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Added 12/10/19

Congrats to our D10 & D12 Cheer Teams!

Congrats to our D10 Small Level 2 cheer team headed to Florida to compete at the National Championships!

Congrats to our D12 Small Level 3 cheer team also headed to Florida to compete at Nationals!

Good luck ladies!

Added 12/31/19

Board of Directors Elections

Elections for the 2020 season will be held on February 16th @ 6:30 at the MYA building!

If you are interested in running for an open position, please send a letter of intent to the Cardinals President


Open positions for 2020 are:


Fundraising Coordinator

Concessions Coordinator

Program Adminstrator


Cheer Coordinator

Added 7/2/20

2020 Season Planning is underway!

We are still planning a 2020 season and are working with the NH Youth Football and Spirit Conference and AYF/AYC  on new regulations.  NHYFSC released a statement here.  And please follow New England American Youth Football & Cheer on Facebook for updates! 

We will have more information coming soon!

Added 6/25/20

Registration Paperwork

Registration paperwork is now available on our Policies page. 

All forms must be completed before the season begins. 

Added 4/21/20

COVID-19 Letter from NHYFSC

Per the New Hampshire Youth Football & Spirit Conference, all in-person registrations are postponed, but online registration is still open.  There are currently no changes in the timeline for the 2020 season but the situation is being monitored and we will provide an update as soon as we have one. 

Please read the full letter here.

Added 4/6/20

2020 Season Registration is Open!

Registration for the 2020 season is now open.  Register by April 30th for the Early Bird rate and your chance to win a free registration!  Click here for more info.

Click the Register Now button on the home page to get started.   

For everyone's safety, we are delaying in-person payments until a later date.  We will make an announcement once dates have been set.   

Come join the Cardinals today! 

Added 9/30/20

Cardinal Game Day COVID Protocol

If you are heading to one of our games this season, please read our Safe Game Practices here.  All visitors, spectators, volunteers, players and coaches MUST follow these rules.  

Added 8/7/20

Cardinals Merchandise Store is Open!

Get your Merrimack Cardinals merchandise for the 2020 season now! 

Merchandise will NOT be available at concessions this year.  This is your only chance to get Cardinals merchandise for this year.  The store will close on September 3rd so get your order in today!

Added 8/7/20

Dick's Shopping Weekend

Get 20% off your entire purchase at Dick's 8/14/20 - 8/17/20.  Click here to get the coupon and help support the Merrimack Cardinals!  

Added 8/4/20

Tackle Football Equipment Pickup

We will be taking payments and having equipment pickup at the MYA building (487 Daniel Webster Highway) for Tackle Football on the following dates:

Friday, August 7th 6pm-8pm
Sunday, August 9th 9am-Noon
Tuesday, August 11th 6pm-8pm

When you arrive at the building, please head upstairs to submit payment and check registration paperwork.  You must complete payment before you can take equipment home.  After you have completed payment/paperwork, you will head downstairs to collect your equipment.  

We will have hand sanitizer set up as you walk in the door, please sanitize coming into the building and when leaving.  Everyone will be required to wear a mask in the building.  If there are too many people in the building, we will ask you to wait outside or in your car. 

Please submit your medical release to us ASAP. You may send your completed form to or you can bring it on any of the equipment pickup dates.  Your child will not be allowed to take the field until the form is completed.

We will be taking Credit/Debit Card or Check only, no cash please.  The cost for tackle football is $230.  There is a sibling discount of $25.

We will be having payment/paperwork dropoff for cheer and flag football at a later date. (more info coming soon)!

Added 7/23/20

2020 Season Update

Come join us!

The Merrimack Cardinals are moving ahead with a 2020 season!  We will be offering Flag Football (ages 5-8) for $80 and Tackle Football (ages 8-13) for $230. Practices will begin August 17th.

We will also be offering a sideline cheer program for the 2020 season. The team will be cheering at football games and performing a halftime Pom/Dance routine. Unfortunately, due to COVID, we will not be attending any competitions and will not be stunting. The cost of the program is $50 and the participants will receive a t-shirt, pom poms and bow. Once the football games start, there will be 1 practice per week. We will have additional practices/clinics during pre-season to prepare.  Pre-season will begin on August 17th.

Head to our website to register today!

Any football questions, please reach out to our Football Coordinator at

Any cheer questions, please reach out to our Cheer Coordinator at

Added 10/24/19

Congrats to our 11U Football Team!

Our 11U Football Team has advanced to the Semi-Finals.  The game will be played on November 2nd. **Time and Location TBD

More information on playoffs can be found here:

Added 10/24/19

The Cardinals will be hosting the NH State Playoff Football Games!

