VAA football rules 2013 revised..docx (Rules for the 2014 season will be posted in the spring)
Commissioners: Jon Overholser Email: email@example.com or
Cindy Hauser Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The VAA football program is available to both boys and girls in first through eighth grade. The players in this program learn football fundamentals, team work and fair play. Coaches also teach that discipline and hard work is needed in order to function not only as a team but as a person in society. The program has a goal to promote a season of learning, safety and fun for the players and spectators involved. Each year a portion of the registration fees are used to purchase new equipment. Due to our concern for the safety of our players, concussion training must be completed by each coach prior to interacting with the players. We also have optional classes available pertaining to the care of common injuries. We take these steps to work towards our goal of very few injuries but also being proactive if an incident should happen to occur. Many of the players in the VAA program started playing flag football as a 1st or 2nd grader. The majority continue on to play tackle football during grades 3 through 6. Once a player enters our traveling program they no longer play against their peers from Apple Valley. These 7th and 8th graders have a greater level of competitive play as they oppose surrounding cities in the South Suburban Youth Football league. Many of our players will fulfill their childhood dreams by participating on the Apple Valley High School football team. GO EAGLES!
Grade level is determined by the player's September grade level.
First and second graders play flag football.
Third and fourth graders play together in the Minor Tackle League
Fifth and sixth graders play in the Major Tackle League.
(7th and 8th graders have a separate league. See TRAVELING FOOTBALL for registration)
ALL REGISTRATION WILL BE COMPLETED ONLINE. (If you do not have a computer, visit the library or contact the commissioners to set up arrangements)
Registration will begin online Thursday May 1st, 2014. We will have an early bird special coming this spring. Registration will close on Sunday July 13th for contact football.
Flag football registration will close July 27th.
There will be no registrations after Sunday August 31st, 2014. NOTE: Registration for football MAY close prior to the end of August if all slots have been filled on each team.
All tackle football participants must weigh in before they are assigned to a team. (In the minors league a player may not carry the ball if they weigh over 100 pounds. In the majors league a player is not allowed to carry the football if he or she weighs over 125 pounds. The players that are in excess of these weight limits are considered "red stripers".)
Equipment pick up will take place at the VAA Field house next to the Apple Valley Community Center.
FLAG FOOTBALL PLAYERS DO NOT NEED TO COME TO EQUIPMENT HAND OUT. YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR JERSEY AND MOUTHGUARD AT PRACTICE.
IN ADDITION TO THE REGULAR REGISTRATION FEES, THERE WILL BE A $100.00 PER PLAYER DEPOSIT CHECK COLLECTED AT EQUIPMENT HAND OUT FOR MINORS/MAJORS PLAYERS. THIS CHECK WILL BE HELD BY VAA AND NOT CASHED UNLESS YOUR CHILD’S EQUIPMENT IS NOT TURNED IN AT THE END OF THE SEASON OR THE EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN MISUSED AND DAMAGED. No check…..no equipment.
THOSE PLAYERS THAT DID NOT PURCHASE GOLD PANTS LAST SEASON, THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT EQUIPMENT HAND OUT/WEIGH INS. THE COST WILL BE $29.00. (Cash or check please) YOUR PLAYER CAN USE THOSE THE FOLLOWING YEAR IN MINOR’S/MAJOR’S LEAGUE. (flag football players do NOT need gold pants)
In order for this program to be a success, we need help from the parents. We ask each family to assist during the season at least 2 hours of their time. There will be sign ups available in the summer. Each family please donate one CASE of COKE or PEPSI products (any variety...regular and diet) . These will be used throughout the season at the concession stand. PLEASE LABEL THE CASES WITH YOUR PLAYER’S NAME WITH PERMANENT MARKER AND BRING TO YOUR ASSIGNED EQUIPMENT HAND OUT. We feel this is very reasonable. Other sports require 10 hours or more volunteer hours plus other additional requirements. None of the parents that help out during the season are paid. The football program consists of many families. It is essential that we have many people assisting with concessions, working the chains, taking down the fields after the games, helping with equipment distribution prior to the season.....equipment collection after the season....running the time clock etc. Thanks in advance for your help!
