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General Return to top of page

Question: What is the mission of the KGYAA?
Answer: Committed to promoting leadership, teamwork, and sportsmanship, we aim to provide an exciting opportunity for the youth of King George to continue their athletic progression in learning and applying the basics of competitive tackle football. Additionally, we aim to serve as an effective football "feeder" system to our county schools.
   
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/cheerleading organization.
   
Question: What do the registration fees for football/cheerleading participants cover?
Answer: The registration fees for football/cheerleading participants cover the following:

- Procurement of new football equipment for additional participants
- Procurement of new uniforms for additional football teams
- Replacement of existing, unserviceable football equipment
- Replacement of existing, unserviceable football uniform items
- Reconditioning and recertification of football helmets
- Procurement of cheerleading uniforms
- Secondary medical insurance for all participants
- Officiating crews for all football games
- Rental fees for field/facility usage
- Annual football/cheerleading clinic expenses
- Participation trophies
- Frost Bowl & Spring Fever Bowl trophies/medals
- Replacement/procurement of football/medical supplies
- Replacement/procurement of field maintenance equipment/supplies
- Annual American Youth Football (AYF) membership, etc.

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

   
Question: Does the KGYAA provide a registration discount for multiple participants from one family?
Answer: Yes. We offer a discount when there are mutiple siblings participating in any of our programs during the same season.
   
Question: Does the KGYAA allow late registrations?
Answer: We permit most late registrations, though additional fees are required in addition to the standard registration fee. And in the case of late registrations for the Fall cheerleading program, additional uniform-related fees may also required (e.g., shipping costs, etc.).
   
Question: Does the KGYAA employs wait-lists?
Answer: We have yet to employ a formal wait-list for any program, but if increased levels of participation exceed our ability to support in terms of willing volunteer coaches, then we may have to consider to use of wait-lists.
   
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: 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/cheer practices. We use Barnesfield Park and Sealston Elementary School for games.
   
Question: Who makes the determination concerning postponements and cancellations?
Answer: Decisions as to weather-related cancellations and postponements are usually coordinated through the KGYAA Board of Directors and King George Parks & Recreation.
   
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 notified via a global KGYAA message, a notice on the KGYAA website, and/or via their respective coaches. On many occassions a KG Alert is also transmitted.
   


Tackle Football Return to top of page

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 through flyers distributed to county schools.
   
Question: What is the KGYAA tackle football age/weight criteria?
Answer: We employ the following age/weight criteria:

Division Ages Weight*
Rookie 6-8 <= 85lbs.
Junior 9-11 <= 125lbs.
Junior Varsity 12-14 Unlimited
* Divisions are age-based. Players who do not meet the specified weight criteria
shall be restricted to play on the offensive/defensive lines (tackle to tackle) only.

   
Question: Does the KGYAA allow overweight players?
Answer: With our new age-based criteria, there are techincally no overweight players. The only weight-based restrictions apply to the Rookie and Junior divisions and are only used to restrict heavier players from playing positions other than the offensive/defensive lines (tackle to tackle).
   
Question: Does the KGYAA allow older/lighter players?
Answer: With our new age-based criteria, we no longer offer an older/lighter option.
   
Question: How many players are allocated to each team?
Answer: Our Rookie teams usually consist of 15-17 players and our Junior and JV teams usually consist of 20-25 players each.
   
Question: How are players allocated to tackle football teams?
Answer: All players in all divisions, except for those opting to return to their teams, are subject to the player draft.
   
Question: Are siblings drafted/allocated to the same team?
Answer: Yes. Siblings are drafted/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 is the draft selection process?
Answer: A typical player draft is conducted in the following manner:

- Each team's "starting" number is verified (and numbers are drawn) to establish selection order.
- The KGYAA Draft Committee allocates players (based on needs) across the teams to ensure all teams start with same number.
- Teams alternate selections until all players are drafted to a team.

   
Question: What determines a team's starting number?
Answer: The staring number is comprised of the players returning to the same team from the previous season.
   
Question: How are players who register after the player draft allocated to teams?
Answer: Any players that register after the player draft has been completed are allocated to teams based on roster sizes and original selection order. A team's needs are also considered. There is no guarantee however, that we will be able to accept players that register after the player draft has been conducted.
   
Question: How does the KGYAA handle players who try-out for the middle school and high school junior varsity programs?
Answer: Anyone who trys-out for a school program, but fails to make the roster, is strongly encouraged to participate in the KGYAA program to continue their fundamental skills development. (These players will be permitted to register late and will not be assessed a late fee in doing so.) Anyone who makes a school program's roster is still permitted to participate in the KGYAA program.
   
