The mission of the South Elgin Youth Football program is to give the children, of our area, an opportunity to be involved in a team sport, to provide them with the best possible equipment and facilities, and to teach them sportsmanship, discipline and ded

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Frequently Asked Questions…GOOD TO KNOW!

 

  • When does practice start for the 2019 season?
    •  First day of practice is Monday July 22

 

  • What time is practice?
    • The FIRST DAY you must arrive at 5:30 PM to get checked in, there will be a check in area that you need to visit first
    • After the first day, the first 3 weeks of evaluations will be Monday–Friday from 6 PM – 8 PM.
    • After the evaluation period, teams are divided and your coach will set your practice schedule

 

  • Where is practice?
    • Practice this year will start at our home field - Sperry Park 800 Michigan Avenue South Elgin, IL 60177
    • After the evaluation period, practice will be at a designated field which will be given by your coach.

 

  • How do I know where to go once checked in?
    • When you check in you will be directed to the area that will coordinate to your level.
    • There will be signs in the area you should be.  There will be volunteers to help you.

 

  • Can family and friends stay to watch practice?
    • Yes!  You are welcome to stay and watch all practices.
    • Bring a chair or blanket to sit on as the fields seating is limited.  Also it’s a good idea to bring bug spray.
    • Please do not interfere with the coaches and players during practices.  Distractions can cause injury.
    • If you do not plan on staying, please make sure you are in the area in case the weather changes.
    • Practice could be canceled if there is lightening, nasty weather or extreme heat.

 

  • What should I bring?
    • WATER!!!!  The coaches will make sure there are plenty of water breaks.
    • If you have not turned in your birth certificate, make sure to bring it to check in on the first day.
    • The first week of practice will consist of conditioning then will increase in the weeks to follow
    • Football Equipment needed to practice:
      • Week 1 – Helmet, Colored Strapped Mouth Guard, Cleats, T-shirt, Shorts, Athletic Supporter with Cup
      • Week 2 – Above plus Shoulder Pads & Rib Guard & Practice Jersey
      • Week 3 – Full Equipment

 

  • What happens during the evaluation weeks?
    • All players are placed at the level appropriate for their age, weight, and skill to provide them with the safest experience.
    • During the first 3 weeks of practice, coaches will be working with players to learn their level of play.  Be sure your player is there!
    • Coaches will run different warm ups, drills, evaluate players on skills and knowledge.
    • After the 3rd week, the Big 10 coaches will draft their players first follwed then by the Pac 10 coaches.
    • There will not be placement of players on teams outside the draft process.
    • There are normally no changes to teams once draft is complete.
    • There may be certain cases in which slight changes must be made by the Executive Board due to weight transfers, balance of team, etc.
    • These changes are only to made by the Executive Board.
    • If you feel your child is not at the correct weight class, please contact SEYF President Bob Clausen to discuss.

 

  • When will I know what team and coach my player will be on?
    • Once the draft process is complete, your player’s coach will contact you with all your team information.

 

  • What if my player wants to play on the same team as his/her friend?
    • Unfortunately we can not guarantee players on the same team.

 

  • Do we really practice everyday for the first few weeks?
    • Yes.  All levels except for Flyweight will practice Monday-Friday during the evaluation period.
    • Practice will be 5 days per week with a maximum of 2 hours per day, 10 hours maximum.
    • Flyweight will practice 3 days per week with a maximum of 2 hours per day, 6 hour maximum.
    • It is important that your player is there to be properly evaluated and learn.

 

  • When will I know my players practice schedule & location for after the evaluation period?
    •  Your player’s coach will contact you with this information once teams are drafted.
    •  Once school starts, Flyweight will practice 2 days per week for 2 hours, 4 hours total per week
    •  All other levels will practice a maximum of 8 hours per week. 
    •  The schedules of practice will be at the discretion of the head coach.

 

  • What equipment do I need to buy for the season?
    •  Tackle Football –
      •  Mouth Guard – any color except clear
      • Integrated Game Pants – may use previous years or purchase thru FanShop for $20, must be SEYF approved
      • Practice Pants and Pads if not Integrated Pants
      • Practice Jersey
      • Cleats
      • Athletic Supporter with Cup
      • Chin Straps with Plastic Clips – No Metal Clips Allowed.  Chin Straps are available thru FanShop, Soft Cup $8.50  Hard Cup $14
      • Other OPTIONAL Items some players like – compression tee to wear under pads, a padded girdle, cold weather shirt under jersey, receiver/lineman gloves
    •  Flag Football –
      • Mouth Guard – any color except clear
      • Practice Jersey
      • Cleats
      • Athletic Supporter with Cup
      • Other OPTIONAL Items some players like – compression tee to wear under pads, a padded girdle, cold weather shirt under jersey, receiver/lineman gloves

