FAQ's for TACKLE Football
Q. – My player is not signed up for the skills football camp. Will his absence effect his/her placement on the team?
A. – No, the NORA football camp is a recreational program. It does not have any bearing on the Young Bucs Football program. Each child that is signed up will be placed on a team for their age group.
Q. – What is the difference between conditioning practice and practice with equipment?
A. – Conditioning is set for the first three days of practice. The players should wear a t-shirt, sport shorts and athletic shoes (non-metal cleats are acceptable). These practices consist of explaining the basics of the game and placing each player through specific drills to see what their abilities are. Practices with equipment will begin the following week, you will be notified what equipment to wear and when. The players will learn how to tackle properly, learn specific offensive and defensive plays, throwing and catching techniques, and much more, using The Heads Up Football Program.
Q. – Can my 4th grade child move up to the 5/6 grade division?
A. – No, 3rd graders and 4th graders will be placed on teams with only 3rd and 4th graders, as well as 5th graders and 6th graders will only be placed with other 5th and 6th graders. It does not matter how much experience a player has, they will always be with their own age group. No player is allowed to “play up a level”. There are weight restrictions at each grade level.
Q. What is the practice schedule?
A. – August 14th -17th, 2017 will be conditioning (no equipment needed). The weeks of Aug 21st, and 28th, the players will have practice Monday – Thursday 6-8pm. There will be no practice on August 24th. School begins on Tuesday, September 5th, practices will change to Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:30 (or for as long as daylight allows). All practices will be at the Grand Haven High School football practice fields which are located west of the enclosed soccer field.
Q. What is the game schedule?
A. –Games will be played on Saturdays. You will be notified if this changes. We will be playing Spring Lake, Muskegon Catholic Central, Mona Shores, Reeths Puffer, and Fruitport in the 2017 season.
Q. What equipment is required?
A. – GHYBFC requires all players to obtain the following equipment for all games: a NOCSAE Approved White Football Helmet (stamp or sticker must be visible), mouth guard (MUST BE ATTACHED TO THE HELMET), shoulder pads, white football pants with pads, navy blue socks, and rubber cleats (metal cleats are NOT allowed). These are the items required for practices: NOCSAE Approved White Football helmet (stamp or sticker must be visible), mouth guard (MUST BE ATTACHED TO THE HELMET), practice jerseys or t-shirt large enough to fit over shoulder pads, shoulder pads, practice football pants of any color with pads (thigh, knee, hips, tail, belt), and rubber cleats. Many players wear the same white pair of pants for practice as they do games. Gloves, sleeves, sweatbands, etc. are optional.
Q. Where can I purchase / obtain the equipment?
A. – You can purchase new or used equipment at the parent information night. We also encourage previous & current players to sell their used equipment at a price negotiated between themselves and the potential buyer. Any of the local sporting goods stores also carry a wide variety of equipment necessary to play.
Q. Is practice canceled if they are predicting bad weather?
A – Practice will only be canceled if there is lightening, thunder, unplayable/unsafe field conditions, or excessive heat. You will be contacted via email approximately 30 minutes before practice to let you know if practice is canceled. This website, remind.com and Facebook will be updated.