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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 10:57 pm

Photos: Batavia Bulldawgs tuning up for another football season

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As we move into August, football is in the air. The Batavia Bulldawgs started practices this week with sessions in the late afternoon at Kibbe Park. The first league games are Aug. 16, with Batavia hosting Attica at Lions Park.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Batavia Bulldawgs announce registration date

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Press release:

The board of directors and coaching staff of the Batavia Bulldawgs Youth Football & Cheer program are excited to announce the open registration dates for their upcoming 4th season. We look forward to welcoming new and returning athletes to the Bulldawg family.   

Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, at the Batavia City Centre (east entrance, near Sunny’s Restaurant). Boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 14, attending Batavia area schools (that are not affiliated with another NOFA team) are eligible to participate, with no weight restrictions. All athletes will be placed in developmentally age appropriate divisions based on the following league age rules: 

Football divisions (NO WEIGHT REQUIREMENTS):
Beginner (ages 6-7; must be 6 by 12/1, can’t turn 8 prior to 12/1)
Mini (ages 8-9; must be 8 by 12/1, can’t turn 10 prior to 12/1)
JV (ages 10-11; must be 10 by 12/1, can’t turn 12 prior to 12/1)
Varsity (ages 12-13; must be 12 by 12/1, can’t turn 14 prior to 12/1)

Cheer divisions:
Beginner (ages 6-7; must be 6 by 12/1)
Mini (ages 8-9; must be 8 by 12/1)
JV (ages 10-11; must be 10 by 12/1)
Varsity (ages 12-14; must be 12 by 12/1, can’t turn 15 prior to 12/1)

Football & Cheer Registration fees can be accepted via credit/debit card, check or cash and includes:

- high-quality, annually certified safety equipment
- full game day uniforms
- practice uniforms
- T-shirt & short apparel set
- accident & liability insurance
- Cheerzone competition
- end of season banquet
- participation trophy

**A multi-athlete family discount is available as well as payment plan options. Scholarships are also available for those who apply. 

The Bulldawgs eagerly anticipate the summertime announcement of our 2014 game schedule with locally affiliated NOFA teams in the surrounding areas of Attica, Alexander, Pembroke, Oakfield/Elba, Akron, Alden, Albion, Medina, Roy-Hart and Newfane. 

All contests will take place on Saturdays from late August through October. Every player will get the opportunity to participate in every game, where we never keep track of individual player statistics, only player participation and team records. USA Football certified coaches, using the Heads-Up Football philosophy to reduce the risk of injury, will coach our athletes. In addition, certified coaches will help to train our current grand-champion cheer squads towards continued great success in the 2014 Cheerzone competition.    

Batavia Bulldawgs Football and Cheer is a family-oriented volunteer, nonprofit organization affiliated with the Niagara Orleans Football Association, established in 1999. Since our inception in 2011, we have been committed to providing a high quality youth football program where we are dedicated to the instruction of football, the philosophy of teamwork, the development of sportsmanship and competition in a safe and respectful environment, while promoting personal responsibility and offering participants an opportunity to enjoy all that is best about youth sports.

An informational meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday March 19th in the Batavia Middle School auditorium. Board members and coaches will be available to answer any questions and discuss the upcoming season.

A small number of volunteer football and cheer coaching positions are currently available to interested adults. To learn more about this opportunity, or to answer and questions, please contact John Reigle, league commissioner (716) 228-5787, or [email protected].

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:03 am

'Cheerdawgs' score big at competition in Lyndonville

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Photo and information submitted by Sherri Wahr.

The cheer squad for the Batavia Bulldawgs youth football program did very well Sunday at the Niagrara Orleans Football Association cheer competition in Lyndonville. The beginners took third, minis 2nd and JV placed 2nd for cheer and 1st for routine. The girls also captured the Spirit Cup.  The JV team scored the most points in the division to win Grand Champion, with varsity coming in third in its division.

"I'm so incredibly proud of each and everyone one of them," Cheer Director Sherri Wahr said. "They came out and gave it all they had and it really paid off."

Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Batavia Bulldawgs putting up good numbers near end of third season

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In its third year, the Batavia Bulldawgs football program is putting up some good numbers, both in the number of players on each roster and on the field.

Today, the JV and varsity squads posted big wins against the Hawks in Holley, with a 35-0 win for JV and a 35-6 win for varsity.

There are 120 kids participating. For the beginners (ages 6-7), the minis (8-9), JV (10-11),  there are 35 players on each team. Varsity (12-13) has 25 players and five cheerleaders.

Varsity is 7-2 and JV is 5-4.

"I think overall things are going very well," Head Coach Matt Della Penna said. "I think our numbers speak well for themselves. We've got some good numbers throughout and we're winning some games. We're beating some teams that have been in the league for awhile. I think that's a pretty good pat on the back for us."

