Go Jaguars!!!



Waiting lists have been activated for all teams.  Decisions on additional teams will be made during our second week of the season.  If your child is on the wait list, he or she still is required to attend practices until decisions are made unless other arrangements have been made. Payment and registration paperwork is required to maintain spots. If teams do not make, refunds minus admin fee will be generated by email request to Registrar starting August 5 through August 15th. Approved refunds will be scheduled for pickup at field site. If your child is not at practice, you must notify Registration staff in order for your child to keep the spot. Parents please ensure you sign in your child nightly with registration staff.

Regular season practice started Monday, July 25th, 6 pm at Creekside Park, Bach field.  Practice is scheduled for M-F for the first 2 weeks, with a possibility of dropping a day if we stay on schedule and accomplish mission daily.  With high Temps and heat advisories in effect, BE sure your child hydrates with water throughout the days and brings a filled water bottle with their name to practice daily. Gatorade after practice is a good way to replenish and rebalance lost nutrients. If your child is having any heat related concerns, please notify staff. Avoid carbonated beverages during the week and only eat light just before practice. Attire will be tshirt, shorts and cleats.  Parents please take a moment to go on the Craven County Rec website and review the rules for field use. Please refrain from any smoking at field site. Do not park on grass. Please take trash with you or place near big poles.  Parents are not allowed on practice Fields unless invited by staff. If you have a concern, please see a staff member for assistance.

Players must have a physical dated within a year to participate. Registered players take the field and a parent or guardian must see Registration folks to sign in.  If you are interested in volunteering this season, after initial player sign in, please see Registration. In addition, if you are CPR/EMT certified or a member of our Healthcare community (MD, nurse, therapist, etc) and would be willing to assist in the event of an emergency, please see Tammy or email. 



Registration forms may be downloaded from the Registration/Handout tab. Or Registration forms may be picked up and dropped off with payment at New Bern Sporting Goods. Players must obtain a current physical that does not expire during the season. 

Deadline for Registration - July 18th. Returning and new players be sure to register early to ensure a spot on a team. Do not delay. A waiting list will be started for a possible second team once first team reaches capacity. There are no guarantees a second team will make. Refunds will be given minus admin fee for second teams that don't make. Please make requests to Registrar by email by July 27th.

Registration for football is $90 and $65 for cheer. This includes rental of equipment and jerseys for season. For cheerleaders, rental of uniform parts and pompoms. In the event, a Cheer squad does not develop, Refunds will be assessed and issued by request.

Equipment must be returned at the end of each season by deadline or replacement fees are assessed. If anyone has any piece of outstanding equipment, registration will not be accepted until equipment is returned or fee paid. Contact your coach, team mom or Registrar to make arrangements to turn in asap. Contact the Registrar or Co-Registrar by email for questions.

Out of town players, please mail your application with payment post marked by July 15th to: PO Box 13448, New Bern, NC 28561. Recommend you register earlier to ensure a spot on a team.  Do not mail applications after July 15th unless directed to do so.

Onsite Registration dates: Hibbetts in Twin Rivers Mall at 10am-1pm on June 4th & New Bern Sporting Goods off Trent Road at 10am-1pm on June 18th. In addition, regular season registration will be offered on camp nights, June 27th-28th, 630-730 pm.

Look for an additional onsite registration date in early July, location and date to be announced. There is a $10 early bird discount available for full price regular season Football Registration, 1 per family. Deadline for early bird regular season discount, first day of camp. To qualify for early bird registration fees must be paid in full before July 18th.  Contact Registrar for multi-sibling discount rate same household.

Refunds for registration must be requested by email to Registrar and received by July 26th to be considered. This is a busy time of the season. If you do not get a response, email Registrar again and ask for a response. Approved refunds minus an administrator fee will be mailed 2-3 weeks after deadline or approval.  

All players are required to have a State ID to play. See instructions for DMV below for details.





