Frequently Asked Questions
What is SciCoh Youth Football?
SciCoh Youth Football is a non-profit organization committed to providing a great football experience for the youth of SciCoh, as part of the Old Colony Youth Football League.
What is the Old Colony Youth Football League (OCYFL)?
The OCYFL is the league that we belong to. It is an independent league that comprises 22 towns located mostly on the South Shore. The OCYFL has monthly meetings to which 2 of our assigned representatives attend. One advantage of belonging to a smaller independent league is that problems are resolved much more quickly other leagues. For example, if a coach on an opposing team runs up the score on another team on a Sunday, it is highly likely that this coach will be reprimanded/fined/and/or suspended at the Wednesday executive board meeting just 3 days after the incident. Go to www.ocyfl.com for more information on the league. There are also links to the sites for other towns which also have driving directions.
What are the playing levels and how are they determined?
There are 3 playing levels:
- Pee Wees
- Midgets (with midgets being the older players)
The age and weight requirements for the levels are provided below. It is important to note that we play against age- and weight-based competition. One potential negative with other leagues is that they allow what’s called “older-lighter” players to play. This means that your 8-year-old could be playing against an 11-year-old player, albeit one that is lighter than the weight limit. However, as you know, children that are 2 or 3 years older than your own are more developed (stronger/faster) which potentially results in a mismatch and a potential safety issues.
After the player makes the weight at the official weigh-in, 1 pound is added to the limit each week of the season. However, it is important to note that the player needs to make the official weigh-in weight on that day (usually on the first Saturday in September).
Age -No Mite player shall attain the age of ten (10) prior to September 1st, but must attain the age of seven (7) by September 1st.
Weight -At the official, scheduled weigh-in, the maximum weight will not exceed 105 pounds. If a player does not make weight, he/she will have an option to play as a Pee Wee.
Age - No Pee Wee player shall attain the age of twelve (12) prior to September 1st.
Weight -At the official, scheduled weigh-in, the maximum weight will not exceed 130 pounds. If a player does not make weight, he/she will have an option to play as a Midget.
Age -No Midget player shall attain the age of fifteen (15) prior to December 31st. of the current year. However, no player, regardless of the aforementioned requirements, shall participate in the league if he or she is in the ninth grade of school.
Weight-At the official, scheduled weigh-in, the maximum weight will not exceed 160 pounds. Each player must make official weight. Otherwise, their name will be dropped from the roster (ie, there is no other team for the player to move up to).
What is the SciCoh board?
The SciCoh board is made up of 12 volunteers, including a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and 5 directors. Each person on the board has an area of responsibility, i.e. concession stand, football operations, fund-raising, etc. The board also makes decisions on coaches and league matters, as well as handles any disciplinary issues. The board meets monthly, through the year. If you are interested in running for the board and/or would like to volunteer, please contact the president or the secretary.
What about the games?
The league games for the 3 levels are typically played on Sundays and are played in the following order: Mites, Midgets, and Pee Wees.
The start times for the Sunday games are 11:30am for mites, 1pm (approx.) for midgets, and 2:45pm (approx.) for pee wees.
In the past, we have also had what we call JV games on Saturdays.
Essentially, we divided our levels into 2 teams, roughly by grade.
For instance, for the mites, there would be a JV mites team and a varsity mites team. The JV mites would play on Saturday and the Varsity mites would play on Sunday. This format gives our players the most opportunity to get playing time and to develop as football players against age- and weight-matched competition.
What about equipment?
SciCoh provides all of the equipment (helmet, mouthguard, shoulder pads, thigh pads, hip pads, tail pad, knee pads, girdle, and game shirts and pants) for the players.
Players must provide, cleats (molded rubber bottom) practice pants, athletic supporter/cup, and practice shirt – all which can be purchased at local sporting goods stores.
How/when do we get the equipment?
Equipment hand-out days are scheduled for the individual teams sometime early in August. These will take place at the equipment shed behind the middle school. A check deposit of $300 is required in order to receive the equipment. The check is held and returned/destroyed upon receipt of the equipment at the end of the season. The web site will provide more specific information regarding equipment hand-out as we get closer to August.
When does the season start?
According to league rules, the first practice can be held 30 days from the day of the first game. The first game is usually held on the same day as the league weigh-in, which is held on the first Saturday after Labor Day. So for 2011, the first SciCoh practice could be held on August 11th. The first game of the season will be held on the weekend of September 10th/11th. Each team plays 8 games and potentially 2 playoff games. The last playoff game will take place on Sunday November 13th. Please see you individual coaches for more specific information regarding preseason and game schedules.
