2019 FAQ


When is registration for Alpharetta Football?

In-person registration will be held:
Sat, April 13th from 9:00am – 1 PM in the AHS Main Lobby.
Sat, April 27th from 9:00am – 1 PM in the AHS Main Lobby.

ALL players should register whether or not
 they will participate in Spring Football.  No Fall registration will be held. 
If you are a new player moving into the AHS area after spring registration, you can still register for football by contacting Coach Nichols.
Current copy of Participation Physical
Insurance card (front and back)
Checkbook or credit card to pay fees and TD club membership.
Calendar to sign up for special events and concession stand.
Transcript Release Form (if desiring to play at the college level) should be printed and turned in to Coach Nichols.
Forms can be found under the Athlete Forms Tab (click here).
How do I register? Talk to Head Coach Jacob Nichols (email: nicholsj@fultonschools.org) as soon as possible.
Register on our website:  www.alpharettaraiders.org. Click on “Register Now” under the “Play” main menu tab. Follow all steps in the 6 step process.
What are the player fees? The $750 player fee includes a player practice pack (2 sets of AHS Raider shorts & shirts and a Nike warm-up suit – a $150 value), all football uniforms and equipment (except cleats, undergarments (i.e. girdles) and mouthguard), pre-game meals for Freshman, JV and Varsity players, and much more!
What equipment will I need to play football? As stated above, most equipment is provided and maintained by the program. Players are expected to provide:  Football cleats, Mouthguard, Desired undergarments (girdles, back plates, etc).
Is insurance required for my child to participate? Yes.
If you do not have medical insurance for your player, you can purchase affordable individual insurance for football season through Fulton County Schools.  Please contact the AHS front office to obtain a copy of the application for the county provided insurance program. 
When does registration close? The last day to be registered as a player for the Fall 2019 season is Friday, August 16th.


Who are the Coaches? Our players are coached by an experienced team of 14 coaches. Our head coach is Coach Jacob Nichols (nicholsj@fultonschools.org).  Coach Nichols  is a Fulton County Schools employee and works here in the building with our students at Alpharetta High School.  
When does Spring Football start? The first day of spring practice is  May 6, 2019. Practices will be held after school each day until 7:00pm. Please check the website calendar for practice days or changes. Spring football will end with the Spring Scrimmage at Cherokee High School on Friday, May 17th.


What about summer workouts? Summer workouts will be held on weekday mornings and are posted on the website calendar. Times may vary based on the team and position of each player.  Summer workouts begin Tuesday, May 29, 2019.  We encourage players to attend all workouts if possible.  There will be no activities June 23 – July 8, 2019 for AHS Vacation (6/25-6/29) and GHSA Dead Week (7/2-7/6).


Does my 8th grader need to be at weight lifting NOW? We want all the upcoming freshmen (aka current 8th graders) to be at afternoon weight training currently going on at AHS on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  This is an excellent program run by Coach Nichols and gives the boys the opportunity to get to know one another and the coaches. For questions or more information, contact Coach Nichols.
Should my rising freshman take weight training as a class at AHS? Yes.
We want ALL players, grades 9 – 12, to take advantage of the AHS Weight Training class each semester except for the last semester of their senior year when they take the state required Personal Fitness.


How do I join the AHS Touchdown Club? Paying your registration and player fees makes your family a part of the AHS Raider Nation, but it does NOT make you an AHS Touchdown Club member.  Details regarding the 2019 Touchdown Club can be found on the Touchdown Club tab under the “Join Us” menu option. You can register for the Touchdown Club during the registration process, or by selection the “Join Club” tab under the Join Us menu option.
When are football games? The Varsity team plays every Friday night at 7:30pm from 8/16/19 – 11/8/19, except for 2 “bye” (off) weeks.
The Freshman and JV teams each play a 7 game season on Thursday evenings at 6:00pm beginning 9/5/19. 
The complete schedule & calendar of events are posted on our website under “Calendar.”
Where do I find out what activities/events are coming up? Go to the Calendar tab on the website. Most new information will be posted on the Calendar. Once you are on our calendar, click on a date and a specific event and an event balloon will open to provide more information. During our fall football season, the Alpharetta Raider Newsletter will be sent out weekly via email to all who have subscribed to the online newsletter.
What is the parent/family commitment to the football program? Parent involvement is the key to a successful football program.  Please support the program with your enthusiasm by attending our games, wearing Black, Silver and Cardinal and getting involved! JV and Freshmen parents spearhead concessions at the Varsity home games and Senior parents provide support at the freshman and JV home games each week.  All Raider families keep the community spirit and camaraderie alive as well as volunteer.  Team Managers will schedule parents in volunteer slots each week to support game day operations.  You can select your preference for volunteer duties when you register your player online.  It takes many volunteers for a successful program!
Will my parents enjoy being a part of Raider Football? Yes! We have a very active parent community. Our player moms are invited to join the “Moms Club,” we have a Touchdown Club with socials and events for our parents and coaches, and all parents are invited to a Raider Hour to meet and mingle prior to every Varsity home and away game.


Do we have to fundraise? Yes.  Fundraising is essential to AHS Football in order to keep the program strong and vital. We make every effort to limit the amount of fundraising activities, but need your full support to keep fundraising to a minimum.

Where does this money go?
Monies collected and raised on behalf of the AHS football program go towards coaches, equipment and its maintenance, capital improvements, various football events, player clothing and other needs necessary to support and improve the football program.
Where do the game entrance fees go? The game gate/entrance fees (e.g. ticket sales) are collected by the school and deposited to the school’s general athletic fund. This fund is shared by all sports activities at AHS.
What is your Withdrawal Policy? If you move or have circumstances whereby your son will not be playing this season and you’ve already registered, please read our Refund Policy.