Craven Jaguars Family,

It is that time of the year again! Time for football. I hope this email finds you well and ready to embark on a brand new season. The Craven Jaguars Board and staff have been busy putting together the necessities for the upcoming season. On behalf of the Craven Jaguars, I thank all of you who tirelessly work to ensure we all have a great place to play football year after year! I would like to share with you some of our recent organizational updates. This year our League has undergone change. This is the nature of football and all sports related organizations. Change can create a sense of doubt and fear of the unknown. I would like to set your mind at ease and ensure you that the Craven Jaguars has stood the test of the times.

The Craven Jaguars remains committed to all the youth in our communities and aim to support all those who fall under our banner.  After the last season, our League changed its national affiliation to United Youth Football. In essence, this means we went from an AYF to a UYF. Our League was under UYF a few years back, and it has been affiliated with AYF and Pop Warner throughout the past 11-12+ years. The Craven Jaguars has remained an active force in the League and plans to remain so in order to protect the interests, the mission and the objectives of our program.  In May, our past League Commissioner stepped down. The Executive Board immediately appointed an acting League Commissioner, Troy Loftin to continue the charge. The Board has remained intact and has worked in concert with the Commissioner over the last months to make the transition as smooth as possible and to ensure that all Associations from Beaufort to Carteret-Onslow to Craven Jaguars to Cove City to Morehead to Pamlico to Pitt Lightening to Onslow to all parents, players, coaches and staff involved will have the best football experience and season possible in Eastern NC in 2016. The League Board is currently reviewing and revising policies and regulations for the 2016 season to protect the interests of all, to provide transparency and to transition into a new era. On this note and transition, the Executive Board voted to change the name of League to East Carolina Youth Football in an effort to encompass all the Associations that our League supports and governs in Eastern North Carolina.

I urge you, if you have concerns or questions, please feel free to contact my email or the website email. We welcome your feedback and comments. We also need your support. This year we will be looking for members in good standing to help us carry out our mission of the Craven Jaguars Youth Football recreation program. If you have an interest in helping us do that, please let the Registration staff know of your interests in volunteering for the best youth sports program around during registration. Or you can contact me by email or email our website.

It takes all of us to be successful and plan for future endeavors. We plan for the Craven Jaguars to remain an active force in the game of football preparing our youth in our community for middle school and high school for many, many years to come.  Thank you!


Tammy Behrendt, President





Please fill out a volunteer form and attach a note explaining what you are interested in and why you would be a good fit for the  Craven Jaguars. You may drop forms off at NBSG or email President or Registrar.  If possible, scan form and email. New volunteers to Craven Jaguars are required to have a National Background check by July 25th. You may use your own source or a link may be provided to you if requested. 

We need YOU! We cannot grow and be successful without YOU!





CALLING ALL COACHING STAFF, PAST AND PROSPECTIVE - If you are interested in coaching for the 2016 season save the date for mandatory meeting on April 27th, 6 PM at Creekside Park. Plan for a second brief meeting June 15th  and a coach directed pre-camp meet  the following week in preparation for camp. If there is not enough interest for camp, it will be cancelled and posted on website by June 22nd.

A Mandatory Coaches League meeting and training is scheduled for July 30th. Confirmed Venue to be announced soon. All Head Coaches will be required to attend and at least one assistant coach. All Coaches are encouraged to attend. 

We have similar requirements for the 2016 season. Requirements include: National Background Check (within 1 year of  game 1 of current season. This season we cannot accept documentation from employer unless a copy of National Background check can be supplied with employer endorsement and stamp. A more cost effective link will be available through League in June (if you have not already completed) for background checks. Also required is USA Football Heads Up Certification (if renewed through UYF affiliation cost will be $12 vs $25). Coaches will need a code from the President to receive discount. Contact Tammy for details. Finally, the CDC Free Concussion online training is required, and all paperwork must be completed and turned in prior to July 1. New to the League this season is a Player Safety Representative.

