FOOTBALL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
The Bloomfield Raiders Youth Football program is open to Bloomfield residents only, and consists of 4 teams broken down by age as of Dec 31st of the playing year -- A (13-14) - B (11-12) - C (9-10) - Mighty Mite (7-8). A, B, and C levels are competitive teams that compete in a championship at the end of the year. The Mighty Mite teams play tackle football on a more instructional level with coaches on the field during the games. All of our games are played on Sundays against other teams in our league; these are regulation games with refs, announcers, chain crew, cheerleaders, etc.
What are the different age groups and weight limits for each team?
Mighty Mites: 7 & 8 year olds
Players must be at least seven (7) years of age prior to Dec 31st of the playing year and cannot turn nine (9) years of age on or before December 31st of the playing year.
he maximum weight shall be one hundred and ten (110) pounds at game time. 9 yr olds under 60lbs may play on MM team.
C Squad: 9 & 10 year olds
Players cannot turn eleven (11) years of age on or before December 31st of the playing year. The maximum weight shall be one hundred and twenty five (125) pounds at game time. 11 year olds under 80lbs may play on C team
B Squad: 11 & 12 year olds
Players cannot turn thirteen (13) years of age on or before December 31st of the playing year. The maximum weight shall be one hundred and fifty-five (155) pounds at game time. 13 yr olds under 100lbs may play on B team.
A Squad: 13 & 14 year olds
Players cannot turn fifteen (15) years of age on or before December 31st of the playing year. Players cannot be enrolled in high School. The maximum weight shall be one hundred and eighty (185) pounds at game time.
How many games are in a season?
Each age group will play eight regular season games. Players that are on the C team will have the opportunity to play up to two more playoff games depending on their regular season record. Players that are on the A and B teams will have the opportunity to play up to three more playoff games depending on their regular season record.
When and where are the games played?
All home games are played at Bloomfield High School. All away games will be played at our opponents respective home fields. All games will follow the same game time schedule unless otherwise noted. All players must be at the field 1 hour prior to game.
Game Times: Players must arrive 1- hour prior to game time for weigh-in. If a player misses weigh-in, he will not be allowed to play. Game times are listed below and are played in this order unless otherwise noted.
B Team - 9:00 AM
A Teaam - 11:00 AM
C Team - 1:00 PM
MM Team - 3:00 PM
How long are the games?
Games are generally two hours long. Players should be present 1 hour prior to kickoff in order to weigh in. Each game consists of four 10 minute quarters.
When and where are practices held?
During the month of August, practices will be held Monday through Friday, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Carmen Arace Field. Practices will be held Tuesday through Friday once school is in session. Your team coach will keep you abreast of any changes.
How do I find out if a game or practice is canceled do to inclement weather?
Bloomfield Raiders will practice RAIN or SHINE unless thunder or lighting permit us not to. The Head Coach will use its discretion in canceling practice. You will be notified by phone or by email. Please make sure your coach has your phone number and e-mail address. Please drop your kids off on time - and pick them up on time.
How are positions and playing time determined?
Players will be competing with their peers for playing time at each position during practices, scrimmages, and games. Coaches will evaluate each player in order to determine where they can help the team the most and ultimately where the player can be the most successful. Players who demonstrate hard work, discipline, and good attendance during practices and games will be rewarded with additional recognition and playing time.
How much playing time will my child get during the games?
The BRYF and CTYFL by-laws mandate that all players must participate in at least six plays per game which includes offense, defense, and special teams. As mentioned above, playing time is determined by a player's work ethic and participation level during practices, scrimmages, and games.
What is the practice attendance policy? What happens if my child misses practice?
Coaches will expect each child to attend and participate in every practice and game. Practice time is extremely valuable and is used to develop the skills of each player and prepare the team for the upcoming opponent. If a player must miss a practice or game, a coach must be notified either by phone call or email before practice begins. Limited excused absences are acceptable and will be allowed, however excessive absences may result in loss of playing time due to lack of participation. Unexcused absences may result in immediate loss of playing time.
My child participates in additional activities during the football season. How will this effect my child's chances of playing?
It is extremely difficult for a child to participate at a high level in football if he or she is involved in multiple activities during football season, therefore it is not recommended. Coaches will follow the guidelines for missed practices mentioned above.
What does my child need in order to participate in football?
Bloomfield Raiders Organization supplies a majority of the necessary equipment needed to participate. Each player will receive the following, but must be returned at the end of the season:
2 - Game Jerseys - one for home games/one for away games
Practice Jersey and Pants
Parents must purchased the following items for their child to participate in practices and games. Football accessory packages will be available for purchase for an additional fee during registration.
Football Girdle w/3 or 5 pockets
Football Cleats w/Rubber Spikes - No Metal Spikes!!!!
Knee high socks
What does my child need to wear to practice?
Coaches will announce the dress code for the next practice. The majority of practices will be held in "Full Pads". Please reference the "Dress Code" for what to wear to practice.
Dress Code for Football
Players will need to wear full attire.
For information on Football Camps and Clinics click here. The CTYFL is not affiliated with any of these clinics or camps. We encourage you to check out the information thoroughly.