Football practice scheduling is always subject to change due to weather conditions and resource availability. During the first few weeks, the practices for tackle football will be each weekday evening (M,T,W,R,F) focused on fundamentals, conditioning, drills, teamwork, and learning the game. The practices will be hard work, and are designed to get the players ready for playing games. Tackle football is a rough TEAM sport that requires a lot of practice with TEAM mates. It’s extremely important that all players get to practice on time, each and every night. After school starts, the practices will only meet three nights a week. If your child is going to miss practice for any reason, inform the coach as soon as you know. Flag football isn’t as rigorous, and 70lb tackle is considered “instructional tackle” with the rules adjusted for this purpose.
Games – Preseason scrimmages will be held before the first real game of the season. Players are expected to get to the games before game time to warm up and run drills, and practice plays. The games usually last about two hours. For each game, team moms will assign parents from each team to help with the down markers, announcing the game, and to bring snacks and drinks for halftime and after the game for the entire team. The full schedule of games for all football teams and cheer squads will be posted on the Raiders website as soon as it is finalized by the BGYFL. Your Head Coach will let you know what time to arrive before each game.
Cheer Competitions, Homecoming, Bowl Games, Playoff Games, etc – As the season gets underway, each team will have a Team Mom or two, that will communicate individual team information regarding team events, and general information is updated regularly on the website.
Other Events – During the season there will be other events to attend. These include a Pep Rally, a Homecoming game and festivities, and possibly playoff games, followed by an end of the year team party. At the end of the year party, every player will get a trophy at a team get together.