Question: If my son registers for the KGYAA, but then decides to play only for a school program once he makes that program's roster, am I eligible for a refund?
Answer: If your son is registered with the KGYAA, but makes a school program's roster and is unable to do both, you will indeed be eligible for a refund.
   
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. Refunds will only be provided to those participants who make a school program's roster and find themselves unable to participate in both programs.
   
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: The KGYAA tackle football season officially begins with practices in early August and 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: Most teams practice no more than three nights a week (and many only twice a week).
   
Question: Do KGYAA teams play games outside of the organization?
Answer: Our teams may play a number of games against non-KGYAA opponents.
   


Flag Football Return to top of page

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. Once registration dates/locations are officially determined by the Board of Directors, registration is advertised via KGYAA e-mail, on the KGYAA website, and through flyers distributed to county schools.
   
Question: What is the purpose of the flag football program?
Answer: Our spring 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.) prior to the beginning of the fall tackle football season.
   
Question: What ages may participate?
Answer: The flag football program is for participants 6-17 years of age. The following table details our established divisions:

Divisions Ages
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 flag football season officially begins with practices in mid-March and concludes with the "Spring Fever Bowl" in late May or early June.
   
Question: On what days are the flag football games played?
Answer: Beginning in 2012, flag football games will be played on Saturdays.
   
Question: How many games does each team play
Answer: Each of our teams is guaranteed at least seven games (six regular season games and one playoff game), weather permitting.
   
Question: How many players are allocated to each team?
Answer: Our teams usually consist of 10-12 players each.
   
Question: How are players allocated to flag football teams?
Answer: Teams are organized via a player draft, which is conducted by the selected head coaches and presided over by the KGYAA Draft Committee.
   
Question: What players are subject to the player draft?
Answer: All players (except the sons of coaches) are subject to the player draft.
   
Question: Are siblings drafted/allocated to the same team?
Answer: Yes. Siblings are drafted/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 is the draft selection process?
Answer: A typical player draft is conducted in the following manner:

- Each team's "starting" number (e.g., sons of coaches) is verified to establish selection order.
- The KGYAA Draft Committee allocates players (based on needs) across the teams to ensure all teams start with same number.
- Teams alternate selections until all players are allocated to a team.

   
Question: How are players who register after the player draft allocated to teams?
Answer: Any players that register after the player draft has been completed are allocated to teams based on roster sizes and the original selection order. A team's needs are also considered.
   
Question: What are the official rules?
Answer: Once posted at the start of practices, the official rules governing the program can be viewed/downloaded via our "Library".
   
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 support/cup
- Athletic 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: Given that Spring is a very busy time for most families, we recommend that teams practice just once or twice per week.


Cheerleading Return to top of page

Question: When is registration conducted for the KGYAA cheerleading seasons?
Answer: Registration for the KGYAA tackle football program typically occurs during the Spring, while registration for the flag program occurs in late Fall and Winter. Once registration dates/locations are officially determined by the Board of Directors, registration is advertised via KGYAA e-mail, on the KGYAA website, and through flyers distributed to county schools.
   
Question: How many cheerleading squads exist during the tackle football season?
Answer: The number of cheerleading squads varies from season to season, and is ultimately dependent on the level of registered participation. Our goal is to have at least one cheerleading squad associated with each tackle football division.
   
Question: How many cheerleading squads exist during the flag football season?
Answer: The number of cheerleading squads varies from season to season, and is ultimately dependent on the level of registered participation. Our goal is to have at least one cheerleading squad associated with each flag football division.
   
Question: Are siblings assigned to the same squad?
Answer: Yes. Siblings who register for cheerleading are assigned to the same squad.
   
Question: If a cheerleader has a brother playing football, will she be assigned to his team's associated cheerleading squad?
Answer: Yes, in most cases. There are cases, however, where the ages of the cheerleader and football player are so far apart that it effectively prevents such an assignment. (For example, if a cheerleader is 13 years of age and her brother just eight years of age, it is very unlikely that she would be assigned to cheer for his team.)
   
Question: Does the KGYAA take into account transportation-related issues when assigning cheerleaders to squads?
Answer: Yes. We do our utmost to accomodate all transportation-related situations.
   
Question: What uniform/equipment does the KGYAA provide?
Answer: The KGYAA provides each cheerleader a t-shirt, skirt, and pom-poms.
   



Last Updated: 1/16/12