 

  • What equipment does the organization provide?
    • Tackle Football –
      • Helmet – return at end of season – may keep helmet decals – helmets are reconditioned annually
      • Rib Guard – return at end of season
      • Shoulder Pads – return at end of season
      • Game Jersey – yours to keep
    • Flag Football –
      • Flags – return at end of season
      • Game Jersey – yours to keep

 

  • When can I pick up my child’s equipment?
    • SATURDAY 6/22/19 @ SPERRY PARK from 11am - 2pm
    • SATURDAY 7/20/19 @ SPERRY PARK from 11am - 2pm
      • If the equipment handout dates have already passed...please contact your coach or Jonathan Barrera to schedule pick up.
      • Practice begins at Sperry Park so if you are missing equipmment or need adjustments we can take care of it at the field.
      • Please make sure your fees are paid in full prior to pick up and you have your deposit checks with you.
      • Please bring your child with you so the equipment can be properly fitted.
      • You will receive your deposit check back at the end of the season once your equipment is returned.
      • If you are new to the Patriots please make sure we have a copy of your players birth certificate.

   

  • When will I receive the game schedule?
    • We are part of The Chicagoland Youth Football League (TCYFL) and they organize all game schedules with the other towns in the organization.
    • The games will be scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday or Sunday.  No night game starts later than 8:30 PM.  No morning game starts before 9:00 AM.
    • Teams are to report to the field early for warm ups and weigh-in which will be given to you by your coach.
    • Game schedules may not be available until the week prior.  Usually from previous years, Pac 10 plays on Saturday and Big 10 on Sunday but can change at any time.
    • TCYFL tries to keep the team level at the best competitive level and will adjust as the season progresses. 
    • Games are usually played in the following order of earliest to latest: Featherweight, Varsity/Jr. Varsity, Bantam, Lightweight, Middleweight, Flyweight.
    • About half of our games will be home games which is at Sperry Park in South Elgin.
    • Addresses for all fields are on the website and your coach will also let you know when and where your game will be.

 

  • When is picture day?
    • Picture day will take place after all teams are offically established.  We will announce the day and times once we have it scheduled.
    • Your team manager will pass out picture order forms.
    • Your player should come dressed in full game day uniform and gear minus helmet.  We will have a helmet there for pictures.

 

  • What are the raffle tickets for?
    • The raffle tickets are a great fundraiser for the Patriots.
    • You pay for them up front and then sell them to family, friends, neighbors or keep for yourself.  The grand payout is $500!!! 
    • The tickets will be collected at Sperry Park during home games with the drawing taking place at a home game to be determined.
    • The winner does not need to be present.  We will contact them with their great news!

 

  • What is the raffle baskets for?
    • Raffle Baskets are a fundraiser that is done around Homecoming time.  Each team is given a fun theme to put together a basket to be raffled off Homecoming weekend.

 

  • What is Homecoming?
    • Homecoming is a fun time of celebrating being a SE Patriot…past, present & future!  There will be fun events at Sperry Park, a TPing night, team gifts.
    • Homecoming will take place on a weekend that is ideal for the majority of teams to be home.

 

  • What do I need to do to volunteer?
    • SEYF is run completely by volunteers, there are no paid positions.  The success of the organization depends on having volunteers to keep this running smoothly.  We need you!
    • We use a points system, and for each participant you will need to complete 10 points.
    • To sign up for volunteer times, you MUST complete this on our website so that your points can be recorded accurately.
    • When you arrive to volunteer, you must also sign in at concessions.
    • Points System:
      • Concession Stand = 5 pts.  Volunteer will be assigned to either the game either before or after their child’s home game.
        • The complete time of volunteer coincides with the game you are have volunteered for. 
        • If you can’t make your assigned time, it is your responsibility to exchange your time with another family from your team.
      • Chain Gang = 2.5 pts.  All home teams are responsible to providing a 3 member chain gang team in order for the game start.  Volunteers stand on home side with the down markers.
      • 4th of July Parade = 3 pts.  Responsible for children in the parade.  Check in kids in, walk the parade with them and release child to adult. 
    • Other opportunities will become available throughout the season.

 

  • Who do I contact if I have a problem?
    • It is always good to talk with your coach, team manager or teammates on any concerns or questions.
    • If you need to go further, please submit your question/concern to the CPAC Contact Form on the SEYF website.
    • You can also contact our SEYF President Bob Clausen or any board member; the contact list is on the website.