UpdatedMonday August 16, 2021 byBrandon Waylett.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE 2021 SYF SEASON
Practice begins at Indian Meadows Monday, August 23rd, from 5:30pm-7:30pm for tackle players, Flag players will practice from 5:30pm to 7:00pm --->league calisthenics --->break up into our team levels ---> skills and drills.
We will practice this way all week as the coaches evaluate our Spartan warriors for team placement. No pressure - these are not tryouts - we are not looking to put together an "A" team and a "B" team. We want all the teams to be equal so the kids have the most fun, safely.
Players will need:
• Shorts and t-shirt (flag and tackle)
• Helmet (for the tackle levels) More about equipment handouts below!
• Mouth guard and athletic supporter (flag and tackle)
• Cleats (any kind other than metal – flag and tackle)
REQUEST: During the first week we ask that each family please consider a donation of ONE CASE of single serve bottles of water or Gatorade. While we appreciate the thought, large bottles are difficult to utilize, so 16oz +/- bottles are requested. Please bring your donation to the equipment shed. Thank you!
Families and players are asked to please take a moment to read the code of conduct
together. Everyone agrees to these expectations by registering as a player or volunteer and by stepping on the field to be a part of this great organization. The CODE is also posted in the “Downloadable forms and files
” link of the website. While we encourage healthy competition, we are above all Spartans and we represent with respect, ourselves, our fellow teammates, coaches, opponents, parents, families, and the BH-BL school district. We maintain a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to any behavior that goes against those values we hold close. We, as a league, promise to provide a safe, healthy environment where we will strive to have fun, stress proper technique, and challenge ourselves to impart our love of football to each and every young Spartan warrior.
Equipment: For TACKLE PLAYERS. Equipment handouts:
5th and 6th Graders - Meet at the SHED at 6pm on 8/17 to get your helmet and shoulder pads
3rd and 4th Graders - Meet at the SHED at 6pm on 8/18 to get your helmet and shoulder pads
If you are unable to attend equipment handouts on these dates, please arrive early the first day of practice to get equipment - Monday 8/23/21 - BEFORE the start of practice (5pm).
EQUIPMENT TIP: The majority of the complaints we get are about helmets hurting the head. This is very normal, and the only remedy is to wear it, wear it, wear it. The good news is that we have new helmets that seem to fit so much better than the old ones. Still - the more you wear it and use it, the more your head gets used to it. Cleats, mouthguard, and athletic supporters are required at every practice - NO EXCEPTIONS.
Teams: As stated above, coaches will be evaluating our Spartans to be able to place them on teams to maximize the strengths of everyone with safety being our #1 priority. You MUST be registered through our website. We will be using the Sports Sign Up (SSU) PLAY App again this year which allows the coaches to communicate with all families and parents. All the schedules, practices, and league news can also be accessed from that APP. The APP is available for both iPhones and Android phones. Please get it and use it. Make it a point to get online and signup. Don't forget to sign up as a volunteer if you want to help with coaching or other activities! (remember that code of conduct!)
First Week: We will practice the week of August 23rd-26th, each day (M-Th) from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Tackle - Just helmets Mon & Tues; helmet and shoulder pads Wed & Thurs
Flag will practice Monday and Thursday from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.
Second Week: We will practice the week of August 30th-September 2nd (M-Th) from 5:30-7:30pm. Tackle - Full pads beginning on Monday.
Flag will practice Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30pm-7:00pm.
TACKLE WEIGH-INS - (3/4 and 5/6) We will not have to meet at Schalmont HS for weigh-ins on 8/26/21. Instead, all players will weigh-in at their Week One game site.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT EVERY TACKLE PLAYER IS PRESENT FOR WEIGH-INS. This is a league requirement and we must record a weight in order to play. Weight records are verified by other coaches from other league teams.
Labor Day Week - We may TRY to schedule a scrimmage Saturday 9/4/21 - more details to come. We will NOT practice on Monday 9/6, Labor Day.
Teams will be selected the week of Labor Day. Practice schedules will be released around the same time using the SSU Play APP. Right now, Junior tackle (grades 3&4) will practice on Mondays and Wednesdays. Senior tackle (grades 5&6) will practice Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Games will start on Saturday, September 11th. ALL games will be on Saturdays either at our home field at Indian Meadows or away at our opponents' fields. The schedule will not be available until just before games start. We know that makes it difficult to plan, but it is unavoidable given the complexity of this process. Please plan on football games each Saturday through October.
We hope you are excited as we are to FINALLY kickoff this 2021 Football Season!!