What is preseason?
Preseason starts roughly 4 weeks before the season starts, usually in the middle of August. Practices are held 3 to 5 times per week during preseason, and 2 to 3 times per week during the regular season.
There is usually at least 1 scrimmage against another town held during preseason. Although we don’t expect parents to make wholesale decisions regarding their vacations and conflicts with preseason youth football, it is important to remember that this is the time that coaches spend on conditioning, evaluating the skills of their players and determining their positions, as well as installing offense, defense, and special teams.
If your child misses substantial amounts of preseason, it is likely that they will, at least temporarily, fall behind their teammates with respect to knowing the team’s plays etc., conditioning, and playing time, until the coach determines that they are in condition (both mentally and physically) to warrant more playing time.
Who will my son’s coaches be?
Head coaches are selected by the board early on in the calendar year (February or March). Coaches need to let the president know that they are interested in being a head coach, and then present an overview of their experience and coaching philosophy to the board. After that, the board will discuss and vote on the candidates. Once a head coach is in place, he/she will ask individuals that they want to be assistant coaches, or if someone is interested, they can contact the head coach. All coaches, including assistant coaches, are required to undergo a CORI check, and the majority of coaches attend our youth football clinic held in the late spring.
What if I have an issue with a coach?
The board takes the selection of coaches very seriously, and tries to make the best choices for the program. The head coaches put considerable time and effort into the program, including preseason and regular season practices and games, as well as numerous coaches meetings outside of practice to review strategies and break down game films. If you have any problems, please discuss these directly with the head coach at an appropriate time (not during the middle of practice for instance). If the resolution is not acceptable, you should then discuss the matter further with a board member. The complaint needs to be in writing to the board member, because the board cannot act on hearsay and rumors; however, they will definitely follow-up on issues that are brought to their attention in writing.
On another note, it is important to remember that football is a team sport, and every position is important. Everyone wants to play running back or quarterback, but this obviously is not possible. Coaches spend a lot of time trying to put the best player into the best position for him/her at that point in their development, and parents should encourage their sons/daughters to play hard in whatever position they earn. Just because a player cannot play running back this season doesn’t mean that they won’t be able to in a future season. Kids mature at different rates. A good example is that the starting and league all-star QB for the high school team this season and last did not play QB at the youth football level.
Equipment: What do I need to buy?
- Football cleats (they must be molded plastic bottom)
- An athletic supporter and cup
- Practice football pants
- Practive jersey
- Recommended to buy: forearm pads, rib pads & hand gloves
What does my son bring to practice the first night and every night?
What to bring:
- A good attitude
- Water or a sports drink
- Football cleats (they must be molded plastic bottom)
- Helmet and pads
- Bug spray
When does “full pads” practice start?
- Coaches will let their team know.
- It is usually the 3rd or 4th practice.
How long is practice?
- It is generally 1.5 hours to 2 hours per practice
- Please be prompt picking up your son. The field shuts down promptly after practice.
When is practice after school starts?
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday nights
- Please check the website/team grade tabs for exact times
- Players must be on the field dressed and ready to practice at the practice time
What if my son is not going to practice?
Your son needs to call one of the coaches or leave a message prior to practice that he will not be attending.
What day & time are the games?
- 3rd and 4th grade team game at 11:30 am: player arrives at 10:30 am fully dressed
- 7th and 8th grade team game approximately at 12:30 pm: player arrives at 11:30 am fully dressed
- 5th and 6th grade team game approximately at 2:00 pm: player arrives at 1:00 pm fully dressed
On Saturdays nights:
- 5th or 7th Grade team will play second after the 3rd or 4th grade team
- 7th or 8th Grade team will play last.
- The 3rd or 4th Grade teams start Saturday games at 5pm.
What if I have a question that isn’t answered here?
- Ask your team parent
- Ask the coach AFTER PRACTICE
- Go to the “Ask a Question” response form, on this website
What are the Weight Limitations for the football program?
Mites: At the official, scheduled weigh-in, the maximum weight will not exceed 105 pounds. If a player does not make weight, he/she will have an option to play as a Pee Wee. Rosters will be adjusted accordingly.
PeeWees: At the official, scheduled weigh-in, the maximum weight will not exceed 130 pounds. If a player does not make weight, he/she will have an option to play as a Midget. Rosters will be adjusted accordingly.
Midgets: At the official, scheduled weigh-in, the maximum weight will not exceed 160 pounds. Each player must make official weight. Otherwise, their name will be dropped from the roster.