Frequently Asked Questions

Who are The CMC Panthers?

The Clyde Malone Center (CMC) Panthers were established in 2019 as a Select tackle football program in Lincoln for student-athletes grade 3 through 6, we started with a 5th grade and a 6th grade team. In 2020 we expanded to our football program to offer 3 teams PeeWee (3/4th grade combo), Jr. Midget (5/6th grade combo) and Midget (7/8th grade combo). For 2021 we are expanding our athletics program to also include Basketball and Track & Field. If interested in any of our athletics programs visit the program page and complete the intake form.


Do you have to try out to become a Panther?

Yes, all programs will have some sort of tryout for the team you are interested in. We understand that there are families who are not able to attend tryouts if that is the case, contact us. Our organization is open to all student-athletes in the 3rd grade through to 8th grade. To attend tryouts, registration is required. 


How old does my child need to be to play?

Our programs are aimed towards athletes in the 3rd grade through to 8th grade, depending on the sport. If you have a younger student athlete, please contact us for further information. 


Will my child automatically make the team?

All student-athletes will need to tryout for the team that they want to play on. Playing time is earned and not just given. We are a select program that encourage all of our student-athletes to work hard and understand that they can do anything they put their minds too. Practice times is where all athletes earn their playing time coaches will place student-athletes in situation that they feel they will be successful. Everything is Earned Nothing is Given!!!.


How many kids can be on a team?

This will vary for each program. Our football program has a maximum of 32 players per team. For our other programs, this will be the coaches decision. 


Do I need my own equipment?

With the exception of footwear, we will provide your player with all the equipment needed to play, at no cost. Our football program does require an equipment deposit that is required to offset the loss of un-returned equipment and/or uniforms. If you are interested in purchasing your own equipment, please let us know, we might be able to help.


Where are practices?
Each program will have practice at locations determined when the season starts. Be sure to be in contact with your coaches for correct time and locations.


What league will we play in? 

Our football program is a member of the Great Plains Youth Football League, this league consists of more than 1,500 players on more than 70 teams, representing 29 program members in Nebraska and Iowa. We will also schedule non-league games against other teams in the Mid-West region. Our Basketball and Track & Field programs will participate in leagues and/or tournaments depending on team and availability.


Where will our Home games be played?
Our football program will play home games at Beecher Field (Lincoln High School) located at 2229 J St. Lincoln NE, 68510. 


How far will I need to travel to games?

This will be dependent upon program, team and scheduling, if travel is an issue be sure to contact your Head Coach. Our Football program does require travel within the region. Our other programs require travel within the city.


How much does is cost to join a team?

Registration cost is dependent on program and team. Our Football program does have a cost association and requires a fundraiser that has a $150 buy-out and a $400 equipment deposit check. The equipment deposit check will be held until the end of the season and returned or shredded, when all equipment is returned back to the organization.