WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE NEEDED AT REGISTRATION?
Documents?? We don’t want your stinking documents!
We want to save a few trees and make life easier by collecting all of your information online. Just make sure you followed the instructions when you registered and you should be good to go. If you didn’t register online, we’ll have a computer at equipment handouts, or we’ll be happy to show you how to do it from your phone.
WHEN WILL GAME SCHEDULES BE POSTED?
They usually come out a week or two before the season starts. We understand you want them as soon as possible. Rest assured any delay in getting them to you is because we are doing our best to make sure your kids have a fun, safe and competitive schedule!
WHERE ARE GAMES HELD?
Butterfield Park is the home field for the Mountain Football Conference Herriman & Mt. Ridge Districts. When playing an away game, they could be as far north as Ogden, south as Provo, west as Grantsville and east as South Summit. Having said that, we’ll try to keep traveling longer distances as limited as possible.
HOW LONG DO GAMES LAST?
About 2 hours start to finish, but most coaches want their teams ready to go 1 hour before game time.
HOW OFTEN DO WE PRACTICE?
We recommend practicing 3 days a week, 2 hours a day. That schedule is required that after your first game. Some coaches like to go 6 days a week preseason, and then down to 3 days a week when the season starts. That is entirely up to your coach.
7th, 8th and 9th grade teams are allowed an extra hour per day.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AMOUNT OF PLAYS MY PLAYER CAN EXPECT?
Each player must play a minimum of 10 plays in every game. A play is constituted as any time the official puts the ball in play, which means special teams plays count. If your player misses practices or if they are a constant distraction during practice, they may not get their 10 plays. Football is a game that can be dangerous if players don’t know what they are doing. As much as we want your child playing, we have to take his/her, their teammates and their opponents’ safety into consideration first. If your player did not get 10 plays in a game, we require you wait 24 hours after the game and then talk to your coach about it. If the problem is not corrected in the next game, please contact your age group liaison so we can address this with the coach.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS THE OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN?
If for some reason you are unable to make the official weigh in you need to connect with your coach as soon as possible. Please do your best to be at the official weigh-ins and remember, all of us are volunteers so if we can’t find a time to weigh you in before the first game your child will play as an X man until we can get him weighed in.
WHAT DO I WEAR TO WEIGH-IN?
Clothes….don’t show up in underwear. If you are close on weight let us know and we’ll figure a modest way to get an accurate reading.
IS FOOTBALL DANGEROUS?
Just like any other sport, football is potentially dangerous. Football is a full contact sport and they WILL have scrapes and bruises….you need to expect it! We rarely see concussions or other serious injuries. According to AMEA there are actually more concussions in girls soccer than in youth football. (http://equipmentmanagers.org/featured-story/concussions-more-prevalent-in-girls-soccer-than-football) Our coaches and board members will be trained to have your player play in the safest way possible.
WHEN ARE TRYOUTS?
We follow the High School Football schedule. Tryouts will start Monday, July 27th. Enjoy July 24th as a holiday and be ready to roll the next week!
WHEN DO WE PLAY GAMES?
Our games are usually played on Saturdays between 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Some age groups may play during the evening on a weekday.
CAN WE TAKE A VACATION DURING THE SEASON?
There are a lot of people who depend on your player to be at every practice and every game, we strongly encourage you to not take a vacation during the season. Having said that, we understand the importance of family time and the strain the schedule places on our spouses. With that in mind, we will not hold any practices or games the week of Fall Break and hope you take advantage of that time to recharge and come back ready to finish the season strong.
WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?
There are NO REFUNDS! Because our equipment is new it is expensive and we have to order it months in advance. As soon as you register we purchase your equipment. Along with that we plan teams and schedules based on registration numbers. Please don't sign up until you know you are committed to play.
WHAT ARE AGE & DIVISION?
The division is determined by your grade and we have levels from 1st to 9th grade
WHAT ARE THE X WEIGHT LIMITS?
1st& 2nd– 75 lbs
3rd – 85 lbs
4th – 95 lbs
5th – 105 lbs
6th – 120 lbs
7th – 135 lbs
8th – 165 lbs
9th – No X-Weight
X-men can only play the following positions on offense - center, guard, tackle. They cannot line up in a position where they are eligible receivers. X-men can play any position on Defense and are allowed to advance both fumbles and interceptions. On Special teams, X-men must be the front two lines or line of scrimmage.
This rule allows smaller players with less experience to play down a grade. This is not meant for kids to play down to be the stars of the teams. You must fall below the Z-DOWN weight limit. All Z-DOWN players must be approved by the conference board. NO EXCEPTIONS!
1st& 2nd– No Z-Down
3rd – 65 lbs or below
4th – 75 lbs or below
5th – 85 lbs or below
6th – 100 lbs or below
7th – 115 lbs or below
8th – No Z-Down
9th – No Z-Down
WHAT SIZE FOOTBALL & FIELD LENGTH?
Teams are responsible to provide their own regulation ball for their offensive series. The official game ball for each grade is as follows:
1st & 2nd– PeeWee
3rd – PeeWee
4th – PeeWee
5th – Junior
6th – Junior
7th – Youth
8th – Youth
9th – High School
1st & 2nd– 80 Yard
3rd – 80 Yard
4th – 80 Yard
5th – 80 Yard
6th – 80 Yard
7th – 80 Yard (unless they are scheduled on a 100 yard field)
8th – 100 Yard
9th – 100 Yard
WHAT EQUIPMENT ARE YOU RESPONSIBLE FOR?
We will provide helmets, shoulder pads, pants and a jersey. You will need cleats, a practice jersey, mouthguard, a cup and any other piece of equipment your child wants to use.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PLAY?
Registration is $300 for the season. Most team moms will ask for a donation of around $50 per player so they can have team parties, end of year banquets, etc… If you want to embroider your players last name on his jersey that usually runs $10 and is handled at the team level.
IS IT BETTER TO LET MY KID GROW UP AND GET BIGGER BEFORE I LET THEM PLAY?
No. As stated above football as a full-contact sport. In order to avoid injury, it is very important to learn how to make a block or tackle and more importantly how to get blocked and tackled. Like any other sport, the longer you wait to enroll your child the further behind they are getting in learning these skills. Starting your child at a younger age will give them the ability to learn the skills needed to play the game correctly at the same time all of the other kids are learning them.