Coaches are selected by the Football Commissioners and Board. Each team is allowed one head coach and two assistants. All coaches must pass a background check. They must also have a concussion training certificate on file with VAA. If you need to complete this training, please follow the link on the Valley Athletic Association website. Parents who desire to coach can express interest through the VAA website as part of their online registration. Coaching preference is given to parents who coached the previous year and received favorable parent evaluations.
Coaches will also be required to attend a clinic covering issues such as playbooks, rules, position/skill play, concussions, strains and sprains.
Teams playing tackle football are selected through a process based on the child's weight and grade level. Other factors include experience, skill, evaluations from prior year and skills assessment that will take place in July.
Players will be weighed in during equipment pick up and will not be placed on a team until this is completed. Coaches will receive official rosters at the designated coaches meeting.
Flag football teams are evenly divided between grades. After teams have been selected, only a limited number of late players will be accepted in order to fill out rosters . We will TRY to honor special requests like car pools IF BOTH PLAYERS have made the request. If ONLY ONE player requests another....it will NOT be honored. There is not a guarantee that all requests will be honored. The main goal is to create balanced teams with players from each grade level.
Major and Minor leagues will begin practices in late July. Flag football will begin at the beginning of August. Times and locations of practices are set by the coaching staff. All teams are limited to no more than four practices per week prior to the start of the regular season. During the regular season this number will decrease by two, allowing only two practices per week. All contact football participants must have 3 non pad practices with their team BEFORE partaking in full contact practice.
WE WILL HAVE A SKILLS EVALUATION FOR THE TACKLE FOOTBALL PLAYERS IN JULY. THE ASSESSMENT WILL INCLUDE A VARIETY OF SKILLS AND DRILLS. THE SCORES WILL BE USED IN TEAM PLACEMENT.
All tackle games (grades 3-6) will have one professional official and TWO student officials for the 2014 season.
Flag teams play on Tuesday or Thursday evenings at 6PM and Saturday mornings at 9AM. (Note: toward the end of September the game times change from 6PM to 5:45PM due to lack of day light.)
Minor teams play on Thursday evenings at 6PM and and Saturday mornings at 9AM. First game Thursday September 4th. (Note: toward the end of September the game times change from 6PM to 5:45PM due to lack of day light.)
Major teams play on Tuesday evenings at 6PM and Saturday mornings at 10:30AM. First game Tuesday September 2nd. (Note: toward the end of September the game times change from 6PM to 5:45PM due to lack of day light.)
All teams will play twice a week. Teams will play about ten regular season games, beginning the week after Labor Day.
The regular season for grades one through 6 will end on Saturday October 4th.
Flag football does NOT have playoffs.
The week of October 6th....there will be playoffs held for the minors and majors levels.
All games are at Hayes Community Center. (EXCEPT games on October 11th and October 12th. Those final playoff games will be held at the Apple Valley High School. (The first and second place teams will receive a trophy) )
If equipment is not returned to the head coach by the end of October your $100.00 check will be cashed.
Note: Player’s fees are used for a variety of purposes. Some of those include paying the refs for minor’s/major’s leagues, field maintenance, garbage removal, restroom facilities, trophies and of course safe equipment for our players.
NOTE: TEAM/INDIVIDUAL PICTURES WILL BE TAKEN ON MONDAY AUGUST 19TH,2014. MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW.
FOOTBALL PREVIEW NIGHT WILL BE HELD IN AUGUST AT THE APPLE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL. MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW DURING THE SUMMER OF 2014.
VAA NIGHT AT THE AVHS FOOTBALL GAME WILL BE HELD ON A FRIDAY NIGHT HOME VARSITY GAME. THE EXACT DATE WILL NOT BE KNOWN UNTIL THE SUMMER.
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