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FOOTBALL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When does the football season start and when does it end?

For the 2018 season, we will start practices on Monday, July 30th. Our season will conclude in late October to early November. 


Is there a minimum age requirement to participate in tackle football?

Your child must be 7 years of age by August 1. If your child is under the age of 7, they may participate in our Flag Football program.


When do you practice?

For all of August, football players will practice Monday through Thursday from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm.

When the new school year begins, the practice will be adjusted. Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 pm until dusk, and Saturdays from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon.


Where do you practice?

Our practices are held on the grass fields behind Brighton High School. During the school year, BJB players are not allowed on the fields when they are being used by a school team.

 

When are the games?

We play our regular season games on Sundays. Each Sunday, the Flag team kicks off at 9:00am, followed by the C team at 11:00am, the A team at 1:00pm, and the B team at 3:00pm. Each game runs for approximately two hours.

Our first game is TBD. We have a seven game season (three home games and four away games) and a championship game the eighth week (for teams that qualify). Our season concludes the end of October. The game schedule will be posted on the calendar.

 

Where are the games?

Our home games are played on the Brighton High School varsity field.

Location of away games will be determined by who our opponents are. You can see a list of the teams in our league by visiting our league's website.

 

What equipment is supplied & what will I need to buy?

We provide most of the football equipment needed (helmet, shoulder pads, game uniform, etc.). This equipment is distributed before the first practice, and requires a $200 security deposit. After the season, we will return your deposit check if you return the equipment.

You will need to purchase the following for your child: mouth guard, protective cup, cleats, and a practice jersey.

 

What is required of parents?

Football & cheerleading is a family commitment. The Brighton Junior Barons is a 100% volunteer organization, and therefore depends entirely on the coordinated efforts of volunteers (you). Board members and coaches contribute countless hours of time and energy to make the football and cheer season a success. As such, the Brighton Junior Barons require the support of all athletes' families to make the season happen. Parent support typically take paces during games, but there are parent support positions that take place during practices or to prepare and execute special events (such as the season-end banquet). Sign up for parent support obligations will take place either at equipment pick-up for football players or during the first week of practice for cheerleaders. Please see the parent support page for job descriptions. Parent support slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you fail to fulfill your parent support obligation, your child will not participate in the game on that day. Additional parent support information is available on our Parent Support information page.

These slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone who has not signed up by August 15th will be assigned a job before the season starts. If you fail to fulfill your volunteer obligation, your child will not participate in the game on that day.

Additional volunteer information is available on our Volunteer information page.


I have questions about football safety.

The safety of all our athletes is a priority for the Brighton Jr. Barons organization and we are striving to give each Brighton Junior Barons' participant a safe and enriching experience. We have partnered with USA Football to enhance player safety. Please see this document about Concussions.

 

Is there a Code of Conduct for parents?

Yes, there is an official Code of Conduct for parents. Please click here to read it.


What is your policy for inclement weather?

The BJB organization relies on AccuWeather.com to determine the Heat Index or Wind Chill. Both will be checked one hour before each practice or game by a certified athletic trainer, director, or designee. Here's how Heat Index and Wind Chill are determined.

Click here for our Heat Index Procedures.

Click here for our Wind Chill Procedures.

We also follow the Thunder and Lightning Policy that Section V follows, which calls for play to be suspended for 30 minutes after the last boom of thunder or flash of lightning. Click here for more details.

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