Q1: I want to sign my children up for football and need to know when registration ends?
A1: Regular registration will be open until June 30th. After June 30th all registrations will be considered late and have an additional $20 fee per registration. You may register online at the Ravens web site. Simply follow the link from the home page. Please note that individual age groups may close registration as we reach capacity in that particular age group.
Q2: Why does my child need a DMV ID card?
A2: In 2010 the MYFL board voted to replace the requirement of original birth certificates with a new requirement of DMV ID cards across all age groups. Since the majority of our teams participate in the MYFL all Glen Allen players are now required to have a state issued DMV ID card to play on any of our teams. The ID card will be collected at the start of practice and returned to the parents after rosters are verified. On game days all players are required to have their DMV ID cards with them for check-in.
Q3: How much does it cost?
A3: Our pricing for registration this season will be the same as it was in 2010. Our pricing is as follows:
- Flag, Peewee, & Midget Football: $140
- Juniors Football: $100
- Cheerleading: $100
- Multi-Child Discount: -$30 per child after the first child registered (siblings only)
- Late Fee: $20 per registration after June 30th
PRACTICE, GAMES, WEATHER, EQUIPMENT
Q4: When does the first practice begin?
A4: Monday, August 8, 2011
Q5: What are the practice schedules? How often are practices held?
A5: The first three weeks of practice are Monday through Friday. Practices begin at 6:00 P.M. and end at 8:00 P.M. The practice schedule will be fairly intense for the first few weeks with most teams practicing each week night up to labor day. After labor day most teams will go to a three nights a week practice schedule with games played on Saturdays.
Q6: What time do the games start? What day are they played?
A6: Games are played on Saturday, with Sunday used if a Saturday game gets rained out. The schedule runs Flag JV at 8AM, Juniors (12-14) at 9AM, Midgets (10-12) after the Juniors game, Peewees (8-10) after the Midgets, and then Flag Varsity (6-7) after the Midgets. Since the later games can’t start until the game before it finishes the start times of the later games can vary quite a bit. Gridiron team start times will vary from week to week.
Q7: If it rains, will there be practice and/or games?
A7: We will practice and/or play games as long as the fields are open and playable. Henrico County Parks & Rec will make decisions on field closures and will update the inclement weather hotline (804-501-5132) by 3PM on weekdays and 7:30AM on weekends. Storms that may develop during the course of a game or practice will be assessed as they happen. The Metro Youth Football League occasionally cancels games due to weather. On game days they will announce this by 7:30 AM.
Q8: What should be worn to practice?
A8: Your coaches will advise you of practice attire during the first week of practice. For the first practice, your child should wear shorts, shirt, socks, and running shoes or cleats.
Q9: What football equipment do the Ravens provide? What do we need to provide?
A9: The Ravens provide each player with a game jersey, game pants, practice jersey, practice pants, pads for pants and a helmet. You will need to provide shoulder pads and cleats along with a girdle to hold the waist pads. Cleats must be rubber – no metal is permitted. We will have a representative from one of the local sporting goods stores available at equipment handout to sell shoulder pads and other protective equipment. You can also buy these on elsewhere if you prefer.
Q10: Where are the game schedules posted?
A10: The game schedules and directions to host athletic fields are posed on the Ravens web site under the “Game Day” section on the site.
Q11: Do the JV teams play the same schedules as the Varsity teams?
A11: Metro will determine the JV schedules approximately the last week of August. These schedules are dependent on the number of other Associations that will field JV teams. In most cases, the JV teams will play at the same location as the varsity teams. However, there will most likely be differences between the Varsity and JV schedules where our JV teams will play at different locations or play different teams than our Varsity teams..
Q12: Do the Gridiron teams play the same schedules as the Metro teams?
A12: No. Gridiron is administered by the Western Youth Athletic Association and will have an all together different schedule from our Metro teams. The Gridiron schedule will be available shortly after the JV schedule is posted and like the Metro schedules will be posted on the Ravens web site under the “Game Day” section on the site.
Q13: I am interested in being an assistant coach. Who do I need to contact?
A13: Contact our Athletic Director at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being an assistant coach this season.
Q14: How can I become a head coach?
A14: GAFCA takes head coaching applications for the following season in the December and January time frame. If you would like to be considered for a head coaching position for next year’s teams please contact that Ravens Athletic Director at email@example.com .
Q14: My five year old almost 6 year old son is interested in flag football. I am wondering what the schedule is like. Are the games always on the weekend? Is there a set time they play? What is the practice schedule like?
A14: As a six year old your son will most likely play on our flag JV team. The flag JV team is made up of 5 and 6 year olds. For the first couple of weeks the teams may practice every week night. However, once school starts the JV team practices only twice a week and will play their games on Saturday mornings. Rained out Saturday games may be played on Sundays or even during the week. The Flag JV team starts their games at 8AM and must be over by 9AM for the varsity schedule to start at 9AM. The Flag JV games are instructional in nature and therefore the score is not put on the scoreboard and the games are held on a constant running clock. There is also no official score of the games recorded and no winner and loser. The emphasis is on teaching and an introduction to the game. At 7 our flag players move up to the varsity team. There are a few six year olds who the varsity coach with choose to keep up on the varsity team but since 7 year olds cannot play on the JV team, how many 6 year olds move up to varsity is dependent on how many 7 year olds that sign up. The flag varsity team will practice three times a week and also plays their games on Saturdays but they do not have a set start time.