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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

 

  1. When is registration?
  2. When does the season start?
  3. Where are practices held?
  4. When are tackle football practices?
  5. When are cheerleading practices?
  6. When are flag football practices?
  7. How long are practices?
  8. When are games held?
  9. How long are flag football games?
  10. How long are tackle football games?
  11. Will my child play in every game?
  12. What happens if we are going on vacation in August?
  13. What happens if my child misses practices because he/she attends CCD?
  14. What happens if my child misses games or practices because he/she is playing soccer or fall baseball?
  15. How do you set your registration fees?
  16. Why do I need to volunteer? Can I "buy my way out" of volunteering?
  17. Who coaches the teams?
  18. How can I be a head coach?
  19. Can you give me more information about becoming a flag football head coach?
  20. My child is 7. Should he/she participate in the tackle or flag football program?
  21. How do you determine the age levels for the cheerleaders?

  1. When is registration?

    Registration starts in the spring. Online registration is available on the website under the registration tab. Dates and times for in-person sign-ups are posted on the website and communicated via E-folders through the Palisades School District. Those who register after jerseys are ordered will have a number assigned to them.

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  2. When does the season start?

    The season usually starts on the first Monday of August or end of July.

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  3. Where are practices held?

    Practices are primarily held at the following locations:
    Palisades High School Field (our main field) - primarily for the older tackle football teams
    Palisades Middle School - Cheerleading, some tackle football and the flag football teams

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  4. When are tackle football practices?

    Tackle football practices Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights during the month of August. The practice times are dependent upon day light. The practices generally run 90 to 120 minutes depending on the age of the child and the availability of daylight. The start time is at 6 p.m. The child should be ready to start practicing at 6 p.m. sharp.

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  5. When are cheerleading practices?

    Competitive-level cheerleaders, age 10 and up, practice 4 nights per week (Monday - Thursday) in August and then 2 or 3 nights after Labor Day. Non-competitive level cheerleaders, ages 5 to 9, practice 4 nights per week (Monday - Thursday) in August and then 2 nights after Labor Day. The practice times are dependent upon daylight and space availability. The practices generally run 90 to 120 minutes depending on the age of the child.

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  6. When are flag football practices?

    Flag football teams practice 4 nights per week (Monday - Thursday) in August and then 2 nights (Tuesday and Thursday) after games begin. Practice starts at 6 p.m. sharp. The practices generally run 90 to 120 minutes long. 

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  7. How long are practices?
    Practices generally run 90 minutes for the younger children (5-8) and 120 minutes for children ages 9-13. Overall the time period can range from 90 to 120 minutes. This is left up to the coaches' discretion. 

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  8. When are games held?

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  9. How long are flag football games?

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  10. How long are tackle football games?

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  11. Will my child play in every game?

    Yes, CYFL has "minimum play requirements" for all levels of football.

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  12. What happens if we are going on vacation in August?

    We have families every year that miss some practices in August. We understand that this may occur and can work around a child's absence if we know in advance and if the absence is limited to one week for a competitive-level player (ages 10 and up) and to no more than 2 weeks for a child ages 5-8. Please note that our August practices are very similar to "school" (a lot of instruction) and missing August practices can result in your child being "behind" some of the other players (students) on the team. The families should keep the head coach informed of any vacation plans. Communication between the coach and the parent is the best thing. Please keep in mind though that this is a very intense instructional time for all teams and any time missed may hinder your child's performance.

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  13. What happens if my child misses practice because he/she attends CCD?

    CCD conflicts occur every year. Please inform and discuss this with your coach as soon as possible so he/she can be aware of the situation.

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  14. What happens if my child misses games or practices because he/she is playing soccer or fall baseball?

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  15. How do you set your registration fees?

    Registration fees are based on three primary factors:
    Value of participation based on number of practice hours and game hours (as compared to their youth sports programs). Football players and Cheerleaders will practice between 30 and 80 hours in a season. Our base registration fee is comparable to all other youth sports (despite the fact that our facility maintenance costs and uniform costs are considerably higher).