Coaches are required to wear an identifiable Jaguar colored shirt and dark or khaki shorts or pants during games and a League approved badge in plain view.  If you are interested in returning to the Craven Jaguar football coaching staff and have not already done so or you are a new prospective coach, please email the website or tbehrendt1@suddenlink.net with your potential preferences for coaching and up to date contact information. If you have not done, all Coaches need to download Coaches application forms and Coaches Code of Conduct form, complete and drop off at New Bern Sporting Goods or send to President asap. We need YOU to make our program successful!  Please check out our mission statement and philosophy.

Please be aware of the July 18th Registration deadline this season. Coaches should contact and encourage returning players not to wait until the last minute to register to ensure a spot on a team. We anticipate 2 teams per division, but a waiting list will be started once one team reaches capacity. If a second team doesn't make...it could mean some players will be encouraged to seek out sister organizations. Encourage players to register early! Players must obtain a current physical that does not expire during the season.

EAST CAROLINA YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE, INC. has planned a League meeting for July for Coaches. Date and venue TBA as soon.

ANYONE INTERESTED IN COACHING THIS SEASON THAT MISSED THE first MEETING, PLEASE EMAIL TAMMY ASAP.  Coaching assignments are being reviewed. Coaches if you have any requests not annotated on the sign up form, please send those also asap to be considered. Some coach groups have already been meeting in small groups. In th first meeting Coaches voted to have the Jaguar Camp this season and will be planning a pre-camp planning session  in June. Stay tuned for updates. 

Coaches if any of you have outstanding equipment from your teams or outstanding field equipment from last season, you will not be approved until this is taken care of. Players who have not turned in equipment will not get a spot on the list until equipment has been turned in.





NC DMV Identification Cards

Our league has implemented a certification process that includes NC DMV ID cards. This season the League requires all 6U players to have a state ID card. The Craven Jaguars requires all divisions - 12U, 10U, 8U & 6U players to obtain a NC DMV ID card for the 2016 Season. Military IDs, other State IDS & Passports are accepted.  Questions contact registration personel. IDs are not required to start the practice season on July 25th. There is a 2 week turn around for ID cards.  This year DMV receipts have a picture and may be accepted. No player will be able to play in games without an ID card or valid receipt.  This process aids in ensuring proper uniformity with certification for all associations within our league. Another advantage of using ID cards is the safety factor. Should a child ever get lost, all the identifying information on the ID card can be in any police car & Amber alert system in America in less than 2 minutes!

To obtain an ID card, you can set up an appointment or drop by one of the below locations.

New Bern                             Kinston                                   Havelock

2106 Neuse Blvd.                 2214 W. Vernon Ave               300 Miller Road

DMV Building                     DMV Building                        Old Library Building

New Bern, NC 28560           Kinston, NC 28501                 Havelock, NC 28532

252-514-4734                       252-526-4432                          252-44406425



Mobile Unit                            

13451 Hwy 55                        

Bayboro, NC 28515                



Take the following documents and fees:

$10 cash
Certified Copy of Birth Certificate
Original Social Security Card
Report Card or Bank Statement with child's name and address
(If you don’t have last item, DMV will charge $2 more and let you sign affidavit for address)

Parents don’t have to be present, players can go with any adult to DMV with required documentation to obtain ID, in groups of up to 6.  The ID is good for 8 years.


CONGRATULATIONS CRAVEN JAGUARS on your nomination for 2014 Organization of the year and

for the 6U nomination for 2014 Team of the Year by Mid-Atlantic NPFA!  














DIV        WINNER            


             (3 YEARS IN A ROW)

2           CRAVEN #1         COACH CHRIS WAGNER 

             (4 YEARS IN A ROW)

3          CRAVEN #2         COACH DAVID LEE

 Official results can be found on the CCAYFL website.



