Jr. Hawks Joins Nutmeg League

Posted by Woodland Jr. Hawks Football & Cheer on May 21 2020 at 07:50AM PDT in 2020

The Woodland Junior Hawks Football and Cheer organization (Jr. Hawks) is pleased to announce that the Jr. Hawks tackle football program is joining the Nutmeg Youth Football League (NYFL) for the upcoming 2020 season.

The Woodland Junior Hawks is a nonprofit youth football and cheer organization open to all youth entering grades kindergarten through eighth grade. It includes athletes from surrounding communities, including Beacon Falls, Bethany, Cheshire, Naugatuck, Oxford, Prospect, Seymour, and Waterbury. All are welcome to join.

“We are excited to have the Junior Hawks football program join the Nutmeg Football league!” says David Dugan, president of The Jr. Hawks. “We’ve been talking with several youth football leagues during this off-season. After careful consideration, we believe The Nutmeg League’s values of hard work, dedication, and family atmosphere is the best fit for expanding the Jr. Hawks tackle football brand.

Not only does the Nutmeg League offer great competition for the kids, but also a sense of community within and across towns that is unlike other football leagues in Connecticut. Dugan adds, “In addition to teaching the game of football to our athletes, we believe the Nutmeg League’s goal of teaching life lessons of good sportsmanship, respect, fair play, hard work, goal achievement, and teamwork is in alignment with the Jr. Hawk’s core values.”

The Nutmeg League includes member towns of Southington, Farmington, West Hartford, Granby, Simsbury, and Suffield.

While the Jr. Hawks football program will be joining the Nutmeg Youth Football League in 2020, the Jr. Hawks cheer program will remain a member of the CT Youth Spirit Cheer. “The Jr. Hawks cheer and dance programs will stay part of CT Spirit Cheer.” explains Kelly Hiltz, cheer coordinator. “This allows the Jr. Hawks cheer program to compete regionally with an opportunity to advance to a national competition. We are also excited to add a new hip-hop dance competition team this year.”

The health and safety of the Jr. Hawks’ athletes, coaches, and families remains a top priority. The Jr. Hawks’ board of directors is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is closely watching updates from government and health officials as it relates to youth sports.

“We are optimistic that pre-season training will begin this summer. Our goal is to provide our kids interested in tackle, flag football, hip-hop and cheer with a fun, healthy experience, says David Dugan, president of The Jr. Hawks. “We are incredibly proud of our community support and look forward to a successful season ahead.”

Each year, the Jr. Hawks’ athletes make significant leaps forward in their development. Last season, the Jr. Hawks D12 cheerleaders made it to Nationals in Kissimmee, Florida with 27 athletes, the largest team size in Jr. Hawks history. Other Jr. Hawks achievements include earning the title of 2019 D8 Cheer CTYFC State Champions (American Youth Football and Cheer Conference); 2018 D12 National Advancement for the first time in Jr. Hawk history; 2018 11U Football CTYFC State Champions; and 2018 D10 Cheer CTYFC State Champions.

“We strongly encourage people to register now, so that we can build our team roster this summer, and hit the ground running this fall!” adds Dugan.

Online registration is open for the 2020 upcoming fall flag, tackle, hip-hop dance, and competition cheer season. Pricing for tackle football or cheer registration is $200/per athlete; hip-hop dance is $50/ per athlete; and flag football is $80 per athlete. The fees cover uniform, raffle, and registration costs. For families of three or more athletes, the third family member is free. For inquiries about the new Nutmeg League affiliation, please email To learn more, or to register online for any of the Jr. Hawks programs, please visit