    "Personal" uniform costs. Tackle and flag football players who complete the season will be awarded their game jersey. This cost is added to our base registration fee for tackle and flag football. Cheerleaders who complete the season will be awarded a complimentary piece of apparel. To keep the registration at a minimum, the cheerleader is expected to purchase additional equipment needed such as their sneakers, body suit, bloomers and socks. The football player purchases any additional equipment he/she may need such as, cleats, mouth piece, athletic supporter & cup.

    Fundraising. We add a "raffle fee" to our registration fee that involves every participant. This is the mandatory fundraiser of the organization. The raffle fee can be recouped by selling the raffle tickets provided at our registration. We opt for the "raffle" as our main fundraiser to enable children all summer to sell the tickets to not interfere with any schoolwork in the spring (after registration) or fall (during the season). We believe that it is far more important for the children to concentrate on school work first, then football or cheerleading second, and not be interrupted by fundraising efforts during the school year. We do not endorse any child going door to door to sell any type of fundraising items. The parents and the children should work together to accomplish the fundraising goal.

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  16. Why do I need to volunteer? Can I "buy my way out" of volunteering?

    All families must volunteer. Due to the numerous tasks required to run our league, we do not allow families to "buy out" their volunteer commitment. Please keep in mind that there are numerous volunteers (at least 20) who spend at least 200 hours per year volunteering their time. A monetary value cannot be placed on the hours of volunteering. The "hands" are needed in every aspect of running practices and games.

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  17. Who coaches the teams?

    All coaches, administration, board members (even the webmaster of this site) are VOLUNTEERS. The volunteer head coaches may apply for a coaching position each year to our Football Commisioner. They are then approved by the Palisades Football & Cheerleading Board of Directors. Each coach, head or assistant, must obtain a background check through the Pennsylvania State Police web site and submit it to the Association President.

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  18. How can I be a coach?

    If you are interested in coaching football or cheerleading and would like more information, please contact the Cheer or Football Commissioners of Palisades Youth Football on our Contact Us page.

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  19. Can you give me more information about becoming a flag football head coach?

    The season starts usually close to the first week of August. Flag teams generally practice four times per week in August (Monday - Thursday). The practices start at 6 p.m. During the summer, flag usually practices until 8 p.m. like the other teams. When school starts it is up to the coaches and parents on whether to have practices for 1 1/2 hours or 2 hours. We don't encourage weekend practices (because many families go away on Summer weekends), but they are permitted. During the regular season (after Labor Day), practices usually drop down to two nights per week. In addition to coaching practices and games, the head coach is also responsible to attend monthly meetings (last Wednesday in each month), a mandatory league meeting in early August (a Friday night) and compile his team's "paperwork" (birth certificates, photos, doctor's form and parent form) or assign that task to the "Team Mom/Dad", maintain the team roster and playing counting sheets for all the games. The forms need to be submitted after each game to the Football Commissioner. Games are scheduled on 8 weekends in September and October (possibly the first weekend of November). Our goal is to schedule the flag games on Saturdays (morning to early afternoon). However, we have no control over when the opposing teams requested time slots or rain make-ups. There is also a chance that one game could be played on a Sunday afternoon.

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  20. My child is 7. Should he/she participate in the tackle or flag football program?

    Parents of any child in football or cheerleading should consider providing input regarding their child on the specific child's athletic ability, maturity and experience participating in football or cheerleading. We strongly encourage children to "play down" to the lowest tackle level in which they are eligible. However, a 7 year old may be considered for participating in our flag program (with mostly 5 and 6 year olds). A 5 year old may participate in our flag only. We encourage children to play at a level in which they will feel successful and will gain the most confidence. However, PPYF reserves the right to make final decisions player placement.

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  21. How do you determine the age levels for the cheerleaders?

    5,6, and 7 year olds are placed in our flag cheer program. 8 year olds will be placed on our 90 lb. cheer squad. The games will be home and away and the child must travel to the away games. 9 year olds will be placed on our 110 lb. cheer squad. 10 through 13 year olds will be placed on a "competitive level" squad that will cheer for the 110 or 130 lb. tackle football team.

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