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TACKLE Football FAQs

What equipment is required?
As part of registration your football player will receive a practice jersey, practice pants, a game jersey, game pants. Your football player will also be fitted for pads and a helmet (with chin strap) which must be returned at the end of the season.

Players will supply their own cleats (plastic/rubber), mouthguard and cup. We recommend purchasing a few mouthguards in case one gets lost. Players will not be permitted to play without a mouthguard.

When are practices?
During the month of August (prior to the start of school), practices are Monday through Thursday from 6pm-8pm.  Once school starts, practices are Tuesday through Thursday from 6pm-8pm.

CYFO does not practice or participate in games on Friday's! We encourage all of our families to attend the OJR High school football game and support our Varsity football & cheer programs!
When are games?
Home games are played on Sundays at the OJR HS Stadium.  Away games are held either Saturday or Sunday.  In previous years, and at least for home games, we try to schedule games in order, starting with the lowest grades.

What teams do you play against?
Many of our opponents at the youth level are the same opponents that the high school program competes against.

How are player positions determined?
Player positions are decided at the discretion of the coach. This is based on the other players on the team, your player’s safety and what is best for the team. If you have any concerns, your player is encouraged to talk to their coach. At the end of the day, this is a team sport and every player is part of the team and will get the opportunity to play.

How much play time will my player get?
CYFO has 'minimum play requirements' at every level of football. At a minimum, every player will play 10 plays per game but coaches make every effort to fairly distribute playing time. 

Although there are minimum play requirements, playing time may be reduced for missing games and/or practices.

Why does registration close and limit the number of participants?
We limit the number of participants on each team to ensure players get quality instruction and fair opportunities for playing time.

What training has each coach received in order to qualify as a CYFO coach?

Every tackle football coach for CYFO is required to take part in a series of trainings and certification tests on an annual basis. The governing program that coaches must comply with is referred to as Heads

The foundations of these courses cover the following:
- Proper Tackling and Blocking - Fundamentals and techniques to avoid injuries (the core of Heads Up)
- Health and safety - Teaches coaches how to monitor & protect the players.
- Proper equipment fit and sizing to ensure safety
- Coaching and team development fundamentals

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All coaches are also required to have a background check yearly. 

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