Congratulations to the Craven Jaguars 6U,  

"2015 National Prep Youth Football Association Champions"

Virginia, Dec 15 

        (Last 3 years)


Congratulations to the Craven Jaguars 8U, 10U & 12U for their outstanding performance at the 2015 Mid Atlantic National Championship.  




 2014 Super Bowl Winners

  DIV        WINNER            


    2           CRAVEN #1         COACH CHRIS WAGNER 




Congratulations to the Craven Jaguars 12U for their outstanding performance at the 2014 Civitan Turkey Bowl in Clayton, NC, Nov 2014 


Congratulations to the Craven Jaguars 6U,  

"2014 National Prep Youth Football Association Champions"

Virginia, Dec 14




Congratulations to the Craven Jaguars 10U for their outstanding performance at the National Prep Youth Football Association Virginia, Dec 14







Our organization strives to make every effort to ensure that any child with the desire to participate gets the opportunity to play, without regard to weight, race, economic status, prior experience, or athletic ability!



We are committed to promoting & instilling Honesty, Loyalty, Integrity, Teamwork, Discipline, Sportsmanship, Respect, Leadership, Trust, and Commitment in our young participants. We believe these values and virtues are important to their growth and to becoming productive members of our community and society.



We will instill in our youth the challenge of competition, the joy of victory, the reality of defeat, the importance of commitment, and the spirit of community. The Craven Jaguars emphasize the importance of academic achievement among athletes and aim to recognize those with exemplary athletic performance while achieving academic success; and by doing so, prepare our young athletes for the challenges of high school and collegiate environments.



Achieve our objectives through organizing our dedicated volunteers, caring parents, and business associates who wish to partner with our superb youth sports programs.



I. To provide a wholesome competitiveness within the scope of our rules and regulations while cultivating values intrinsic to football and preparing players for life.
II. To teach the proper techniques and fundamentals of football while instilling a knowledge and appreciation for the game.
III. To provide a responsible football program that stimulates community interest for football where players develop athletic skill and character through hard work, courage, dedication and perseverance.
IV. To promote good sportsmanship, teamwork, highest morale, physical standards, a strong work ethic, and the importance of academic achievement.
V. To make Youth Football ALL-INCLUSIVE by not excluding participants based on superficial factors (such as weight).



We are a non-profit, youth football association located in Craven County - New Bern, Bridgeton, James City, Pollocksville, Havelock areas. We offer a competitive and structured youth football league for kids ages 4-13.

Regular Practice Season starts end of July, Game in late August, and finishes by mid-November.

Games are usually played on Saturdays.

Age as of July 31st


Div A, Anklebiters: 6 and under (4,5,6)  75 lbs


Div 1: 8U (6,7,8)  100 lbs


Div 2: 10U (8,9,10)   120 lbs

Div 3
: 12U (10,11,12)   145 lbs

Div 4: 15U (12,13,14,15)   UNLIMITED *No teams are designated at this level*

No child will be turned away due to weight or athletic ability!

Teams do reach capacity. To ensure a spot on a team, be sure to register early!


*6U Division A - Special Recommendations regarding a six year old player - any player six years old who is highly skilled and/or weighs more than 90 lbs, consider move to Division 1.*


Any player that is over the weight limit for all Divisions -
B, I, II or III must play as a lineman eligible player (LE).  On offense LEs, can only play center, tackle or guard. On defense LEs, can only play nose tackle or defensive tackle.  All LE players must have the approved League approved LE sticker on the back of their helmet. They must have the following Call numbers on their jersey:  50-79, 90-99 or 00.  LE players can kick extra points, field goals, punts and kick-offs.  They can participate in special teams.   Any time an LE comes in possession of the ball, the play is whistled dead at the place of recovery. 
8U - K2
10U - TDJ or equivalent
12U - TDJ or TDY
15U - TDY or equivalent



We want to be the most user-friendly youth sports organization
in Eastern North Carolina. We need your help!