Q. Is there a tryout?
No. Each team will have roughly 20 players accepted on a first come, first served basis, with priority given to returning players and siblings.
Q. Are football players accepted with no experience?
We welcome ALL interested children ages 5 to 13 regardless of experiences. Historically, players with more experience or skill naturally play more than players who are still learning and grasping the many concepts necessary for football (positions, plays, techniques).
Q. How is playing time allocated?
The minimum play rule for every player is 8 plays. Beyond that, additional playing time is allocated based on player skill, practice, enthusiasm as well as the ability level of the opposing team.
Q. What is the practice schedule?
Beginning in Mid July, practice runs Monday thru Friday, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. The practice schedule is abbreviated to a 3-day schedule for all squads once school starts. Practice days vary from team to team. Every attempt is made to give as much advance notice of practice schedules as possible.
Q. Where do you practice?
Practices are held at Saunders Middle school, Benton middle school and Independent Hill Park.
Q. Do parents need to attend practices?
Parents need to attend practices in the event of an injury. While this request necessitates a huge commitment on the part of parents, it is important given the nature of football (contact sport). Some parents have found it helpful to set up schedules whereby each parent attends one night of practice and is responsible for any needs that may arise for the children within that group. If this option works for your family we encourage its use but ask that your child be aware of who is responsible for them on each given practice day.
Q. Is it necessary to attend all summer practices and/or workouts?
Summer practices are designed to condition as well as to teach plays, positions and skills not only in preparation for the upcoming season, but more importantly for improved player safety. Players who have not attended summer practices risk injury not only to themselves but to their teammates as well.
Q. What equipment is provided for each football player?
Each football player will be issued game pants, home and away game jerseys, game , full pads, shoulder pads, and helmet (with chin strap).
Q. What does each football player need to buy in order to participate?
Each player should purchase cleats, mouthpiece (don't forget to mold these, follow package directions), and an athletic supporter. Additionally, many players have found it helpful to purchase additional practice pants (easier with pads included) and their own chinstrap. Please note that game jerseys/uniforms may not be worn for practice.
Q. What does each football player need to bring the first day of practice?
Football players will need to bring only sneakers/cleats, shorts, t-shirt and plenty of water for the first 3 days as they acclimate to the heat and conditioning. After that, practice pants, pads and helmets will be worn. Game day uniforms will be handed out prior to the first game.
Q. Are there “weigh-ins”?
There are no weigh in as we are an age based league.