on file with us (good for 2 years) before your player is allowed to practice.
    Equipment Provided by Junior Crusaders:
    • Helmet and mouth guard - Some players prefer to purchase their own mouth guards and girdles with pads.
    • Shoulder pads
    • Practice and game jerseys and pants
    • Pads that go in pants - girdle
    • Belt
    Players will need to supply:
    • Football shoes - Molded or screw-in cleats. The screw-in cleats must not be metal-tipped.
    • Athletic supporter or compression shorts - A cup is advised but not necessary
    • Socks
    • Water bottle - Players should have a water bottle with them at all times.
    We do allow you to purchase your own equipment if you feel it is necessary. 
  • Practice Schedule

    August 3, 2020  |  Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m.  | First Day of practice

    • Aug. 3-14, 2020 | M-F 6-8 p.m.
    • Aug. 17-27, 2020 | M-R 6-8 p.m.
    • Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2020 | M,W,R 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Sept. 8-10, 2020 | T,W,R 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Sept. 14-Oct. 16, 2020 | M,W,R 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    All practices are held at CMH football field located behind the school building.
    Catholic Memorial High School, 601 E College Ave. Waukesha, WI 53186

    Schedules will be provided on website as well as a hard copy by your coach. Please remember to bring water to every practice and all equipment required by the coaches.
  • Game Schedule

    Coming in August 2020.
  • Rookie Ball: 8-Man Football

    Rookie Ball for 4th & 5th graders

    Rookie Ball will be the next level after flag football. Each team has 8 players on the field. The 4th & 5th graders will be playing together. Learn the basics before going 11-on-11 with a full-size field. Rookie Ball will be played on a reduced size field. Coaches will be on the field with players, teaching & coaching the fundamentals. Rookie ball is still full tackle football with all the same equipment as 11-on-11. Players will learn all the positions on the field and change positions during the game.
  • Code of Conduct

    • I will not force my child into sports.
    • I will remember that children participate to have fun, and the game is for them.
    • I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or of others.
    • I will learn the rules of the game and policies of the league.
    • I will be positive a role model for my child, and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy – and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials, spectators at every game practice, or other sporting event.
    • I will not engage in any unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent, such as booing and taunting, refusing to shake hands, or using profane language or gestures.
    • I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well-being of the athletes.
    • I will teach my child to play by the rules.
    • I will demand that my child treat players, coaches, officials, and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, sex, or ability.
    • I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.
    • I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participant for making a mistake or losing a competition.
    • I will emphasize skill development and practices, and how the benefit my child over winning.  I will also de-emphasize games and competition in lower age groups.
    • I will promote the emotional and physical well-being of the athletes ahead of my personal desire I may have for my child to win.
    • I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss or confront coaches at the game field, and will take time to speak to coaches at an agreed-upon time and place.
    • I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and I will refrain from their use.
    • I will refrain from “coaching” unless I am an official coach.
  • Volunteer

    Jr. Crusaders is 100% volunteer driven. Parents are expected to volunteer their time supporting the Jr. Crusader program. A team parent will contact you to sign up for volunteer opportunities.

    Volunteer Opportunities include but not limited to the following:
    • concessions 
    • chain gangs
    • announcer
    • scoreboard
    • field set-up and clean-up
    Don't be scared to volunteer your time as other parents are more than willing to train/help you with the job. Volunteering is also a great way to meet parents on your child's team!
  • Age Restriction

    No players can participate on or after their 15th birth date.  Players in the 9th grade or above are prohibited from participating at any time.

    6th Grade team players must be in the 6th grade or below (age 12 and under).

    5th Grade team players must be in the 5th grade or below (age 11 and under).

    4th Grade team players must be in the 4th grade or below (age 10 and under).
  • Field Locations

    Catholic Memorial Football

    Football field is behind the school. Access field by Tenny Avenue and E. Laflin Avenue 601 East College Avenue Waukesha, WI 53186 jdrees@catholicmemorial.net

    Waukesha West High School

    Waukesha West High School 3301 Saylesville Road Waukesha, WI 53189

    Haertel Field


    Watertown Football Field Riverside Middle School 131 Hall St Watertown, WI 53094

    Sussex / Hamilton Football Field

    Sussex Football field is located behind Hamilton H.S. on W220N6151 Town Line Rd Sussex, WI 53089. The field is also behind Templeton Middle School N59W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex, WI 53089. The field is located between the two schools.

    Kettle Moraine High School

    Oconomowoc Rux Stadium

    641 E Forest Street, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
  • Junior Crusader Night

    Had a blast at Junior Crusader Night this year! Looking forward to next year's event.

    Carroll University during the CMH Varsity Football Game vs. TBD
    5:15 p.m. Tailgate at Crofts Morava Pavilion, Carroll University
    7:00 p.m. Varsity Football Game, Schneider Stadium, Carroll University
    • All players to wear their blue game jersey that night.
    • We will be announced as a team for 5-7 grade and the 8th graders will be announced individually.
    • The players will gather at the North end of the facility behind the building with the bathrooms. We will gather by team and will walk onto the opposing team's bench while the poms squad is doing their halftime routine. 
    • Parents are responsible for their players. The coaches will be there to help with halftime, but will not supervise the boys for the rest of the game.


  • Registration Now Open No Money Down until Aug. 5th,  Registration Link
  • EQUIPMENT PICKUP 8th GRADE July 22, 2020, 5:30-8:30pm
  • EQUIPMENT PICKUP 4th-7th GRADE July 26, 2020, 12:30-5pm
  • FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE Aug. 3, 2020
  • PARENT MEETING Aug. 5, 2020, CMH Cafeteria 5:30-6pm
  • SCRIMMAGE DAY Aug. 22, 2020
  • PICTURE DAY Aug. 24, 2020
  • FIRST GAME Aug. 29, 2020


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  • Photo of Joseph Drees

    Joseph Drees 

    Junior Crusader Athletic Program Coordinator