The Bulldawgs wrap up the regular season next Saturday with games on Woodward Field at Van Detta Stadium.

For pictures of the minis' game against Holley by Pete Welker, click here.

To purchase prints, click here.

Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Batavia Bulldawgs 'minis' pick up win in Holley

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Photos by Pete Welker ot Batavia Bulldawgs "mini" team (8 and 9 years old) at Holley. Batavia won 14-8.

Friday, June 28, 2013 at 11:14 am

Bulldawgs announce annual football and cheer camps

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Press release:

The Batavia Bulldawgs Youth Football & Cheer program will hold its 4th Annual Extreme Youth Football and Cheer Camp. This year’s camp, sponsored by Extreme Streetwear, will be held at Kibbe Park on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday July 11th – 13th. Cheer Camp will be Friday and Saturday July 13th and 14th.

Registration for the camp will be Friday June 28th from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday June 29th from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Batavia City Centre. Cost is $30 for football and $25 for cheer camp.

Camp on Thursday and Friday will run from 4 to 6 p.m. with check-in at 3:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to Noon with check-in at 8:30 a.m.

The camp is open to ALL athletes no matter what league affiliation between the ages of 6 to 13 years old by Dec. 1st. Birth certificate is required.

Camp is a stationed-based training where campers are divided by age and experience level so each athlete receives the right level of instruction and support. The Bulldawgs staff and volunteers will teach techniques, skills, and appreciation for all football positions and cheerleading in a fun, positive way!

All campers will receive quality instruction from certified coaches, a camp T-shirt, and lunch at the end of camp on Saturday July 14th.

Monday, October 22, 2012 at 6:17 am

Batavia Bulldawgs move on to next stage of post-season play

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Submitted by Mike Henry:

The Batavia Bulldawgs varsity squad beat Akron 36-12 to earn a spot in the NOFA League Championship game. They will play Bar-Lyn next Saturday at 5 p.m. in Medina.

Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 10:45 am

Batavia Bulldawgs snap Akron's 70-game win streak, heading to playoffs

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Batavia Bulldawgs varsity squad beat Akron 22-19 and finished the season 7-1.

The win ended Akron's 70+ game win streak and put the Bulldawgs in the playoffs.

The Bulldawgs' first playoff game is in Medina at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20.

Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Game Day Opener - Pembroke Dragons host Batavia Bulldawgs

Saturday marked the opening of the 2012-2013 Football season for many area youth football leagues. 

We visited Pembroke to see the Dragons host the Bulldawgs.

Below is the scoring for the Bulldawgs, we are still waiting for the official names for the Dragons and will update it as it is supplied.


For the Bulldagws beginner squad- JaVon McFollins had 2 touchdowns & Mekhi Fortes added another.


For the Bulldawgs Mini Squad Zach Gilebarto scored the lone touchdown.


And for the Bulldawgs JV Squad Colton Dillon had 4 touchdowns & Ethan Biscaro added 2 touchdowns




More pictures from all four games can be found at Francletography.com



Friday, February 17, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Batavia Bulldawgs Youth Football expands, gets ready for second season

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Press release:

The Batavia Bulldawgs Youth Football is gearing up for its second season! The league is happy to announce it's been accepted into the Niagara Orleans Football Association (NOFA) for the 2012 Season.

With this exciting change the Bulldawgs will be able to expand to field young players from 6 to 13 years old for tackle football and introduce a Cheerleading Program for cheerleaders 6 to 14 years old.

This year the Bulldawgs will field four teams, which will be age based as of Dec. 1. The four divisions have UNLIMITED weight for all positions.

  • Beginner: Age 6-7
  • Mini: Age 8-9
  • JV: Age 10-11
  • Varsity: Age 12-13 (Cheerleading can be 14 years old)

The Bulldawgs will have registration on SATURDAY, MARCH 24 at the Batavia City Centre. Registration is for the first 35 players/cheerleaders per squad.

Registration for RETURNING players: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Registration for NEW players: 1 to 3 p.m.

Registration for CHEERLEADING: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Parent/Guardian and player/cheerleader must be present at time of registration. A copy of birth certificate, proof of insurance and annual physical is required.

The Bulldawgs are taking applications from anyone that is interested in being a coach for either football or cheerleading. There will be an informational coaches meeting on at 7 p.m. on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 at T.F. Brown's. Please contact league to reserve your spot.

To kick off the year, the Bulldawgs are having a Bowling Fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Mancuso Bowling Lanes. There are two time slots, noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Cost is $15 and includes unlimited bowling for two hours and two slices of pizza and soda pop. Or reserve a lane for $60 (five people).

Please call Extreme Streetwear at 344-4411 to reserve your bowling lane and support the BULLDAWGS!

For more information, please contact League Commissioner John Reigle at 716-228-5787, Cheer Director Sherri Wahr at 356-0639, or email [email protected]

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