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Practice starts Monday, August 19th - 5:30pm

Updated Wednesday August 7, 2019 by Brandon Waylett.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE 2019 SYF SEASON
 
Practice begins at Indian Meadows Monday, August 19th, 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.  Donations will be accepted through August 22tnd.  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.  If you were unable to attend equipment handouts on 8/12/19, please arrive early the first day of practice to get equipment - Monday 8/19/19 - 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 this year, 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 and athletic supporters are required at every practice.
 
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 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. You are encouraged to get it and use it. Please 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!)
 
Practice Schedule:
First Week: We will practice the week of August 19th-22nd, 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 26th-29th (M-Th) from 5:30-7:30pm.  Tackle - Full pads beginning on Monday.
Flag will practice Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30pm-7:00pm.
 
Wednesday - 8/28 - IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU ATTEND THIS PRACTICE FOR WEIGH-INS (weigh-ins are for tackle players only). This will take place at 6:00 pm. 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 (Ballston Spa).
 
Week of 9/2: We will NOT practice on Monday, Labor Day, or Wednesday, the evening before the 1st day of school. For tacklewe will practice on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-7:30pm. Practice on Friday will be at the coaches discretion. Friday practice will typically be used as a shortened practice (1 hour) and is typically a walk-through for games the following day.  Friday walk-throughs require helmets and supporters.  Flag will practice Tuesday and Thursday this week as well.
 
9/8 - SUNDAY - Scrimmage for the tackle levels only at Schalmont High School at 10AM - League-wide coaching meeting to follow.  In order to be eligible to play in the scrimmage, our young warriors must participate in 10 practices.  Please make every effort to attend practice. The scrimmage counts as a practice!!
 
Games will start on Saturday, September 14th. ALL games will be on Saturdays either at our home field at Indian Meadows or away at our opponent’s 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 2019 Football Season!!

Thank you

SYF

SYF Consent and Code of Conduct