The NH State Playoffs will be held in Merrimack on November 10th. 

**Teams and game times TBD

Added 9/9/19

Last Chance for Cardinals Apparel

We have reopened the apparel store!  If you are looking to purchase any Cardinals apparel for the 2019 season, now is your chance!  The store will close on September 15!

Orders can be placed here: 

Added 8/23/19

The Cardinals are teaming up with the Epilepsy Foundation!

Help us raise funds by cleaning out your closet!  We are collecting clothing, jewelry, accessories, handbags, shoes and linens!  These items must be in a tied plastic trash bag, boxes or totes and can be dropped off at any home game on 8/25, 9/8, 9/22 & 10/20 or the MYA Building on 9/21 and 9/28 from 9am-noon.  More information can be found here.

Thank you for your support!

Added 8/1/19

2019 Cardinals Merchandise is Available!

The online store is now open!

Pre-Order is open July 16 - August 13

Added 7/17/19

Merrimack Cardinals Appreciation Weekend at DICKS

Save 20% throughout the store at DICKS this weekend (July 20-21) only!  Just show this coupon to support the Merrimack Cardinals and save on your purchase!

Added 6/6/19

Merrimack Youth Association

Leadership Opportunities

The Merrimack Youth Association (MYA) will be having elections for positions on the MYA Executive Board on June 13, 2019 at the MYA Building.  The Nominating Committee is now accepting names for the following two-year terms: President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Member at Large.  Please contact the Committee Chairperson, Melanie Curren at 321-9433 or if you wish to place a name in nomination.  All volunteers and parents of a MYA participant are eligible to vote in this election.  All are welcome to attend our monthly meetings, the 2nd Thursday of every month in the MYA building.  Your input is wanted and welcome.  Please contact 321-9433 if you have any questions.


If you are curious about the duties, please click here to review the ByLaws.  There is a brief job description for each position in the ByLaws.  

If you are interested, please let me know as soon as possible. There are many of us who stand ready to assist you.  I hope we can count on you to help replenish the MYA leadership team!


Melanie Curren
Nominating Committee Chair
Merrimack Youth Association
603-321-9433 (H)

Added 3/10/19

The 2019 Fall Season is coming!

Come join Cardinals Nation!  Registration for the fall season will be held  at the MYA building (487 Daniel Webster Hwy) on the following dates:

Early Bird Registration

April 11th,  5pm - 7pm  and  April 20th, 9am - 12pm   

Regular Registration 

 May 9th, 5pm - 7pm and  June 29th 9am - 12pm

Register Online first here and then complete registration at the MYA building at one of the registration dates.

Added 3/10/19

Congrats to our 2019 Winter Cheer Teams

The D10 and D12 Cardinal cheer teams had a fantastic winter season.  Congrats to both teams!

Added 12/21/18

Winter Cheer Signups!

Come Join the Cardinals Cheer for a winter season (January 7 - March 9)!

Ages 5-14 are eligible to participate. Click here for more info.

Added 12/21/18

Congrats to our D12 Cheer Team!

After an undefeated season, the D12 Cheer team placed 2nd at the National Cheer Competition in Florida.  Congrats to all the girls and coaches on this amazing accomplishment!

Added 11/21/18

Board of Directors Elections!


Thursday, January 17th at 6:30pm @ the MYA Building

If you are interested in running for an open position, you must send a letter of intent to the Cardinals President.  Open positions for 2019 are:


Equipment Coordinator

Fundraising Coordinator

Concessions Coordinator

Added 10/21/18

Cardinals Spirit Rally!

Come Join the Cardinals for the 2018 Spirit Rally!

Meet the Merrimack Cardinals  Football Program and Cheer Program! 

October 22  JMUES Smith Gym 

Parade of Champions @ 6:30pm

Special Thanks to DJ Darren Roy!

Added 9/28/18

Calendar Winners are Announced!

Please see our Facebook page for up to date daily calendar winners!

Added 9/28/18

Cardinals Trivia Night is coming soon!


October 5th from 6-11pm (Adults Only)

Murphy’s Taproom in Bedford.  Tickets are $30 per person.

See a Cardinals coach or board member for tickets!  Or send us an email here.

Added 8/28/18

Get your Cardinals Merchandise Now !

Cardinals online store is officially open! Go to the site and start shopping so you can be dressed in Cardinals gear for the games!!!  The site will close on Sept 18th!

Added 7/15/18

Practice Starts August 1st

All teams will begin practice on August 1st.  You should have received an email with further information from your coach.  

Added 7/15/18

First Game is August 26

The schedule will be released soon and game times will be announced as soon as we know!