USA Football

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When is registration and what do I need to bring?
Registration dates generally fall on the first 2 Saturdays in May at Kelly High School. Times are 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Football and Cheer registration is open until June 15th, but rosters fill on first come, first served basis. You MUST bring the following documents with you to registration: copies of your child(ren)'s birth certificate, last report card, current electric, water, or gas bill showing eligible zone, completed welcome packet and application, and your child for fitting. You must also have your registration fee (cash or check only). Incomplete registration packets cannot be accepted.

NO COPIES WILL BE MADE ONSITE - YOU MUST HAVE COPIES TO LEAVE WITH REGISTRATION

When is the first practice?
Practice generally begins near the end of July. You will be contacted by the league or your coach once dates have been confirmed.

What if my athlete decides not to participate?
No refund will be available after registration closes, with the exception of a athlete who is unable to pass a physical and provides a written statement from their physician stating that he/she is unable to participate due to medical reasons. If a refund is approved prior to the close of registration an administration fee of $50 will be deducted from the refund.

What does my child need to wear on the first day of practice?
Players need to wear shorts, a t-shirt, and cleats. Cheerleaders need to wear comfortable shorts, a tee shirt, and tennis shoes. Please have their hair pulled away from their face (preferably a pony tail) and jewelry is not permitted.

When will we get a game schedule?
The game schedule will be distributed in mid-August.

When will we know what team our child is on?
After the draft, you will be contacted by your childs coach.

How do you decide what teams the kids are on?
In divisions with multiple teams, tryouts will be held for evaluation and a traditional draft will follow.

How many games will be played "at home"?
It varies but, in general, we'll play 10 games total with 3-5 being home. Our home field is Kelly High School or West Brook High School.

What do you mean by "closed practices"?
Only WBBIFL authorized persons are allowed on the field. This allows our coaches to teach without distractions.

Will we be expected to do any fundraising?
Yes. This year we will require each athlete sell a minimum of 10 raffle tickets. We will also have a tent set up at all home games to sell West Beaumont Bulldogs merchandise as well as our online Bulldogs store; thus raising money for the Association through these sales. You may be asked to volunteer your time working at this tent during home games.

My athelete could not sell all of the raffle tickets we received?
You are responsible for all tickets you received, we do not accept any unsold tickets.

What about end of season parties?
There will be a banquet or some type of end of year celebration at the conclusion of the season.

Who do we communicate with if we have any coach/parent issues?
Our coaches are hand-picked based on WBBIFL requirements. However, we have a system in place for resolving conflicts and issues. Never approach the coach or parent with an issue. Instead, discuss the problem with our Athletic Director or Player/Parent Agent and he/or she will work to resolve your concerns. Cheerleader parents should discuss the problem with one of our Cheerleading Coordinator and she will work to resolve your concerns.

How do you make sure every player gets to play at least 10 plays?
We have a system in place called Mandatory Play Rule (MPR).

What happens if my child misses practice?
We strongly encourage every player to attend EVERY practice. This is for their safety and for their teammates as well. Disciplinary action may be taken if a player misses more than one practice during a week or if the coach notices a trend of absences by a player (every Monday, etc.) without a valid illness. Always call the coach to inform him/her that your child will miss a practice. Communication is very important. Cheerleaders are also strongly encouraged to attend EVERY practice. They will be learning dances, cheers, chants, and stunting. Sometimes, we will learn 2 or 3 cheers/chants at one practice and if your child misses, she will be at a disadvantage.

What is certification?
Player certification is the process in which STJFL verifies that each player is eligible to play for a specific team. They will verify age, weight, and residence. WBBIFL will have all documentation needed. Your child MUST be present at certification.

When is certification?
Certification is early August at Kelly High School. Date to Be Announced. If a player misses certification he will not be allowed to play and NO REFUNDS will be given.

Why does my child need a physical and who is qualified to do this?
Many childhood conditions manifest at this pre-teen age. The medical physical helps ensure the health of the child to meet the physical demands of the sport. Most family doctors, pediatricians, and/or Registered Nurses can provide this. You must provide a completed physical before the first practice.

What equipment is provided & what do I need to purchase?
For players, WBBIFL will provide a customized game jersey, game pants, game socks, helmet, practice jersey and all pads. The players will keep their game jersey, game socks. Parents are required to supply practice pants, cleats and a mouthpiece. For cheerleaders, WBBIFL will provide a custom-fit high quality uniform shell and skirt, bloomers, half-top, a bow, socks, and a monogrammed bag. You will keep everything except pom poms which need to be returned after the season.

Do I need to provide a drink for my child during practices?
Water will be provided for all players and cheerleaders at practices and games. You may send Gatorade or water with your child if you choose. Please make sure it is labeled with your child's full name.

What is STJFL?
Southeast Texas Junior Football League: The STJFL Inc. is a non-profit youth based organization made up of communities both large and small from all over Southeast Texas. The primary goal of the STJFL is to provide all children of Southeast Texas an opportunity to participate in the Great American Sport of Youth Football and Cheer. The STJFL emphasizes the value of discipline, team play, individual growth, self-confidence, and a commitment to learning.