How old do I need to be to join?
Right now the Wildcats only have a senior team. This means you have to be at least 18 years old to play in the competition.
However: if you aren’t 18 yet, you can still join practice and develop your Football knowledge and skill. That way you’re more than ready to stand with your teammates on game days in a couple of years.
What kind of sports gear do I need?
Do i need experience / to be in perfect shape to be able to play?
Short answer: no!
American Football is an all-inclusive sport, where any body-type is welcomed and embraced. There are many skills to learn and different positions to play, which all bring their own set of challenges. This makes it the perfect sport for any body type and means there is always something new to learn, even if you're not the most athletically inclined person. American football is based on tons of tactics and strategy, which adds a nice mental twist to it.
How much does membership cost?
UM Sports membership
The Wildcats are a Student Sports Association (SSA) connected to UM Sports. This means that a UM Sports membership is mandatory to be able to become a Wildcat (more information here).
Important: depending on if you are a UM-student, Hogeschool-student or a non-student, these prices may differ
Because the UM Sports membership differs, the membership does as well in such a way that each player will have paid the same totalling amount in the end. This will be collected by ClubCollect.
This will ensure you are a registered player with the AFBN (Dutch American Football League), and are able to participate on game days.
When is practice?
What does a Football-season look like?
The Football season in the Netherlands starts in September and ends in July.
The first months of the season are meant to prepare for the upcoming competition. This means there’s try-outs, practice, friendly games and training camp.
The competition starts in February, is organized and scheduled by the AFBN and games are roughly every other week. Games are played on Sunday in the afternoon.