General | Tackle Football | Flag Football

General

Question: What is the mission of the KGYAA?
Answer: The King George Youth Athletic Association (KGYAA) is a community-based non-profit organization founded for the primary mission of providing (and expanding) youth football opportunities for the young men and women within the county.

Formally established in 2007, the KGYAA is now entering its 20th overall season of competition, and is singularly focused on offering its participating families a well-organized, professionally managed program.

Committed to promoting leadership, teamwork, and sportsmanship, the KGYAA is family-friendly, welcomes aspiring participants, and prioritizes fundamental skills development and a love for the game.

   
Question: Who is allowed to participate in the KGYAA?
Answer: As we are community-based, predicated on open-enrollment, and focused on fundamental skills development, we gladly welcome aspiring participants regardless of skill or experience.
   
Question: Does the KGYAA belong to a national youth football organization?
Answer: Yes. We are a member of American Youth Football (AYF), considered to be the nation's fastest growing youth football organization.
   
Question: What do the registration fees for football participants cover?
Answer: The registration fees for football participants cover the following (incomplete list of) operating expenses:

- Procurement of new football equipment
- Procurement of new uniforms
- Replacement of existing, unserviceable football equipment
- Replacement of existing, unserviceable football uniform items
- Re-conditioning and re-certification of football helmets
- Annual liability insurance premiums
- Officiating fees for all football games
- Rental fees for field/facility usage
- Rental fees for equipment storage units
- Concessions supplies and associated expenses
- Frost Bowl & Spring Fever Bowl trophies/medals
- Replacement/procurement of football/medical supplies
- Annual American Youth Football (AYF) membership, etc.
- Rappahannock River Youth Football League (RRYFL) fees

Beyond this incomplete list of aforementioned operational expenses, all football participants receive many hours of sound instruction and fundamental skills development by numerous, dedicated, uncompensated community volunteers.

   
   
Question: Does the KGYAA allow late registrations?
Answer: We permit most late registrations, though additional fees may be required in addition to the standard registration fee. Additional cheerleading, additional uniform-related fees may also be required (e.g., shipping costs, etc.).
   
Question: Does the KGYAA employ wait-lists?
Answer: We have yet to employ a formal wait-list for any program, but as we are reducing our number of organized tackle football teams, wait-lists may be required for that program. (To avoid potential placement on a wait-list, all prospective participants are encouraged to register as early as possible!)
   
Question: How do I apply to coach in a KGYAA program?
Answer: During a particular program's registration period, all prospective coaches (as well as other volunteers such as team moms, trainers, photographers, etc.) should complete and submit the required volunteer application and code of conduct forms.
   
Question: What is the selection process for coaches?
Answer: Our Coach Selection Committee (CSC) is responsible for reviewing all submitted applications, approving/assigning head coaches, and endorsing assistant coach applicants (and other volunteers). CSC-approved/assigned head coaches are permitted to form their own coaching staffs from the pool of endorsed assistant coach applicants, therefore those who apply and are endorsed to be assistant coaches may not necessarily be selected to serve in that position.
   
Question: What type of coach does the KGYAA prefer?
Answer: Volunteer coaches are the backbone of our association and, as such, they have the greatest impact on a participant's fundamental skills development and overall level of enjoyment.

The type of volunteer coach we prefer is one who believes that his/her "retention" percentage is more important than his/her "winning" percentage.

Perspective is key. We are interested in coaches who set the example, who wish to be good mentors, and who can effectively model the tenants of leadership, sportsmanship, and teamwork we wish to impart to our participants.

   
Question: Do coaches and volunteer applicants undergo a background check?
Answer: Yes. All volunteer applicants are required to pass both a national and state criminal background check.
   
Question: Do approved coaches automatically return to the same position the following season?
Answer: No. An approved coach's term officially concludes with the end of the season for which he/she is approved, and he/she must apply again the following season.
   
Question: What fields/facilities does the KGYAA use for practice/games?
Answer: We primarily use local schools for football practices.
   
