I hope that this helps you with some of the basic information that we get calls about. If you don't find the answers to your questions here, then please feel free to call us. These questions are the ones that we get most often as the season gets underway:

What are the age requirements?
Why do I have to attend a uniform fitting with my cheerleader if I registered online
What High School District am I in?
When does the season start?
Where do I go for practice?
How often will we practice, what time/day of the week is practice?
What is included in my registration fee?
When do we get our equipment?
What is included in the $250 equipment deposit?
Will my Equipment Deposit check be cashed?
Can I just keep my equipment until next year?
What equipment do I need to supply?
What other costs may be involved?
When is picture day?

Q: What are the age requirements?
A: CYFA is a grade based league. Kindergarten - 2nd grade are combined, and then we have teams for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Kids in 6th grade need to sign up to play with the middle school teams.

Q: Why do I have to attend a uniform fitting with my cheerleader if I registered online
A: Each cheerleader needs to be fitted to ensure she is getting a properly fitting uniform. CYFA orders uniforms specific for each cheerleader. Participants get to keep their uniforms. The last day to sign up and get fitted for your sideline cheerleading uniform is July 15, 2017. Due to the production of the cheerleading uniforms, CYFA will enforce a cut off date for sign ups and fittings. 

Q: What High School District am I in?
A: There are a couple of ways you can find out this information. First, you can fill out our registration form. When you enter your elementary school or middle school information, you are automatically placed in the correct High School District for your area. Second, you can call your elementary/middle school

Q: When does the season start?
A: Practice starts the last week of July. The first game is usually Labor Day Weekend.

Q: Where do I go for practice?
A: You will receive a newsletter from CYFA telling you where to go and what time to be there for football conditioning/assessments or cheer practice. Expect a CYFA newsletter a week or two before the start of practice. This information will also be covered at the parent meeting

Q: How often will we practice, what time/day of the week is practice?
A: Teams are allowed two two-hour practices per week in full pads, and one one-hour practice (called a “walk-through”) in shorts, helmets and cleats, no pads. The walk-through is usually held on Fridays, but it is up to the head coach which day he holds his walk-through.

Practice usually begins at 6:00pm but may be adjusted due to lighting or heat. Please be as flexible as you can. Practice days will be determined by the coach’s schedule and practice facility availability. Your coach will give you that information after you have been drafted on a team.

Q: What is included in my registration fee?
A: Football players will receive registration t-shirt, magnet, 2 game jerseys, helmet decals and name lettering on the jerseys. Your registration price also pays for referees, field usage, maintenance fees and other costs.

Cheerleaders will receive the uniform package with shoes, magnet, pom poms, and hoodie

Q: When do we get our equipment?
A: Equipment will be issued according to a schedule posted on the home page of this website. Each team will be assigned a time to be fitted for equipment and equipment will be issued at that time. Registered players will also get a reminder email a week or two before equipment day. Equipment will be needed for assessments so be sure to attend your scheduled day. There will be a $25 non refundable late fee due for anyone receiving equipment on the make up day. An Equipment Agreement will be filled out for each football player and a $250 deposit will be made by check only for each player obtaining equipment. If you have your own equipment, you MUST bring it to Equipment Day so that it can be approved by CYFA personnel. For those who have their own equipment, game pants will be issued for a $20 deposit. Game pants need to be returned at equipment turn in at the end of the season. Game pants ARE NOT practice pants, please do not use them as such! Practice pants can be obtained at our sponsor Dick's Sporting Goods or any other sporting goods store.

Q: What is included in the $250 equipment deposit?
A: The equipment deposit includes the helmet, shoulder pads, and game pants with integrated pads. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW CHILDREN TO BANG THEIR HELMETS AGAINST WALLS OR CONCRETE. This will result in a reduction of your refund. Helmets are only to be used on the football field!!!

PLEASE NOTE: Equipment MUST be returned to the league at the assigned time. The $250 deposit will not cover replacement cost of the equipment. If you miss the equipment turn in date, please contact the equipment director (see contacts) and make arrangements to get it to him. No refunds will be issued without the equipment being returned. Outstanding checks will be cashed after the last equipment hand in date

Q: Will my Equipment Deposit check be cashed?
A: No. Your check will be held until the end of the season and returned to you when you return your equipment promptly and in good condition. No equipment checks will be returned after Dec 31

Q: Can I just keep my equipment until next year?
A: You may not use equipment issued the previous year and not turned in. Equipment is serviced on a regular basis and keeping equipment keeps us from properly caring for it! You will have to pay a new deposit and have new equipment issued so we can service the old equipment.

Q: What equipment do I need to supply?
A: You will need to supply practice pants, practice jersey, cleats, and a mouth guard. We supply a soft chin strap with each helmet. You may purchase your own hard chin strap if you wish. You may also supply your own football equipment. If you do, you need to bring it to equipment day to have our staff sign off on it. Also, don’t forget water bottles!!! Athletic cups are not required but may be used. You may also wish to provide a five-pocket girdle for your football player, especially for the larger football players. The tailbone pad, hip pads, and thigh pads go in the girdle and help keep them in position. Under Armor makes a youth six-pocket girdle that has a place for an athletic cup, also. Some athletic stores carry them, most do not, but it is available by ordering on-line. There will also be some practice pants and practice jerseys (culled from previous game pants that retained some damage) available for sale from CYFA at equipment handout. This availability is on a first come basis.

Q: What other costs may be involved?
A: CYFA supplies trophies for first and second place in each grade level. If your team does not attend the championship game and you wish to supply trophies, then your team will be responsible for that cost. Cheer bows, socks and Homecoming expenses are not covered by CYFA. Football team moms are encouraged to get with their corresponding Cheer team moms to come to an agreement concerning homecoming festivities. End of the season parties are also the responsibility of each team. Coaches’ gifts should be included with the end-of-the-year party expenses.

Q: When is picture day?
A: There will be team and individual photos taken on a Saturday in August two weeks before the regular season begins. Please make every effort to reserve this date and make sure your football player and cheerleader gets to their teams’ assigned picture time.

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