Question: Who makes the determination concerning postponements and cancellations?
Answer: Decisions as to weather-related cancellations and postponements are typically coordinated between the KGYAA Board of Directors and/or King George Parks & Recreation and/or King George High School.
   
Question: How are weather-related cancellations and postponements communicated to participants?
Answer: Once the call has been made to postpone or cancel practices or games, all KGYAA participants are usually notified via their coaches. We also post the notification on our KGYAA Facebook page, and also usually communicate cancellations via a KG Alert message.
   

Tackle Football

Question: When is registration conducted for the KGYAA tackle football season?
Answer: Registration for the KGYAA tackle football program typically occurs during the Spring. Once registration dates/locations are officially determined by the Board of Directors, registration is advertised via KGYAA e-mail, on the KGYAA website, and also usually through flyers distributed to county schools.
   
Question: What is the KGYAA tackle football age/weight criteria?
Answer: As our tackle football teams are now competing in the Rappahannock River Youth Football League (RRYFL), we conform the following age/weight criteria:

Division Ages* Weight*
JV 7-9
<=135lbs.
Varsity
10-12 <=155lbs.

* Participants for the all KGYAA tackle football divisions must be within these age
and weight ranges on 10/1/16, which is the "league-age" date used for determining eligibility.

   
Question: How many KGYAA tackle football teams participate in the RRYFL?
Answer: We have two organized tackle football teams participating in the RRYFL. We have one each in the JV, and Varsity divisions.
   
Question: What other localities participate in the RRYFL?
Answer: In addition to King George, the following localities also participate in the RRYFL: Caroline, Colonial Beach, Essex, Fredericksburg, Northumberland, Richmond Co., and Westmoreland.
   
Question: Does the KGYAA allow overweight players?
Answer: Whereas previously we did allow overweight players to play in limited roles within KGYAA play, because we are now participating in the RRYFL, overweight players are no longer permitted.
   
Question: How many players are allocated to each team?
Answer: We endeavor to field teams with (25) players only.
   
Question: Are siblings allocated to the same team?
Answer: Yes. Siblings are allocated to the same team, unless specifically requested otherwise.
   
Question: Does the KGYAA take into account transportation-related issues when players are drafted/allocated?
Answer: Yes. We strive to satisfy all identified transportation needs, but please note that a transportation need does not guarantee that your child will be allocated with a player specifically identified on the registration form. All players (except for siblings) shall be considered eligible for allocation to any team.
   
Question: How does the KGYAA handle players who try-out for the middle school and high school programs?
Answer: Whereas in the past players who failed to make a school roster would be able to register for KGYAA tackle football participation, because of limited roster space on the Varsity Mavericks, players who fail to make a school roster will possibly need to consider participation in the KGYAA competitive flag football program.
   
Question: If a player is interested in trying to play for the middle school, should he/she register for the KGYAA?
Answer: Given that KGYAA teams will be organized and have started practices prior to school tryouts, players desiring to play for the middle school should not register with the KGYAA prior to those tryouts.
   
Question: Are middle school players permitted to play for the KGYAA?
Answer: The RRYFL prohibits eighth graders from participating in league play. Seventh graders are permitted to play for both the middle school and the KGYAA, though we strongly recommend and prefer that players commit themselves to just one of the programs.
   
Question: If my child decides to quit participating and or is unable to continue participating, will I be eligible for a refund?
Answer: Unfortunately, once equipment, supplies, etc. have been ordered, we cannot issue a refund. Our operational/financial planning is based solely upon the number the registered participants, so although your child may no longer be willing or able to participate, we have still obligated funds based on his/her pledged participation.
   
Question: What tackle football equipment is provided by the KGYAA?
Answer: We provide the following equipment:

- Helmet w/ facemask & chinstrap
- Mouthpiece
- Shoulder pads
- Game jersey
- Game pants
- Practice pants
- 7-piece leg pad set (hip (2), butt (1), thigh (2), knee (2))
- Game socks

   
Question: Do players get to keep this equipment?
Answer: No. With the exception of mouthpieces and socks, all KGYAA-issued equipment must be returned to us at the end of the season (or earlier should your child happen to stop participating).
   
Question: Can the parents/players purchase game jerseys at the end of the season?
Answer: Parents/players may purchase game jerseys only if a particular team's set of jerseys are being retired/replaced. We purchase high-quality jerseys that we use for at least three to four seasons (or until they become unserviceable).
   
Question: When am I supposed to return my child's equipment?
Answer: Equipment return sessions will be advertised towards the end of the tackle season. All specified equipment must be returned at one of these advertised sessions.
   
Question: What happens if I do not return my child's equipment at one of the advertised return sessions?
Answer: If you fail to return to your child's equipment during one of the advertised return sessions, you will be subject to a late collection fee. If you fail to return the equipment at all, your child will be ineligible to participate in the KGYAA and we will take legal action to recover the equipment and associated fees. Should you eventually return your child's equipment and pay the late collection fee, you will be subject to a "risk" fee the next time you register your child to participate in the KGYAA.
   
Question: How long is the KGYAA tackle football season?
Answer: Practices begin in July and season concludes with the "Frost Bowl" championships, which takes place the weekend prior to Thanksgiving (weather permitting). If inclement weather negatively impacts the season, the "Frost Bowl" will be played in early December.
   
Question: How often do KGYAA tackle football teams typically practice during a given week?
Answer: KGYAA tackle football teams are permitted to practice three times prior to the start of games, and then twice per week thereafter.
   

Flag Football

Question: When is registration conducted for the KGYAA flag football season?
Answer: Registration for the KGYAA flag football program typically occurs during the late Fall and Winter (for the Spring season), and also late Spring and Summer (for the Fall season). Once registration dates/locations are officially determined by the Board of Directors, registration is advertised via KGYAA e-mail, on the KGYAA website and Facebook page, and usually also through flyers distributed to county schools.
   
Question: What is the purpose of the flag football program?
Answer: Our flag football program is designed to provide additional football opportunities for the youth of King George, thus enabling them to continue their fundamental skills development (i.e., speed, agility, ball-handling, route-running, pass defense, etc.).
   
Question: What ages may participate?
Answer: The flag football program is co-ed and is for participants 4-17 years of age. We form divisions based on the number of participants and the overall age distribution, but typically our flag football divisions are organized as follows:

Divisions Ages
Pee Wee Division 4-5
Division I 6-8
Division II 9-11
Division III 12-14
Division IV 15-17
   
Question: When is the flag football season?
Answer: The spring flag football season officially begins with practices in mid-March and concludes with the "Spring Fever Bowl" in late May or early June. (Please note that we now also offer a flag football program each fall that coincides with our tackle football program.)
   
Question: On what days are the flag football games played?
Answer: Our flag football games are typically played on Saturdays, though make-up games may be coordinated for other days as necessary.
   
Question: How many players are allocated to each team?
Answer: Our teams usually consist of 10-11 players each.
   
Question: How are flag football teams formed?
Answer: Our flag football teams are organized via player allocation, which is conducted by the KGYAA Board of Directors.
   
Question: Are siblings allocated to the same team?
Answer: Yes. Siblings are allocated to the same team, unless specifically requested otherwise.
   
Question: Does the KGYAA take into account transportation-related issues when players are drafted/allocated?
Answer: Yes. We strive to satisfy all identified transportation needs, but please note that a transportation need does not guarantee that your child with be drafted/allocated with a player specifically identified on the registration form. All players (except for siblings) shall be considered individually draft-eligible.
   
Question: What uniform/equipment does the KGYAA provide?
Answer: The KGYAA provides each player a team shirt, shorts, a mouthpiece, and a set of flags (which is maintained by the player's coach). Players are permitted to keep their team shirt, shorts, and mouthpiece.
   
Question: What other uniform/equipment items are recommended?
Answer: The following uniform/equipment items are recommended:

- Football cleats
- Athletic supporter/cup
- Practice shorts (black or team colors recommended)
- Long sleeve undershirt (white recommended)

   
Question: How often do KGYAA flag football teams usually practice during the week?
Answer: KGYAA flag football teams are permitted to practice twice per week prior to the start of games, and then just once per week thereafter.



Last Updated: 7/6/17